Rebecca L. Sigmund

Rebecca L. Sigmund

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

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U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery Offers Alternative Immigration Path for Employees Subject to Backlogs

The U.S. Department of State opened the Diversity Visa (DV) lottery registration for FY 2017 at noon eastern standard time (EST) on October 1, 2015. It will close on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at noon (EST). The DV program...more

10/16/2015 - Diversity Lottery Employees Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) Green Cards Lawful Permanent Residents US Department of State Visa Applications Visas

USCIS Halts Processing of Employment-Based Adjustment Applications Until October 1

The U.S. Department of State reports that the statutory cap for employment-based preference categories for fiscal year (FY) 2015 has been reached. The federal government’s fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30....more

9/28/2015 - Adjustment of Status US Department of State Visa Caps Visas

EB Filing Dates Pushed Back in Revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin

On September 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued a revised Visa Bulletin for October 2015 that supersedes the original Bulletin dated September 9, 2015. In the current Bulletin, the dates for certain...more

9/28/2015 - Retrogression US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins Visas

Unanticipated Retrogression of Visa Numbers for China and India in September 2015

The U.S. Department of State recently released its September 2015 Visa Bulletin, reflecting a significant retrogression for China and India in the employment-based Second Preference category (EB-2). The EB-2 category for...more

9/4/2015 - EB-1 EB-2 India People's Bank of China US Department of State Visas

Court Finds STEM OPT Extension Rule to Be Deficient: Vacatur Stayed Temporarily to Allow DHS to Cure

On August 12, 2015, in Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security et al., No. 14-529 (August 12, 2015), Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia...more

8/17/2015 - DHS F-1 H-1B Notice and Comment OPT Popular STEM

USCIS Issues Final Guidance on Recent AAO Decision in Simeio

On Tuesday, July 21, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued its final guidance on the recent Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) decision in Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC. Under Simeio, employers...more

8/5/2015 - Administrative Appeal Office Employee Relocations Final Guidance H-1B USCIS

Who’s That Knocking at Your Door? USCIS Plans House Calls to Retrieve Erroneous EADs

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is taking extreme measures to get back all the three-year Employment Authorization Document (EAD) cards erroneously issued to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)...more

7/31/2015 - DACA Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) Hiring & Firing USCIS

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Extension Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will resume accepting Requests for Premium Processing for all H-1B extension petitions effective July 13, 2015. Premium processing for H-1B extensions had...more

7/21/2015 - Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) H-1B H-4 Spouses USCIS Visas

Retailers Should Review I-9 Processes in Light of Recent DOJ Settlement

Late last month, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) reached a settlement agreement with a large clothing retailer to resolve claims that the company discriminated against a non-U.S. citizen in violation of the federal...more

7/21/2015 - Discrimination DOJ Employer Liability Issues Enforcement Actions Green Cards Hiring & Firing I-94 Cards Immigration and Nationality Act National Origin Discrimination Retailers

USCIS Completes Return of H-1B Petitions Not Selected in the Lottery

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on July 14, 2015, that it completed processing the return of fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in its “computer-generated random...more

7/21/2015 - H-1B USCIS Visa Caps Visas

Fifth Circuit Hears Arguments on the Proposed Reversal of the Block on Executive Actions

A three-judge panel in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, hearing arguments in State of Texas v. United States of America, questioned the attorneys for the U.S. Department of Justice and 26 states about whether the block on...more

7/21/2015 - Appeals Barack Obama DACA DAPA DOJ Executive Orders Immigration Oral Argument Preliminary Injunctions

H-1B Cap Case Filing Receipt Deadline Set For April 1, 2015: Retailers Should Start Planning Now for FY 2016

Retailers that utilize the H-1B visa for employees in their information technology, design, marketing, buying, and planning departments should start considering their FY 2016 immigration needs now that the H-1B cap filing...more

11/12/2014 - H-1B Hiring & Firing USCIS Visa Caps

New U.S.-Russia Visa Agreement Facilitates Travel For Business and Tourism

Under the terms of an agreement simplifying the U.S.-Russia bilateral visa program, American and Russian travelers for business or tourism are now eligible to receive three-year, multiple-entry visas authorizing stays for up...more

11/1/2012 - Business Visas Visas

Stricter Scrutiny Of Labor Certifications—Increase In Audits And Supervised Recruitment By The DOL

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has indicated that it will further expand its use of “integrity” measures in the permanent labor certification program. These measures include the conduct of audit investigations and...more

11/1/2012 - Audits DOL Enforcement PERM Visas

Reminder: Diversity Visa (“Green Card”) Lottery Deadline

The application period for the Department of State’s (DOS) Diversity Visa (DV) (“green card”) lottery for Fiscal Year 2014 began on October 2, 2012. Interested persons have until 12:00 noon Eastern Daylight Time on November...more

11/1/2012 - Diversity Lottery Green Cards US Department of State Visas

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