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Trump Pares Down Travel Ban in Revised Executive Order

On March 6, President Trump issued a revised Executive Order (EO), effective on March 16, 2017, to replace the prior order of January 27 with more limited and prospective restrictions on travel for nationals of six countries,...more

No H-1B Premium Processing. At All. For Who Knows How Long.

On March 3, 2017 USCIS announced that it will not honor any requests for premium processing for ANY H-1B petitions filed starting April 3 until further notice. That includes capped and cap-exempt petitions, and petitions for...more

Parsing the Revisions to the I-9 Handbook for Employers

On January 22, 2017, two days after President Trump was inaugurated but with no connection to that event, USCIS published a new Form I-9 for verification of employment authorization required for every new hire since 1986. ...more

Overview and Q&A for President Trump’s Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United...

On January 27, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13769 entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” We’ll call this one the “Screening EO.” This is one of at least three...more

USCIS Rule Expands Work Card Authorization All Employers Must Accept

In finalizing a regulation focused on eligibility of workers being sponsored by employers for various temporary and permanent visas, USCIS has established some rules that affect all employers, even those not sponsoring...more

USCIS New Rule Implements Old Laws with a Few Twists

USCIS has published a final rule, to take effect January 17, 2017, ensconcing in regulations most of the policies it had long ago worked out in memorandums implementing provisions of 1998 and 2001 laws intended to bridge some...more

New I-9 Form: Very Different, Many Quirks, Required for Use by January 22, 2017

USCIS finally has published the new Form I-9 that has been in the works for a few years and that all U.S. employers will be required to use in onboarding new hires as of January 22, 2017, although they can choose to use it...more

Hospitalitas Newsletter - Summer 2016

In this issue: - Controversial Overtime Rule Comes in For a Landing - What You Need to Know About Hospitality REITs - The Legal Implications of Restaurant-Designed House Brand Craft Beers - FDA Finalizes Revisions...more

Tennessee Employers with 50 or More Employees Will Be Required To Use E-Verify Beginning January 1, 2017

Starting January 1, 2017, all Tennessee employers with 50 or more employees will be required to use the E-Verify system in order to verify the employment eligibility of workers hired on or after that date. Currently,...more

Tennessee Employers with 50 or More Employees Will Be Required To Use E-Verify Starting 1/1/2017

Starting January 1, 2017, all Tennessee employers with 50 or more employees will be required to use the E-Verify system in order to verify the employment eligibility of workers hired on or after that date. Currently,...more

New STEM OPT Rules: More than Just an Extra Seven Months of Work Authorization

On March 11, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its final rule on enhancements to the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for F-1 international students in science, technology, engineering...more

I-9 Like Your Cereal: Valid Past Expiration, For Now

Clients who pay attention might worry that they have missed something when they see that the OMB expiration date of March 31 has come and gone. But just like some items in your refrigerator or pantry, the Form I-9 for...more

Visa Bulletin 2.0 and its Implications for Early Filing for Adjustment of Status

On September 9, 2015, the U.S. Government pleasantly surprised the immigration world by publishing a new type of monthly Visa Bulletin for October 2015 with USCIS announcement about a new approach to the timing of the ability...more

Government: “Recall Message” on October Visa Bulletin Gifts

The Department of State posted on July 25 a revised Visa Bulletin for October with “Dates for Filing Application” that cut out many thousands of people in 5 different employment based categories from India and the...more

U.S. Visa Systems Down Globally – DOS Continues to Work on a Fix – Expect Delays!

The following bulletin was published by the Department of State (which oversees all consulates/embassies), advising of a global glitch that has stopped all U.S. visa issuance worldwide. The issue has not resolved since the...more

6/22/2015  /  Delays , US Department of State , Visas

Changed locations require New H-1B Petition, Not Just LCA

The Attorney General has designated as "precedent" a decision of the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) ruling that the change of a job's location outside the area covered by the original approved labor condition...more

Obama Legalizes Undocumented, Tweaks EB Categories

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a bold series of measures to change removal priorities, temporarily legalize and grant work authorization to millions of undocumented persons, and make some other changes to...more

E-Verify to Lock Theft-ridden SSNs: We Should All Worry

E-Verify, a semi-voluntary online program by which employers can confirm the identity and work authorization of workers as they are hired, is being programmed to "lock out" social security numbers (SSNs) that have been...more

E-Verify Resumes Operations Following Federal Government Shutdown

USCIS issued a public announcement on October 17 to employers who were affected by the shutdown of E-Verify that occurred in the government shutdown of the last few weeks. Essentially, employers registered for E-Verify must...more

FINRA Issues Guidance on Suitability Rule for EB-5 Securities Transactions

FINRA has clarified that its Suitability Rule applies to broker dealers' assessment of EB-5 transactions, but that the broker can and should assess the immigration benefit among the economic interests of the investor. ...more

Summaries of Administrative Appeals Office EB-5 Decisions Posted for 2012

Below are my summaries of the 2012 EB-5 AAO decisions recently posted by USCIS, which can be a accessed from www.uscis.gov > Administrative Decisions and choosing the "Folders" for B7 and K1....more

8/6/2013  /  EB-5 , I-526 Petition , Immigrants , NAICS , USCIS , Visas

SEC Implements JOBS Act to Allow General Solicitation in Regulation D Offerings

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has issued regulations implementing the portion of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), enacted more than a year ago, allowing an issuer enjoying exemption from...more

No Amnesty Yet: Stop Notario Fraud

Foreign nationals who are out of status, and people who know them, are hopeful for a legal solution and can fall prey to people who will tell them what they want to hear. Immigration reform is being negotiated seriously in...more

New I-9 Handbook for Employers Has Extra Changes

USCIS has unveiled a new I-9 Form and Instructions, but it has made extra changes in the 65-page "Handbook for Employers," tagged as Form M-274, that is meant to guide employers further in completing, updating, and storing...more

3/14/2013  /  Eligibility , Hiring & Firing , I-9 , USCIS

New I-9 Form required as of May 7, 2013

Starting at least by May 7, 2013, U.S. employers must use a new 03/08/13 version of Form I-9 when hiring workers to verify their identity and employment authorization. The changes are relatively minor but deserve attention....more

3/8/2013  /  Eligibility , Hiring & Firing , I-9
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