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2016 Business Immigration Updates – Getting Through the Long Days of Summer

August ushers in a host of immigration-related news and updates, ranging from fine increases to wait times for visa appointments. Stay up-to-date with some quick notes on these issues. DOJ Fines Increase as of August 1,...more

8/5/2016 - DHS DOJ EB-1 I-9 Inflation Adjustments OPT STEM USCIS

Unionized Employers, Take Note: E-Verify Is a Minefield

On May 13, 2016, a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge ordered The Ruprecht Company, a meat processor and food manufacturer, to provide confidential immigration documents to the union and to rescind its participation...more

5/23/2016 - Confidential Information Corporate Counsel DHS E-Verify ICE Memorandum of Understanding NLRA NLRB Popular Unions

New 24-Month F-1 STEM OPT Extension Rule Now Effective; Employers Required to Implement Training Plan for Eligible F-1 STEM OPT...

The long-awaited final rule on the F-1 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education) Optional Practical Training (OPT) Extension, authorizing a new 24-month STEM extension for qualified foreign students, took...more

5/17/2016 - DHS E-Verify Form F-1 OPT STEM USCIS

Update to New U.S. Visa Waiver Program Changes

Further details have emerged regarding new U.S. rules restricting use of the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) for dual nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Sudan, as well as individuals who have traveled to these countries within the...more

2/3/2016 - Customs and Border Protection Dual Citizenship ESTA International Travel Visa Waiver Program

Breaking Immigration News: F-1 OPT STEM Decision Extended Until May 10, 2016; Gives DHS Additional Time to Implement Final Rule

On January 23, 2016, Judge Huvelle of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted a motion to extend the current stay of her prior order which will allow the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to utilize...more

1/27/2016 - Administrative Procedure Act DHS Final Rules OPT Popular STEM USCIS

U.S. Imposes New Visa Requirements, Removes Eligibility for Visa Waiver Program for Some Travelers

Effective January 21, 2016, certain individuals are now required to apply for a visa at a U.S. consulate or embassy instead of traveling to the U.S. visa-free under the Visa Waiver Program. The change affects Europeans who...more

1/23/2016 - Consulate DHS ESTA Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) NGOs Travel Restrictions Visa Requirements Visa Waiver Program

H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions Will Be Accepted by USCIS Beginning April 1; Employers Urged to Start Process Now as Lottery Is...

April 1 is the first day U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept H-1B cap-subject petitions for the 2016 allotment of visas for foreign national professionals in specialty occupations. Cap-subject H-1B...more

1/6/2016 - DOL Filing Deadlines H-1B Popular USCIS Visa Caps

Visa Bulletin: More Changes Impacting the I-485 Process

As previously reported in our legal update from September 10, 2015, the Department of State (DOS) made a major change to the Visa Bulletin in early September. Then, on September 25, 2015, that Visa Bulletin was rescinded and...more

10/19/2015 - EB-2 Filing Deadlines Popular US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins Visas

October Visa Bulletin Changed Again by State Department

On September 25, 2015, the Department of State issued a revised October Visa Bulletin which limits the number of people who will be able to file I-485 applications on October 1. This revised bulletin supersedes the bulletin...more

9/28/2015 - EB-2 I-485 Applications US Department of State Visa Bulletins

Some U.S. Embassies and Consulates Continue to Be Unable to Issue Passports and Visas

The Bureau of Consular Affairs of the U.S. Department of State began experiencing technical outages that prevent the issuance of passports and visas at every consulate and embassy around the world on June 15, 2015 — one-third...more

6/26/2015 - Consulate Delays US Department of State Visas

U.S. Embassies and Consulates Unable to Issue Passports and Visas

The Bureau of Consular Affairs of the U.S. Department of State (DOS) is experiencing technical outages that prevent the issuance of passports and visas at every consulate and embassy around the world....more

6/16/2015 - Consulate Passports U.S. Embassies US Department of State Visas

USCIS Releases Much-Anticipated L-1B Specialized Knowledge Proposed Guidance Memorandum

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released a much-anticipated proposed policy memorandum on adjudication of the L-1B “specialized knowledge” nonimmigrant visa category. USCIS Director León Rodríguez said...more

3/26/2015 - Adjudicatory Process L-1B USCIS Visas

Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses Eligible for Work Authorization | USCIS Will Accept Filings on May 2015

The long-awaited final rule on H-4 work authorization has now been introduced by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS Director León Rodríguez has announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)...more

2/26/2015 - DHS Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) H-1B H-4 Spouses Spouses USCIS

Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses Eligible for Work Authorization USCIS Will Accept Filings on May 2015

In May 2014, DHS issued a proposed rule to amend current immigration regulations to allow for the employment authorization of certain H-4 dependent spouses. DHS accepted comments on the proposed rule until mid-July. ...more

2/25/2015 - DHS Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) H-1B H-4 Spouses Surviving Spouse USCIS

White House Extends Visa Validity Reciprocity With China

President Obama issued a statement on November 10, 2014, that the U.S. and China have mutually agreed to increase the validity of tourist and business visas issued to each country's respective citizens. The White House notes...more

11/12/2014 - Barack Obama China Time Extensions Visas

Additional Movement for EB-2 India Released in Department of State's August 2014 Visa Bulletin

The August 2014 Visa Bulletin was recently released by the U.S. Department of State (DOS). As outlined in our June 10, 2014, legal update on this issue, the EB-2 category for foreign nationals from India pursuing the...more

7/10/2014 - EB-2 Hiring & Firing India US Department of State USCIS Visas

Significant Movement for EB-2 India in Department of State's July Visa Bulletin

The July 2014 Visa Bulletin has been released by the U.S. Department of State (DOS), and as reported by Charles Oppenheim of the State Department's Visa Office, the EB-2 category for foreign nationals from India pursuing the...more

6/11/2014 - EB-2 Immigrants India US Department of State Visas

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