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Business Immigration Update: October H-1B Reminders, Information on Employment-Based I-485 Interviews and Trump Administration...

October brings seasonal reminders for employees who are starting employment pursuant to H-1B status as well as some current changes to employment-based permanent resident applicants. In addition, the White House has issued...more

H-1B Premium Processing Returns on October 3 for All H-1B Cases

On October 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the suspension of premium processing which started on April 3, 2017, for all H-1B petitions will now resume for all H-1B cases. In this...more

Breaking Immigration News: Travel Ban 3.0 Released, New Countries Targeted

On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued Travel Ban 3.0 restricting travel to the United States from eight countries, including five that were subject to the previous travel ban. This new travel ban was issued as the...more

H-1B Premium Processing Returns for FY2018 H-1B Cap Cases

On September 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that premium processing will resume for a limited type of H-1B petition. USCIS will resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions subject...more

End of Summer Immigration Roundup – DACA, Employment-Based Interviews, H-1B RFEs and More

Over the summer of 2017, several significant immigration changes have taken place, including the announcement on September 5 rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), new requirements for in-person interviews...more

USCIS Issues New Form I-9, Required of All Employers by September 18

On July 17, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new version of the Form I-9. Employers will be required to use the new version starting September 18, 2017, and using earlier versions of the form...more

H-1B in Transition: H-1B Lottery Conducted, 'Buy American and Hire American' EO and Other H-1B Measures to Deter Fraud

The H-1B work visa is in a state of transition. Companies and workers who rely on H-1B visas should be aware of several important changes this spring on the H-1B category, including an update on the H-1B lottery conducted by...more

If Your Employees Strike Against Trump, What Do You Do?

A day without immigrants: That is how organizers on social media describe plans for a nationwide strike threatened for February 16 and/or 17, 2017. If your employees join in this nationwide effort, you should consider three...more

High-Skilled Foreign Workers: Summary of Rule Changes Effective January 17, 2017

Starting January 17, 2017, the long-awaited regulations for high-skilled workers incorporating provisions of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act of 2000 (AC21) and the American Competitiveness and...more

Employers Required to Use Newly Released Form I-9 Starting January 22, 2017

A week ahead of schedule, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the new version of the Form I-9 today. Employers will be required to use the new version starting January 22, 2017, and using earlier...more

USCIS Filing Fee Increases Starting December 23, 2016

Any immigration applications or petitions to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) postmarked or filed on or after December 23, 2016, must include applicable increased fees or face rejection. Fee hikes average 21...more

10/26/2016  /  Filing Fees , I-129 , I-140 , I-485 Applications , USCIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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