Whitney Larson

Whitney Larson

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

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USCIS Final Guidance on L-1B Adjudications Offers Some Comfort—But No Cure—for Employer Concerns

On August 17, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a policy memorandum aiming to clarify the standard required for L-1B specialized knowledge visas. The memorandum notably begins by reminding...more

8/24/2015 - Corporate Counsel Customs and Border Protection Department of State Employee Transfers Immigration Procedures L-1B Time Extensions USCIS Visas

Department of State Visa Issuance Problems Resolved in 22 Posts but Delays Continue

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) continues to experience worldwide technical problems with issuing visas, the result of an apparent hardware failure. On June 22, 2015, the DOS announced that the visa issuance problems have...more

6/23/2015 - Business Travel Consulate Department of State International Travel Passports Travel Permits U.S. Embassies Visas

Update to Department of State Visa Shutdown

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has provided an update on its ongoing technical problems with issuing visas. According to the update, the visa shutdown appears to be the result of a hardware failure. The DOS has over 100...more

6/22/2015 - Delays Department of State Human Resources Professionals Visas

USCIS Completes Data Entry For All FY 2015 H-1B Cap Petitions

On May 2, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that data entry for all FY 2015 H-1B cap petitions has been completed. The agency will now begin to reject and return all H-1B cap-subject petitions...more

5/7/2014 - H1-B Lottery USCIS Visa Caps Visas

Expect Significant EB-2 India Retrogression In December

The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Visa Bulletin sets out per country priority dates that regulate when an individual can begin the final phase of the “green card” process, either through adjustment of status or consular...more

11/21/2013 - Department of State EB-2 Green Cards USCIS Visas

ICE (Again) Changes Its Position On Pre-Population Of Section 1 Of Form I-9

An important issue for many employers that use electronic I-9 systems is the pre-population of employee information in Section 1 of the I-9 form by electronic I-9 programs. Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, is...more

11/21/2013 - DHS E-Verify I-9 ICE USCIS Visas

USCIS Clarifies Eligibility Requirements For STEM OPT Extension

A recent interim policy memorandum, released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), clarifies the degree completion requirements for the 17-month extension of Optional Practical Training (OPT) available to...more

11/21/2013 - F-1 Immigrants STEM Students USCIS Visas

New Bill Calls For Biometric Exit-Tracking System

A key element of immigration control involves tracking the arrival and departure of foreign visitors to the United States. While the need for arrival controls is apparent, many argue that recording departures is also...more

11/21/2013 - Biometric Information DHS Foreign Nationals Immigrants Visitors

Justice Department Settles Citizenship Status Discrimination Claim

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), through the Civil Rights Division’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), recently settled a claim alleging that the company in question...more

11/21/2013 - Discrimination DOJ F-1 H-1B Immigration and Nationality Act OSC Settlement Visas

L-1 Intracompany Transferees May Face New Challenges

Since the creation of the L visa category in 1970, the L-1 statutory provisions have been modified several times. In recent years, L-1 cases have been subject to heightened scrutiny both by the U.S. Citizenship and...more

9/25/2013 - L-1 National Security OIG USCIS Visas

DHS Report Signals New Challenges For L-1 Intracompany Transferees

The L visa allows qualifying multinational companies with a parent, subsidiary, branch, or affiliate abroad to transfer managers and executives (L-1A) and employees with “specialized knowledge” (L-1B) to work in the United...more

9/4/2013 - DHS L-1 USCIS Visas

Sweeping Immigration Reform Bill Passes Senate

On June 27, 2013, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744) passed the Senate by a vote of 68 to 32....more

7/16/2013 - Immigration Reform New Legislation

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