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Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") Announces New Office for Victims of Illegal Immigrant Crime

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

DHS Secretary John F. Kelly announced yesterday the official launch of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (“VOICE”), designed to assist victims of crimes...more

Effective May 1 Redesigned Green Cards will be Issued

Earlier this month the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS) announced that redesigned Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document(EAD) will begin being issued on...more

USCIS Announces Redesign of Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

by Baker Donelson on

Beginning on May 1, 2017, USCIS will begin issuing a redesigned Permanent Resident card (green card) and Employment Authorization Document (EAD). This initiative is part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document...more

What Happens IF There is a Government Shutdown?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

If Congress cannot pass a funding bill by April 27, 2017, only “essential” government workers will continue to work as of May 1 and immigration processes will be affected. ...more

45 Ways in 100 Days: The Projected Impact of the Trump Administration on Today’s Workplace

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

April 29, 2017, marks the 100th day of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. He has proven he is not a traditional conservative Republican, and many in the business community are still wondering about the...more

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

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

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

Pending: Bipartisan Legislation to Extend the Conrad 30 Program for J-1 Waiver Physicians

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

When President Donald Trump issued his “Travel Ban,” there were fears that the physician shortage in the U.S. would be exacerbated. It has been reported that there is currently a deficit of 8,200 primary care physicians that...more

Trump Administration Issues New Buy American Executive Order

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed the “Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American.” While there is no immediate impact, the Executive Order (“EO”) sets the stage for executive agencies to perform...more

Immigrant Visa Processing Changes – EB1 India and China will retrogress; EB2 China will advance; Visa Office on Priority Dates,...

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In our continuing series of reports, Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, shares his most recent analysis of current trends and future projections for the...more

Two Notable Immigration Developments

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Employers Should Review USCIS Fillable Forms I-9 Completed Based on Download From USCIS Website Between November 14 and November 17, 2016 for Social Security Number Glitch - Any employer who used the revised fillable Form...more

Federal Court Blocks Portion of Trump’s Executive Order Denying Federal Grants to Sanctuary Cities

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Once again, a U.S. District Court has blocked part of one of President Donald Trump’s Executive Orders – the January 25th EO “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.”. In explaining the purpose of that...more

United States District Court Judge Blocks Trump Administration from Withholding Federal Funds from Sanctuary Cities

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On April 25, 2017, United States District Court Judge William Orrick imposed a temporary injunction on any attempts by the Trump administration to enforce portions of an executive order that called for the withholding of...more

Employers Should Review USCIS Fillable Forms I-9 Completed Between November 14 and November 17, 2016 for Social Security Number...

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Any employer who used the revised fillable Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, downloaded from the USCIS website between November 14 and November 17, 2016 should review those forms to ensure that their employees’...more

Trump Administration’s April 18, 2017, Executive Order on the H-1B Process

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, the Trump Administration signed another Executive Order (“EO”) titled, “Buy American and Hire American,” which includes the following small proviso on the current H-1B visa program...more

Thawing the ICE: Using Internal Audits to Reduce Form I-9 Exposure

As the 100-day mark of President Trump’s tenure approaches, it’s clear that the new administration intends to take a tough, aggressive approach to immigration enforcement – and employers are sure to feel the heat. The...more

Immigration Update: Targeted Site Visits and Restrictions on Computer Programmers in the H-1B Program; Plan B Options If You Don't...

by Baker Donelson on

This month: Targeted Site Visits and Restrictions on Computer Programmers in the H-1B Program; Plan B options if you don't win the H-1B lottery. In the midst of the mad flurry of H-1B cap filings, United States...more

Immigration Dispatch USCIS To Issue Redesigned Green Cards And Employment Authorization Documents

As part of an ongoing effort to enhance document security and deter counterfeiting and fraud, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced that it will soon begin issuing redesigned Permanent Resident...more

Failure To Pay Minimum Wage Can Jeopardize Employment-Based Visa Petitions

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Rudyard Kipling famously noted, “East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” Many employers may feel that this quote aptly describes the relationship between immigration law and wage & hour law —...more

How to Prepare for a Visit from ICE

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

With immigration in the news now more than ever, and a national shift in enforcement strategy by the Trump Administration, it is important to prepare your staff for a visit by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)...more

Immigration Related Initiatives (so far) by the Trump Presidency that Affect US Employers - Site Visits and Expanded Enforcement...

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

The topic of immigration has become a flashpoint for many since President Trump was elected, just as it formed a major component of his platform as a presidential candidate. The focus of this article is limited to how the new...more

Health Care E-Note - April 2017

by Burr & Forman on

An often overlooked and under publicized provision of the False Claims Act (“FCA”) is the retaliatory discharge prohibition. This is probably because retaliatory discharge claims do not grab headlines by winning multimillion...more

Potential Government Shutdown: Immigration Consequences for Employers and their Foreign National Employees

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: If Congress fails to pass a funding bill by midnight on Friday, April 28, resulting in a federal government shutdown, it would trigger numerous immigration-related ripple effects on employers, both large...more

Buy American Executive Order

On April 18th, President Trump issued an Executive Order (“EO” or “Order”) focused on the Buy American laws and regulations. See Buy American EO. This EO directs federal government entities to review their procurement rules...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - April 21, 2017 Vol. 1, Issue 5

by Clark Hill PLC on

White House Demands Disrupt Shutdown Negotiations: Congressional leaders' efforts to hatch a massive spending deal have been thrown off course by the Trump administration's 11th-hour intervention, leaving the bipartisan bill...more

Buy American Executive Order Means Renewed Obligations for Government Contractors

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On April 18, President Trump signed the “Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American” (the Order), which declares the Executive branch’s policy to buy American goods and rigorously enforce and administer...more

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