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Court Extends Vacatur on OPT Extensions for STEM Students

One of the major immigration developments for 2016 is a proposed rule from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that would allow certain F-1 students to extend their period of “optional practical training” (OPT) if they...more

Immigration Update: Court grants government extension request for OPT STEM rule

An update to the notice we posted last week about the ongoing STEM OPT litigation: The court, in Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, granted the government (Department of...more

A Court Must Expressly Retain Jurisdiction to Enforce the Terms of a Settlement Agreement

In Mirsad Hajro and James R. Mayock v. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, et al. (collectively, “USCIS”), 2016 S.O.S. 11-17948, The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals held that it had jurisdiction to review...more

2nd Circuit Court Requires I-140 Revocation Notice: Analysis

On December 30, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that US Citizenship and Immigration Services (SUCIS) must notify either the beneficiary of an approved I-140 or successor employer, of any intent to...more

Supreme Court will hear DACA/ DAPA Appeal

The Supreme Court will hear the Obama administration’s appeal of the 5th Circuit Court’s decision to uphold the nationwide injunction of the expansion of Deferred Action for Children (DACA) and implementation of Deferred...more

Supreme Court grants Certiorari in Texas v. USA

Tuesday, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Texas v. USA, setting the stage for a blockbuster opinion on the legality of the centerpiece of President Obama’s program to lift the threat of deportation and provide...more

Supreme Court Agrees to Review Major Immigration Case Just as the Presidential Election Heats Up

Immigration is already a major issue in this year’s presidential race, as candidates from both parties try to score political points out of the presence of roughly eleven million undocumented immigrants in the country and the...more

Breaking News: SCOTUS to Hear DOJ’s Appeal of the Fifth Circuit’s Decision in State of Texas v. U.S.

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would hear the U.S. Department of Justice’s appeal of the Fifth Circuit’s 2-1 ruling upholding the preliminary injunction issued against President Barack Obama’s executive...more

High Fines Continue to Provide “Additional Motivation” for I-9 Compliance

Although Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has recently eased off of its record pace for commencing new I-9 inspections, employers can take no comfort. ICE continues to use these inspections as a key enforcement tool...more

Supreme Court Rejects States’ Request for 30 Day Filing Extension on DACA, DAPA

On Tuesday, December 1, the U.S. Supreme Court handed the Obama administration a “small procedural vactory” and refused the request of Texas and other states for a 30-day extension to file briefs in support of the lawsuit...more

Fifth Circuit Upholds Injunction Against Obama's Immigration Actions

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the preliminary injunction against President Barack Obama’s executive action that would potentially have shielded approximately 4.4 million undocumented immigrants from...more

5th Circuit Upholds Deferred Action for Parents: Next Stop Supreme Court?

On November 9, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued their 124 page decision upholding a nation-wide injunction of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents...more

Looking Backwards and Forward: A Review of Key EEOC Developments, Successes and Failures in FY 2015 and What to Watch For in FY...

On November 19, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its annual Performance and Accountability Report (PAR), which highlights key EEOC developments over the past fiscal year, ending September 30,...more

Fifth Circuit Strikes Down DACA and Expanded DAPA

On November 9, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld an injunction permanently barring the implementation of two executive action initiatives President Obama announced in November 2014 –...more

A Blow to the President's Effort to Enact Deferred Action and Authorize Employment for Parents of US Citizens

On November 9, 2015, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, by a 2 to 1 margin, blocked much of President Obama’s executive action, specifically the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, known as DAPA. DAPA would have...more

Fifth Circuit Ruling Upholds Injunction Against the President’s Executive Actions on Immigration

In a 2-1 ruling, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen on the grounds that the lawsuit filed by a coalition of 26 states opposing the implementation of...more

BALCA: Error Caused by Deficient PERM Form Not a Proper Reason for Denial

The permanent labor certification process (also referred to as PERM) allows an employer to hire a foreign national to work permanently in the United States. Prior to filing a PERM application for a foreign worker with the...more

Department of Homeland Security Regulation Benefitting STEM Employers Thrown into Question

A federal district judge recently issued a 37-page decision vacating a 2008 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulation that has helped thousands of U.S. companies hire and retain foreign students holding U.S. degrees in...more

Federal Court Vacates STEM Extension Program

Current STEM OPT holders not affected until February 2016. A federal judge's ruling earlier this month invalidated the 17-month extension of optional practical training (OPT) for international students in the science,...more

Court Determines that Stepchild Does Not Fall Under Definition of Child

The Ninth Circuit upheld the Board of Immigration Appeals’ denial of the petitioner’s claim that he derived citizenship under INA §320(a) from his U.S. citizen stepfather, who married his non-citizen mother after he was born...more

What is going on with STEM OPT?

A recent federal court ruling has created uncertainty and speculation about the STEM OPT program. This summary is provided to inform employers and F-1 STEM students of the facts about the effect of this decision....more

Best Practices for Best Employers: How to Become a Best Workplace Starting Today! - August 2015

Top 5 Legal Developments Every Employer Needs to Know Now - Laws affecting employers are changing faster than ever. If you don’t keep up, you can get burned. Here are a few of the most recent big changes every employer...more

Federal Court Rules on OPT Extension

On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the US Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) did not follow required procedures when it promulgated regulations allowing for...more

Federal Court Ruling Puts STEM OPT Extension in Jeopardy

On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the US Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) did not follow required procedures when it promulgated regulations allowing for...more

District Court Vacates F-1 STEM OPT Rule and Provides DHS With Six Months to Cure Defect

On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle of the District of Columbia vacated the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) 2008 rule allowing F-1 students in the U.S. with college-level degrees in...more

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