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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

Fifth Circuit to Hear Oral Arguments on Whether to Lift Injunction on April 17

Tuesday, the Fifth Circuit granted the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) request to expedite its appeal of U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s injunction staying President Obama’s immigration actions....more

Employment Law - March 2015 #2

California Legislation to Consider: Protections for Unpaid Interns and Volunteers - Why it matters: In this issue of the newsletter, the focus of our review of new California laws shifts from leaves of absence...more

DHS and DOL to Issue Joint Interim Final Rule on H-2B Petitions

As previously-reported, on March 4, 2015, the federal district court in the Northern District of Florida vacated the Department of Labor’s (DOL) 2008 H-2B regulations on the ground that DOL lacks authority under the...more

California Supreme Court Decides To Admit Chinese Immigrant After All

I’ve taken a special interest in following the case of Hong Yen Chang (no known relation to my son-in-law).  Mr. Chang arrived in the U.S. in 1872 and graduated from Yale and then Columbia Law School.  ...more

The Schengen Agreement

If you have ever checked Visa requirements for a European country, you have likely seen the phrase “the Schengen area.” The following 26 countries are members of the Schengen area: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark,...more

China Update February 2015: Settlement of the SEC Action Against Chinese Auditors Regarding Production of Workpapers, and EB-5...

Settlement of the SEC Action Against Chinese Auditors Regarding Production of Workpapers - Earlier this month the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) agreed to “stay” the administrative action (meaning the SEC...more

Temporary Injunction Issued Against DAPA And Expanded DACA

Judge Andrew Hanen, a federal judge in South Texas, temporarily blocked President Obama’s executive actions on immigration this past Monday, February 16. The lawsuit was brought by 26 states and Judge Hanen ruled that the...more

Federal Judge Enjoins President’s Immigration Action

On Monday, February 16th, a federal judge in Texas ruled in favor of the state of Texas and 25 other states to halt President Obama’s executive action on immigration, which was announced in November 2014. HRLegalist...more

Evidence of Immigration Status: Rarely Relevant, Almost Always Prejudicial

Now, more than ever, terms like “illegal alien,” “illegal immigrant,” and “undocumented worker” generate fear and controversy in our society. And in the courtroom setting, the passionate responses inspired by “immigration”...more

Client Alert: Disclosure of Plaintiff’s Status as Undocumented Alien to Prospective Jury Panel Grounds for Mistrial

In Velasquez v. Centrome, Inc. (No. B247080, filed 1/30/2015) the Court of Appeal, Second District, held that a trial judge’s disclosure to the panel of prospective jurors of plaintiff’s status as an undocumented alien was...more

Mayors File Amicus Brief in Support of Obama’s Immigration Executive Order

On January 26th, a coalition of over 30 mayors, along with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and National League of Cities, filed an amicus – or “friend of the court” – brief in the Texas v. United States lawsuit that challenges...more

DHS Issues Final Rule Permitting Attorneys to Receive Immigration Correspondence/Documents Previously Sent Directly to Applicants

The Department of Homeland Security announced this week that the final rule, Notices of Decisions and Documents Evidencing Lawful Status, published for comment on October 29, 2014, is effective as of January 27, 2015....more

Immigration Judge Forced to Recuse Herself from Cases Involving Shared Heritage

An Iranian American immigration judge has sued the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) after it issued an official order forcing her to recuse herself from all immigration cases involving Iranian nationals. ...more

PERM Denial Upheld for Failure to Include Free Housing Benefit in Advertisement

An important goal of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) is to protect U.S. workers from being displaced in the job market by foreign workers. Certain employment-based permanent residence applications therefore require...more

Supreme Court Update: Jennings V. Stephens And Order List

Greetings, Court fans! We're back with breaking news on the certiorari front, along with a summary of one of Wednesday's decisions, Jennings v. Stephens (13-7211), on the application of certain longstanding principles of...more

Beyond U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents: Are Other Classes of Individuals Legally Authorized to Work Protected from...

In a novel case, a New York federal court judge recently denied an employer’s motion to dismiss a Section 1981 alienage discrimination class action lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company...more

USCIS Seeks Feedback on RFE Template for Multinational Executive and Manager Category

In April 2010, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched its Request for Evidence (RFE) Project, an initiative to review and revise the agency’s Service Center RFE templates. Since then, USCIS has published...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 next year's allotment of visas for foreign national professionals in specialty occupations. Cap-subject...more

California Employment Law Notes - January 2015

$300,000 In Punitive Damages Upheld In Sexual Harassment Case Despite Nominal Damages Award - State of Arizona v. ASARCO LLC, 2014 WL 6918577 (9th Cir. 2014) (en banc). Angela Aguilar who worked in a copper mine...more

DOL Administrative Review Board Nixes Greedy H-1B Worker's Front Pay Appeal Based on New H-1B Employer Petition Approval

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has just released a final decision and order rendered this past July by the Administrative Review Board (ARB), holding that an H-1B worker's front pay claim against a former employer is cut...more

Form I-9 Verification Process Update

The following important highlights resulted from the November meeting between the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee, USCIS’s Verification Division, and ICE’s Homeland...more

China Begins Issuing 10-year Visas

For many years, U.S.-China relations have been strained; however, with President Obama’s recent trip to the Asia-Pacific region, tensions seem to be easing. Evidence of this upturn in relations comes as China began issuing...more

Employment and Immigration Issues Facing Banks

EMPLOYMENT ISSUES - 1. No compensation for compensable work - Many banks—including large, sophisticated banks—are facing class action lawsuits for not compensating non-exempt employees for compensable work....more

USCIS Issues Outdated & Erroneous Case Status Emails

Lately we have been receiving outdated and/or erroneous USCIS case status emails for pending applications and adjudicated petitions. Some, but not all, emails were followed by an email confirming that the first email was in...more

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