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Is 2014 The Year For Immigration Reform?

Last year saw renewed efforts at a comprehensive immigration reform bill with the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan passage of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744), a bill that...more

U.S. Federal Government Update: Didn’t catch the State of the Union speech last night? Not a problem. We watched for you. Here’s...

The Elevator Speech Overview - On Tuesday evening, President Obama went from “Yes, We Can” to “Yes, I can” and from bold to bite size policy initiatives in his sixth State of the Union (SOTU) address. Focusing...more

DOL Issues PERM Application Guidance for Employers Affected by Shutdown

The Department of Labor (DOL) has issued guidance concerning the effects of the government shutdown on employers’ ability to file applications and other submissions as part of the PERM process. With no information about how...more

How the New California Laws Will Impact Your Business in 2014 and Beyond, Part 3: California Immigration Related Legislation

The final post in this three-part series on the newly-signed legislation in California covers the three immigration-related bills that Governor Brown recently signed. I also discuss two significant bills that the governor...more

DOL Advises Employers On Handling Of PERM, H-2A, And H-2B Applications After Government Shutdown

On October 31, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) announced that employers with time-sensitive recruitment or prevailing wage determinations that did not timely submit PERM...more

President Obama Pushes Reform Of "Broken Immigration System, But Prospects For Immigration Bill Remain Poor

On October 24, 2013, President Obama expressed the need for immigration reform, stating “[i]t doesn’t make sense to have 11 million people who are in this country illegally without any incentive or any way for them to come...more

Capital Thinking: Homeland Security

Federal Emergency Management Agency Reauthorization - On Tuesday, October 22, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-PA) introduced the first ever Federal Emergency Management...more

The Federal Government Reopens: An Update on Immigration Processing

The government officially reopened on October 17, 2013 after a shutdown that started on October 1. The shutdown had substantial immigration consequences for employers (which were explained in detail here and here). At least...more

USCIS Guidance on E-Verify Issues Post Resolution of Federal Government Shutdown

On October 17, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that E-Verify has resumed operations following resolution of the federal government shutdown. During the shutdown, USCIS suspended the...more

E-Verify Resumes Operations Following Federal Government Shutdown

USCIS issued a public announcement on October 17 to employers who were affected by the shutdown of E-Verify that occurred in the government shutdown of the last few weeks. Essentially, employers registered for E-Verify must...more

Alert! U.S. Federal Government Shutdown Ends…. E-Verify has Resumed

During the federal government shutdown all employers were required to continue to complete and retain Form I-9 for every employee hired, however, E-Verify employers were unable to access the federal government online based...more

End to Government Shutdown Heralds Resumption of US Immigration Processing

As of October 17, 2013, the government shutdown in effect since October 1, 2013 has come to an end. The shutdown had negatively impacted immigration processing in matters handled by the Department of State, United States...more

What To Do While the Government Is Shutdown

As many employers are discovering, several federal government services are temporarily disabled during the current government shutdown. One such service used by tens of thousands – and required by many -- employers across the...more

Government October 2013 Shutdown to Haunt H-1B and other Foreign Workers

Effective October 1, 2013, U.S. federal government operations are experiencing a lapse in appropriations due to the inability of Congress to pass a funding bill. The shutdown is preventing employers from filing H-1B...more

Immigration Shutdown: Green Card Process Delayed And E-Verify Unavailable During Government Shutdown

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC), which processes Applications for Permanent Employment Certification (the first stage of the green card process), prevailing wage requests and Labor...more

New Immigration Reform Bill Introduced in United States Legislature

On October 2, 2013, members of the Democratic Political Party in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced H.R. 15, “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act”. H.R. 15 is a comprehensive...more

Capital Thinking: Homeland Security

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Impact of Government Shutdown on DHS - Despite the government shutdown, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) retained more staff than other agencies because much of its operations...more

FAQs on Immigration Processing During the Federal Government Shutdown

As of the evening of October 3, 2013, Congress had not yet reached an agreement to fund the federal government. As a result, some federal agencies that rely solely on government funding cannot provide services and have been...more

Immigration Reform Update: Key House Republicans State That A Scaled Back Immigration Bill Is Still On Its Agenda

Since the U.S. Senate approved a bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Reform plan in June, attention has turned to the U.S. House of Representatives to see if an overhaul of the current immigration system will take place this...more

How the Government Shutdown is Affecting Your Business

With the closure of the largest employer in the country – the federal government – and no real guidance on the possible length of the current shutdown, private employers are questioning how the shutdown might affect their...more

Current Immigration Consequences of the Government Shutdown

With the federal government shutdown now a reality, employers should be aware of the immigration consequences. The following outlines how the government shutdown is affecting the operations at agencies that process...more

Government Shutdown Affects E-Verify, But Form I-9 Requirements Continue

With the federal government’s partial shutdown in its third day, many federal agency operations have been affected. Among them, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has suspended its E-Verify service until Congress...more

E-Verify System Offline Due to Government Shutdown

As a result of the shutdown of the federal government, the E-Verify system is currently unavailable. E-Verify’s unavailability will have a significant impact on human resource operations for participating employers. To...more

Impact of US government shutdown on immigration services

U.S. Congress’s failure to reach a budget deal has caused a partial shutdown of U.S. government offices and services. The full extent to which the government shutdown will impact various aspects of the immigration process is...more

Practical Employment Law Issues Facing Government Contractors In The Wake Of The Federal Government Shutdown

On October 1, 2013, the federal government shut down for the first time in seventeen years. The last government shutdowns in 1995 and 1996 lasted a total of 28 days. Government contractors are already feeling the bite...more

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