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What’s to Come….

There has been a lot of excitement lately, as the new Liberal Government has begun to address the promises made during their campaign last year. Proposed amendments to immigration legislation and policy are currently focused...more

DOS Announces New Policy for Phasing-out of U.S. Employment Authorization for Diplomats’ Dependents

The Department of State has announced a new policy for phasing out the ability of diplomats’ dependents holding A-2 visas to receive employment authorization in the U.S. For new applications, the Department’s Office of...more

Recent Changes to the Trade Embargo May Facilitate Cuban Baseball Players Being Able to Legally Play for MLB Teams

Last week, President Obama authorized the elimination of a ban on Cuban access to the international banking system, which in turn would allow a Cuban national to make a living in the United States without requiring that...more

Immigration Implications of ‘Brexit’

A “leave” vote on 23 June 2016 could have significant impact on employee and individual mobility, immigration, and UK citizenship status. Considering the charged political atmosphere around immigration issues and EU free...more

A Preview of Business Immigration in 2016: H-1B

From proposals to slash the H-1B cap to overhauling the EB-5 investor program, 2016 is already proving to be an interesting year for business immigration. In a series of posts, the Mintz Levin team will provide an overview of...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

President Obama's Last State of the Union Address

On the evening of January 12, 2016, in his seventh and final State of the Union (SOTU) address, President Barack Obama delivered a look back at what he hopes will be remembered as his legacy accomplishments in office, as well...more

What Does California’s New E-Verify Law Mean For Employers?

Our blog post on January 5, 2016 summarized California’s new E-Verify law and other updates. So what should California employers do differently now with respect to I-9s and E-Verify? Enrollment in E-Verify remains voluntary...more

Appeals Court Rejects Obama’s Immigration Plan

A United States Court of Appeals has ruled that President Obama cannot move forward with plans to overhaul immigration rules by providing up to five million people with work permits and protection from deportation. According...more

Congress Passes Legislation Affecting Visa Waiver Program

Certain key provisions of the omnibus spending bill will affect travel without visas, e-Passport requirements, EB-5 investors, and H-1B and L-1 “dependent” employers. Included in the omnibus spending bill, which the US...more

AB 622 Restricts the Use of E-Verify

Assembly Bill 622, which takes effect on January 1, 2016, adds section 2814 to the California Labor Code. Section 2814 prohibits employers from using E-Verify to check the employment authorization status of an existing...more

The Omnibus Spending/Budget Bill: Summary of Immigration Riders

The Omnibus Spending/Budget Bill (“Bill”) that Congress passed today contained many significant immigration components, including extensions of the following vital programs...more

Congress Approves Spending and Tax Measures; Key Labor and Employment "Riders" Omitted from Bipartisan Funding Agreement

Considered the last legislative feat of 2015, Congress approved a massive tax and spending package on Friday that includes some positive and negative provisions for employers. The Omnibus Appropriations Act funds the federal...more

Immigration Issues Included in the Omnibus Appropriation Bill

Congress has agreed on the omnibus appropriations bill, which will provide discretionary funding for the government through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2016. The bill includes a number of immigration-related...more

Congress Reaches Bipartisan Deal on 2016 Omnibus Bill

On Tuesday, December 15, 2015, Congressional leaders reached an agreement on a year-end spending and tax deal that would prevent a government shutdown and extend a series of federal programs. The deal extends several...more

Legislation Proposed to Reform H-1B and L-1 Visa Programs

In November, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Assistant Democratic Leader, introduced a new bipartisan legislation seeking to reform and reduce fraud...more

EB-5 Legislative Update

Earlier this year, bipartisan legislation was introduced that would permanently authorize the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Pilot Program. Rather than pass the legislation, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a Continuing...more

2015 California Labor and Employment Legislation Update: It’s Final!

October 11, 2015, was Governor Brown’s last day to sign bills the California Legislature presented to him following the first year of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session. Below is a summary of what did and did not make Governor...more

E-Verify Program Status

Hours before the government was due to shut down, the President signed into law a stopgap measure which will fund the federal government through December 11, 2015.   The possibility of a government shutdown would have...more

Temporary Reauthorization Expected for EB-5 Regional Center Program

The EB-5 Regional Center Program is set to sunset on September 30, 2015, at close of the federal fiscal year. Temporary funding legislation introduced in Congress to fund the Federal Government through December 11, 2015,...more

Another Potential Federal Government Shutdown: Consequences for Immigration Application Processing

Congress is currently at a budget standoff that threatens to shut down the federal government for the second time in two years, effective September 30, 2015 at midnight, the start of the new fiscal year. As with the last...more

E-Verify Program Set to Expire

The E-Verify program is set to expire 9/30/15 unless it is reauthorized by Congress (cue scary movie soundtrack).  So what does that mean for employers who use E-Verify?  Will you be locked out of the system come October 1,...more

White House Releases Report on Improving and Modernizing the Immigration System to Meet 21st Century Needs

Earlier this month, the White House released a review of the United States’ immigration policies in a report entitled, “Modernizing & Streamlining our Legal Immigration System for the 21st Century.” The Report highlights key...more

House Judiciary Committee: Don’t Bank on Immigration Reform

On July 14, 2015, the House Judiciary Committee met to discuss oversight of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Immigration was a major topic alongside border security and global threats of terrorism,...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislature Adjourns “sine die” As the final gavels in the Maine House and Senate came down around...more

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