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Pilot Program May Soon Help Streamline Employment-based Visa Process

On March 3, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched a pilot program called “Known Employer” to streamline the process by which employers who sponsor foreign national workers send documents and...more

Innocents Abroad: Emergency at the Border—Key Considerations

What an afternoon! When Winston Wild’s manager called me, indicating that he was detained at Pearson International Airport, we did not know what to do, which is why I called you. Thank you for calling Winston Wild so...more

EU Threatens to Revoke U.S. and Canada Visa Waivers

Today, the European Commission met to discuss whether it should continue to allow U.S. and Canadian citizens the privilege of visiting the region without the necessity of a visa. The Commission asked governments and European...more

Electronic Passports Now Required for Visitors to the U.S. Under the Visa Waiver Program

Seyfarth Synopsis in a Second: Visa Waiver Program travelers to the U.S. must now possess an e-Passport. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that effective April 1, 2016, in accordance with the...more

Resource for Doing Business in the U.S. – Installment #6 – Immigration Matters

You have a plan for doing business in the U.S. Now who is going to help make that happen? As companies get ready to do business in the U.S. they often delay in thinking about one key matter: making sure the people needed to...more

USCIS Announces FY 2017 H-1B Visa Cap Reached

On April 7, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory quota of 65,000 standard H-1B petitions and the cap exemption of...more

Emergency H-2B Processing Available For Another Month

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that it will continue to accept emergency requests until midnight on April 29, 2016, for H-2B applications filed on or between April 2 and April 29, 2016. This extension is due to...more

New STEM OPT Rules: More than Just an Extra Seven Months of Work Authorization

On March 11, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its final rule on enhancements to the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for F-1 international students in science, technology, engineering...more

H-1B Cap Reached — Lottery Initiated and Premium Processing Delayed

On April 7, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it reached the statutory cap of H-1B petitions for fiscal year (FY) 2017. As predicted, the USCIS received a heavy demand for the...more

USCIS Guidance on “Same or Similar” Occupations

USCIS has issued a new policy memorandum (PM) outlining relevant considerations in assessing whether a position qualifies as a “same or similar” occupation to the foreign national’s previously approved job for purposes of...more

DHS Issues STEM OPT Final Rule

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") recently issued its long-awaited F–1 nonimmigrant student visa regulations on optional practical training (“OPT”) for certain students with degrees in science, technology,...more

Refugee Resettlement

On average, Canada approves approximately 10,000 refugee applications for permanent residence each year. Due to the Syrian refugee crisis, the Government of Canada announced last year that it would admit 25,000 Syrian...more

I-9 Like Your Cereal: Valid Past Expiration, For Now

Clients who pay attention might worry that they have missed something when they see that the OMB expiration date of March 31 has come and gone. But just like some items in your refrigerator or pantry, the Form I-9 for...more

USCIS Allows Additional 30-Day Comment Period on Proposed Changes to Form I-9, Employers Must Continue Using Form I-9 with March...

On Monday, March 28, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published notice in the Federal Register to allow an additional 30 days for public comment on its proposed changes to Form I-9, Employment...more

USCIS: Form I-9 Remains in Effect After Expiration Date

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that until further notice employers should continue to use the existing Form I-9 for employment eligibility verification. The current version of the form will...more

Immigration Bulletin – Obama Administration Relaxes Travel Restrictions to Cuba

The Obama Administration has recently announced a further relaxation of travel restrictions for U.S. citizens interested in traveling to Cuba. The recent changes would allow individuals to travel to Cuba as part of...more

Changes to Immigration Law Block Journalist’s Entry to the U.S.

A BBC journalist was recently rejected from boarding a plane to the U.S. under new immigration rules rules passed in 2015. Rana Rahimpour, a London based journalist with dual British-Iranian citizenship, was attempting to fly...more

Recent Amendments to the Cuba Sanctions Ease Restrictions for Travel and Shipping Sectors

This client alert addresses the recent amendments to the Cuba sanctions regime in the wake of President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba. The recent changes represent the increasing efforts of the U.S. government to restore...more

Easy Come, Easy Go: Latest Developments in US Sanctions

Making regular updates to policies and procedures related to international trade compliance has always been an important aspect of ensuring their effectiveness, and particularly in light of the myriad changes to various U.S....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

Final STEM OPT Rule Released - Effective May 10, 2016

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a final rule that allows foreign graduates of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (“STEM”) programs from U.S. universities an additional 24 months of F-1 Optional...more

Immigration Bulletin – USCIS Announces New STEM OPT Regulations

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued new F-1 student visa regulations that increase the amount of Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment authorization available to foreign students with...more

US Customs Bill Addresses Trade Remedy Enforcement, IPR Protection and US Trade Agreements

On February 24, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act ("the Act"), which covers, inter alia, US trade remedy law enforcement, intellectual property rights (IPR) protection by...more

New DHS Rule Creates Extended Work Authorization for STEM Graduates - Side Benefit is a Potential H-1B Workaround

On March 11, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security issued a long-anticipated final rule allowing certain foreign students with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees earned in the U.S. to extend their...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

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