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Effective January 22, 2017: NEW I-9 Forms

Employers are required to prepare and retain I-9 Forms for employees. The purpose – to verify an employee’s identity and authorization to work in the United States. The New I-9 Forms should make them easier to complete and...more

What to Expect on the Immigration Front from President Trump?

With the inauguration just days away, what will the immigration landscape look like in the first 100 days of the Trump Administration? We can expect a lot of talk about enforcement, about the repeal of various executive...more

New USCIS Rule Amending Several Employment-Based and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs Will Take Effect on January 17, 2017

Beginning on January 17, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will implement a new rule that amends certain regulations relating to employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs. The rule's goal...more

New penalties in place under the Immigration Act 2016

The Immigration Act 2016 is now in force and its substantive provisions seek to reflect the Home Office’s aim of making the immigration system more robust in the face of illegal working. The key terms include two new...more

Criminal record check for Tier 2 UK migrants

From 6 April 2017 those applying to come to the UK to undertake certain jobs, along with their adult dependants, will be subject to the requirement under the Immigration Rules to produce a criminal record certificate. The...more

Terminated Disney Employees Allege that Outsourcing Work to Indian Workers Discriminated against American Workers

Disney continues to face legal repercussions from the company’s 2014/15 layoffs of numerous American IT workers, and the outsourcing of their functions to two Indian companies employing H-1B workers. On Monday, Dec. 12th,...more

U.S. Immigration & The Trump Administration

With the announcement of President-elect Trump's plan for his first 100 days in office and his selection for Secretary of Department of Homeland Security, it appears the new administration will focus not only on illegal...more

Reminder: USCIS Filing Fees Will Increase on December 23, 2016

Beginning on December 23, 2016, filing fees for many United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) visa petitions and applications will increase.  This is the first time since 2010 that USCIS has increased its filing...more

Will the New Executive Administration Impact the H-1B Lottery?

Human Resources professionals with U.S. companies that are reliant upon skilled foreign workers often spend the last few months of the calendar year and the beginning of the new calendar year identifying individuals who will...more

EB-5 Program Gets Temporary Extension; USCIS Issues New EB-5 Policy Manual

The EB-5 Regional Center Program has been extended through April 28, 2017, following the passage of a continuing resolution (CR) by Congress that narrowly avoided a government shutdown. The CR provides continued funding...more

Tech Sector Braces for Possible Impact from President-Elect Trump’s Immigration Agenda

There could be repercussions for the tech sector from any number of actions that President-elect Trump might take on immigration. There could even be impact from his actions taken in other areas such as trade and national...more

Answers to Ten Key Questions about the New Form I-9

USCIS has released a new version of the Form I-9, which all employers must use beginning no later than 1/22/17. We’ve closely tracked its release. Here are answers to 10 key questions about the new Form I-9....more

New DHS Rule Gives Employers, Employees Flexibility in the Face of Immigrant Visa Backlogs

The Department of Homeland Security published a final rule on November 18, 2016, relating to certain employment-based visa programs. The new regulations will go into effect on January 17, 2017. The rule focuses on job...more

New Employment-Based Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visa Regulation

On November 18, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its Final Rule amending regulations related to certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs. The new rule will take effect on January...more

New I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form

On November 14, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The new form will replace the 2013 version and will be valid until August 31,...more

Revised I-9 Form Must Be Used in 2017

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (UCIS) has released a revised version of the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form. The revised form must be used exclusively beginning on January 22, 2017; until then,...more

American Businesses Should be Concerned by Trump’s Announcement That He Will Nominate Jeff Sessions as Attorney General

President-elect Donald Trump has announced that he intends to nominate Senator Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. If confirmed, the conservative Senator from Alabama would serve as the country’s top law enforcement official....more

What will U.S. Business Immigration Look Like Under A Trump Administration?

More than 10 days have passed since the election results were revealed, and the United States now has a businessman as its president-elect ready to take office on January 20, 2017. However, despite his business background, it...more

Canada to Overhaul the Express Entry Permanent Residency Eligibility Requirements

Seyfarth Synopsis: Canada to significantly alter the Permanent Residency eligibility requirements under the Express Entry points-based program. The following alert is relevant to organizations with a presence in...more

USCIS Releases New I-9 Form

USCIS has released a new version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Employers should now start using the new 11/14/2016 version, which will become mandatory on January 22, 2017. Until then, employers may...more

The Election Results Are In: Now What?

President-elect Donald J. Trump successfully campaigned using a simple pledge to, “Make America Great Again!” In January, the Trump administration and a Republican-majority Congress will begin work on what could be sweeping...more

November 2016 UK Immigration Update

The changes are designed to incentivise businesses to reduce their reliance on migrant workers. On 3 November, the UK government announced changes to the UK immigration rules, implementing revisions that the Migration...more

What Employers Can Expect from the Trump Administration: Immigration

Our alert on Monday (11/14/16) provided a brief summary of immigration-specific changes that are likely under Donald Trump’s new administration. This alert provides greater detail on the immigration policies that Candidate...more

Department of State Releases December 2016 Visa Bulletin

No change in Dates for Filing chart; small gains in Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its December 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority date cutoffs...more

What Are the New Changes to the U.K. Immigration Rules?

On November 3, 2016, the U.K. Government made a Statement of Changes to Parliament, setting out changes to the Immigration Rules that will go into effect November 24, 2016, including: - Closing the Tier 2 ICT Skills...more

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