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DOS Announces Change in Registration Dates for 2019 Diversity Lottery

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On October 16, 2017, the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) announced that the entry period for the DV-2019 Diversity Visa (“DV-2019”) lottery that was supposed to start on October 3, 2017, has been closed due to technical...more

Top U.S. Immigration Official Announces Quadrupled Employer Compliance Audits

by Cozen O'Connor on

Employers can expect an increase in immigration compliance audits and investigations by “four to five times” beyond their current levels, the director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) announced...more

ICE Director Confirms Significant Increase in Workplace Immigration Enforcement

by Baker Donelson on

Thomas Homan, Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said his agency has plans to increase workplace immigration enforcement. In a speech to the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Homan...more

US Department of State Releases November 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

EB-1 remains current, minimal advancement in other categories. The US Department of State has released its November 2017 Visa Bulletin, setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...more

State and Justice Departments to Share Information on Employment-Based Visa Fraud

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

As part of the Trump Administration’s “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order, the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (BCA) is joining with the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division to combat both...more

What’s New in Immigration Law?

by Dickinson Wright on

USCIS Permits Certain EAD Applicants to apply for a Social Security Number on Form I-765 - Based on a new information-sharing partnership between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security...more

Developing Legal Theory Allows DACA Recipients to Sue Under Section 1981

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

It has long been thought that an employer may refuse to hire a foreign worker who: (1) is not currently authorized to work or (2) will require future visa sponsorship to work for the employer. A new legal theory has...more

With Governor Brown’s Signature, California Employers Face a Gauntlet of New Laws

by Littler on

The October 15, 2017 deadline has come and gone for Governor Jerry Brown to weigh the bills passed by the California legislature this year. Governor Brown has now signed into law a jaw-dropping number of bills that pertain to...more

California Employers Face Significant New Requirements - Banning The Box And Prohibiting Pay History Inquiries Among New State...

by Fisher Phillips on

California employers will soon need to adjust themselves to a new reality once again as a number of new workplace restrictions have been passed by the state legislature and just signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. State...more

USCIS Denying Pending Advance Parole Applications

by Varnum LLP on

In a significant change to longstanding policy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently began denying Advance Parole applications for abandonment when an applicant travels abroad while the application is...more

2017 Labor & Employment Legislative Update: It’s Finally Over! (For Now…)

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: New statutory obligations for California employers in 2018 will include prohibitions on inquiries into applicants’ salary and conviction histories, expanding CFRA to employees of smaller employers,...more

MAGA or Else: Trump DOJ Goes After Employer

by Baker Donelson on

In an Executive Order dated April 18, 2017, President Trump announced that it "shall be the policy of the executive branch to buy American and hire American." If an employer does not "hire American," it may find itself the...more

DOJ Civil Rights Division Intensifies Efforts to Investigate Discrimination Against US Workers

by WilmerHale on

On October 11, 2017, the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Rights Division, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) and the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs announced a partnership aimed at protecting US...more

DHS Uses the Power of Policy to Alter Immigration Without Legislation

Efforts to reform our nation’s immigration system through legislation are frequently contentious and can become embroiled in larger legislative debates that make the passage of a bill into law a complicated process and,...more

5 New Laws: California Governor Approves Employee-Friendly Laws

The 2017 California Legislature adjourned on September 15, 2017, and resulted in more than 700 bills being sent to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for approval. Although the deadline for the Governor to sign new bills into law...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 30

by Clark Hill PLC on

House Passes Bill on Disaster Funding: House Republicans easily passed a supplemental spending bill that included $36.5 billion of disaster aid with a vote of 353-69 after some initial worries on Thursday afternoon that it...more

US and Turkey Mutually Suspend Nonimmigrant Visa Issuance

Following the arrest of a Turkish national employee of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the U.S. has suspended all nonimmigrant visa services at its consulates in Turkey. In response, Turkey has suspended all visa services for...more

Details Emerge on the New In-Person Interview Requirement for Green Card Applicants

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On August 28, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin to "phase-in" mandatory in-person interviews for certain employment-based applications, including the main application to...more

I-9 Process Guide

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Purpose:- Immigration law requires employers to walk a fine line between determining the eligibility of employees to work in the United States (the purpose of the I-9 Form) and not discriminating against those of...more

I-9 Audit Guide

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This document is designed to be an employer’s guide for an internal private I-9 audit to be used in conjunction with the advice of corporate immigration counsel. This document alone is not a comprehensive list of...more

White House Releases Trump Administration Immigration Policy Priorities

by Littler on

On October 8, 2017, the White House released a list of immigration priorities addressing border security, interior enforcement, and a merit-based immigration system. The priority list calls for the hiring of 10,000 ICE...more

Repealing DACA Comes at a High Price to Employers

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

The Trump Administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program could have a negative, costly impact on employers. The DACA program protects nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who...more

Trump Administration’s U.S. Interior Deportations Jump 34 Percent. Employers and Immigrants Must Be Proactive.

The Washington Post reported that deportations of undocumented immigrants living in the United States have significantly increased under President Trump’s Administration. The rise is attributable to increased immigration...more

EB-5 Program Is Extended Without Changes Until December 8, 2017

by Cozen O'Connor on

On September 8, President Trump signed into law H.R. 601 which will keep the U.S. federal government open through December 8, 2017. As a result, the EB-5 Regional Center Program is now extended until such date without any...more

Targeted ICE Investigations - in it for the Long Haul with Record $95 Million Plea Deal for I-9 Violations

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With a record $95 million plea deal for I-9 immigration violations following a six year investigation, the outcome for a Pennsylvania company with operations nationwide serves as a reminder of the federal...more

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