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USCIS Unveils Proposed Changes to Form I-9

On November 24, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a notice in the Federal Register to inform the public of proposed changes to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Many of the...more

The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Highlights of the Resettlement Process and Tips for Employers

The terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13th have heightened Americans’ concern over security as President Obama has pledged to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees fleeing that troubled, violent, and oppressive land. A number...more

Looking Backwards and Forward: A Review of Key EEOC Developments, Successes and Failures in FY 2015 and What to Watch For in FY...

On November 19, 2015, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its annual Performance and Accountability Report (PAR), which highlights key EEOC developments over the past fiscal year, ending September 30,...more

Heads Up Employers: New Law Limits Use of E-Verify

Many California employers use the federal electronic employment verification system, better known as E-Verify, to validate whether the employees they hire are authorized to work in the United States. E-Verify has been a...more

Indians Dominate Ranks of IT Workers on H-1B Visas

About 87 percent of H-1B visas for computer jobs are issued to Indians, according to a Computerworld analysis of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) data. The publication look at about 76,000 H-1B visas issued...more

The Department of Homeland Security offers important guidance relevant to foreign national job portability

On November 20, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") issued a significant draft policy memorandum ("PM") containing proposed guidance on the definition of "same or similar" under INA Section 204(j), which is...more

Obama Administration Announces $100 million in TechHire Grants to Support IT, Cybersecurity, Broadband Sector Training

On November 17, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) and the White House issued a funding announcement releasing $100 million in grants as a part of the Obama Administration’s TechHire Initiative, which specifically calls out...more

Expect the Unexpected – Delays in Processing O and P Petitions

The American Immigration Lawyers Association has sent out an alert that O and P petitions are currently taking approximately eight to ten weeks to be processed, which is much longer than the Vermont and California Service...more

Purging of E-Verify Records Older Than Ten Years Every Year In January Necessitates The Use Of The Historic Records Report in...

In accordance with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) records retention and disposal schedule, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) disposes of E-Verify records that are over 10 years old...more

Planning Ahead: H-1Bs for FY2017

As a reminder to all U.S. employers, H-1B season is almost here! United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will start accepting new H-1B petitions for fiscal year 2017 on Friday, April 1, 2016. As such,...more

Fifth Circuit Strikes Down DACA and Expanded DAPA

On November 9, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld an injunction permanently barring the implementation of two executive action initiatives President Obama announced in November 2014 –...more

Important Updates for E-Verify Employers

Effective January 1, 2016, E-Verify employers in California face new penalties for misuse of E-Verify. Other updates to E-Verify include a data purge on January 1 as well as system enhancements to assist E-Verify...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

Fifth Circuit Ruling Upholds Injunction Against the President’s Executive Actions on Immigration

In a 2-1 ruling, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen on the grounds that the lawsuit filed by a coalition of 26 states opposing the implementation of...more

Employers May Request Alternative Documents Following an Internal I-9 Audit

On October 23, the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) issued a technical assistance letter (TAL) in response to an employer’s request...more

EEOC Firmará Acuerdo Nacional de Entendimiento con el Ecuador el 10 de Noviembre

El Acuerdo establecerá una colaboración en contra de la discriminación - WASHINGTON - La Comisión para la Igualdad de Oportunidades en el Empleo (EEOC, por sus siglas en inglés) firmará un Acuerdo Nacional de...more

EEOC to Sign National Memorandum of Understanding with Ecuador on Nov. 10

Agreement Will Establish Ongoing Collaboration to Fight Discrimination - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will enter into a national Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ecuador on...more

Holiday Planning Should Include H-1B Cap Planning

While it may seem early, the holiday season is a good time for employers to start preparing for the H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2017, which begins October 1, 2016. Demand for the H-1B has steadily increased so that last year,...more

New Department of Homeland Security Regulation Aims to Preserve and Enhance STEM OPT Program for Nonimmigrant Students and U.S....

On October 19, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register regarding optional practical training (OPT) extensions for F-1 students with U.S. degrees...more

USCIS Announces Enhancements to E-Verify

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced enhancements to E-Verify. Following is a portion of the announcement....more

BALCA: Error Caused by Deficient PERM Form Not a Proper Reason for Denial

The permanent labor certification process (also referred to as PERM) allows an employer to hire a foreign national to work permanently in the United States. Prior to filing a PERM application for a foreign worker with the...more

Global Employment Lawyer Volume 2, Issue 1 - November/December 2015

Look out, beware—its holiday party season! According to a survey by Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., about 88 percent of companies in the US had holiday parties last year. That percentage has been hovering around 90...more

F-1 Optional Practical Training Proposed Rule Released; Work Authorization Expanded for STEM Students

The long-awaited proposed rule on F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) was published in the Federal Register on October 19, 2015, by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The proposed rule is titled “Improving and...more

2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Coming to a Close

On October 1, 2015, the US Department of State commenced accepting applications for the 2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV Program) makes available up to 50,000 immigrant visas...more

Choosing The Right Entertainment Industry Work Visa

As smartphone recording capabilities and the popularity of social media help entertainers reach wider audiences around the world, entertainers who wish to come to the United States to perform are, paradoxically, finding it...more

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