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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

UK Immigration Rule Changes

The Government announced the following changes on 3 November 2016. Tier 2 - The following changes will affect all certificates of sponsorship assigned by Tier 2 sponsors on or after 24 November 2016...more

Mark Your Calendars: USCIS Raises Filing Fees Effective December 23

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on October 24, 2016 that effective December 23, 2016 fees for most nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions will increase by an average of 21 percent. This...more

Delays in Canadian Immigration Online Application Filings: Technical Difficulties Persist

Seyfarth Synopsis: Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) electronic application processing systems have been experiencing significant technical difficulties since October 17, 2016. Consequently, there have been...more

Update: EB-5 Regional Center Program Receives Short-Term Extension

On September 29, 2016, as part of recently enacted federal spending legislation, the EB-5 Regional Center Program received a short-term extension through December 9, 2016. The Program has been similarly extended, with no...more

Brexit: Future Proofing Your European Business

The dust has now settled after the seismic shift of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union (also known as “Brexit”) on 23 June. The British Government has yet to formally trigger exit, and legal challenges are underway by...more

EB-5 Program Extended by Continuing Resolution to December 9 Without Changes

The U.S. Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5) has been extended through December 9, 2016, following the recent signing of a continuing resolution to fund the federal government and avoid a shutdown. The EB-5 Program provides a...more

Plan to Grant Work Authorization to Millions Remains on Hold After Supreme Court Denies Request for Rehearing

On the first day of its new term, the United States Supreme Court sidestepped another opportunity to determine the constitutionality of President Obama’s executive immigration reforms. On October 3, 2016, the Court denied...more

Supreme Court Denies Rehearing in Immigration Case

On Monday, October 3rd the Supreme Court denied the Obama administration’s request to rehear arguments in United States v. Texas, a case involving President Obama’s 2014 executive actions on immigration. The Supreme Court...more

October 2016 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) has issued a Visa Bulletin update for the month of October 2016 and, for the first time since November 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - September 2016

The Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") recently announced a proposal that would allow foreign entrepreneurs to enter the United States to operate high-growth, job-creating startup enterprises. As with other business...more

Update on EEA applications for UK Permanent Residence

Due to continuing uncertainty following the Brexit vote, EEA nationals who qualify are acting now to secure their right to stay in the UK. No doubt to help with the influx of applications received from EEA nationals, the Home...more

UK Visas & Immigration provide premium sponsor licence

From October 2016, for an additional fee of £200, sponsors will be able to subscribe to a new optional premium service. This will enable sponsors licensed under Tier 2 and Tier 5 to have Sponsor Management System (SMS)...more

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