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Significant Increase in USCIS Filing Fees to Take Effect in December 2016

Seyfarth Synopsis: Effective December 23, 2016, the filing fees for many USCIS nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions and applications will increase. The filing fees for USCIS nonimmigrant and immigrant petitions and...more

DHS Finalizes Rule to Increase Fees

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) finalized a rule that will increase immigration fees. The proposed rule was issued on May 4, 2016, and the final rule will go into effect on December 23, 2016 (60 days after...more

DHS to Increase Filing Fees Effective 12/23/2016

Effective December 23, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be adjusting the fee schedule for immigration and naturalization benefit requests processed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). DHS...more

Where Do the Presidential Candidates Stand on Employment Visas?

While many observers of the 2016 United States presidential campaign have called immigration policy one of the central issues in the election, the implications of that heightened attention to the issue are not equally clear...more

New “Smart” I-9 Form Becomes Mandatory on January 22, 2017

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that starting January 22, 2017, all employers in the United States will be required to use the new version of the Form I-9 exclusively to conduct...more

Federal Court Rejects Foreign Employee’s Attempt to Avoid Forum Selection Clause on Grounds He Signed Under Duress Upon Arriving...

Earlier this fall, the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts transferred an employee’s declaratory judgment action to the Eastern District of Michigan pursuant to a forum-selection clause in a non-compete agreement over the...more

DHS To Issue New I-9 Form After Recently Increasing Penalties For I-9 Violations

Just when employers were becoming more comfortable with the complex and lengthy Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification that was issued in 2013, the federal government has decided to turn up the heat. First, the...more

Electronic Visa Update System Affects Some People’s Republic of China Passport Holders

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that effective November 29, 2016 all People’s Republic of China passport holders carrying a 10-year visa are now required to enroll in the Electronic Visa Update System...more

Immigration Consequences of DUI Offenses

One of the most sacred principles of the U.S. criminal justice system holds that defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. This principle is not necessarily true under U.S. immigration law. A non-citizen who is...more

Where the 2016 Presidential Candidates Stand on Immigration

For those of you who missed the third and final Presidential debate, immigration was an important topic discussed by the 2016 Presidential candidates. Moderator Chris Wallace asked both candidates about their positions and...more

US Customs and Border Protection Announces Electronic Visa Update System

Enrollment is mandatory for those who hold certain visitor visas from China. The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced a new online system for China nationals to use who hold a 10-year B1/B2, B1, or...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

Drivers For All Seasons

An Arizona-based employer filed for H-2B visas for seasonal low-skilled drivers. The season for the application was 9 months: Fall-Winter-Spring, based on the growing season and the season of high volume sales for produce....more

New Work Permit Rules: Step forward or step back?

Work Permit Rules have been under discussion for a long time, and their publication on October 6 in the electronic data base was not a surprise. However, what was a surprise is that apparently they were adopted by the Order...more

USCIS Rolls Out the Blanket L Revised Form I-129S Effective Date

Over the summer, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published an updated edition of Form I-129S, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition. The new edition is dated “6/2/16.” Blanket L visa...more

Brexit: Hard Landing/Soft Landing or Down the Rabbit Hole: What’s Ahead?

This is the third in an ongoing series of blog posts by Foley & Lardner LLP on the implications of the June 23, 2016 referendum decision in the United Kingdom (“UK”) to exit the European Union (“EU”)...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

Fines Increasing: Fresh Incentive for Employer Immigration Law Compliance

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued an interim final rule that increases significantly the monetary fines assessed against employers for violations of federal immigration law. Under the Immigration Reform and...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: October 2016 #2

California Legislature Revises De Minimis Exemption of Finance Lenders Law - Real estate projects that utilize federal New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing recently received a reprieve from a state licensing...more

2018 Diversity “Green Card” Lottery Registration Period: Oct. 4 to Nov. 7, 2016

Registration for the U.S. Department of State’s electronic Diversity Visa (DV) “green card” lottery for fiscal year 2018 began at 12:00 noon U.S. Eastern Daylight Time on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Entries must be submitted by...more

People’s Republic of China Affected by Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that effective November 29, 2016 all People’s Republic of China passport holders carrying a 10-year visa are now required to enroll in the Electronic Visa Update System...more

Changes to the principal residence exemption

On October 3, 2016, the Minister of Finance of Canada announced changes to the federal Income Tax Act that will affect the availability of the principal residence exemption to non-residents and those who hold their principal...more

Hurricane Matthew Relief

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) has set out its directives to offer immigration relief measures for those persons affected by unforeseen circumstances, including natural disasters, such as Hurricane...more

EB-5 Regional Center program extended until December 9, 2016 by Continuing Resolution

Déjà vu all over again? Last Thursday, President Obama signed the Continuing Resolution, or CR, passed by Congress for the principal purpose of avoiding the shutdown of the Federal government by continuing to fund...more

New Proposed Immigration Rule Would Grant Temporary Status To International Entrepreneurs Looking To Start Companies In The United...

In August 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new proposed rule called the “International Entrepreneur Rule,” which, if passed, would benefit thousands of immigrant entrepreneurs looking to start...more

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