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FY2019 Diversity Lottery Instructions Are Now Available

by Mintz Levin on

The U.S. Department of State has announced that registration for the 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2019), also known as the Green Card Lottery, will commence at noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), Tuesday, October...more

H-1B Premium Processing Resumed

by Mintz Levin on

On September 18, 2017, USCIS resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions that are subject to the FY2018 annual cap....more

Accountant and Attorney Liability NewsBrief - Fall 2017

by LeClairRyan on

Our attorneys have published the Fall 2017 edition of LeClairRyan's Accountant and Attorney Liability NewsBrief. In this issue: - Supreme Court Limits SEC Disgorgement to Five Years - Revised Form I-9 Released:...more

Temporary Worker Visa Update: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Cap-Subject H-1B Visas

On Monday, September 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a news release announcing an immediate resumption of Premium Processing for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the fiscal year 2018 cap....more

California Countdown: Which Labor & Employment Bills Will the Governor Sign?

by Littler on

September 15 was the last day in 2017 for bills to pass both houses of the California Legislature and be forwarded to the governor. Governor Jerry Brown (D) has until October 15, 2017 to sign, veto, or otherwise not act upon...more

USCIS Policy Changes Impacting Green Card Filings

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

USCIS has recently enacted two policy changes in regards to permanent residency applicants applying for Adjustment of Status (AOS). These changes impact applications for Advance Parole Travel Authorization (AP) as well as...more

This Year’s Diversity Visa Lottery Opens Oct. 3—For Possibly the Last Time?

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. State Department recently announced that it will begin accepting applications for this year’s Diversity Immigrant Visa Program—commonly referred to as the diversity visa (DV) lottery system—starting on Tuesday,...more

USCIS to Require Interviews for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications as of October 1

by LeClairRyan on

As of October 1, 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will mandate an in-person interview for any individual adjusting from an employment-based status to permanent residency (Form I-485 adjustment...more

Employers Take Note: New Form I-9 Now in Effect

As of September 18, 2017, all employers must now use the revised Form I-9 released by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to verify the identity and employment authorization of all new hires, whether citizens or...more

Say Goodbye to the 30/60 Day Rule

by Baker Donelson on

When applying for a nonimmigrant or temporary U.S. visa and when actually seeking to enter the U.S., most applicants – including those for B visitor, F student and J exchange visitor – are required to convince the consular or...more

Premium Processing Resumed for H-1B Cap Petitions

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

USCIS has resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap. This includes petitions receipted in this year's H-1B lottery process, subject to the standard H-1B cap of 65,000 and...more

Vedder Price Business Immigration Alert - September 2017

by Vedder Price on

1. September 18, 2017: Employers Must Use New I-9 Form. As you may recall, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) recently released yet another revised version (edition 07/17/17) of Form I-9, Employment...more

Rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

by Cozen O'Connor on

On September 5, 2017 DHS rescinded the June 15, 2012 memorandum issued by President Obama which established the “DACA” program. The “DACA” rescission requires individuals that are seeking an extension of their status to file...more

Singapore: A Changing Paradigm in Redundancy and Reductions in Force

by Morgan Lewis on

Recent changes in the notification and oversight process for redundancy and RIF exercises show the Ministry of Manpower’s strengthened commitment to employee rights....more

USCIS Reinstates Premium Processing for H-1B Cap Subject Petitions

by Cozen O'Connor on

USCIS announced on Monday, September 18, 2017, that it will immediately accept premium processing requests of all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap. H-1B cap petitions filed in April 2017,...more

Registration For This Year's Diversity Lottery Program Starts On October 3, 2017: Here's What To Know

The U.S. State Department administered DV Lottery Program awards immigrant visas (green cards) to individuals hailing from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. This year there are 50,000 DV visas...more

DHS Updates Temporary Protected Status For Sudan And South Sudan

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan will terminate in 12 months on November 2, 2018, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced on September 18, 2017. TPS is terminated when DHS determines that the...more

The New Redesigned Permanent Resident Card (“Green Cards”) And Employment Authorization Document

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On May 1, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began issuing redesigned versions of the Permanent Resident Card (aka a “Green Card”) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next...more

H-1B Premium Processing Returns for FY2018 H-1B Cap Cases

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On September 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that premium processing will resume for a limited type of H-1B petition. USCIS will resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions subject...more

California Legislative Wrap-Up – Next Stop: Governor’s Desk!

by Fisher Phillips on

The Legislature worked into the wee hours of the morning Saturday as it hit its deadline to pass legislation and send bills to Governor Brown for signature or veto....more

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Cap Subject H-1B Petitions

by Foley Hoag LLP on

As of Tuesday, September 19, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed accepting requests for premium processing for cap subject petitions. The process is only available for pending petitions, not...more

2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program Announced

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has announced the opening of the registration period for the 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Program enables foreign nationals to apply for permanent...more

Trump Administration Rescinds DACA

by Murtha Cullina on

On September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration would be eliminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (commonly known as “DACA”). The DACA program allowed for...more

USCIS Allows Premium Processing of Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions

by Morgan Lewis on

Premium processing resumed on September 18, 2017. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on September 18, 2017 that it will once again allow premium processing of all H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal...more

Federal Judge Blocks President Trump’s Effort to Punish Sanctuary Cities

On Friday, United States District Court Judge Harry Leinenweber blocked the U.S. Department of Justice from refusing to provide federal grant money to localities that had enacted “sanctuary city” laws protecting immigrants...more

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