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USCIS Reopens H-1B Premium Processing for Institutions of Higher Education and Other Cap-Exempt Petitions

On March 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unexpectedly announced that it would temporarily suspend its premium processing service for all H-1B petitions received on or after April 3, 2017. The...more

Trump Administration Delays Regulations To Fast-Track Startups

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Trump administration recently announced it is delaying – and likely rescinding – the Obama-era International Entrepreneur Rule (the “Rule”). The Rule was slated to go into effect on July 17, 2017. It would have made it...more

USCIS Issues New Form I-9 that Employers Must Use by September 18th

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On July 17, 2017, the United States Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), released a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. While the new form currently is...more

Revised Form I-9 Released; Mandatory Use By Mid-September

by LeClairRyan on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification on July 17, 2017. Employers can use this revised version, or continue using the prior Form I-9...more

Latest Revised I-9 Form Released

For the second time in less than a year, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has revised the Form I-9. The latest version of the form was released on July 17, and has a footer reading “07/17/17 N.” ...more

Mergers and Acquistions: Effectively Navigating I-9 Compliance Issues

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Corporate mergers and acquisitions are typically complex and expensive transactions. While financial matters typically comprise the core of an acquiring company’s due diligence efforts during a merger or acquisition,...more

Timing Is Everything: USCIS Revises Form I-9 To Clarify When Section 1 Should Be Completed

As you may recall, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently modernized the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to offer both a “paper” and an “electronic” version. Last week, the USCIS released yet...more

Premium Processing Resumed for Certain H-1B Petitions

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

As of July 24, 2017, USCIS has resumed premium processing service for certain types of H-1B cap-exempt petitions. While premium processing is still not available for most H-1B petitions, USCIS announced that it will now...more

USCIS Will Resume Premium Processing for Certain H-1B Petitions

by Baker Donelson on

On July 24, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it would resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions effective immediately. Premium processing for H-1B petitions had been suspended in...more

Massachusetts High Court Rules That State Law Does Not Authorize Officials to Honor ICE Detainers

by Foley Hoag LLP on

On July 24, 2017, in the case Lunn v. Commonwealth, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) ruled that state and local officials are not authorized to arrest immigrants based on civil immigration detainers issued by...more

US Supreme Court Denies Motion to Clarify Scope of Prior ‘Travel Ban’ Decision

by Morgan Lewis on

The Court’s decision leaves in place the relevant parts of a July 13 decision by a federal district judge in Hawaii finding the administration’s interpretation of “bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United...more

September 18 Deadline Set By U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for Employers to Use Revised Form I-9

by Genova Burns LLC on

Currently, every employer that recruits, hires, or refers employees for a fee in the U.S. is required to complete the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification process within three days of a new employee’s hiring.  On...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - July 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Employers who have been anxiously awaiting an answer as to whether the Department of Labor (“DOL”) will continue to defend the Obama Administration’s controversial overtime rule that was temporarily blocked by a federal court...more

Five Workforce Management Challenges in Unprecedented Times - Take 5 Newsletter - July 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Employers across all industries are deep in the midst of exciting but unchartered and fluid times. Rapid and unforeseen technological advancements are largely responsible for this dynamic. And while there is a natural...more

Premium Processing Resumes for Cap-Exempt H-1B Employers

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On July 24, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would resume premium processing for H-1B petitions for certain cap-exempt employers effective immediately....more

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Certain Cap-Exempt H-1B Petitions

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Monday, July 24, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released an update detailing how it will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions....more

DHS Allows One-Time Increase in H-2B Guest Worker Visas for Fiscal Year 2017

On July 19, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Labor (DOL) increased the numerical limit (or “cap”) on H-2B visas by up to 15,000 additional visas through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2017....more

Trump Administration Plans to Ax the International Entrepreneur Rule

by Barley Snyder on

Last week the Department of Homeland Security announced that it would delay—and very likely withdraw—the International Entrepreneur Rule, a set of immigration regulations proposed by the Obama administration....more

Reinvestment of EB-5 Funds in a New Project Can Maintain the "At-Risk" Requirement

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

One of the more popular topics among EB-5 project owners and practitioners in recent years is the requirement that investors' funds remain "at risk" as a bona fide "investment." Complications arise regarding maintenance of...more

USCIS Resumes H-1B Premium Processing for Certain Cap-Exempt Petitions

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

USCIS announced that – beginning July 24, 2017 – it will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions, including those where the petitioner is an institution of higher education, a nonprofit organization...more

Immigration May Knock at Your Company’s Front Door Soon. What Do You Do?

With the Administration’s plan to build a huge wall along the United States-Mexican border stalled without funding and with waning support, the White House has increasingly shifted its immigration enforcement to employers....more

New Form I-9 Again for Employers

by Dickinson Wright on

On July 17, 2017 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the availability of a new version of the Form I-9. The new version has a revision date of 07/17/17....more

Cap-Exempt H-1B Petitions Once Again Eligible for Premium Processing

Effective immediately, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will resume premium processing for select cap-exempt H-1B petitions. Cap-exempt petitioners who are eligible for premium processing can file...more

Premium Processing Resumes For Certain Additional Cap-Exempt H-1B Petitions

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced July 24 that it will resume premium processing of certain additional types of H-1B petitions, effective immediately. H-1B petitioners who are (or have a sound...more

Possible Workforce Impact from DACA and TPS Elimination

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The combination of the Trump Administration re-examination of grants of Temporary Protected Status to nearly 340,000 foreign nationals, and the recent threats by Texas and ten other States to challenge the...more

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