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Obama Immigration Executive Action: Impact on Business and Employment

In a bold move, on November 20, 2014, President Obama announced his Immigration Accountability Executive Actions to address flaws in the current immigration system. The plan contains three parts..…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

U.S. Expands Visas to Chinese Citizens to 10 Years

Chinese citizens who would like to travel to the United States now can have a visa valid for up to 10 years. Previously, the limit was one year. During President Obama’s November 2014 visit to China, the two countries agreed…more
| Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

DHS to Issue U.S. Work Permits for some H-4 Spouses

On May 6, 2014, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officially announced that the United States will offer employment authorization to H-4 spouses of H-1B specialty occupation workers, under certain conditions…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

H-1B Lottery: How Will it Work if the Quota is Filled?

April 1, 2014, is the first day USCIS will accept H-1B petitions for quota/cap-subject cases for FY 2015, commencing October 1, 2014. Only 65,000 H-1Bs are available nationwide per year for new jobs for foreign workers…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Government October 2013 Shutdown to Haunt H-1B and other Foreign Workers

Effective October 1, 2013, U.S. federal government operations are experiencing a lapse in appropriations due to the inability of Congress to pass a funding bill. The shutdown is preventing employers from filing H-1B petitions…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Government Shutdown and Employment-Related Immigration Implications

Effective October 1, 2013, U.S. federal government operations are experiencing a lapse in appropriations due to the inability of Congress to pass a funding bill. Following are implications on immigration-related government…more
| Elections & Politics, Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Immigration Reform Passes Senate Judiciary Earlier than Expected

A congressional immigration reform proposal passed its first test and was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 21, 2013. Action on the bill had been expected before the Memorial Day break, but not so much sooner…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

I-9 Employer Verification Form – Use New Version Starting May 7, 2013

Employers must begin using the new version of Form I-9 on May 7, 2013. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced publication of the revised Form I-9 for…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Senate Releases Sweeping Immigration Reform Bill

Following are some highlights for the comprehensive bipartisan immigration reform bill introduced in the Senate on April 17, 2013. H-1B Cap Raised, but New Restrictions on Temporary H-1B Workers. In an effort promote…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

U.S. Customs and Border Protection to Eliminate Paper I-94 Admission Cards, and “Automate” Electronic Admission Records

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has officially announced its intent to eliminate its use of paper I-94 arrival/departure cards, now given to temporary foreign visitors and workers at the time of their admission to the…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

Questions and Answers regarding I-94 Automation and the Elimination of Paper I-94 Cards

Why is CBP eliminating paper I-94 cards? CBP believes that filling out and issuing paper I-94 cards is an unproductive use of time, for both government officers and travelers. As part of post-9/11 initiatives put in place…more
| Immigration Law

Newly Revised Form I-9

Employers must begin using the new version of Form I-9. On March 7, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced publication of a revised Form I-9 for…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

H-1B Quota for October 1: Prepare Labor Condition Applications by March 21

The U.S. government’s H-1B temporary professional worker program allows U.S. employers to hire foreign nationals in “specialty occupation” positions that require a bachelor's degree or the equivalent. Under current law, the…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Immigration Reform: Comparing the Senate Proposal with the White House Proposal

This week, both President Obama and the Senate announced frameworks for comprehensive immigration reform. The following is a comparison of key elements in each of the plans…more
| Agriculture, Elections & Politics, Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

New Advanced NAFTA Adjudication Rules for Canadians

Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadians with certain specified occupations may work in the United States under the Trade NAFTA (TN) classification. Previously, all first-time, initial TN applications…more
| Immigration Law, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law
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