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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
On Friday, June 15, 2012, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano issued a Memorandum stating that DHS would shortly grant a temporary immigration status called “deferred action” to certain young people who were brought…more
Originally published in 17 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin - May 1, 2012.
Recently, many politicians have proposed changing the Fourteenth Amendment’s Citizenship Clause to exclude the U.S.-born children of persons who do not…more
The Declaration of Independence famously asserted that “all men are created equal,” but this assertion did not become an American constitutional reality until the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified in 1868. The…more
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