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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

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

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

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

Not Quite the DREAM Act for Military DREAMers

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

| Administrative Law, Immigration Law, Maritime Law, Military Law

Is Birthright Citizenship Good for America?

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

| Constitutional Law, Immigration Law

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