Mintz Levin - Immigration Law

Immigration Policy by Lottery?

The diversity visa green card lottery has been an important part of U.S. immigration law for the last 20 years. It allows 55,000 foreign nationals to immigrate each year and was implemented to fulfill the worthy goal of…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Mobile Passport Control Expansion

In its most recent foray into utilizing technology at the border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) expanded Mobile Passport Control (“MPC”) to Miami International Airport. MPC is an authorized app available via both the…more
| Immigration Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

DHS Funded for One More Week; Shutdown Temporarily Averted

Republican leaders and both branches of Congress failed Friday to come to a long-term agreement to provide fiscal year funding for the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and provide confidence that a DHS shutdown will be…more
| Administrative Law, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Immigration Law

Beyond U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents: Are Other Classes of Individuals Legally Authorized to Work Protected from Employment Discrimination?

In a novel case, a New York federal court judge recently denied an employer’s motion to dismiss a Section 1981 alienage discrimination class action lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law, Insurance

Skilled Immigration Reform: Will 2015 Be the Year?

On January 13, 2015 Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Coons (D-DE), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 into the Senate. …more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

It’s Time to Prepare H-1B Visa Petitions for Fiscal Year 2016

This alert is a reminder of the rapidly approaching April 1, 2015 deadline for the filing of H-1B visa petitions for Fiscal Year 2016. Petitions for the new fiscal year, which starts on October 1, 2015, will be accepted by the…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

New J-1 Visa Provisions Effective January 5, 2015

In October 2014, the Department of State (“DOS”) amended Subpart A of the J exchange visitor regulations. These new regulations go into effect in 2015 and apply to all exchange visitor programs and program categories. There are…more
| Education, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Senate Passes Spending Bill: DHS Only Funded Through February 2015

In an unusual weekend session, the US Senate passed the “Cromnibus” government funding bill, providing funding for most government agencies through September 2015. However, the Department of Homeland Security, which includes US…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Immigration Law

Employment-based Visa Petitions: Why Dun and Bradstreet Can Make or Break a Petition

It’s a little known fact that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) won’t approve an employment-based visa petition before checking the company information against the Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) database via the…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

President Obama’s Executive Immigration Reform: Shining a Spotlight on Reforming Optional Practical Training “OPT”

As a part of President Obama’s recent announcement regarding his executive action on immigration, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson issued several memoranda to the directors of US Citizenship and…more
| Education, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Immigration Developments for Highly Skilled Workers: Changes the Business Community Can Expect as a Result of President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Reform

On Thursday, November 20th, coinciding with President Obama’s announcement regarding his forthcoming executive action on immigration, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson issued a memo to the directors of…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

The difference a day can make: States devise their own remedies for criminal immigration reform

While the three branches of federal government fire off salvos on immigration reform, states are finding ways to tackle challenges to the federal criminal immigration landscape…more
| Criminal Law, Elections & Politics, Immigration Law

President Obama Announces Executive Action on Immigration

During last week's primetime television broadcast, President Obama announced steps to fix what he termed the “broken” US immigration system. The president focused his speech on increasing border security and providing a method…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone Designated for Temporary Protected Status

Due to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced the designation of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, beginning…more
| Health, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

Recent Changes in US Immigration Processes and Technology

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has implemented changes recently that affect many individuals seeking to travel to the United States, US employers of H-1B and L-1 workers, and users of some USCIS services. This…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law
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