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Fifth Circuit to Hear Oral Arguments on Whether to Lift Injunction on April 17

Tuesday, the Fifth Circuit granted the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) request to expedite its appeal of U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s injunction staying President Obama’s immigration actions…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Elections & Politics, Immigration Law

April Visa Bulletin Released

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently released the April Visa Bulletin. Overall, most visa categories moved forward. In particular, EB-2 India and EB-2 China advanced by seven and eight months, respectively. Unfortunately,…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

L-1B Policy Development: USCIS Issues L-1B Adjudications Memo for Comment

Today, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum that provides guidance to field adjudicators on things to consider while adjudicating an L-1B petition. Specifically, the new L-1B Adjudications…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

OPT Program Under Attack

While a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive action has garnered headlines recently, another lawsuit that could negatively impact the labor supply and increase the cost of doing business for employers has largely…more
| Education, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

USCIS Resumes Processing of H-2B Petitions

As reported on March 10, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) suffered a setback as result of a ruling by a federal district court in the Northern District of Florida on March 4, 2015. Essentially, in Perez v. Perez, No…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

The President’s Executive Actions on Immigration Are Further Delayed

Last Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an emergency motion with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to lift a preliminary injunction issued by U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen last month in lawsuit filed by a…more
| Administrative Law, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Navigating H-1B Requirements: The Degree Must Relate to the Specialty Occupation

To obtain an H-1B visa, a petitioner must demonstrate that the proposed position it intends for the beneficiary to fill qualifies as a specialty occupation and that the beneficiary is qualified for that position. As defined in…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Adjudication of H-2B Petitions Temporarily Suspended

On March 4, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) suffered a major blow as result of a ruling by a federal district court in the Northern District of Florida. Specifically, in Perez v. Perez, No. 3:14-cv-682 (N.D. Fla. Mar. 4,…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Congressman Jolly’s Bill Could Change Lives of E-2 Visa Holders

Congressman David Jolly of Florida is working on a bill that would provide a pathway for E-2 visa holders to obtain permanent residence based on the length of their residency in the United States and their economic stability…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Avoiding an Immigration Nightmare: The Importance of Knowing When a Work Visa is Necessary

On January 30, 2015, Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Joel Peralta faced what many business immigration practitioners would refer to as an avoidable immigration nightmare…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Cuban Baseball Players Are No Longer Required to Obtain a License to Play Ball

Earlier this month, Major League Baseball eliminated a burdensome requirement that made it difficult for MLB franchises to sign Cuban nationals. Until last month, a Cuban national wanting to sign with a MLB franchise as a free…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

"The Estate Planner" – March/April 2015

In this issue: - Second Trip Down The Aisle? – Update Your Estate Plan To Reflect Your Second Marriage - 21st Century Estate Planning For Digital Assets - Planning For Aging Parents – 5 Tips For The Sandwich…more
| Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

Navigating H-1B Requirements: The Existence of a Valid Employer-Employee Relationship

To obtain an H-1B visa, a petitioner must establish that it will have an employment relationship with the beneficiary. While this seems like a very simple and easy enough thing to do, the problem is that in an employment…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Bridging the Gap to Cuba

Last December, President Barack Obama announced a series of changes to the United States’ policy toward Cuba. The most significant changes, from a foreign policy perspective, included restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba and…more
| Elections & Politics

Mark Your Calendars: DHS Extends Employment Authorization Eligibility to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses Effective May 26, 2015

While many immigration practitioners wait anxiously for a resolution to the judicial challenges faced by DAPA and expanded DACA, others let out a sigh of relief at the announcement made today by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration…more
| Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law
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