Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security is a federal executive department established in 2002 in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks. DHS was formed by combining twenty-two existing federal departments... more +
The Department of Homeland Security is a federal executive department established in 2002 in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks. DHS was formed by combining twenty-two existing federal departments and agencies. The consolidation was aimed at creating a better integrated, more effective organization to respond to terrorist attacks and other varied threats facing the United States and its territories.  less -
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DHS Increases Period of STEM Optional Practical Training to 24 months: Imposes Additional Requirements on Employers and F-1...

The U.S. government never gives without getting something in return, and the same is true with the new STEM 24-month, Optional Practical Training (OPT) Program. On March 11, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published...more

Senator Tom Carper Questions Office Of Management And Budget Regarding Emerging Cybersecurity Technologies

On April 8, 2016, U.S. Senator Tom Carper, the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, sent a letter to Shaun Donovan, Director of the Office of Management and Budget...more

Buyer Beware: Noncompliant Electronic I-9 Software Risks Customer Company Fines

Electronic I-9 software can be very attractive to companies looking for efficiency and ensuring compliance. Not to mention the elimination of file drawers that once housed these voluminous paper I-9 files. However, buyers...more

New OPT STEM Rule Extends Employment Period for Foreign Students; Imposes New Obligations on Employers

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a revised rule which allows foreign students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to extend their 1-year period of Optional Practical...more

Pilot Program May Soon Help Streamline Employment-based Visa Process

On March 3, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched a pilot program called “Known Employer” to streamline the process by which employers who sponsor foreign national workers send documents and...more

CISA Guidance Clarifies How to Share Cyber Threat Information… but Issues Remain

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 ("CISA"), enacted on December 18, 2015, as part of the omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act[1], 2016, creates a voluntary process that encourages public and private sector...more

DHS Warns of New Ransomware Threats

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) recently issued a joint alert with the Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre warning of two new ransomware threats behind recent well-publicized attacks against healthcare...more

Electronic Passports Now Required for Visitors to the U.S. Under the Visa Waiver Program

Seyfarth Synopsis in a Second: Visa Waiver Program travelers to the U.S. must now possess an e-Passport. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that effective April 1, 2016, in accordance with the...more

DHS Extends STEM Optional Practical Training to 24 Months

Foreign nationals who wish to pursue an advanced degree in the United States obtain an F-1 student visa to do so. After F-1 students obtain their degrees, they may be authorized to participate in post-completion optional...more

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy: Senate Finance Committee to Take Up Cybersecurity Legislation (4/16)

The New York State Senate Committee on Finance is set to take up two new bills this week relating to cybersecurity. The first bill, S.3405-A, would mandate that a cybersecurity assessment/report be prepared by the...more

DHS Releases Published F-1 Visa STEM OPT Regulation

On March 11, 2016, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the final regulation for F-1 nonimmigrant students on optional practical training (OPT) with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or...more

New STEM OPT Rules: More than Just an Extra Seven Months of Work Authorization

On March 11, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its final rule on enhancements to the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for F-1 international students in science, technology, engineering...more

Department of Homeland Security issues final rule for international students with F-1 visas and Optional Practical Training

On Friday, March 11, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) amended its regulations and issued a final rule for international students with F-1 visas and Optional Practical Training (OPT) who obtain degrees from U.S....more

DHS Issues STEM OPT Final Rule

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") recently issued its long-awaited F–1 nonimmigrant student visa regulations on optional practical training (“OPT”) for certain students with degrees in science, technology,...more

Converting 17-Month STEM OPT to 24-Month STEM OPT Under New Regulations Commencing May 10, 2016

Starting May 10, 2016, a new regulation published last month by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) takes effect which increases the work authorization extension period from 17 to 24 months for F-1 students holding...more

STEM OPT Extension Will Increase To 24 Months, But Imposes New Obligations On Employers

On March 11, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published a new rule reauthorizing Optional Practical Training for F-1 nonimmigrant students with qualifying degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics...more

House Homeland Security Committee Holds Cyber Insurance Hearing

On March 22, 2016, the Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies Subcommittee of the House Homeland Security Committee held a hearing entitled “The Role of Cyber Insurance in Risk Management.”...more

To Share or Not to Share (with the Government)? That is the Question: DHS Announces Interim Guidelines for Sharing Cyber Threat...

On February 16, 2016, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced interim guidelines and procedures for sharing cyber threat indicators under the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 (“CISA”). Because the...more

STEM OPT Guidance for E-Verify Employers

On March 10, 2016 the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) published the long-anticipated final STEM Optional Practical Training (“OPT”) rule, which will take effect on May 10, 2016. ...more

Availability of New STEM OPT Extensions Limited to Certain Students

Students with existing OPT grants must have at least 150 days of this grant remaining before seeking a further extension under the new rule....more

TFTEA – CBP Organizational Structure

Among its many provisions, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (“TFTEA” or the “Act”), H.R. 644, formally establishes U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) as a department within Homeland Security (“DHS”)....more

CISA Guidelines (Part 3): Guidance to Assist Non-Federal Entities

As we wrote previously, the federal government released several guidance documents last month implementing The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA). Among these was the Guidance to Assist Non-Federal Entities to...more

DHS Releases New F-1 STEM OPT Regulations

On March 11, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) issued its long-awaited final rule (the “2016 Rule”) allowing F-1 graduates to extend their Optional Practical Training (“OPT”) period if they have a degree in...more

Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014: What does it allow?

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 was created to identify and share cyber threat indicators, which are pieces of information necessary to describe or identify “malicious reconnaissance;” a method of defeating...more

Final STEM OPT Rule Released - Effective May 10, 2016

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a final rule that allows foreign graduates of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (“STEM”) programs from U.S. universities an additional 24 months of F-1 Optional...more

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