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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 -

Trump Administration Announces Changes to the H-1B Program

by Dickinson Wright on

In connection with the Trump Administration’s desire to crack-down on its perceived misuse of the H-1B visa category, various U.S. government agencies have announced a coordinated effort in re-interpreting regulations as well...more

Window on Washington - Vol. 1, Issue 3

by Clark Hill PLC on

Budget/Appropriations - Spending Talks: House and Senate appropriators continue efforts to nail down an agreement on a stopgap spending measure to avert a government shutdown after the expiration of the current...more

Possible Changes to U.S. Business Immigration Law and Policy Under the New Administration

by Littler on

This article covers proposed legislation, sub-regulatory changes, and—from a practical standpoint—the process/timing for implementing changes under the new administration. Please note that while legislative immigration...more

Immigration 2017: What Businesses Need To Know

Since this past weekend, worldwide media has been fixated on President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Orders, including the temporary suspension of travel to the US by individuals from seven designated countries. Given no...more

Another Executive Order on Immigration Expected

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Within the next week, President Trump is expected to issue another Executive Order (“EO”) concerning high-skilled workers and foreign students, most likely to be titled "Protecting American Jobs and Workers by Strengthening...more

US Presidential Orders on Immigration: What Employers Need to Know

by Morgan Lewis on

Issued and upcoming executive orders by President Trump will impact business immigration in addition to family immigration and refugee programs. On the evening of Friday, January 27, US President Donald Trump issued an...more

A Sign of Things to Come? Trump’s Regulatory Freeze and Other Early Actions

Behind the pomp and circumstance of Friday’s inauguration, President Donald J. Trump and his administration set their sights on deploying a new guard of regulatory and economic policies focused on reducing burdensome...more

Employment Law 2016 Review

by Barley Snyder on

Preparing for Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania - Marijuana legalization reached Pennsylvania in 2016, bringing with it a host of new questions employers are going to have to answer. Signed into law on April 17, the...more

New Obama Administration Employment-based Visa Rule and Trump's Plan to Target Visa Abuse Create Uncertainty For Employers

by King & Spalding on

President-elect Trump made enforcement of immigration laws a centerpiece of his campaign. On November 21, 2016, Mr. Trump stated that he will make investigation of abuses in “visa programs that undercut the American worker”...more

September 2016 Special Immigration Alert

by Epstein Becker & Green on

I. DOS Announces 2018 Diversity Lottery - The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) just released its instructions for the DV-2018 Diversity Visa (DV-2018) lottery. The registration period begins on Tuesday, October 4,...more

Fines for I-9 and Other Immigration Violations Have Increased as of August 1, 2016

by Littler on

The U.S. Departments of Homeland Security (DHS), Labor (DOL) and Justice (DOJ) have increased the civil fines for employers that commit immigration-related offenses, such as unfair employment or discrimination practices, H-1B...more

Immigration Update: August 2016 Visa Bulletin; Increased Fines for I-9 and Other Immigration Violations; USCIS Returns Unselected...

by Baker Donelson on

Tracking newsworthy developments in the ever-changing world of business immigration and its impact on employers and employees. This month: August 2016 Visa Bulletin; Increased Fines for I-9 and Other Immigration...more

Increased Penalties for Immigration Violations Go Into Effect August 1,2016

by Fisher Phillips on

August 1, 2016, marks the date that increased penalties for various immigration-related violations go into effect. The increases are the result of separate rules recently published by the Department of Labor, Department of...more

U.S. Employers Facing Increased Fines for Form I-9 Violations

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced significant increases in fines for immigration-related paperwork violations, in an interim final rule slated to take effect this fall. Harsher financial penalties come as part...more

Immigration Penalties Adjusted for Inflation Increases to Take Effect August 1

On June 30 and July 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) each published separate interim final rules in the Federal Register to...more

Increased Fines for I-9 and Other Immigration Violations Effective August 1, 2016

by Baker Donelson on

The U.S. Departments of Homeland Security (DHS), Justice (DOJ), and Labor (DOL) announced increased civil fines against employers who commit immigration-related offenses, such as Form I-9 and E-Verify violations, H-1B visa...more

New Regulations Increase Fines for Immigration-Related Violations

by Cozen O'Connor on

Recently, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued an interim final rule that will increase fines on U.S. employers for violations of federal immigration law. The rule has the potential to substantially increase penalties...more

Department of Homeland Security Now Accepting Comments on Its Proposed Filing Fee Increase

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued notice of a proposed rule that would update the application fee schedule for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), noting an overall...more

News from Second and State

The third and final week of budget hearings wrapped up as the anticipation builds for the House and Senate’s return to Harrisburg on Monday. The Public School Employees (PSERS) and State Employees’ Retirement (SERS) Systems...more

Immigration Update: Trying to Cut the Red Tape: Department of Labor Announces Emergency Procedures for Backlogged H-2B...

by Baker Donelson on

The Department of Labor (DOL) has recently been experiencing considerable delays in its processing of applications for H-2B status for temporary nonimmigrant workers. The H-2B program allows U.S. employers to bring foreign...more

Carnival company voluntarily dismissed from H-2B prevailing wage class action

by Cozen O'Connor on

Last week, plaintiffs from a proposed class action involving H-2B visa guest workers voluntarily dismissed a Florida amusement park company from the pending litigation. The case involves the prevailing wage rate offered to...more

Immigration Update: H-1B Cap Season and a Cautionary Fairy Tale; Changing ESTA/VWP Questions Answered; Improvements to E-3, H-1B1,...

by Baker Donelson on

H-1B Cap season is approaching, and, with a similar flurry to file petitions for eligible specialized knowledge workers expected for April 1 as we experienced in 2015, H-1B employers should carefully consider the obligations...more

What To Expect When You're Not Expecting: How To Handle Unplanned Visits From Federal Agencies

by Fisher Phillips on

The unannounced arrival of an investigator from a federal agency is an unwelcome business interruption which can be a drain on productive time and arouse collective anxiety in your business environment. Effective management...more

The Employment Law Authority - September/October 2015

On October 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) concerning new rules for extending the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for international students...more

Employers Using E-Verify: Get Ready to Download Your “Historic Records Report” by Year-End

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

U.S. employers enrolled in E-Verify -- the electronic system of employment eligibility verification -- should prepare to download and preserve all E-Verify data submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)...more

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