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USCIS May Request I-9

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The USCIS is requesting some applicants for Adjustment of Status to submit copies of the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification forms that they (and their employers) completed for current or former employment. These requests...more

DOL, USCIS Continue Focus On H-1B Visa Abuse

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

With his “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order, President Donald Trump officially announced his intention to reform the H-1B visa program and the DOL and the USCIS are taking steps accordingly....more

China Employment Law Alert: New Work Permit Policy for Expats in China

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A new Work Permit Policy (Policy) is being implemented in China. The Policy had been initially implemented, from October 2016 to March 2017, through a pilot program in a number of regions including...more

9th Circuit Upholds Block on Trump’s Revised Travel Ban

by Cozen O'Connor on

On June 12, 2017, a unanimous three judge panel on the Ninth Circuit upheld a nationwide preliminary injunction on President Trump’s revised travel ban, in addition to blocking directives within the executive order suspending...more

Supreme Court Case Concerning President Trump’s Travel and Refugee Bans – Key Documents

by Hogan Lovells on

This page is intended to serve as a collection of documents related to State of Hawaii et al v. Trump as the case heads to the U.S. Supreme Court. Stay Application: Government’s application for a stay of the Hawaii district...more

The U.S. Department Of Labor Announces Increased Enforcement Efforts Of All Foreign Visa Worker Programs

On June 6, 2017, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) will conduct increased enforcement efforts encompassing all of the foreign visa worker programs it administers, including...more

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Maintains Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Blocking the Trump Administration's Revised...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On May 25, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled that President Trump’s travel ban should remain on hold, upholding a preliminary injunction issued in March 2017 by a lower court....more

USCIS Responds to Senate Request for Action on H-1B Program

On May 24, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a response to a recent bipartisan inquiry led by the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary’s chairman, Chuck Grassley, concerning the possible misuse...more

President’s Budget Proposes New DOL Filing Fees For Employers

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Suspecting that employers seeking to hire foreign workers are not acting in the best interests of American workers, President Trump has requested the authority to establish fees for the adjudication of labor certifications...more

I-9 Assessment: Rehire or Continuing Employee

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

For many, the summer is a time for relaxation. For HR professionals, it can be a time of flux. In an academic setting, for example, students and teachers who worked on campus during the fall and spring semesters may be...more

Compliance News Flash

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

This week’s news flash – a quick overview of timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important to your organization. 1. For those tracking the presidential executive orders commonly referred to as...more

General Election countdown: Immigration – what’s next?

by Dentons on

What’s going to happen to immigration in a post-Brexit era? That’s the million dollar question. Whilst there has been huge speculation as to what our immigration system and net migration figures are likely to look like going...more

H-1B Cap and Lottery Update

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On May 3rd, USCIS completed all data entry of fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the computer-generated "lottery" process. The data entry process includes the receipt of petitions selected in the lottery...more

IRS Announces Tax Treaties Resulted in Low Withholding Rates to Foreign Individuals and Entities

In the 2017 Statistics of Income Bulletin, the IRS reported that foreign recipients of U.S. source income from treaty countries had an average withholding rate of 13.9% compared to 25.6% for payments made to residents of...more

Two-year visa for young Europeans?

by Dentons on

Given that, in the UK, more than half a million EU nationals work in the retail, hotel and restaurant trades (accounting for 14 per cent of the workforce), there is real concern as to whether post-Brexit there will be an...more

Trump Executive Order Calls for Reforms to H-1B Visa Rules

by Morgan Lewis on

In a recent executive order, US President Donald Trump ordered his cabinet secretaries to suggest reforms to the H-1B visa program to help ensure that “H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid petition...more

Data Entry of FY 2018 H-1B Petitions Complete

by Morgan Lewis on

Some Vermont cases will be transferred to California. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 3 that all data entry for FY 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been completed....more

NAFTA and the Trump Administration

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The Trump Administration announced this week its intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada and Mexico. After some speculation of the administration's intent to withdraw entirely from...more

H-1B in Transition: H-1B Lottery Conducted, 'Buy American and Hire American' EO and Other H-1B Measures to Deter Fraud

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The H-1B work visa is in a state of transition. Companies and workers who rely on H-1B visas should be aware of several important changes this spring on the H-1B category, including an update on the H-1B lottery conducted by...more

Pending: Bipartisan Legislation to Extend the Conrad 30 Program for J-1 Waiver Physicians

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

When President Donald Trump issued his “Travel Ban,” there were fears that the physician shortage in the U.S. would be exacerbated. It has been reported that there is currently a deficit of 8,200 primary care physicians that...more

Immigration Update: Targeted Site Visits and Restrictions on Computer Programmers in the H-1B Program; Plan B Options If You Don't...

by Baker Donelson on

This month: Targeted Site Visits and Restrictions on Computer Programmers in the H-1B Program; Plan B options if you don't win the H-1B lottery. In the midst of the mad flurry of H-1B cap filings, United States...more

Health Care E-Note - April 2017

by Burr & Forman on

An often overlooked and under publicized provision of the False Claims Act (“FCA”) is the retaliatory discharge prohibition. This is probably because retaliatory discharge claims do not grab headlines by winning multimillion...more

Potential Government Shutdown: Immigration Consequences for Employers and their Foreign National Employees

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: If Congress fails to pass a funding bill by midnight on Friday, April 28, resulting in a federal government shutdown, it would trigger numerous immigration-related ripple effects on employers, both large...more

How Do Recent Government Announcements and Actions Affect the H-1B Visa Program?

Speaking at his Joint Address to Congress in February 2017, President Donald Trump expressed his intention to tackle legal immigration beyond his Executive Orders on border security and international travel. Recent...more

Here’s the deal with President Trump’s Executive Order on H-1B visas

On Tuesday, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American.” Section 5 of the EO directs the Attorney General, and the Secretaries of State, Labor, and...more

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