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USCIS to Require Interviews for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications as of October 1

by LeClairRyan on

As of October 1, 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will mandate an in-person interview for any individual adjusting from an employment-based status to permanent residency (Form I-485 adjustment...more

Premium Processing Resumed for H-1B Cap Petitions

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

USCIS has resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap. This includes petitions receipted in this year's H-1B lottery process, subject to the standard H-1B cap of 65,000 and...more

USCIS Reinstates Premium Processing for H-1B Cap Subject Petitions

by Cozen O'Connor on

USCIS announced on Monday, September 18, 2017, that it will immediately accept premium processing requests of all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap. H-1B cap petitions filed in April 2017,...more

New Form I-9 Takes Effect on September 18, 2017

by Cozen O'Connor on

As of yesterday, September 18, employers must use the new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, for all new hires. The new form is available on the USCIS website and on most electronic Form I-9 software programs....more

Premium Processing Now Available for Cap H-1B Visas

by Varnum LLP on

On September 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed the premium processing option for Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B cap visa petitions filed for an October 1, 2018 start date. Premium processing...more

Premium Processing Resumes for Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap Petitions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On September 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that effective immediately it would resume premium processing for H-1B petitions filed subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018...more

What Employers Need to Know About Employee Verification Requirements: Recent Changes to Form I-9 and Challenges Posed by a Natural...

by FordHarrison on

Although immigration has been a hot political topic lately, employers’ obligations to comply with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (“IRCA”), 8 U.S.C. § 1324a, have remained consistent for the last few years. As...more

Premium Processing Of H-1B Petitions Further Expanded, Effective Immediately

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced today, September 18, 2017, that it will again expand its resumption of premium processing for additional types of H-1B petitions. Effective immediately, H-1B...more

Employers Must Use New I-9 Form Beginning September 18, 2017

by FordHarrison on

Starting September 18, 2017, employers must use the revised Form I-9 with the revision date “7/17/17” to verify the identity and work eligibility of every new hire....more

Reminder: New Mandatory Form I-9 Effective September 18, 2017

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The transition period for use of the new Form I-9 is ending and the new version (07.17.17) is mandatory beginning Monday, September 18. I-9 and E-verify compliance are becoming increasingly scrutinized, so employers are...more

Employers Must Start Using New Form I-9 on September 18

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

Beginning September 18, 2017, every U.S. employer must begin using the new Form I-9, “Employment Eligibility Verification.” The new Form contains no significant changes and both employers and employees will find it quite...more

Expansion of Interview Requirement for Green Card Applicants, and Rumors of Change in Travel Authorization for Green Card...

by FordHarrison on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the expansion of mandatory in-person interviewing of applicants for lawful permanent residence. In its public announcement, USCIS notes that this change complies...more

USCIS to Require Interviews for Employment-Based Adjustment Applicants

by Barley Snyder on

Starting in October, there could be a bureaucratic backlog for businesses with employees carrying temporary work visas looking to make them permanent. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) this week...more

Trump Administration Considers Elimination Of J-1 Program For Some Students

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Trump Administration is considering the elimination of the J-1 Summer Work-Travel Program for students who come to tourist areas in the U.S. as temporary summer help and as participants in cultural exchanges. Like the...more

Recent Developments In U.S. Immigration Law: H-1B Visa Category, Nonimmigrant Visa Applications Abroad And Suspension Of...

U.S. immigration law practitioners are expecting a turbulent fall ahead with upcoming H-1B adjudications challenges by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a suspension of nonimmigrant visa applications in Russia and...more

“Extreme Vetting” Comes to Fruition as USCIS Plans to Interview Employment-Based Permanent Residence Applicants

Last week, a spokesperson for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) confirmed that in-person interviews will now be required for employment-based nonimmigrant visa holders (e.g., H-1B, O-1, etc.) applying to...more

Trump Administration Suggests Potential Cuts to Cultural Exchange Visas

The Trump Administration is evaluating potential reductions to U.S. cultural exchange programs that allow young people from across the world the opportunity to work temporarily in the US. The potential cuts would impact five...more

Higher Costs for Highly Skilled Foreign Workers in Store for Employers?

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Despite the absence of new regulations or policies enacted following the President’s “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order, a recent shift in the adjudication of H-1B visas indicates the Administration’s policy...more

Mandatory Use of New Form I-9 to Begin Soon

by Littler on

As a reminder, on July 17, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, which employers must begin using no later than...more

New procedure for foreigners' employment contracts

by DLA Piper on

The recruitment of foreign employees in Morocco is subject to special procedures in order to obtain a work permit (by way of authorization from the Ministry of Labour). Indeed, Article 516 of the Labor Code provides that:...more

Changes to Foreign Affairs Manual and Developments in the Adjudications of Nonimmigrant Visas Signal Increased Scrutiny of Visa...

by Littler on

Recent actions by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) indicate that employers seeking to hire foreign workers will likely face a more stringent visa approval process....more

TPS Holders: Time to Review Your Status and Future

The Catholic News Service (“CNS”) reported a new study that assessed the economic impact of the administration’s plans related to removing individuals in the United States under Temporary Protected Status (TPS)....more

USCIS Releases Updated I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form

Last month, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a new version of the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form. The Form I-9 is used by employers to verify the identity and employment authorization of...more

Heads Up: Employers Must Use Yet Another New I-9 Form

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Employers need to switch to yet another new I-9 Form on or before September 18, 2017. The latest update–the second revision to the I-9 since the beginning of the Trump Administration—does not reflect any significant...more

LWDA Reaffirms That California Protects Undocumented Workers

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Trump Administration’s hard line on immigration has concerned undocumented immigrants who want to raise wage claims. The LWDA recently reaffirmed a commitment to protect workers regardless of their...more

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