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Foreign Workers Visas

15,000 Increase In H-2B Visas Comes With Strings Attached

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

An additional 15,000 H-2B visas will be released in response to industry demand. The USCIS will begin accepting petitions on July 19, 2017, for the fiscal year which ends on September 30, 2017. Petitions will be accepted...more

Employers Must Use New I-9 by September 18, 2017

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: USCIS released a revised version of Form I-9 that employers must use to verify identity and employment authorization of new hires effective September 18, 2017. There are no substantive changes from the...more

USCIS: Latest Form I-9 to be published on July 17

by Varnum LLP on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced yesterday that the latest Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, will be released on July 17. Employers will be able to use this revised version or continue...more

Overhaul of H-1B Visa Program Expected in Response to "Buy American and Hire American" Order

by Littler on

The White House has been working with the Department of Justice to formulate changes to the H-1B visa program pursuant to the administration’s “Buy American and Hire American” executive order. The H-1B visa program is a...more

The Reform Continues – an Update on the 1 July 2017 Visa Changes

by K&L Gates LLP on

A further round of changes to the 457, employer nominated permanent residency and other migration programs came into effect on 1 July 2017 as part of the overall migration reform announced by the Australian Government on 18...more

The Travel Ban – A Quick Update

The Supreme Court’s decision on June 26 to take up the travel ban cases this fall, and in the meantime partially lift the injunction on the President’s travel ban, has created renewed uncertainty for certain travelers....more

SCOTUS Decides to Partially Lift Injunctions Issued on the Revised Travel Ban

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision in Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project, et al., which partially lifted the injunctions that were issued as a result of a travel ban...more

Supreme Court Permits Limited Version of Travel Ban to Take Effect

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision allowing the Trump administration’s temporary travel ban to go into effect for some travelers, reversing the actions of lower federal courts that had put the policy...more

Supreme Court allows Trump Administration to Partially Enforce Travel Ban

by Burr & Forman on

The U.S. Supreme Court issued an order today that granted the Trump Administration’s petitions for certiorari and partially granted the Administration’s motions to stay injunctions of the so-called “travel ban.” This means...more

Travel Ban Update: The United States Supreme Court Will Hear The Appeal Over President Donald Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Next Term...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the Travel Ban in their next term. Shortly before its summer recess, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear oral arguments on the Trump...more

Supreme Court Action on Travel Ban

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The U.S. Supreme Court announced yesterday that a portion of the Trump Administration's travel ban can take effect while the court waits to hear oral arguments in the case....more

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Travel Ban Case next Fall, Reinstates parts of Travel Ban

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Monday, June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to hear the government’s appeal of lower court’s injunctions on President Trump’s travel ban in their next session beginning October 2017, and granted the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Partially Lifts Injunction on President Trump’s March Executive Order on Immigration Policy

by Littler on

On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) partially lifted the injunction and agreed to hear arguments on President Trump’s March 6, 2017 executive order entitled Protecting the Nation from Foreign...more

Supreme Court Will Hear Appeal of Travel Ban Injunctions

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On June 26, 2017, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the government’s appeals from the preliminary injunctions against the Executive Order travel ban upheld by the Fourth and Ninth Circuits, consolidated the...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

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

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

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

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

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