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Immigration Corner: USCIS Elaborates on When to File Amendment Under Simeio

We previously provided an alert on the precedential decision Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC and its holding that an H-1B amendment must be filed whenever a new Labor Condition Application (LCA) is required to change an H-1B...more

Recent changes to employing foreign workers

This month, we take a survey of recent changes affecting employers’ ability to attract and retain foreign workers. L-1B visa denials According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) data released under a...more

Employers Face Stricter Requirements when Hiring H-2B Workers

In response to recent litigation that created significant uncertainty around processing of applications for H-2B temporary foreign workers, the Department of Labor and Department of Homeland Security recently issued a federal...more

DHS and DOL Issue H-2B Rules

The H-2B program allows U.S. employers or U.S. agents who meet specific regulatory requirements to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary nonagricultural jobs....more

DOL and DHS Release Joint New Rules for H-2B Visa Program

Last week the U.S. Departments of Labor and Homeland Security announced an interim final rule to reinstate and make improvements to the H-2B Visa program, and a final rule to establish the prevailing wage methodology to be...more

USCIS Resumes H-2B Adjudications But Premium Processing Remains Suspended

As previously reported, on March 5, 2015 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) suspended processing of H-2B petitions for non-immigrant workers, due to the federal district court decision in Perez v. Perez, No....more

USCIS Resumes Processing of H-2B Petitions

As reported on March 10, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) suffered a setback as result of a ruling by a federal district court in the Northern District of Florida on March 4, 2015. Essentially, in Perez v. Perez, No....more

DHS and DOL to Issue Joint Interim Final Rule on H-2B Petitions

As previously-reported, on March 4, 2015, the federal district court in the Northern District of Florida vacated the Department of Labor’s (DOL) 2008 H-2B regulations on the ground that DOL lacks authority under the...more

H-1Bs, H-4s and H-2Bs – Oh, My! Big developments in the H Nonimmigrant Visa Classifications, and Expanded DACA and DAPA are...

Effective May 26, 2015, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting work authorization for H-4 spouses of two groups of H-1B nonimmigrant workers: those who have an approved I-140 petition...more

USCIS Temporarily Suspends Adjudication of H-2B Petitions Following Court Order

As of March 5, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is temporarily suspending adjudication of H-2B petitions for temporary non-agricultural workers while the government considers the appropriate response to...more

Adjudication of H-2B Petitions Temporarily Suspended

On March 4, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) suffered a major blow as result of a ruling by a federal district court in the Northern District of Florida. Specifically, in Perez v. Perez, No. 3:14-cv-682 (N.D. Fla. Mar. 4,...more

USCIS Announces H-2B Cap Reached for the First Half of Fiscal Year 2015

USCIS announced that, as of January 26, 2015, it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated limit, or “cap” on the total number of foreign nationals who may seek a visa or otherwise...more

H-2B Cap Reached for the First Half of Fiscal Year 2015

On February 2, USCIS announced that the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the first half of fiscal year 2015 has been reached. January 26, 2015 was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an...more

USCIS Updates Its List of 68 Countries Eligible to Participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

On December 16, 2014, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in consultation with Department of State, added five new countries to the list of countries eligible...more

Appeals Court Vacates DOL Rule Authorizing Use of Skill-Based Private Wage Surveys in H-2B Temporary Labor Certification...

On December 5, 2014, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued an opinion vacating the Department of Labor (DOL) regulation and related guidance memorandum authorizing DOL, at the request of the...more

H-2B Cap for First Half of Fiscal Year 2014 is Reached

USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the first half of Fiscal Year 2014 (33,000 workers). The final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an...more

New Countries Eligible to Participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State have added four countries to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programs for the coming year. The...more

DOL Advises Employers On Handling Of PERM, H-2A, And H-2B Applications After Government Shutdown

On October 31, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) announced that employers with time-sensitive recruitment or prevailing wage determinations that did not timely submit PERM...more

USCIS Issues Guidance Regarding Handling of Certain I-129 Petitions Affected by the Government Shutdown

During the government shutdown between October 1 and October 17, 2013, while the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) was operational as usual, the Department of Labor (DOL) was not. This affected the ability of...more

The Federal Government Reopens: An Update on Immigration Processing

The government officially reopened on October 17, 2013 after a shutdown that started on October 1. The shutdown had substantial immigration consequences for employers (which were explained in detail here and here). At least...more

Giving Whistles to Guest Workers to Stop Workplace Abuse

Every year, tens of thousands of temporary H-2B workers travel to the United States with dreams of profitable employment that could lead to permanent residency. H-2B employees are temporary, foreign nonagricultural workers....more

Ohio Drywall Firm Pays Over $268K for FLSA, H-2B Violations

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division investigated Gem Interiors Inc. and found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the H-2B temporary nonimmigrant visa program. The company agreed to pay...more

Senate Immigration Proposal Offers Both Exciting Options And More Regulation For Employers

Last month, the so-called “Gang of Eight” Democratic and Republican Senators released their comprehensive immigration reform bill entitled the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of...more

H-2B Adjudication Resumed

As previously reported, on March 22, 2013, USCIS temporarily suspended adjudication of most H-2B petitions while the government considered appropriate action in response to the Court Order in Comite de Apoyo a los...more

H-2B Adjudication Temporarily Suspended

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has temporarily suspended adjudication of most H-2B petitions for temporary non-agricultural workers in response to the Court order entered March 21, 2013 in Comite de Apoyo...more

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