Hiring & Firing United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

Hiring & Firing refers to the process of recruiting, interviewing and offering employment and the process of evaluating performance and dismissing employees. Hiring & Firing is a highly regulated area and... more +
Hiring & Firing refers to the process of recruiting, interviewing and offering employment and the process of evaluating performance and dismissing employees. Hiring & Firing is a highly regulated area and can create tremendous liability for employers who fail to properly adhere to acceptable employment practices. Some of the potential pitfalls in this area stem from discriminatory hiring practices, improper performance evaluations, and retaliatory firings.  less -
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What is going on with STEM OPT?

A recent federal court ruling has created uncertainty and speculation about the STEM OPT program. This summary is provided to inform employers and F-1 STEM students of the facts about the effect of this decision....more

USCIS Memorandum on Specialized Knowledge Workers to Go into Effect August 31st

In my HRLegalist blog post on April 2, 2015 I shared with our readers the news of the USCIS draft Policy Memorandum (“L-1B Memo” or “Memo”) offering clarification on the definition of “specialized knowledge.” The Memo...more

Immigration Alert: Decision Overturning 17-month OPT/STEM Extensions is stayed as USCIS scrambles to cure deficiencies

On August 12, 2015, Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dealt a blow to employers by vacating the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) 2008 interim rule expanding the...more

West Virginia Amends State Rule Verifying Legal Employment Status of Workers

On July 1, 2015, a new legislative rule amending the procedures required for West Virginia employers to verify the legal employment status of their workers went into effect in West Virginia. Pursuant to section 21-1B-4 of the...more

Who’s That Knocking at Your Door? USCIS Plans House Calls to Retrieve Erroneous EADs

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is taking extreme measures to get back all the three-year Employment Authorization Document (EAD) cards erroneously issued to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)...more

USCIS Issues Final Guidance on When to File an Amended or New H-1B Petition After Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC – But Cautions...

On July 21, 2015, USCIS issued Final Guidance for agency adjudicators regarding applying the precedent decision, Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC. As we previously reported, Matter of Simeio radically reinterpreted the...more

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: USCIS update on EAD for DACA recipients

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently shared important information for DACA recipients who received a three-year Employment Authorization Document (EAD) after February 16, 2015. These recipients likely received...more

H-1B Worksite Changes: Can Employers Expect Relief Before August 19th Deadline?

As H-1B employers scramble to create a plan of action to ensure compliance with new guidelines and interpretations surrounding H-1B workers and changes in worksite, industry leaders are calling for more temperate policy...more

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Update on Visa Delays and H-1B News

Visa Delays World Wide - The Department of State (DOS) has announced that due to a central computer hardware problem, visa issuance has temporarily stopped. Applicants interviewed after June 9 will experience...more

Federal Guidance Clarifies When and How Employers Can Accept California’s New AB 60 Driver’s Licenses from Possibly Unauthorized...

Since early 2015, qualified California residents have been able to apply for and receive a driver’s license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles without proving that their presence in the United States is authorized...more

Dealing with Rejection: Options for Applicants Not Selected in the FY2016 H-1B Lottery

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)’s announcement last month that it received nearly 233,000 H-1B petitions for fiscal year 2016 beginning October 1, 2015—a record total, and a 35% increase over last...more

USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing for H-1B Extensions

Starting May 26, USCIS will temporarily suspend the 15-day premium processing service for all H-1B Extension of Stay petitions until July 27 to allow it to implement the H-4 Employment Authorization Document final rule in a...more

USCIS Releases Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions for H-4 Employment Authorization Applications

On May 20, 2015, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released guidance and frequently asked questions (FAQs) relating to the filing of H-4 employment authorization applications for spouses of certain...more

USCIS Publishes Long-Awaited Filing Guidance for H-4 EAD Applications

On May 20, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published long-awaited information to help eligible H-4 dependent spouses apply for employment authorization documents (commonly known as “EAD cards”) under...more

Premium Processing Is Taking a Summer Vacation!

USCIS Announced That It Is Temporarily Suspending Premium Processing of H-1B Extension Petitions - The United States Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) announced yesterday, without warning to its stakeholders, that it...more

USCIS Suspends Premium Processing of Petitions for H-1B Extension

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced yesterday that it will temporarily suspend premium processing of Petitions for H-1B extensions beginning on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. USCIS will continue to process H-1B...more

Temporary Suspension of USCIS ‘Premium Processing’ for H-1B Extensions

On May 19, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a temporary suspension of its “premium processing” program as it relates to H-1B extensions in the United States. The suspension will be in effect...more

Lawsuit Seeks to Block New DHS Rule Granting EADs to Certain H-4 Spouses

As previously reported, beginning on May 26, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin the implementation of a new rule allowing for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) to be issued to certain H-4...more

The 2015 STAPLE Act: Will Relief Finally Come for U.S. Employers in Need of Foreign Talent?

USCIS announced May 4, 2015, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in its computer-generated lottery. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that...more

Employment Law - April 2015 #2

LinkedIn Search Doesn’t Implicate FCRA, California Court Rules - Why it matters: Granting LinkedIn’s motion to dismiss, a federal court judge in California held that LinkedIn users could not sue the site for...more

Handling Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Issuance Delays

All workers employed in the United States must be able to present proper documents evidencing their identity and work authorization for purposes of completing the Form I-9. One such document is the Employment Authorization...more

Record Number of H-1B Applications Emphasizes Importance of Considering Alternatives for Applicants Not Selected in Lottery

USCIS has announced that it received nearly 233,000 H-1B applications during the first week of April, nearly three times the available quota. This means that nearly two-thirds of all applications submitted to the agency will...more

The Employment Law Authority - March/April 2015

In this Issue: - Immigration - State Round-Up - Best Practices - Retaliation - Employment Discrimination - Excerpt from Immigration; Spouses of H-1B visa holders will be eligible for work...more

USCIS Issues Draft Guidance on L-1B Specialized Knowledge Visas

The L-1 (“intracompany transferee”) nonimmigrant visa classification permits multinational companies to transfer certain categories of employees from their foreign operations to their operations in the United States....more

Work Authorization Extended to Certain H-4 Visa Holders

Late last year, I wrote on the controversial executive actions on immigration that President Obama announced in November. As I noted then, those executive actions include several initiatives that will make it easier for...more

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