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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

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

The RAISE Act Unveiled

by Littler on

On August 2, 2017, President Trump unveiled the revised RAISE (Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment) Act, previously introduced by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) in February 2017. The...more

Business Immigration in the Trump Era, Part 1: Worksite Enforcement

by Barley Snyder on

(Note: This is the first in a series of new immigration enforcement policies under the Donald Trump administration. The first is on worksite enforcement. Check back in upcoming weeks to read about more topics.) - As we...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

HR Reminder: On Sept. 18, Start using New Form I-9

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently released a new version of Form I-9, which must be used on and after Sept. 18, 2017. This new form has a revision date of July 17, 2017, and is the current (and...more

New I-9 (And We Are Not Talking About Bingo) – Employers Should Look For New Form by September 18

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new version of the Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9 that employers will need to start using soon. As all employers know, the I-9 is the form used to...more

The RAISE Act And Trump's Proposed New Legal Immigration System: What Might All This Mean For American Businesses?

On August 2, President Trump unveiled the RAISE Act, a Republican-sponsored bill, co-authored by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton and Louisiana Senator David Purdue. According to The Washington Post, the bill's proposed changes...more

U.S. Immigration Solution: Canada is Open for Business

The competition for professional foreign workers continues to increase in many U.S. business sectors. In light of changing U.S. immigration laws and impending reform, however, American companies hiring foreign talent are...more

Chicago Lawsuit Underscores Need for Improved Regulation of Government Watch Lists

by Ronald Shapiro on

An illegal immigrant alleges he had his application for immigration relief denied because the Chicago Police Department wrongly included him in their gang database. These events show how much damage being included on a...more

I-9 Compliance is Now A Lot Easier

For years, employers have struggled with properly completing the requirements of the I-9 Form. Every employee hired after November 6, 1986 must have an I-9 Form on file with the employer. The Form is proof that the employer...more

Trump Administration Backs Introduction of RAISE Act in Effort to Reduce Legal Immigration to the United States

On August 2, 2017, President Donald Trump declared his support for immigration legislation sponsored by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) intended to significantly reduce the level of legal immigration to the...more

Trump Backs Legislation to Reduce Legal Immigration Rates

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On August 2, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his support for the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment ("RAISE") Act, introduced by Republican Senators Tom Cotton (AR) and David Perdue (GA)....more

President Trump, Senators Cotton and Perdue Introduce the RAISE Act

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Wednesday, August 2, 2017, President Trump, along with Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) introduced The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE Act). The RAISE Act is proposed to...more

USCIS Issues New I-9 Form: Commentary and I-9 Checklist for Employers

On July 17, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued a revised Form I-9. The new form must be used by September 18, 2017....more

Advocates Say Schools Can Help Alleviate Students’ Fears of Parent Deportation - Partner Dina Harris Discusses Legalities with...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Because U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement normally will not conduct enforcement actions at schools, schools can connect fearful families with information and community service organizations, an advocate said....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

USCIS Issues New Form I-9 that Employers Must Use by September 18th

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On July 17, 2017, the United States Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), released a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. While the new form currently is...more

Revised Form I-9 Released; Mandatory Use By Mid-September

by LeClairRyan on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification on July 17, 2017. Employers can use this revised version, or continue using the prior Form I-9...more

Premium Processing Resumed for Certain H-1B Petitions

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

As of July 24, 2017, USCIS has resumed premium processing service for certain types of H-1B cap-exempt petitions. While premium processing is still not available for most H-1B petitions, USCIS announced that it will now...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - July 2017

by Burr & Forman on

Employers who have been anxiously awaiting an answer as to whether the Department of Labor (“DOL”) will continue to defend the Obama Administration’s controversial overtime rule that was temporarily blocked by a federal court...more

Premium Processing Resumes for Cap-Exempt H-1B Employers

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On July 24, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would resume premium processing for H-1B petitions for certain cap-exempt employers effective immediately....more

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Certain Cap-Exempt H-1B Petitions

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Monday, July 24, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released an update detailing how it will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions....more

Trump Administration Plans to Ax the International Entrepreneur Rule

by Barley Snyder on

Last week the Department of Homeland Security announced that it would delay—and very likely withdraw—the International Entrepreneur Rule, a set of immigration regulations proposed by the Obama administration....more

Reinvestment of EB-5 Funds in a New Project Can Maintain the "At-Risk" Requirement

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

One of the more popular topics among EB-5 project owners and practitioners in recent years is the requirement that investors' funds remain "at risk" as a bona fide "investment." Complications arise regarding maintenance of...more

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