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Immigration Enforcement and Deadlines: A Pause for Disasters

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has put a hold on immigration enforcement operations in areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Routine non-criminal immigration enforcement operations will not be conducted at...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

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

State Department Replaces Rule For Inconsistent Conduct By Aliens

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Department of State has quietly revised guidance to Consular Officers on the “30/60 Day Rule” regarding adjustment of status applications. The Rule sets standards for determining whether an alien would be inadmissible...more

Feeling Lucky?

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This may be the last chance to participate in the lottery. Not the Powerball Lottery that recently topped $700,000,000, but the Diversity Lottery that will provide 50,000 immigrant visas in fiscal year 2019. The Diversity...more

President Trump Rescinds the DACA (“Dreamer”) Program

by Foley Hoag LLP on

On September 5, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that had been in place since June 15, 2012. The Trump...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

In-Person Interviews to be conducted for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applicants

by Dickinson Wright on

On August 28, 2017, the USCIS announced that beginning October 1st, the USCIS will begin to phase-in “in-person” interviews for Employment-Based, Adjustment of Status applicants (Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent...more

Should I Hire an Immigration Attorney Even if I Plan on Pleading Guilty?

by Ronald Shapiro on

Even if an immigrant plans on entering a guilty plea when charged with a crime, he or she should hire a Chicago immigration attorney. Working with an experienced attorney can help immigrants avoid deportation, conviction, and...more

New Interview Mandate for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applicants

by Littler on

On August 28, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin requiring in-person interviews for certain applicants who apply for permanent residence. ...more

Immigrant Visa Processing Changes to Expect in 2017

by Ronald Shapiro on

A number of visa processing changes have been made so far this year, and more are expected throughout the remainder of 2017. Charles Oppenheim, the Department of State’s Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, has...more

USCIS Denying Pending Advance Parole Applications for Abandonment Due to International Travel

Advance Parole allows an individual to travel internationally during the pendency of an adjustment of status (AOS) application. Those individuals who hold a valid H or L visa also have the option of using that visa to travel...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

Chicago Continues to Roll Out the Welcome Mat for Immigrants

by Ronald Shapiro on

Chicago recently launched a public-service campaign to welcome immigrants to the city. As a sanctuary city, Chicago plans to celebrate its thousands of immigrants by providing important support and resources....more

State Department Updates Policy Guidance Regarding F-1 Student Visa Applications

by Dickinson Wright on

On August 8, 2017, the Department of State (DOS) updated its Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) to modify instructions to consular officers considering F-1 student visas. The modified instructions address how a consular officer...more

Changing Jobs During the PERM Labor Certification Process

by Ronald Shapiro on

PERM Labor Certification is the initial step that individuals need to take for employment-based green cards, but sometimes another job might come along during the immigration process that’s better suited for them. This can...more

USCIS Will Deny Pending Advance Parole Applications When Green Card Applicants Travel Internationally

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has reversed its longstanding practice and will begin to deny Advance Parole (AP) applications if a green card applicant travels internationally...more

USCIS Will Require Interviews for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applicants

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

USICS has announced that – effective October 1, 2017 – it will begin to “phase in” an in-person interview requirement for applicants for adjustment of status based on employment, as well as for other categories of applicants...more

Coming Soon: In-Person Interviews for Employment-Based Green Card Applicants

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On August 28, 2017, USCIS announced that it will begin expanding in-person interviews for certain permanent residency applicants, a change being implemented in response to Executive Order 13780, which pushed for more "uniform...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

Federal Immigration Resources Assisting In Hurricane Response In Texas

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is deploying staff and equipment for search and rescue efforts and to work at local, state, and federal emergency operations centers in Texas in response to Hurricane...more

National Milk Producers Federation Working to Improve Labor Challenges

by Varnum LLP on

USAgNet.com recently reported that National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) President and CEO Jim Mulhern praised the work of Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) for offering an amendment to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s...more

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