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Survival in the Immigration Culture of Delay and Social Media Mining - Adjustment Interviews

by Dickinson Wright on

With the recent change by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to mandate in-person interviews for employment based adjustment cases along with changes to require the review of social media and to what...more

Update: President Trump's Revised Executive Order on Travel Ban Remains Blocked

by Clark Hill PLC on

On June 12, 2017, the Ninth Circuit issued its ruling in Hawaii v. Trump, upholding the majority of the district court's preliminary injunction prohibiting the government from implementing the "travel ban" and refugee cap...more

USCIS Adopts Matter of I-Corp and What it Means for L-1B Visas

by Littler on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued a policy memorandum directing USCIS personnel to adopt the Administrative Appeals Office’s (AAO) reasoning in Matter of I-Corp. Specifically, pursuant to...more

USCIS and U.S. DOJ Signal Efforts to Tighten Control Over the H-1B Visa Program

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Immigrant and Employee Rights Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division (DOJ-IER) issued statements signaling their cooperation with...more

OSC Stresses Need to Comply with Federal E-Verify Requirements Regardless of Potential State Conflicts

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) used a case involving the apparent conflict between federal E-Verify rules and a Missouri state law to...more

New And Improved “Work Card” Process Should Make Things Easier For Foreign Workers

Effective January 17, new regulations have eased somewhat the issues that many foreign workers have faced with renewing their Employment Authorization Documents, also commonly referred to as “work cards.” Under the old...more

Immigration Update: New Rule on Unfair Immigration-Related Employment Practices Effective January 18, 2017; Changes to National...

by Baker Donelson on

On December 19, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a final rule that revises the DOJ's regulations implementing certain provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) related to unfair immigration-related...more

New Rule On Unfair Immigration-Related Employment Practices Effective January 18, 2017

by Baker Donelson on

On December 19, 2016, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a final rule that revises the DOJ’s regulations implementing certain provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) related to to unfair immigration...more

Immigrant Registrations Obsolete and Active

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

One of the possible weapons that could have been used to target certain immigrants, especially Muslim immigrants, was removed from the Immigration Regulations of the Department of Homeland Security on December 23, 2016....more

CIS Announces New Rule Impacting Employment-based Nonimmigrants and Immigrants

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

USCIS has published a final rule focused on the retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 immigrant workers and the improvement of existing temporary visa programs for high-skilled nonimmigrant workers. The new rule takes effect on...more

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Publishes Final Rule Improving Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers and foreign nationals should take note of critical changes to DHS’ regulations impacting employment-based immigration for highly skilled workers. On January 17, 2017, the Department of...more

Seyfarth’s Analysis of the Short-Term Impact of the Election on Business and Employment-based Immigration

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Trump Administration will have the power to make significant changes to the business immigration landscape. Here is what we can expect. Immigration issues have become more important than ever for...more

September 2016 Special Immigration Alert

by Epstein Becker & Green on

I. DOS Announces 2018 Diversity Lottery - The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) just released its instructions for the DV-2018 Diversity Visa (DV-2018) lottery. The registration period begins on Tuesday, October 4,...more

Graças a Deus - Considerações a respeito de imigração para Igrejas Evangélicas brasileiras após a Sentença no Caso Alencar

by Gerald Nowotny on

Panorama - Eu fui um estudante de espanhol e português esforçado na Academia Militar dos Estados Unidos há trinta anos. Não obstante, sempre preferi português a espanhol. O Departamento de Língua Portuguesa em West Point...more

Final Policy Memorandum Provides Needed Predictability and Guidance on Job Portability Determinations

On March 18, 2016, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a final policy memorandum that offers guidance on determining whether a new job is in “the same or similar occupational classification”...more

DHS Proposes To Raise Filing Fees By 21%

by Cozen O'Connor on

In a proposed rule published in the May 4 Federal Register, DHS is proposing to raise its fees by an average of 21% to recover the full cost of USCIS operations. DHS is also proposing to establish a three-level fee for...more

USCIS Guidance on “Same or Similar” Occupations

by Baker Donelson on

USCIS has issued a new policy memorandum (PM) outlining relevant considerations in assessing whether a position qualifies as a “same or similar” occupation to the foreign national’s previously approved job for purposes of...more

Fees On The Rise for Certain H-1B and L-1 Petitioners

Effective December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into Law The Consolidated Appropriations Act (Public Law 114-113) which increases fees for certain H-1B and L-1 petitioners. These additional fees apply to the following...more

Worth the Wait: Will USCIS Draft Policy Guidance Bring Greater Job Portability and Career Advancement for Foreign Workers and...

On November 20, 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a highly anticipated draft policy memorandum for public review and comment that provides guidance to USCIS Immigration Services...more

The State Department’s Revised Visa Bulletin Opens Temporary Window for Those Applying for Green Cards

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”), in coordination with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”), has announced that it has revised “the procedures for determining visa availability for applicants...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

EB-5 Program Reauthorization: Proposed Legislative Reforms

by Mintz Levin on

Created by the Immigration Act of 1990, the Immigrant Investor Program, more commonly referred to as the EB-5 program, offers foreign investors an opportunity to secure permanent residency in the United States by making a...more

OSC “Pattern and Practice” Investigations to Continue

Over the past few years, the number of employer investigations—and perhaps more noteworthy, the amount of the penalties assessed—by the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) has...more

BIA Holds Florida Criminal Mischief Not a CIMT

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) contains provisions that render individuals who are not yet U.S. Citizens inadmissible, or removable (deportable), under certain circumstances. For example, convictions of Crime...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

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