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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

Immigration Visa Update: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Cap-Exempt H-1B Visas

In a July 24, 2017 news release, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced an immediate resumption of Premium Processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B (Temporary Worker) Visa petitioners, including:...more

Insights: Expediting H-1B Petitions

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

While unusual, the government has suspended expedited or premium processing for H-1B cases from time to time. In years past, in response to the filing of Cap cases, the start of the 15-day adjudication clock was delayed....more

DACA Program Hangs on by a Thread

by Ronald Shapiro on

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) remains in effect, but there is considerable pressure building in legislatures across the country to end the program. As of January 2017, more than 750,000 applicants were granted...more

Avoiding HR Pitfalls While Managing Overseas Assignments: Your 10-Point Checklist

More businesses than ever are sending people overseas. The rewards of developing new markets can be great, but the multitude of different legal systems mean there are also bear traps to be avoided—especially on the human...more

Brexit: the status of EU citizens in the UK

by White & Case LLP on

On 23 June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union (the so-called "Brexit"). Since the Brexit vote over three million EU citizens living in the UK and over a million UK nationals living in other EU states have been...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

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

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

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

RAISE Act Proposal Likely to Thud

by Baker Donelson on

President Trump’s endorsement yesterday of a bill proposed by two senators (the RAISE Act) tends to make people think that it has more likelihood of becoming law than it does. The President does not make laws alone or with a...more

Trump Announces Support For Senate Bill Curbing Legal Immigration

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

President Donald Trump has announced his support for a reduction in legal immigration to the United States, backing a modified version of the bill first introduced in April by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue...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

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

USCIS Will Resume Premium Processing for Certain H-1B Petitions

by Baker Donelson on

On July 24, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it would resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions effective immediately. Premium processing for H-1B petitions had been suspended in...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

DHS Allows One-Time Increase in H-2B Guest Worker Visas for Fiscal Year 2017

On July 19, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Labor (DOL) increased the numerical limit (or “cap”) on H-2B visas by up to 15,000 additional visas through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2017....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

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

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

USCIS announced that – beginning July 24, 2017 – it will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions, including those where the petitioner is an institution of higher education, a nonprofit organization...more

Premium Processing Resumes For Certain Additional Cap-Exempt H-1B Petitions

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced July 24 that it will resume premium processing of certain additional types of H-1B petitions, effective immediately. H-1B petitioners who are (or have a sound...more

Department of State Updates “Close Familial Relationship” definition for Executive Order 13780 based on Hawaii District Court...

by Cozen O'Connor on

On July 17, 2017 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced updates regarding the implementation of President Trump’s Executive Order 13780, in response to a ruling by the U.S....more

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