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DHS Uses the Power of Policy to Alter Immigration Without Legislation

Efforts to reform our nation’s immigration system through legislation are frequently contentious and can become embroiled in larger legislative debates that make the passage of a bill into law a complicated process and,...more

Trump Administration Plans Large Scale Shift in Immigration Laws

President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are now exploring different options to fundamentally transform the immigration system in the United States without legislative action by Congress, according to CNN...more

H-2B Cap Increase Temporarily Eases Pain of Returning Worker Exemption Expiration

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The H-2B visa program allows businesses in the United States to sponsor foreign nationals for a temporary visa to work in nonagricultural jobs. The H-2B program is popular among employers in the hospitality, tourism, and...more

Vedder Price Business Immigration Alert - September 2017

by Vedder Price on

1. September 18, 2017: Employers Must Use New I-9 Form. As you may recall, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) recently released yet another revised version (edition 07/17/17) of Form I-9, Employment...more

USCIS to Mandate In-person Interviews for All Employment-based Permanent Residence Applicants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that starting Oct. 1, all foreign nationals who have submitted employment-based adjustment of status applications will now be required to undergo a personal...more

Administration Considers Major Reductions in J-1 Cultural Exchange Program

The Trump administration is reportedly reviewing the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, a popular cultural exchange program run by the U.S. Department of State, with the intention of making major reductions in the visa program....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

Trump Administration Suggests Potential Cuts to Cultural Exchange Visas

The Trump Administration is evaluating potential reductions to U.S. cultural exchange programs that allow young people from across the world the opportunity to work temporarily in the US. The potential cuts would impact five...more

U.S. Mission in Russia to Temporarily Suspend NIV Issuance

In a continuation of the diplomatic tit-for-tat with Russia, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow announced on Monday, August 21, 2017, that it would suspend issuance of nonimmigrant visas for eight days starting August 23rd....more

Immigration Agency Resumes Necessary Premium Processing for Important Medical Doctor Visa Waiver

Following the Administration’s March 2017 halt to premium processing for Physicians under the Conrad 30 J-1 Waiver Program, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on June 23 that premium processing...more

Pending: Bipartisan Legislation to Extend the Conrad 30 Program for J-1 Waiver Physicians

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

When President Donald Trump issued his “Travel Ban,” there were fears that the physician shortage in the U.S. would be exacerbated. It has been reported that there is currently a deficit of 8,200 primary care physicians that...more

Buy American and Hire American and the H-1B Lottery

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On April 18, President Trump signed an Executive Order labeled the “Buy American and Hire American” initiative. Federal agencies are already subject to certain laws and regulations which require or give preference to American...more

Reminder: New (Cap) H-1B Filings - April 3-7 Deadline

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

February 28, 2017 U.S. employers that wish to pursue new H-1B visas on behalf of prospective or existing employees should do so as soon as possible, and contact counsel for assistance if desired. April 3 through 7, 2017 is...more

Updates and Guidance on the Executive Order Suspending the Entry of Immigrants and Non-Immigrants from Seven Countries

by Littler on

On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order (the “Order”) entitled, Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States by Foreign Nationals. The Order suspends entry into the United...more

Immigration 2017: What Businesses Need To Know

Since this past weekend, worldwide media has been fixated on President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Orders, including the temporary suspension of travel to the US by individuals from seven designated countries. Given no...more

Client Alert:  Executive Order on Immigration

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order titled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”  The Executive Order was effective immediately and the Department of...more

Trump Suspends Entry from Seven Muslim Nations and Visa Interview Waiver Program

by LeClairRyan on

On January 27, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order suspending the entry of foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen to the United States for a minimum period of 90 days....more

Immigration Bulletin – President Trump’s Immigration-Related Executive Orders

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

During his first week in office, President Donald Trump issued two sets of Executive Orders regarding immigration issues. Additionally, and although not yet promulgated, drafts of a third immigration-based Executive Order...more

The Race to File H-1B Work Visas on April 1, 2017

by FordHarrison on

We are releasing this Alert to remind employers of the fast-approaching April 1, 2017, opening date for filing H-1B work visa petitions on behalf of foreign employees who need sponsorship for work authorization in the U.S....more

An Ounce of Prevention: Employing Foreign National Physicians in Physician Shortage Areas

Sponsoring a waiver for a J-1 “exchange visitor” can be a good way for healthcare employers to attract talented physicians to vacancies in underserved areas. Here is an example of how the J-1 process works and can help...more

J-1 Site Visits

by Mintz Levin on

The Department of State’s Office of Private Sector Exchange Administration has announced that it will perform site visits to many J-1 Intern and Trainee host organizations beginning this month. Most individual participants...more

The Omnibus Spending/Budget Bill: Summary of Immigration Riders

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Omnibus Spending/Budget Bill (“Bill”) that Congress passed today contained many significant immigration components, including extensions of the following vital programs...more

Employers Must Withhold FICA Taxes for Students who Change Status to H-1B Starting October 1

As students and scholars’ status change from F-1, J-1 or other FICA exempt statuses to H-1B starting October 1, these employees will become subject to FICA taxes upon the effective date of their H-1B status....more

My Company Wishes to Hire Foreign National Workers – Now What? Navigating the U.S. Visa Alphabet Soup

Many employers are reluctant to hire foreign national workers because they are intimidated by the difficult and uncertain nature of immigration law. Our clients often find that with proper strategic direction from counsel and...more

Amendments Clarify Employers’ Background Check Obligations Under Pennsylvania Law

On July 1, 2015, Governor Tom Wolf signed into law Act 15 (House Bill 1276), which amends Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) to clarify the requirements of employers and volunteer-based organizations to...more

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