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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a federal agency under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. The USCIS... more +
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a federal agency under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. The USCIS performs a broad variety of administrative functions, including processing visa and naturalization petitions, as well as applications for asylum and refugee status.  less -

Campus Counsel | Monthly Roundup Of Legal Issues In Higher Education: March 2017 Edition Summaries: Higher Education Associations...

by Bowditch & Dewey on

On March 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is temporarily suspending premium processing of H-1B skilled worker visa applications for up to six months, beginning on April 3, 2017....more

Compliance News Flash

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

This week’s news flash – a quick overview of timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important to your organization. 1. Massachusetts employers and consumer reporting agencies (i.e., background...more

Expect Redesigned Green Cards from USCIS

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

After May 1, 2017, be on the lookout for redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs). The USCIS will start issuing newly styled cards on May 1 as part of the “Next Generation Secure Identification...more

Here’s the deal with President Trump’s Executive Order on H-1B visas

On Tuesday, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American.” Section 5 of the EO directs the Attorney General, and the Secretaries of State, Labor, and...more

USCIS Completes Its Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap Lottery

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On April 17, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it has completed its random lottery to determine which of the H-1B cap cases that it received from Monday, April 3, to Friday, April 7,...more

H-1B Cap Reached Again within First Five Business Days – But Fewer Petitions Received than the Last 4 Years

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On April 7, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received more H-1B petitions than visas available under the statutory cap of 65,000 general-category and 20,000 U.S. Master's for the...more

Trump Targets Tech Teams (And Others) Through H-1B Crackdown

by Fisher Phillips on

President Trump signed an executive order this week directing a full review of the H-1B visa program as part of a continued push to clamp down companies that hire foreign labor instead of American workers. The centerpiece of...more

Starting May 1, 2017 USCIS Will Issue Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card, commonly known as the Green Card, and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation...more

New Executive Order Targets H-1B Visas

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) entitled "Buy American and Hire American," which addresses the H-1B visa program, among other topics. Increased Enforcement; New Regulations and Guidance...more

I-9 Alert: USCIS Reveals Social Security Number Glitch in Early Days of New Form's Release

by Clark Hill PLC on

Employers who downloaded the current Form I-9 and completed it electronically between November 14 and November 17, 2016 should check completed Forms I-9 for Social Security number glitch. Employers should be using Form...more

FY2018 H-1B Lottery Applications Decline for First Time in 5 Years

by Fisher Phillips on

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced earlier this week that it received 199,000 H-1B petitions for the FY 2018 H-1B cap. As usual, this far exceeds the total allocation of 65,000...more

Form I-9 Alert!: Social Security Number Glitch

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On April 17, 2017, USCIS alerted stakeholders concerning a glitch on the Form I-9. The glitch specifically relates to any Form I-9 downloaded between November 14, 2016 and November 17, 2016 and the employee’s Social...more

USCIS Reveals H-1B Cap Submission Numbers & President Trump Signs a New Executive Order

by Mintz Levin on

As a follow-up to the April 7, 2017 announcement that the H-1B cap had been reached, on Monday, April 17, USCIS revealed that it has now completed the random selection of the 85,000 petitions for the quota and that in total,...more

USCIS Will Issue Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

by Cozen O'Connor on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification...more

New Executive Order Addresses H-IB Visas

by Littler on

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed the "Buy American and Hire American" executive order (EO), which addresses H-IB visas. The EO calls for the application of existing U.S. laws to visa recipients and the revaluation...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

H-1B Cap Lottery Completed for FY2018

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On April 17th, USCIS announced that it received 199,000 H-1B petitions during the FY2018 cap filing period, which began April 3, 2017. USCIS has also completed the computer-generated random selection process (aka the...more

USCIS Announces FY 2018 H-1B Visa Cap Reached

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

On April 7, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory quota of 65,000 standard H-1B petitions and the cap exemption of...more

USCIS H-1B Cap Numbers

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7, 2017 that the agency reached the congressionally mandated number of 65,000 visa H-1B Cap petitions for FY2018. USCIS reported on April 17, 2017 that...more

H-1B Cap Reached; President Trump Signs H-1B Executive Order

On April 7, only five business days into the filing season, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had already received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory caps for both...more

H-1B Employers Face Increased Site Visits

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Employers using the H-1B visa program should take note as additional site visits may be on the horizon. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”), part of the Department of Homeland Security, recently announced a...more

USCIS Completes Count of H-1B Cap–Subject Petitions, Begins Issuing Receipts

by Morgan Lewis on

199,000 H-1B petitions were received during the filing period. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7 that it had reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 visa H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018...more

USCIS Appeals Panel Rules on L-1B Employment

by Morgan Lewis on

The guidance creates a new wage obligation for L-1B employees on overseas payroll. On April 14, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a memorandum establishing a...more

USCIS Receives 199,000 H-1B Cap Petitions and Completes Lottery Process

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: USCIS completes the lottery process and receives 199,000 H-1B cap petitions. On April 17, 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received 199,000 H-1B...more

USCIS Announces FY 2018 H-1B Cap Lottery Completed and Total Filed Numbers

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 17, 2017, that it had completed its annual H-1B lottery and had selected a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 65,000 petition...more

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