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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 -

DHS Updates Temporary Protected Status For Sudan And South Sudan

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan will terminate in 12 months on November 2, 2018, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced on September 18, 2017. TPS is terminated when DHS determines that the...more

The New Redesigned Permanent Resident Card (“Green Cards”) And Employment Authorization Document

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On May 1, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began issuing redesigned versions of the Permanent Resident Card (aka a “Green Card”) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next...more

H-1B Premium Processing Returns for FY2018 H-1B Cap Cases

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On September 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that premium processing will resume for a limited type of H-1B petition. USCIS will resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions subject...more

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Cap Subject H-1B Petitions

by Foley Hoag LLP on

As of Tuesday, September 19, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed accepting requests for premium processing for cap subject petitions. The process is only available for pending petitions, not...more

Trump Administration Rescinds DACA

by Murtha Cullina on

On September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration would be eliminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (commonly known as “DACA”). The DACA program allowed for...more

USCIS Allows Premium Processing of Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions

by Morgan Lewis on

Premium processing resumed on September 18, 2017. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on September 18, 2017 that it will once again allow premium processing of all H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal...more

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

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Some Categories of Applicants Seeking H-1B Visas

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced, on September 18, 2017, that it has resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2018 cap. USCIS had originally...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

Premium Processing Of H-1B Petitions Further Expanded, Effective Immediately

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced today, September 18, 2017, that it will again expand its resumption of premium processing for additional types of H-1B petitions. Effective immediately, H-1B...more

Key Points To Know About The Rescission Of DACA

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On September 5, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officially rescinded the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and implemented a six...more

Updates on Recent USCIS Changes Impacting US Businesses

by White & Case LLP on

In the last month, USCIS has issued news releases announcing two changes that directly impact US businesses. The first relates to the revisions to Form I-9, which is mandated for employers to use to establish and confirm...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

Reminder: New Mandatory Form I-9 Effective September 18, 2017

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The transition period for use of the new Form I-9 is ending and the new version (07.17.17) is mandatory beginning Monday, September 18. I-9 and E-verify compliance are becoming increasingly scrutinized, so employers are...more

Changes To DACA And Employers

by Roetzel & Andress on

In line with the Trump administration’s enforcement of immigration laws, significant changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program were announced by the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) on...more

Employers Must Use Yet Another Revised Form I-9 Beginning September 18

by Lathrop Gage on

Our readers may recall that use of the current version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, became mandatory at the beginning of this year. U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services has made minor revisions to...more

E-Verify Participants: Updated E-Verify Participation Poster Available for Download

by Baker Donelson on

An updated E-Verify Participation Poster is now available for participating employers in the federal E-Verify program. The new poster informs all current and prospective employees of their legal rights, protections and...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

DACA: Next steps for institutions of higher education

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In 2012, then-President Obama established with the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) Program. The DACA Program is an exercise of prosecutorial discretion by the...more

Special Immigration Alert - September 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

USCIS Anticipates Resuming H-1B Premium Processing on October 3, 2017 - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has advised the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) that it anticipates resuming...more

Department of State Releases October 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

EB-1 China and India once again become “current” as does EB-2 Worldwide. The US Department of State has released its October 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...more

How Will The End Of The Deferred Action For Childhood Arrival (DACA) Affect Employers?

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

On September 5, 2017, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security rescinded the memorandum issued during the Obama administration that had established the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, announcing that it...more

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