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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

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 -

Effective May 1 Redesigned Green Cards will be Issued

Earlier this month the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS) announced that redesigned Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document(EAD) will begin being issued on...more

USCIS Announces Redesign of Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

by Baker Donelson on

Beginning on May 1, 2017, USCIS will begin issuing a redesigned Permanent Resident card (green card) and Employment Authorization Document (EAD). This initiative is part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document...more

What Happens IF There is a Government Shutdown?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

If Congress cannot pass a funding bill by April 27, 2017, only “essential” government workers will continue to work as of May 1 and immigration processes will be affected. ...more

H-1B in Transition: H-1B Lottery Conducted, 'Buy American and Hire American' EO and Other H-1B Measures to Deter Fraud

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The H-1B work visa is in a state of transition. Companies and workers who rely on H-1B visas should be aware of several important changes this spring on the H-1B category, including an update on the H-1B lottery conducted by...more

Two Notable Immigration Developments

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Employers Should Review USCIS Fillable Forms I-9 Completed Based on Download From USCIS Website Between November 14 and November 17, 2016 for Social Security Number Glitch - Any employer who used the revised fillable Form...more

Employers Should Review USCIS Fillable Forms I-9 Completed Between November 14 and November 17, 2016 for Social Security Number...

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Any employer who used the revised fillable Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, downloaded from the USCIS website between November 14 and November 17, 2016 should review those forms to ensure that their employees’...more

Thawing the ICE: Using Internal Audits to Reduce Form I-9 Exposure

As the 100-day mark of President Trump’s tenure approaches, it’s clear that the new administration intends to take a tough, aggressive approach to immigration enforcement – and employers are sure to feel the heat. The...more

Immigration Update: Targeted Site Visits and Restrictions on Computer Programmers in the H-1B Program; Plan B Options If You Don't...

by Baker Donelson on

This month: Targeted Site Visits and Restrictions on Computer Programmers in the H-1B Program; Plan B options if you don't win the H-1B lottery. In the midst of the mad flurry of H-1B cap filings, United States...more

Immigration Dispatch USCIS To Issue Redesigned Green Cards And Employment Authorization Documents

As part of an ongoing effort to enhance document security and deter counterfeiting and fraud, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced that it will soon begin issuing redesigned Permanent Resident...more

Failure To Pay Minimum Wage Can Jeopardize Employment-Based Visa Petitions

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Rudyard Kipling famously noted, “East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” Many employers may feel that this quote aptly describes the relationship between immigration law and wage & hour law —...more

Potential Government Shutdown: Immigration Consequences for Employers and their Foreign National Employees

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: If Congress fails to pass a funding bill by midnight on Friday, April 28, resulting in a federal government shutdown, it would trigger numerous immigration-related ripple effects on employers, both large...more

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

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