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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 -

Mind the Gap: Automatic Work Authorization Extensions Help Foreign National Employees Stay Productive Following EAD Expiration

In the last months of President Barack Obama’s administration many regulatory changes were made that were meant to improve the functioning of the business immigration system, including changes to the process for Employment...more

Obama’s parting gift to foreign entrepreneurs: A new way to stay in the U.S.

by Mintz Levin - Mintz Edge on

Back in 2014, when it was clear that Congress was not going to pass bipartisan immigration reform, President Obama vowed to take whatever steps he could, short of legislation, to advance his immigration agenda, including...more

USCIS Finalizes International Entrepreneur Rule

by Cozen O'Connor on

On January 17, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) finalized the International Entrepreneur Rule. This rule was proposed last summer by the Obama Administration, after Congress failed to pass any...more

Two International Entrepreneurs Start under New York’s International Innovators Visa Program

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Understanding the scarcity of H-1B visas, early in 2016, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY), launched the International Innovators...more

New High-Skilled Worker Final Rule

by Wilson Elser on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has published a final rule - “Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers” - to improve employment-based,...more

Efforts to Address Immigration Anxiety

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

As people digest the possible immigration changes of a new administration in Washington, there is an effort to calm the anxiety. Today, President Obama issued a statement that is aimed at “Dreamers” who have had the...more

Immigration Policy Choices Under the New Administration

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Now that the election is over, focus turns to the U.S. immigration policy of President-elect Donald J. Trump’s administration over the next four years. Forecasts of this type are never easy with any new President; the task is...more

Seyfarth’s Analysis of the Short-Term Impact of the Election on Business and Employment-based Immigration

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Trump Administration will have the power to make significant changes to the business immigration landscape. Here is what we can expect. Immigration issues have become more important than ever for...more

U.S. Manufacturers Need Immigration Certainty to Grow Economy

When President Barack Obama unveiled his Immigration Accountability Executive Actions in 2014, a measure supported by the National Association of Manufacturers, the media was focused on how the current administration’s...more

Immigration Corner: January 2016

by Baker Donelson on

On December 31, 2015, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register in furtherance of President Obama’s executive action to modernize, improve and clarify certain...more

Status of the EB-5 Regional Center Program

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Last night President Obama signed legislation into law to extend temporarily the Immigrant Investor Program (“Regional Center Program”) until December 11, 2015. Congress created the EB-5 program in 1990 to stimulate the...more

The State Department’s Revised Visa Bulletin Opens Temporary Window for Those Applying for Green Cards

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”), in coordination with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”), has announced that it has revised “the procedures for determining visa availability for applicants...more

Obama’s Visa Modernization Initiative Allows Earlier Filing of Permanent Resident Applications

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Implementing part of President Obama's November 2014 executive actions on immigration modernization, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS"), in coordination with the Department of State ("DOS"),...more

Dramatic Change to Visa Bulletin: Starting October USCIS Will Now Accept I-485 Filings for Certain Eligible Adjustment of Status...

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On September 9, 2015, the Department of State (DOS) announced a major change in the content of the Visa Bulletin. This change will dramatically affect the way that I-485 adjustment of status applications can now be filed with...more

Moving Into the 21st Century

Despite the fact that parts of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration currently are being challenged in court, the administration is moving forward with its promise to modernize our antiquated immigration system....more

Knock, Knock: Who’s there?

Due to a contempt hearing scheduled for August 19, 2015 in the case of the State of Texas v. United States, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is taking radical measures to recover all three-year Employment...more

Executive Action Update: 3 Year EADs Issued After 2/16/15 Injunction Must Be Returned by 7/17/15

It is no surprise that the implementation of this administration’s executive actions has run into a series of political and legal snags. But what is surprising is the administration’s response or overall handling of the...more

OPT Program Under Attack

While a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive action has garnered headlines recently, another lawsuit that could negatively impact the labor supply and increase the cost of doing business for employers has largely...more

DHS Funding Hangs In Balance While Congress Squares Off Over Executive Action on Immigration

Congressional standoff over immigration plays out through debate on DHS funding bill - A chess match continues to be fought in Congress over the fate of President Obama’s executive action on immigration. The standoff...more

How Will Immigration Executive Action Impact Higher Education Institutions?

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Multi-national personnel and students are uniquely important to the mission and objectives of higher education institutions. The recent focus on immigration reform at the federal level raises the potential for broader...more

Continued Rollout of Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Today, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced that starting May 26, 2015 it will be accepting applications for employment authorization (EAD) for H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants...more

What You Need to Know About DAPA

by Ronald Shapiro on

Often times, an immigrant lacking proper documentation will be the mother or father to a child who is a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, and they face a number of fears about their immigration status, most notably...more

Court of Appeals Censures USCIS’ Narrow Interpretation of L-1B Visa Requirementsi

Over the last few years, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has made a concerted effort to restrict the number of L-1B visas being issued. And, without much oversight, USCIS has managed (almost unfettered) to do...more

How Immigration Executive Actions Will Play Out in 2015

by Ronald Shapiro on

Last November, President Obama announced several executive actions with respect to immigration. Specifically, the President announced the following immigration executive actions...more

Final Rule Extending Work Authorization to H-4 Dependent Spouses Expected Soon

In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama made clear that In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama made clear that he would veto efforts by the Republican-controlled Congress to undo some of...more

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