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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 -

State Department Makes Predictions about EB Cut-Off Date Movement

by Morgan Lewis on

Notably, the State Department stated with certainty that the EB-2 Rest of the World category likely will retrogress in the coming months....more

Redesigned Green Card And Employment Authorization Documents Announced

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced that it redesigned the Permanent Resident Card (“Green Card”) and the Employment Authorization Document (“EAD”) as part of its Next Generation Secure...more

Redesigned Permanent Resident Card and Employment Authorization Documents

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

As we mentioned in an earlier post, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as the Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as...more

Return of Petitions Not Selected in the H-1B Lottery Triggers “Cap Gap” Considerations

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 3, 2017, that data entry for the FY2018 H-1B visa lottery has been completed and that petitions not accepted under the lottery selection process will...more

Congressional Spending Bill Reauthorizes Important Immigration Programs

by Littler on

On May 4, 2017, Congress passed an appropriations bill to fund the federal government through Fiscal Year 2017. The bill also extended four immigration programs through September 30, 2017. These programs are E-VERIFY, the...more

H-1B Cap and Lottery Update

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On May 3rd, USCIS completed all data entry of fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the computer-generated "lottery" process. The data entry process includes the receipt of petitions selected in the lottery...more

I-9 Compliance & H-1B, H-4 Visa Changes in Trump’s 1st 100 Days

Earlier this year we hosted a seminar titled “Immigration and the Trump Administration: What Every Employer Needs to Know for the First 100 Days and Beyond.” As we’re sure you’ve seen on the news, immigration has been a...more

USCIS Completes Data Entry for Petitions Selected in H-1B Lottery; Will Start Returning Unselected Petitions

On May 3, 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the data entry process for all H-1B cap petitions selected in the FY 2018 H-1B cap lottery had been completed. USCIS will begin...more

Department of State Releases June 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

Significant retrogression for EB-1 India and China. The US Department of State has released its June 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa availability and the flow...more

Extended Again: No Policy Changes for EB-5, For Now

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The EB-5 Regional Center Program has received yet another extension, this time through September 30, 2017. The Program has been similarly extended, with no change in policy, on multiple occasions since its previously...more

USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On May 3, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it has completed the data entry of all fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the random lottery process...more

Trump Executive Order Calls for Reforms to H-1B Visa Rules

by Morgan Lewis on

In a recent executive order, US President Donald Trump ordered his cabinet secretaries to suggest reforms to the H-1B visa program to help ensure that “H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid petition...more

Data Entry of FY 2018 H-1B Petitions Complete

by Morgan Lewis on

Some Vermont cases will be transferred to California. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on May 3 that all data entry for FY 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been completed....more

April 2017: The 13 Biggest Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While it always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, the last few months have seen an unprecedented number of changes. April 2017 was another month...more

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Completes Data Entry of H-1B “Cap” Petitions

On May 3, 2017, USCIS announced that it has completed data entry of all H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the FY2018 lottery. We continue to receive receipt notices for selected petitions. USCIS will now begin returning...more

USCIS Announces Targeted Use of Site Visits to Certain H-1B Employers to Detect H-1B Visa Fraud and Abuse

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced in April multiple measures to deter and detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse. The H-1B visa program is meant to help U.S. companies recruit highly skilled foreign...more

Government Funding Bill Released; EB-5 Program Intact Through September

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

As reported by Ballard Spahr in previous Alerts, many members of Congress have proposed and considered several reform measures to the U.S. Immigrant Investor Program, known as "EB-5," over the past several years....more

Updated Green Card and EAD Designs Enhance Safety Features, No Changes for I-9 Purposes

Employers and I-9 professionals should be aware that starting Monday, May 1, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin issuing a redesigned Permanent Resident Card (also known as a “Green Card” or...more

Immigration Fact and Fiction for the U.S. Employer: Is There a Future for H-1B Visa Holders After The President’s Executive Order...

We commented on all those public announcements about H-1B’s in our blog of April 5, 2017, skeptical as to whether they indicated that the program would really be restructured. Then on April 18, the President issued his...more

"Employment Flash – April 2017"

Supreme Court Adopts Deferential Standard of Review for EEOC Cases - On April 3, 2017, in McLane v. EEOC, 137 S.Ct. 30 (2016), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that appellate courts should review lower court decisions to...more

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

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