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 -
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December 2016 Special Immigration Alert

USCIS Updates Fee Schedule for Immigration and Naturalization Benefit Requests - On October 24, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced a final rule adjusting the fees required for many...more

A Closer Look at the USCIS Final Rule on High-Skilled Immigration

On November 18, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule that significantly affects the ability of employers to employ and retain foreign national workers in the United States (Final Rule)....more

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Releases New Form I-9 Document

On November 14, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released a new version of the Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification (“Form I-9”). Employers may continue to use the current Form I-9, which...more

USCIS releases a new version of Form I-9

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is at it again. On November 14, 2016, USCIS published a new Form I-9 for employers to begin using immediately for new hires or re-verifications. While it is recommended that...more

EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Released the Revised I-9

On Nov. 14, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification form, https://www.uscis.gov/i-9. Employers may continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of...more

New Regulations Clarify Which Employers Are Exempt From Yearly H-1B Quota

On November 18, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) issued its long-awaited rule seeking to improve certain aspects of the employment-based immigration system. The new rule, which becomes effective on January...more

USCIS Rule Expands Work Card Authorization All Employers Must Accept

In finalizing a regulation focused on eligibility of workers being sponsored by employers for various temporary and permanent visas, USCIS has established some rules that affect all employers, even those not sponsoring...more

USCIS Increases Filing Fees Effective December 23, 2016

For the first time since November 2010, the filing fees for many of the petitions and applications filed with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will increase, effective December 23, 2016. All applications...more

If You Do Any Hiring, New I-9 Forms Must be Used Effective January 2017

On November 14, 2016, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (“Form I-9”). This isn’t the first time it has done so but a new...more

New Employment-Based Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visa Regulation

On November 18, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its Final Rule amending regulations related to certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs. The new rule will take effect on January...more

USCIS Publishes Final Rule For Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

USCIS has published a final rule to modernize and improve several aspects of certain employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs and to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers who...more

New Form I-9

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. This new form (dated 11/14/2016) must be used by employers as of January 22, 2017....more

USCIS Releases A Revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

On November 14, 2016, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (“Form I-9”). Established by the Immigration Reform and Control...more

Nao Deixe O Samba Morrer! (Don’t Let Samba Die!) Part 2 - What Now? - Immigration Planning Considerations after the Trump...

Overview - For many this week, the unthinkable and unexpected became a political reality with the election of Donald Trump. If anyone was wondering if the tough rhetoric during the campaign would be relaxed after the...more

USCIS New Rule Implements Old Laws with a Few Twists

USCIS has published a final rule, to take effect January 17, 2017, ensconcing in regulations most of the policies it had long ago worked out in memorandums implementing provisions of 1998 and 2001 laws intended to bridge some...more

Long-Awaited DHS Regulation to Ease Job Portability Announced

The final regulation, which will take effect on January 17, 2017, clarifies USCIS policies and improves job portability for highly skilled foreign workers....more

Are You Ready for the New Form I-9?

On November 14, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Effective January 22, 2017, employers must use this newly released version...more

USCIS Publishes Final Rule For Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

On Friday, November 18, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the press release below. USCIS has published a final rule to modernize and improve several aspects of certain employment-based...more

Cap-Exempt H-1B Employment Clarified by DHS

In light of the general unavailability of H-1B visas due to the limited and inadequate H-1B visa quota, it is more important than ever that U.S. employers and highly skilled foreign nationals be able to take maximum advantage...more

Employment Eligibility Verification: How Friendly Is The New Friendly I-9?

On Monday, November 14, 2016, USCIS published the new friendlier I-9 form. Employers must use the new version commencing January 22, 2017, and can continue to use the prior version (dated March 8, 2013) until January 21st....more

New Years’ Resolution: Comply with the “Smarter” Version of Form I-9

As an early holiday present, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service has rolled out the newer and “smarter” version of Form I-9. Although the grand reveal did not elicit as much excitement as Apple’s iPhone 7, the new...more

Efforts to Address Immigration Anxiety

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

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

New I-9 Form Now in Effect

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The previous version of the form will be accepted only until January 22, 2017....more

New I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form

On November 14, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The new form will replace the 2013 version and will be valid until August 31,...more

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