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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New Visa Rule Proposed for International Entrepreneurs

The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security recently signed a proposed rule that would allow certain international entrepreneurs to temporarily enter the U.S. to start their businesses. The U.S. Citizenship and...more

International Entrepreneurs Receive Welcome News from USCIS

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has announced a proposal to grant international entrepreneurs temporary admission to the United States in order to start or scale their businesses here. On Friday, August...more

DHS Proposes Rule That Would Expand Immigration Options for Certain Foreign Entrepreneurs

On August 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) revealed an advance copy of its notice of proposed rulemaking, entitled “International Entrepreneur Rule.” This rule follow President Obama’s promise in...more

New International Entrepreneur Rule Revealed

Today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it is proposing a new rule, which would allow certain international entrepreneurs to stay in the U.S. on a case-by-case basis, in order to start or grow...more

Immigration Relief for Foreign Entrepreneurs

On August 26, 2016, USCIS released the text of a proposed rule to be published in the Federal Register shortly, that provides temporary immigration relief to qualifying foreign entrepreneurs whose presence in the U.S. would...more

Seventh Circuit Says No Asylum for Bisexual Man; Posner Dissents

Last week, the Seventh Circuit declined to review the asylum application of a bisexual individual who applied for fear of persecution. Ray Fuller, 51, told an immigration judge and the Board of Immigration Appeals that he...more

New Blanket L Form Reflects Heightened Scrutiny of Outsourcing Companies

In recent years the L-1 Intra-Company transfer visa program has come under scrutiny. Critics of the program, which allows a multinational company to transfer an executive, manager, or worker with “special knowledge” from a...more

DUI Arrest Could Now Lead to Visa Revocation for Employees in U.S. Even Without a Conviction

Employers should be aware that foreign nationals in the United States on nonimmigrant work visas (such as H-1B, L-1, and O-1 visas) are subject to severe consequences following an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI)...more

Lawsuits Question Procedure and Substance of H-1B Lottery

Late this spring, two lawsuits were filed against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) seeking information about and challenging the administration of the H-1B visa...more

A megera! Petições da lei VAWA para homens – Parte I

Panorama - A Lei de Combate à Violência contra as Mulheres (VAWA) permite que imigrantes vítimas de violência solicitem status legal nos Estados Unidos sem precisar que cônjuges, pais ou filhos cidadãos americanos ou...more

La Bruja! - VAWA Petitions for Men – Part I

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) allows battered immigrants to petition for legal status in the United States without relying on abusive U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident spouses, parents or children to sponsor...more

Reducing Redundancy: Colorado Repeals its State-Specific Employment Verification Requirement

Effective August 10, 2016, Colorado has eliminated the requirement that employers collect and retain state employment verification forms for each new hire. The Colorado General Assembly concluded that the state collection...more

I-829 Delays Reach All-Time Record: Thousands of EB-5 Investors in Limbo at USCIS

On August 11, 2016, USCIS published new processing times for I-829 petitions. The news is not good for EB-5 investors. USCIS is now taking in excess of 21 months to adjudicate I-829 petitions. This means that EB-5 investors...more

Department of State Releases September 2016 Visa Bulletin

Employment-based final action dates reflect modest advancement for the end of the fiscal year. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its September 2016 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country...more

DHS Announces Changes to Benefit Undocumented Immigrants

On July 29, 2016 the Department of Homeland Security announced a final rule that expands eligibility or a provisional waiver of unlawful presence, (‘‘provisional waiver’’). For readers who are unfamiliar with the provisional...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 Update: August 2016 Visa Bulletin; Increased Fines for I-9 and Other Immigration Violations; USCIS Returns Unselected...

Tracking newsworthy developments in the ever-changing world of business immigration and its impact on employers and employees. This month: August 2016 Visa Bulletin; Increased Fines for I-9 and Other Immigration...more

New Form I-129s for Intracompany Transferees Required for Blanket Petitions at US Embassies after August 29, 2016

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a revised Form I-129S, NONIMMIGRANT PETITION BASED ON BLANKET L PETITION. USCIS announced that this form must be used exclusively in applications...more

A Modern Makeover for the PERM Program

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) electronic permanent labor certification system (PERM) as we know it has been in existence for the past 10 years. This year, the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) is expected to...more

2016 Business Immigration Updates – Getting Through the Long Days of Summer

August ushers in a host of immigration-related news and updates, ranging from fine increases to wait times for visa appointments. Stay up-to-date with some quick notes on these issues. DOJ Fines Increase as of August 1,...more

Immigration Penalties Increase Effective August 1, 2016

The Department of Justice has issued a new rule increasing penalties for I-9 paperwork violations, unlawfully employing unauthorized workers, and unfair immigration-related employment practices. The increase was triggered by...more

August 8 Deadline for 7-Month, STEM OPT Extension

Due to recent changes in the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program, F-1 students currently participating in the STEM OPT extension are eligible to apply for an additional 7-months of work authorization. The deadline to...more

I-526 Processing Delays Expected to Continue into 2017

According to data recently supplied by USCIS, there are more than 20,000 I-526 petitions pending adjudication as of the end of March 2016. This is a massive backlog of cases. What are the implications of this backlog to...more

STEM OPT 7-Month Extension Application Deadline Coming Up on Monday, August 8

On March 11, 2016, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule pertaining to optional practical training (OPT) for certain students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics...more

Reminder: Deadline for Extending 17-month STEM OPT is August 8, 2016

F-1 students who are currently working pursuant to a 17-month STEM OPT extension may apply to add seven months to their STEM OPT period provided they file Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization on or before...more

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