United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Department of Homeland Security

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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USCIS Updates Its List of 68 Countries Eligible to Participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

On December 16, 2014, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in consultation with Department of State, added five new countries to the list of countries eligible...more

I-9 Verification Updates from AILA-DHS Liaison Meeting

On November 6, 2014, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Verification and Documentation Liaison Committee met with USCIS Verification Division and ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Washington, D.C....more

Executive Order Requires State Agencies and State Contractors to Use E-Verify

On December 3, 2014, Texas Governor Rick Perry issued Executive Order No. RP-80, which requires state agencies and state contractors to use E-Verify. The Order imposes, as a condition of all state contracts for service, a...more

How to Sponsor Same-Sex Spouse for Green Card

Prior to the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor in June 2013, in which the Court struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), same-sex married couples were not allowed to seek a green card on behalf...more

Guidance on the President’s Immigration Initiatives

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a number of executive orders impacting US immigration policy. The Shapiro Law Group stands ready to assist anyone impacted by President Obama’s executive actions with respect to...more

What Employers Need to Know about the New myE-Verify Program

Last month, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the launch of myE-Verify—a new website for employees. Whereas E-Verify is used by employers, the myE-Verify website is intended to be one-stop shop for employees...more

Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration to Affect the Hiring and Retention of Highly Skilled Foreign Employees

The executive actions on immigration that President Obama announced in late November include a hodgepodge of new policies and directives that will impact millions of foreign nationals—both documented and undocumented—now...more

President Obama Announces Immigration Bills: Real Reform or Band-Aid Fixes?

On November 20, 2014 President Obama announced a series of executive actions to reform the “broken” immigration system after Congress failed to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill this year. These initiatives have...more

E-Verify Keeps Getting in the News – That is the Way USCIS Wants it

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is heavily invested in the success of the E-Verify program, which it sees as the core for all future employer compliance programs. ...more

Why is My I-94 Expiration Date Different from My Form I-797 or Visa?

Form I-94 is the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Arrival/Departure Record issued by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to foreign nationals admitted to the U.S. Form I-94 designates the duration of authorized...more

Visa Restrictions on Foreign Entrepreneurs to Ease Under Obama Immigration Directives

President Barack Obama’s immigration directives, announced on November 20, 2014, include a plan to ease visa restrictions, “mak[ing] it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates, and entrepreneurs to stay and...more

President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration

On November 20, 2014, President Obama addressed the nation and outlined his planned executive actions on immigration. The following day he issued two Presidential Memoranda setting forth additional directives for modernizing...more

How Will the White House Announcement on Immigration Affect Your Company?

Most companies will be impacted by the immigration initiatives announced by the White House this week. It will take up to several months for the initiatives to be implemented in order to give the U.S. Department of Homeland...more

What Employers Need to Know about President Obama’s New Immigration Executive Order

President Barack Obama’s new immigration policy contains a number of measures designed to make it easier for U.S. businesses to hire and retain highly skilled foreign-born workers while also permitting those workers to...more

Detailed Breakdown of the President’s Executive Action on Immigration

As previously reported, on November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions to crack down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons not families and require certain undocumented...more

The President’s Immigration Announcement: One Small Step for Business, One Giant Leap for the Undocumented

While the press and the public focuses on the titanic battle between Congress and the President as to his Executive power and directives that might impact the status of millions of undocumented aliens, the business community...more

Obama Executive Actions on Immigration – What Employers Should Know

On Nov. 20, 2014, President Obama announced a series of executive actions on immigration, which are outlined on the USCIS website and described in three memoranda issued by the Department of Homeland Security. These...more

President's Immigration Executive Action Will Impact Employers

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced executive action to allow millions of undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States temporarily and apply for work authorization. This executive action also includes...more

Immigration Developments for Highly Skilled Workers: Changes the Business Community Can Expect as a Result of President Obama’s...

On Thursday, November 20th, coinciding with President Obama’s announcement regarding his forthcoming executive action on immigration, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson issued a memo to the directors...more

How Will The Administration’s Recent Executive Orders Affect Employment-Based Immigration?

President Obama’s remarks last week announcing his executive orders on immigration reform, and the press coverage that has followed the announcement, have largely focused on changes involving undocumented immigrants and...more

Details on the executive action for immigration reform

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released additional details about President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform. What is clear is the reform is more beneficial for employers than anticipated. Expect these...more

Presidential Memorandum: Streamlining the U.S. Immigrant Visa System

The immigration executive actions announced by the President on November 20, 2014 are expected to be implemented in the next several months, and some initiatives may take longer. The new programs will be funded through...more

President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Policy

On November 21, 2014, President Obama made an announcement regarding several areas of US immigration policy. The most significant was to address approximately 4.4 million aliens living in the US without documentation. His...more

How Will Obama's Immigration Actions Impact Employers?

On November 20, 2014, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration, which will grant work authorization to millions of undocumented workers. In addition, the executive actions seek to boost the...more

Immigration Update: Executive Actions on Immigration and What They Mean

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced new executive actions on immigration. While the details of many of these actions have yet to be determined and some action will require regulatory change, there are potentially...more

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