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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 -
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Dear Littler: Does an Employer Have to Report Discrepancies Identified in Old I-9 Forms?

Dear Littler: A former employee recently reapplied for an open position at our company. In reviewing the new-hire paperwork, we noticed that her social security number did not match the one we had on file previously. Her new...more

Possible Changes to U.S. Business Immigration Law and Policy Under the New Administration

This article covers proposed legislation, sub-regulatory changes, and—from a practical standpoint—the process/timing for implementing changes under the new administration. Please note that while legislative immigration...more

Travel Ban Executive Order Update: What Businesses Need to Know

Changes coming from the White House, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the State Department (DOS) on travel and related issues are challenging companies...more

Update on the President’s Executive Order Banning Selected Travel

On January 27, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” (“EO”). In pertinent part, the EO...more

Updates and Guidance on the Executive Order Suspending the Entry of Immigrants and Non-Immigrants from Seven Countries

On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order (the “Order”) entitled, Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States by Foreign Nationals. The Order suspends entry into the United...more

Immigration 2017: What Businesses Need To Know

Since this past weekend, worldwide media has been fixated on President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Orders, including the temporary suspension of travel to the US by individuals from seven designated countries. Given no...more

President Trump Signs Executive Order Calling for Travel Ban, Increased Foreign National Vetting Procedures and Visa Processing...

President Trump’s Executive Order (“Order”) of January 27, 2017, “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States,” could have a significant impact on the American immigration system. Employers...more

Entrepreneur Parole: the “Startup Visa” Solution

On January 17, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule in the Federal Register to “implement the Secretary of Homeland Security’s discretionary parole authority in order to increase and...more

Immigration Briefing: What You Need to Know Now

Given the recently issued Executive Orders from the new administration and various changes being implemented by the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") and the Department of State ("DOS"), and in efforts to provide the...more

Executive Order Bans Entry of Foreign Nationals From Seven Countries

Last Friday, President Trump signed an executive order banning the entry of foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to the United States for a period of at least 90 days. The executive order,...more

DHS Final International Entrepreneur Rule to Take Effect July 16, 2017

On January 17, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its final rule implementing the discretionary parole for entrepreneurs program, which was proposed this past August. The final rule, effective July 16,...more

What Employers Should Know About How the January 27 Executive Order Reshapes the Current State of Immigration in the United States

On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) dramatically reshaping the current state of immigration in the United States. The EO's main points are...more

Executive Order on Immigration and Travel Restrictions – Suspended

UPDATE: In a landmark decision on February 9, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals halted the Executive Order travel ban imposed on persons from predominantly-Muslim countries. The Court upheld the temporary restraining...more

New DHS Rule Extends H-1B Cap Exemptions

One of the biggest drawbacks for employers trying to utilize the H-1B visa program is the numerical cap. The current law limits the number of H-1B visas available to 65,000 annually with an additional 20,000 available to...more

A Sign of Things to Come? Trump’s Regulatory Freeze and Other Early Actions

Behind the pomp and circumstance of Friday’s inauguration, President Donald J. Trump and his administration set their sights on deploying a new guard of regulatory and economic policies focused on reducing burdensome...more

Practical Implications of the High-Skilled Workers Regulation

In a previous article, we summarized the key provisions of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulation, “Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled...more

Proposed Changes To The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) released yesterday in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking a set of proposed changes to the EB-5 immigrant investor program, increasing the required investment amounts from $1...more

New USCIS Rule Amending Several Employment-Based and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs Will Take Effect on January 17, 2017

Beginning on January 17, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will implement a new rule that amends certain regulations relating to employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs. The rule's goal...more

Employment Law 2016 Review

Preparing for Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania - Marijuana legalization reached Pennsylvania in 2016, bringing with it a host of new questions employers are going to have to answer. Signed into law on April 17, the...more

Immigrant Registrations Obsolete and Active

One of the possible weapons that could have been used to target certain immigrants, especially Muslim immigrants, was removed from the Immigration Regulations of the Department of Homeland Security on December 23, 2016....more

Immigration Law Update - December 2016

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is adjusting the fee schedule for immigration filings processed by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). USCIS conducted a comprehensive fee review and determined that...more

High-Skilled Foreign Workers: Summary of Rule Changes Effective January 17, 2017

Starting January 17, 2017, the long-awaited regulations for high-skilled workers incorporating provisions of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act of 2000 (AC21) and the American Competitiveness and...more

USCIS Fees Increasing on Dec. 23, 2016 – Citizenship, Adjustment, Nonimmigrant visas all affected

On October 24, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) published a final rule confirming an increase to the processing fees for most of the applications and petitions it handles. This is a result...more

EB-5 Program Gets Temporary Extension; USCIS Issues New EB-5 Policy Manual

The EB-5 Regional Center Program has been extended through April 28, 2017, following the passage of a continuing resolution (CR) by Congress that narrowly avoided a government shutdown. The CR provides continued funding...more

Imminent USCIS Fee Increase and I-9 Implementation

As previously noted in this space, two small but significant changes from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are coming in the next month. First, on December 23, 2016, the Department of Homeland...more

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