United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Foreign Workers

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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Mark Your Calendars: DHS Extends Employment Authorization Eligibility to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses Effective May 26, 2015

While many immigration practitioners wait anxiously for a resolution to the judicial challenges faced by DAPA and expanded DACA, others let out a sigh of relief at the announcement made today by U.S. Citizenship and...more

Employers Who Want to Hire Foreign Workers in H1-B Status Should Start the Process Now

Employers who wish to hire foreign workers in a “specialty occupation” this year should start the process now in order to submit their petitions on April 1, the first day that U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS)...more

Urgent Notice To Employers: Annual H-1B Visa Quota Will Open on April 1

For employers looking to bring non-US citizens into the United States, an important immigration deadline is around the corner. Failure to properly plan for and meet this deadline may result in the employer’s inability to...more

Immigration And Nationality Law And Compliance Year-End Newsletter

Breaking News: President Obama's Executive Action Plan for Business Immigration - President Obama has announced a series of executive actions regarding immigration reforms, many of which focus on illegal immigration at...more

E-Verify Update and Improvements

E-Verify has been operational since 1997 as part of a Basic Pilot Program to assist employers to verify electronically that a newly hired employee is authorized to work in the US. A number of states have made use of E-Verify...more

Discrimination Enforcement: Justice Department Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim

The Department of Justice (DOJ), through its Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), recently settled a claim alleging discrimination, based on unfair documentary practices during...more

USCIS Will Begin Accepting New H-1B Filings on April 1 for Fiscal Year 2015

On April 1, 2014, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions for employment commencing on October 1, 2014. New H-1B petitions are subject to an annual limit of 65,000 new...more

Time to Begin Preparing H-1B Visa Petitions for Foreign Professionals

Employers recruiting foreign students from U.S. universities or professionals from elsewhere in the world should begin planning for March 31, 2014. ...more

Government October 2013 Shutdown to Haunt H-1B and other Foreign Workers

Effective October 1, 2013, U.S. federal government operations are experiencing a lapse in appropriations due to the inability of Congress to pass a funding bill. The shutdown is preventing employers from filing H-1B...more

Employers Rush to Fill All H-1B Foreign Worker Slots

Last week, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the “USCIS”) announced that it had already reached the statutory limit of 65,000 H-1B visas allowed to be issued for foreign workers in “specialty occupations,” and...more

FY 2014 H-1B Cap Reached Within the First Week

On April 5, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received enough petitions to meet the statutory H-1B cap of 65,000 new H-1B visas to be issued each year. The H-1B visa category is...more

AAO Finds USCIS Impermissibly Redefines Showing of Specialized Knowledge

The Administrative Appeals Office of U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, otherwise known as the AAO, recently reversed a finding by U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) that had denied approval of an L-1B...more

H-1B Filing Season Is Here

Now is the time for employers to assess their FY 2014 H-1B needs and to start preparing their petitions for submission on April 1. ...more

Key Timing Considerations for Foreign Religious Workers - Part 3

In our previous blog post we began a discussion of key timing considerations for religious workers. Our next practice tip with regard to timing concerns the filing of immigrant I-360 petitions on behalf of religious workers....more

Key Timing Considerations for Foreign Religious Workers - Part 2

In our previous blog post we began a discussion of key timing considerations for religious workers. Our next practice tip with regard to timing concerns the ability to use the USCIS Premium Processing Service to expedite...more

New Compliance Concerns for Employers of Foreign Workers

Originally published in the 2012 Edition of Inside the Minds published by Aspatore/Thomson West. Introduction - This chapter discusses the current immigration enforcement climate for US employers, which involves a...more

Immigration Compliance: Seven Deadly Mistakes for Employers

Based on information provided by the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and various year-end publications about the actions brought against employers for immigration violations in 2012, we have compiled a short list of...more

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