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Critical Filing Dates for FY 2018 H-1B Cap

Employers that wish to sponsor H-1B workers for Fiscal Year 2018 can begin filing petitions on April 1, 2017, for a start date of October 1, 2017.  The H-1B visa is used by businesses that wish to employ foreign nationals to...more

DHS Announces Changes to U.S. & Cuba Migration Policies

On January 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced changes to the policies and regulations affecting Cuban nationals. DHS stated the “changes represent another important step in the normalization of...more

USCIS Finalizes International Entrepreneur Rule

On January 17, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) finalized the International Entrepreneur Rule. This rule was proposed last summer by the Obama Administration, after Congress failed to pass any...more

USCIS Issues Major New Immigration Regulations for Highly Skilled Workers

On November 18, 2016, USCIS issued an extensive set of revisions to immigration regulations affecting highly skilled workers. The new rules, which go into effect on January 17, 2017, clarify longstanding agency practices and...more

Employers Must Use the New Form I-9 Starting January 22, 2017

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) rolled out a new Form I-9 in November 2016. Starting January 22, 2017, all employers must use the new Form I-9, which is dated November 14, 2016 (the edition date is on...more

It’s Time to Prepare H-1B Visa Petitions for Fiscal Year 2018

H-1B visas have long been the U.S. employment visa of choice due to their flexibility for professionals to work in “specialty occupations”. Lately, however, for those employers and prospective employees who are subject to the...more

Expansive New Rule for Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

Effective yesterday, January 17, 2017, a new USCIS rule seeks to improve multiple employment-based temporary nonimmigrant and immigrant visa (“green card”) programs. The new regulations are designed to help U.S. employers...more

Department of State Releases February 2017 Visa Bulletin

No change in Dates for Filing chart again; scant advancement in Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its January 2017 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority date...more

Effective January 22, 2017: NEW I-9 Forms

Employers are required to prepare and retain I-9 Forms for employees. The purpose – to verify an employee’s identity and authorization to work in the United States. The New I-9 Forms should make them easier to complete and...more

Current Administration Proposes Significant Changes to EB-5 Program

Yesterday, the Obama administration announced potential changes that could significant impact the EB-5 investor visa program. The EB-5 investor visa was originally established by Congress in 1990 to attract foreign...more

What to Expect on the Immigration Front from President Trump?

With the inauguration just days away, what will the immigration landscape look like in the first 100 days of the Trump Administration? We can expect a lot of talk about enforcement, about the repeal of various executive...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

Congress Considers Halting Job Flexibility Rule, Bill to Change Employer H-1B Exemption Eligibility

Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has introduced two pieces of legislation to watch. - The Midnight Rules Relief Act, H.R. 21, would allow Congress to overturn any regulations en masse that were finalized or will...more

Choosing the Best Path to a Green Card

There are many paths to obtaining a Green Card. Deciding which path is best to follow depends on an individual’s personal circumstances. Whichever path is taken, a Green Card grants an individual permanent residency. This...more

Immigration Under the Trump Administration

For those of us reading tea leaves after the election, the question remains: how will the election of Donald Trump to the office of the presidency affect immigration? Candidate Trump became well-known for his strong...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

USCIS Releases New Form Versions, Effective Immediately, without prior notice

December 23, 2016, USCIS posted a large number of new form versions. The forms all have an effective date of December 23, 2016, and the website indicates that no other versions of the forms are acceptable, with the exception...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

H-1B Filing Season Is Here - December 2016

Now is the time for employers to assess their FY2018 H-1B needs and start preparing their petitions for submission on April 3....more

Reminder: USCIS Filing Fees Will Increase on December 23, 2016

Beginning on December 23, 2016, filing fees for many United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) visa petitions and applications will increase.  This is the first time since 2010 that USCIS has increased its filing...more

Department of State Releases January 2017 Visa Bulletin

No change in Dates for Filing chart again; minimal advancement in Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its January 2017 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country priority...more

Will the New Executive Administration Impact the H-1B Lottery?

Human Resources professionals with U.S. companies that are reliant upon skilled foreign workers often spend the last few months of the calendar year and the beginning of the new calendar year identifying individuals who will...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

Não deixe o samba morrer – Parte 2 (Don’t let samba die)

Panorama - Para muitas pessoas nesta semana, o impensável e inesperado se tornou uma realidade política com a eleição de Donald Trump. Se alguém estava se perguntando se a retórica rígida durante a campanha seria...more

Expansive Final Rule Affecting Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs Published – good news for H-1B visa...

On November 18, 2016, US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule to “improve aspects of certain employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs.” This final rule also “amended regulations to...more

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