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Three Key Immigration Developments in President Trump’s First Weeks

Immigration has been in the forefront of the news since President Trump took office and will likely remain so in the near future. Here, we discuss three key business immigration issues that have seen significant developments...more

New I-9 Form in an Environment of Increased Audits and Increased Fines

USCIS has released a new version of the Form I-9, which all employers must use beginning January 22, 2017. Employers should read the new Form I-9 instructions in full and also review the content of the new I-9 version...more

Department of State Releases March 2017 Visa Bulletin

No change in Dates for Filing chart again; China EB-3 advances 6.5 months in Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its March 2017 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country...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 Regarding the January 27th Executive Order on Immigration

In light of the January 27, 2017 Executive Order ("EO") titled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States," which is summarized in prior Clark Hill Immigration Updates, we are providing this...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

You’ve Got Mail … if You’re an Employer: Seventh Circuit Rules Employees Are Not Entitled to Same Visa Revocation Notice

On August 3, 2016, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that only employers are to be provided notice and receive information on decisions on visa petitions issued by United States Citizenship and...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

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

Revised Version of the Form I-9 Became Mandatory on January 22, 2017

As of January 22, 2017, U.S. employers should be using the new Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility Verification, available. Federal immigration law requires that U.S. employers use the Form I-9 to verify the identity and...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

What Employers Need to Know About the New Form I-9

Employers and employees are now required to complete the revised Form I-9 – Employment Eligibility Verification – released by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Nov. 14, 2016. Use of the revised Form I-9...more

As of January 22, Employers Must Use New I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form

Beginning January 22, employers must only use the new I-9 Form dated November 14, 2016, which replaces the form dated March 8, 2013. The new I-9 Form is located on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service website at...more

The 2017 H-1B Petition Filing Season Is Here! To Maximize Your Chance Of Success, Please Contact Us By February 15.

Starting April 3, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting H-1B visa petition filings – subject to the annual cap – for the next fiscal year, which begins October 1, 2017. To maximize the chance...more

Employers: April 3 Start Date for 2018 H-1B Visa Applications

Employers may first apply for Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B visas for individuals not currently in H-1B status on Monday, April 3, 2017 for a start date of October 1, 2017....more

Immigration Under the New Administration: H-1B Visas and What to Expect

With the Trump Administration taking office, it is expected that changes to immigration policies will be carried out swiftly and, to a large extent, in an unapologetically straightforward manner. While the initial public...more

Matter of Dhanasar Breathes New Life into NIW Green Card Category

At the end of the 2016 calendar year, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) published a welcome precedent decision, Matter of Dhanasar, 26 I&N Dec. 884 (AAO 2016). In this case, the AAO has significantly revised the...more

The Race to File H-1B Work Visas on April 1, 2017

We are releasing this Alert to remind employers of the fast-approaching April 1, 2017, opening date for filing H-1B work visa petitions on behalf of foreign employees who need sponsorship for work authorization in the U.S....more

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

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

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