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New Obama Administration Employment-based Visa Rule and Trump's Plan to Target Visa Abuse Create Uncertainty For Employers

President-elect Trump made enforcement of immigration laws a centerpiece of his campaign. On November 21, 2016, Mr. Trump stated that he will make investigation of abuses in “visa programs that undercut the American worker”...more

Business Immigration Under President-Elect Trump

With one of the most divisive presidential elections in U.S. history behind us, the question remains: How will the election of Donald Trump affect business immigration? Many people were concerned by his rhetoric during the...more

USCIS Publishes Final Rule For Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

USCIS has published a final rule to modernize and improve several aspects of certain employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs and to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers who...more

Immigration Policy Choices Under the New Administration

Now that the election is over, focus turns to the U.S. immigration policy of President-elect Donald J. Trump’s administration over the next four years. Forecasts of this type are never easy with any new President; the task is...more

Long-Awaited High Skilled Worker Regulations Published by the Department of Homeland Security

In a welcome development, on November 18, 2016 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule benefitting many highly skilled nonimmigrant foreign workers and EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 employment-based immigrant...more

The Potential Impact of the U.S. Presidential Election on Business Immigration

Immigration changes are widely expected to be a key focal point in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. Although we do not yet have details on how specific policies and programs will be affected, below is a summary...more

Job Flexibility Rule for Immigrant Workers Finalized

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule that will effect skilled foreign workers in the United States. The final rule provides benefits to certain employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant visa...more

Thinking of Immigrating to Canada?

To the astonishment of many around the globe Donald Trump has been elected as the 45th President of the United States of America; and for the second time this year, the Government of Canada’s immigration website crashed due...more

Public Comments on New Regulations for International Entrepreneurs Due by October 17, 2016

Public comment to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (USDHS) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking creating a new "parole" immigration benefit for certain International Entrepreneurs is due to the agency by October 17, 2016. ...more

Immigration Tips

10 tips to prepare for the most frequent immigration scenarios faced by startups: - If the company will be owned, in-whole or in-part by a foreign investor, immigration planning should start as early as possible – even...more

The ill-treatment of domestic migrant workers because of their immigration status does not amount to race discrimination under the...

The recent case of Taiwo v Olgaigbe and another; Onu v Akwiwu and another [2016] UKSC 31 has highlighted the issues which can arise in respect of the employment rights of migrant workers. The case involved Ms Taiwo and Ms...more

Higher Immigration Penalties for I-9 and Other Violations Going Into Effect August 1, 2016

As a result of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, higher immigration fines and penalties will go into effect on August 1, 2016. The fines and penalties cover Form I-9 paperwork...more

Special Professional Visas for Mexico and Canadian Citizens

The North American Free Trade Association (NAFTA) created a new class of work visa that is available only to citizens from Canada and Mexico. It allows citizens (not permanent residents) to apply for a renewable visa to work...more

Canadian Immigration Updates

The following alert is directed to organizations with a presence in Canada or who anticipate the need to place talent at a Canadian work site. 1. Beginning December 1, 2016, Mexican Citizens Will Not Need a Visa for...more

New Policies and Practices for Hiring Expatriates in China

With more and more expatriates working in China, and some even applying for long-term residence permits, complicated applications procedures have been deemed an impediment to attracting more talented expatriates. In later...more

Proposed Changes to E-Verify

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is in the process of reviewing public comments and considering revisions to its recently proposed changes to the E-Verify program. USCIS’ Supporting Statement...more

Fair Dismissal Where No Proof of Right to Work in U.K.

In Nayak v Royal Mail Group Ltd UKEATS/0011/15, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether the dismissal of an employee who had failed to provide evidence of his right to work in the U.K. was fair. Mr Nayek...more

Immigration Laws Stifle US Business

US immigration laws have not been created with the growing global economy’s need for foreign talent in mind, and should be reformed to promote hiring the best minds for the US economy. With globalization of the modern...more

USCIS Reaches FY 2017 H-1B Cap

On April 7, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B...more

DHS Tests Known Employer Program for Certain Immigration Petitions

On March 3, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched a pilot program intended to streamline the employment-based immigration process in certain visa categories. The program will modify the process U.S....more

DHS Launches Trial Program to Streamline Employment Visa Applications

On March 3, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its launch of the Known Employer Program, under which certain employers are eligible to use an online platform to submit information that can be used...more

Changes to U.S. immigration regulations extends the "240-day rule" to persons with temporary H-1B1, E-3, and CW-1 work visas

The American Immigration Lawyers’ Association’s (AILA’s) Verification & Documentation Liaison Committee recently published information about changes to U.S. immigration regulations extending the “240-day rule” to persons with...more

USCIS Prepares To Close Discussion On Business Visa Overhaul

Washington, DC – February 22, 2016—The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Department is set to close discussion on rules changes to employment visas for immigrants and non-immigrants. The changes would...more

Innocents Abroad: Employer Considerations When Sending Employees on International Assignments or Business Travel

In our increasingly globalized economy, employers strategically place employees in assignments across international locations, and utilize cross-border business trips to facilitate demanding international business needs....more

H-1B Helps Employers Obtain Workers with Specialty Skills

Locating highly skilled, uniquely talented workers can be very difficult for some employers in the United States. In fact, year after year the demand for workers with so-called STEM (science, technology, engineering and...more

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