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Possible Government Shutdown: Immigration Consequences For Employers And Their Foreign National Employees

If Congress cannot resolve FY2018 funding issues by December 8, 2017, it will result in another federal government shutdown. Such a shutdown will impact immigration services across a number of different government agencies,...more

I-9 Process Guide

Purpose:- Immigration law requires employers to walk a fine line between determining the eligibility of employees to work in the United States (the purpose of the I-9 Form) and not discriminating against those of...more

I-9 Audit Guide

This document is designed to be an employer’s guide for an internal private I-9 audit to be used in conjunction with the advice of corporate immigration counsel. This document alone is not a comprehensive list of...more

ICE Levies Largest Settlement Ever: Asplundh Tree Expert Co. To Pay 95 Million Dollars

Asplundh Tree Expert Co., one of the largest privately owned corporations in the country, with 30,000 employees and 3.5 billion in annual sales, according to Forbes, has been ordered to pay $95 million in the largest fine...more

USCIS Reinstates Premium Processing For ALL H-1B Petitions

On October 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin accepting premium processing requests for all categories of H-1B petitions. In March 2017, USCIS had suspended the premium...more

The New Redesigned Permanent Resident Card (“Green Cards”) And Employment Authorization Document

On May 1, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began issuing redesigned versions of the Permanent Resident Card (aka a “Green Card”) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next...more

Key Points To Know About The Rescission Of DACA

On September 5, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officially rescinded the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and implemented a six...more

Rescission Of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals DACA Program: Important Information You Need To Know

On September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the rescission of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) pursuant to President Donald J. Trump’s decision to terminate DACA. On the...more

EB-5 Regional Center Program Reauthorized To Dec., 8, 2017

The U.S. Congress extended the EB-5 Regional Center Program through December 8, 2017, without reform, as part of a stopgap continuing resolution to fund the federal government (H.R.601), which the President signed into law on...more

Immigrant Visa Processing Changes – EB1 China/India Will Become Current; EB2/3 India And China Continue To Advance; EB2/3...

In our continuing series of reports, Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, shares his most recent analysis of current trends and future projections for the...more

Revised Form I-9 Now Available

USCIS released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17. Employers can use this revised version or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N through Sept. 17, 2017. On...more

New I-9 Form To Be Released July 17, 2017

On July 12, 2017 USCIS announced that it will release a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17, 2017. This new edition of the form, which will bear a revision date of 07/17/17 N, will...more

Immigrant Visa Processing Changes – EB2/3 India Advances Minimally; EB2 China Will Advance, But EB3 China Will Retrogress; EB3...

In our continuing series of reports, Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, shares his most recent analysis of current trends and future projections for the...more

Travel Ban Reinstated – DHS And DOS Release FAQs In Response To Supreme Court’s Decision On Travel Ban

On 6/26/17, the Supreme Court granted certiorari, consolidated the 4th and 9th Circuit cases, partially lifted the lower court injunctions, permitting the government to ban U.S. travel by those nationals of Iran, Libya,...more

I-9 Process Guide

Purpose: Immigration law requires employers to walk a fine line between determining the eligibility of employees to work in the United States (the purpose of the I-9 Form) and not discriminating against those of foreign...more

I-9 Audit Guide

This is document is designed to be an employer’s guide for an internal private I-9 audit to be used in conjunction with the advice of corporate immigration counsel. This document alone is not a comprehensive list of possible...more

Immigrant Visa Processing Changes – EB1 India and China will retrogress; EB2 China will advance; Visa Office on Priority Dates,...

In our continuing series of reports, Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, shares his most recent analysis of current trends and future projections for the...more

President Trump signs new Executive Order: ‘Buy American and Hire American’, impacting the H-1B visa program

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, President Donald Trump signed a new Executive Order, “Buy American and Hire American.” The new Order states that its first purposes is to focus on conducting studies and putting forth plans for...more

No PP for H-1B Cap Petitions: USCIS Suspends Premium Processing for ALL H-1B Petitions

On March 3, The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced that it will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions starting on April 3, 2017 until further notice. This suspension is...more

Travel Ban Lifted: Court Grants Nationwide Temporary Restraining Order on Trump’s Executive Order

On February 3, 2017, a Seattle federal court judge granted Washington State and Minnesota’s emergency motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) in its challenge to President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) on “Protecting...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

12/27/2016  /  Effective Date , Required Forms , USCIS , Visas

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

12/13/2016  /  DHS , Fees , Final Rules , USCIS , Visas

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

New Form I-9 Released

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new revised version of Form I-9 on Monday, November 14, 2016. The previous editions of the Form (with “03/08/13” in the lower left corner) will remain valid until...more

11/15/2016  /  I-9 , IRCA , Popular , USCIS

The New I-9 is coming

The Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) has approved the latest revisions to the current Form I-9, which expired on March 31, 2016 but remains valid until the new edition is released.  The new form will replace the 2013...more

11/11/2016  /  I-9 , OMB , USCIS
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