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

Seyfarth Synopsis: If Congress cannot resolve FY2018 funding issues by December 8, 2017, resulting in a federal government shutdown, it will have a ripple effect on employers, both large and small, with an impact on several...more

Premium Processing Resumes for All H-1B Petitions

Seyfarth Synopsis: On October 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that effective immediately it would resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions....more

Presidential Proclamation Sets New Restrictions on Travel to the United States

Seyfarth Synopsis: Country-specific travel restrictions will impact nationals of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela....more

Premium Processing Resumes for Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap Petitions

Seyfarth Synopsis: On September 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that effective immediately it would resume premium processing for H-1B petitions filed subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018...more

Dream Over? Trump Administration Announces Plans to Phase Out DACA

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. "Congress, get ready to do your job - DACA," tweets President Trump on Tuesday morning. ...more

USCIS Will Deny Pending Advance Parole Applications When Green Card Applicants Travel Internationally

Seyfarth Synopsis: The United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has reversed its longstanding practice and will begin to deny Advance Parole (AP) applications if a green card applicant travels internationally...more

U.S. Department of State Temporarily Suspends Nonimmigrant Visa Applications in Russia

Seyfarth Synopsis: As of August 23, 2017, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has temporarily suspended processing of Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) applications filed in Russia. NIV interviews will resume only at the U.S. Embassy...more

Premium Processing Resumes for Cap-Exempt H-1B Employers

Seyfarth Synopsis: On July 24, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would resume premium processing for H-1B petitions for certain cap-exempt employers effective immediately....more

Employers Must Use New I-9 by September 18, 2017

Seyfarth Synopsis: USCIS released a revised version of Form I-9 that employers must use to verify identity and employment authorization of new hires effective September 18, 2017. There are no substantive changes from the...more

Canada Launches Global Skills Strategy to Fast-Track Short-Term Entry of High-Skilled Workers

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Canadian government instituted a new, immediately effective Global Skills Strategy to facilitate entry of skilled workers....more

Trump Administration Implements Extreme Vetting Measures For Certain Visa Applicants Requiring Detailed Travel History And Social...

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Department of State has recently issued a new supplemental questionnaire that will enable officers at U.S. Consulates and Embassies to carry out enhanced and burdensome screenings of certain...more

Potential Government Shutdown: Immigration Consequences for Employers and their Foreign National Employees

Seyfarth Synopsis: If Congress fails to pass a funding bill by midnight on Friday, April 28, resulting in a federal government shutdown, it would trigger numerous immigration-related ripple effects on employers, both large...more

Trump Administration Issues “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order

Seyfarth Synopsis: The EO orders the Departments of State, Justice, Labor, and Homeland Security to propose new rules and issue new guidance to “protect the interests of U.S. workers” and “promote the functioning of the H-1B...more

USCIS Receives 199,000 H-1B Cap Petitions and Completes Lottery Process

Seyfarth Synopsis: USCIS completes the lottery process and receives 199,000 H-1B cap petitions. On April 17, 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received 199,000 H-1B...more

H-1B Quota Reached

Seyfarth Synopsis: USCIS announced today that it has reached the FY 2018 H-1B Cap. On April 7, 2017, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received sufficient H-1B petitions to meet...more

New Department of State Cable Implements Extreme Vetting Measures

Seyfarth Synopsis: New DOS cable instructs U.S. consular posts to identify population groups for tougher visa screening, which will likely lead to increased processing times....more

Brexit Process to Begin on March 29

The following alert is directed to organizations with a presence in the UK or who anticipate the need to place talent at a UK work site. Seyfarth Synopsis: On March 29, 2017, British Prime Minister Theresa May will...more

USCIS Suspends H-1B Premium Processing Beginning April 3, 2017

Seyfarth Synopsis: USCIS recently announced that the agency will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions beginning on April 3, 2017. USCIS indicates the purpose of the suspension is to process H-1B...more

Revised Travel Ban: President Trump Signs New Executive Order

Seyfarth Synopsis: On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new Executive Order temporarily restricting certain foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entry into the United States for 90...more

UK Government to Implement Immigration Skills Charge

Seyfarth Synopsis: The UK government will introduce an “Immigration Skills Charge” in April 2017 that will substantially increase the cost for companies to sponsor Tier 2 workers in the UK. The following alert is...more

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Halt on Trump Administration's Travel Ban

Seyfarth Synopsis: A three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Trump administration’s motion to reinstate the travel ban. Late on Thursday, February 9, the Ninth Circuit panel voted to...more

Client Alert – Executive Order Immediately Suspends Travel into the U.S. for Certain Foreign Nationals

Seyfarth Synopsis: In light of recent events related to the most recent Executive Order banning travel to the United States for nationals from certain countries, please continue reading for more detailed information regarding...more

President Trump Signs Two Executive Orders on Immigration

Seyfarth Synopsis: On January 25, 2017, President Trump signed two Executive Orders, one focusing on border security and the construction of a physical wall along the southern border and another focusing on improving public...more

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Publishes Final Rule Improving Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa...

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers and foreign nationals should take note of critical changes to DHS’ regulations impacting employment-based immigration for highly skilled workers. On January 17, 2017, the Department of...more

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