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USCIS Announces Limitation on NAFTA Eligibility in “Economist” Classification

On December 18, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued a news release announcing “clarifying policy guidance” on eligibility standards for qualifying as a TN “Economist” under the North American Free...more

12/20/2017  /  Canada , Foreign Nationals , H-1B , Mexico , NAFTA , TN-Visas , USCIS

Special Immigration Alert - September 2017

USCIS Anticipates Resuming H-1B Premium Processing on October 3, 2017 - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has advised the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) that it anticipates resuming...more

Trump Administration Rescinds DACA Program

On September 5, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced that it was rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program....more

Special Immigration Alert - July 2017

USCIS Releases Revised Version of Form I-9 and Accompanying Form I-9 Handbook for Employers - On July 17, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released a new version of Form I-9. Form I-9 is used...more

June 2017 Special Immigration Alert

President Trump Notifies Congress of Intent to Renegotiate NAFTA - On May 18, 2017, President Trump officially notified Congress of the administration’s intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement...more

Special Immigration Alert: April 2017

The 2018 H-1B Cap Has Been Reached - On April 7, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it had reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018 (“FY18”). This...more

March 2017 Special Immigration Alert

President Trump Issues Revised Executive Order on Travel - Today, President Trump issued a revised executive order on travel that becomes effective at 12:01 a.m. EDT on March 16, 2017 (“March 16 EO”). The March 16 EO...more

Update on the President’s Executive Order Banning Selected Travel

On January 27, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” (“EO”). In pertinent part, the EO...more

December 2016 Special Immigration Alert

USCIS Updates Fee Schedule for Immigration and Naturalization Benefit Requests - On October 24, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced a final rule adjusting the fees required for many...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

Premium Processing of Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions Will Begin on May 12, 2016

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently announced that premium processing of cap-subject H-1B petitions selected for fiscal year 2017 will begin on May 12, 2016. This means that, absent a request for evidence,...more

USCIS Announces Completion of H-1B Lottery for Fiscal Year 2017

On April 12, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it had received more than 236,000 H-1B petitions subject to the quota for fiscal year 2017 (i.e., 65,000 for regular H-1B petitions,...more

USCIS Announces That the Congressionally Mandated H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2017 Has Been Reached

On April 7, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it had reached the Congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year 2017 (“FY17”). This announcement applies to both the general cap of...more

4/12/2016  /  H-1B , USCIS , Visa Caps

USCIS Announces That Current Form I-9 Remains in Effect Until Further Notice

On March 31, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that employers should continue using the current version of Form I-9 until further notice. USCIS guidance was required because the current...more

4/4/2016  /  I-9 , USCIS

Special Immigration Alert: USCIS Issues New Rule for Highly Skilled Workers

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) issued its long-awaited final rule regarding highly skilled workers from Australia, Chile, Singapore, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (“CNMI”),...more

1/18/2016  /  Australia , Chile , E-3 , H-1B1 , Singapore , USCIS , Visas

State Department Revises October 2015 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) just issued a revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin. As we noted in our last Alert, the DOS recently changed the format of its Visa Bulletin to add cutoffs for application dates. These are...more

DOS and USCIS Revise Permanent Residence Application Procedures

On September 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) jointly announced revisions to the process for determining visa availability that will speed up the...more

August 2015 Immigration Alert

I. USCIS Issues Guidance on When an Amended H-1B Petition Is Required After Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC - On July 21, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released a policy memorandum...more

May 2015 Special Immigration Alert - Premium Processing Option for H-1B Extensions Is Temporarily Suspended II.USCIS Announces...

I. Premium Processing Option for H-1B Extensions Is Temporarily Suspended - On May 19, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it will temporarily suspend 15-day premium processing...more

May 2015 Immigration Alert

AAO Issues Precedent Decision Requiring Employers to File Amended Petitions When an H-1B Employee Changes Work Locations - On April 9, 2015, the Administrative Appeals Office (“AAO”) issued an important precedent...more

5/19/2015  /  H-1B , I-9 , L-1B , Location Changes , NLRB , USCIS , Visa Bulletins

Fiscal Year 2016 H-1B Cap Is Reached

On April 7, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it had reached the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2016. The USCIS also announced that it had received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B...more

4/9/2015  /  H-1B , Lottery , USCIS , Visa Caps , Visas

DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants

On February 24, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule that extends eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based...more

January 2015 Immigration Alert

Happy New Year!!! All of us in the Immigration Law Group at Epstein Becker Green wish you the very best for a healthy and prosperous 2015. We hope that all your petitions and applications are approved and that...more

Immigration Alert: September 2014

Sixth Circuit Expands the Liability of Health Care Employers for Sponsorship Costs - On August 20, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued its decision in Kutty v. U.S. Department of Labor, No....more

Special Immigration Alert: USCIS Releases Updated Guidance on H-1B Eligibility for Nurses

On July 21, 2014, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") released a policy memorandum ("PM"), dated July 11, 2014, which provided the first new guidance on H-1B eligibility for nurses in 12 years!...more

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