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The Latest on President Trump's Executive Order

President Donald Trump issued his Presidential proclamation, “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats" on Sept. 24, 2017....more

USCIS Reinstates Premium Processing Service for All H-1B Petitions

USCIS announced it has resumed premium processing for all types of H-1B petitions. Effective Oct. 3, 2017, employers may request to upgrade pending H-1B petitions with premium processing or file new H-1B petitions using...more

10/4/2017  /  H-1B , USCIS , Visas

Premium Processing Service Resumes for FY 2018 Cap-Subject Cases

USCIS announced it has resumed premium processing for all H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year 2018 cap. Effective September 18, 2017, employers may request to upgrade pending cap-subject petitions with premium...more

Pres. Trump Issues New Immigration Proclamation Expanding Covered Countries

Pres. Donald Trump added new countries to the list of those whose citizens face travel restrictions into the United States. On Sept. 24, 2017, Pres. Trump issued the "Presidential Proclamation Enhancing Vetting...more

USCIS to Require In-Person Interviews for Employment-Based Green Card Process

USCIS announced it will expand the in-person interview process for certain beneficiaries of permanent residency applications. In compliance with President Trump’s executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign...more

Premium Processing Service Resumes for Cap-Exempt Petitions

USCIS announced it will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions effective July 24, 2017. Employers may file or request to upgrade pending petitions with premium processing for those exempt from the...more

8/1/2017  /  H-1B , USCIS , Visa Caps , Visas

Immigration Updates: July 18, 2017

New Edition of Form I-9 Issued - USCIS has implemented a revised Form I-9 effective July 17, 2017. Employers have until Sept. 17, 2017, to discontinue use of the Nov. 14, 2016, edition of the Form I-9 but employers are...more

Immigration Updates: June 26, 2017

The United States Supreme Court has allowed portions of President Trump’s travel ban to take effect; citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen may be denied admission to the United States if they lack any...more

President Trump Issues Executive Order on Employment-Based Visa Reform and Compliance Enforcement

On April 17, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order: “Buy American and Hire American.” The hiring aspect of the order focuses on reviewing the current employment-based visa programs and considering ways to...more

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Announces H-1B Cap Filled

On April 7, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has reached the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018. USCIS has received enough petitions to fill both the regular 65,000 H-1B cap and the U.S....more

UPDATE: Federal Judge in Hawaii Temporarily Freezes New Executive Order on Immigration

On March 15, 2017, a federal judge in Hawaii froze President Trump’s March 6, 2017 executive order. The ruling suspends the executive order just one day before it was set to go into effect on March 16, 2017. ...more

President Trump Issues Updated Immigration Order

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” The order is an updated version of the previous order issued on Jan. 27, 2017....more

USCIS to Suspend Premium Processing Service Beginning April 3

USCIS announced that it will suspend premium processing of all H-1B filings beginning April 3, 2017. The suspension includes all FY 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions, cap-exempt cases, extensions, amendments, and change of...more

3/7/2017  /  H-1B , USCIS , Visa Caps

Ninth Circuit Rules Against Reinstatement of Travel Ban

On Feb. 9, 2017, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit unanimously ruled against the government’s request to reinstate the executive order’s entry ban. As a result, the entry ban will remain suspended until the matter...more

Update: Temporary Immigration Ban Does Not Include Lawful Permanent Residents

On Feb. 1, 2017, Donald F. McGahn II, counsel to President Donald Trump, issued a memorandum clarifying that the provisions of the executive order titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United...more

What Employers Need To Know About Trump's Immigration Order

On Jan. 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” The order focuses on visa issuance, screening procedures, and refugees....more

Reminder: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ New Digital Form I-9 Has Taken Effect

As of Jan. 22, 2017, employers are now required to switch over to the revised Form I-9 for all newly hired employees. This new “smart” Form I-9 can be downloaded at https://www.uscis.gov/i-9....more

Time to Plan for Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap Season

H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year 2018 cap (FY 2018) must be received by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during the first five days of April 2017. As April 1 falls on a Saturday in 2017, employers...more

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Issues New Digital Form I-9

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has announced a revised Form I-9. The old Form I-9 may only be used until Jan. 21, 2017, but employers are urged to transition to the new digital version of the form as soon...more

12/5/2016  /  I-9 , Required Forms , USCIS

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to Raise Standard Filing Fees

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced an adjustment in filing fees required for most immigration application and petitions. The new fee schedule will go into effect December 23, 2016. The...more

10/27/2016  /  Filing Fees , USCIS

USCIS Reaches FY 2017 H-1B Cap

On April 7, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it had reached the H-1B cap for Fiscal Year 2017. Accordingly, USCIS will no longer accept cap-subject H-1B petitions....more

New Rules for Employers of F-1 STEM OPT Graduates

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the release of a new rule governing the STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) program. Under the rule, qualifying F-1 graduates of Science, Technology, Engineering and...more

Fiscal Year 2017 H-1B Cap Season Quickly Approaching

On Friday, April 1, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year 2017 cap (FY 2017)....more

U.S. Department of State Unveils New Process For Determining Immigrant Visa Availability

As part of President Obama’s planned executive action on immigration, which was announced on November 20, 2014, the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) has unveiled a new process for determining immigrant visa availability. This...more

Changes on the Horizon for EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program

The Obama Administration released a report on July 15 titled “Modernizing & Streamlining our Immigration Legal System for the 21st Century.” The Report, which builds upon the President’s executive action on immigration...more

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