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USCIS Completes The Random Selection Process Of Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Filings

On April 12, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had completed the H-1B cap lottery selection process. Of significance to note: USCIS received 190,098 petitions this year, which is...more

What To Do After Your Company Has Filed All Of Its H-1B Petitions Now That The April 1st Deadline Has Passed

The frenzy of H-1B preparation and filing has finally ended. H-1B petitions will be reviewed by officers at one of the two United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Service Centers accepting petitions. USCIS...more

U.S. Citizenship Services Mission Statement Changed To Align With "Buy American, Hire American" Policies Under The Trump...

On February 22, 2018, L. Francis Cissna, the Director of U.S. Citizenship Services (USCIS) announced a significant change to the agency's mission statement that aligns with the Trump Administration's "Buy American, Hire...more

Recent Updates On Immigrant Protection Legislation Under The Trump Administration

States, counties and municipalities are all passing legislation opposing the Trump administration's crackdown on the undocumented. The latest includes Westchester County, New York, which approved a bill on March 12 protecting...more

Proposed Changes To Family-Based Immigration Under President Trump: Would Your Family Be Affected?

President Trump has communicated his desire to cut down on family-based immigration, or what he calls "chain migration,” a longstanding pillar of the American immigration system that enables citizens and permanent residents...more

How Recent Updates In U.S. Immigration Policies May Affect Your Business

U.S. immigration news continues to make headlines. Here are some updates on how your business could be affected by them. H-1B Filing Update- H-1B cap season is well underway. We are planning to submit this year’s H-1B cap...more

Tax Debtors Could Lose U.S. Passports Under New Law

On December 3, 2015, the "Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act" (FAST ACT) was passed by Congress and signed into law on December 4, 2015. An important, but widely overlooked provision of the law, which went into...more

The Narrowing Of The NAFTA Visa Category For Canadian And Mexican Citizens Classified As Economist - A Warning Shot To Employers

On December 20, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) publicized a policy memorandum it originally released on November 20, 2017, narrowing the scope of those eligible for the TN Economist visa...more

1/3/2018  /  Canada , Mexico , NAFTA , USCIS , Visas

H-1B Filing Season 2018 Is Around The Corner And Sooner Than You Think!

On April 1, 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting cap subject H-1B petitions for professional workers starting employment on October 1, 2018. In past years, the high demand for...more

Supreme Court Upholds Travel Ban Pending Challenges In Lower Courts – What Businesses Need To Know

On December 4, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed the administration's current travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries to go into effect. The ban, which is the third iteration of travel restrictions...more

The Impact of U.S. Immigration Changes Over The Past Year Under The Trump Administration: What You Need To Know

Despite the fact that the new administration has not had any legislative success in the immigration arena over the past year, U.S. Citizenship Services has issued many updated policy memos changing procedures and changed the...more

U.S. Citizenship Services Rescinds Former Deferential Policy Regarding Nonimmigrant Visa Petitions

U.S. Citizenship Services (USCIS) rescinded its long-honored policy guidelines that were instituted in April 2004, and were in effect until October 23, 2017 regarding giving deference to the adjudication of prior nonimmigrant...more

11/1/2017  /  H-1B , Non-Immigrant Visas , USCIS , Visas

October 2017 Update On Changes To U.S. Immigration Policies Under The Trump Administration And Latest Travel Ban News

The Trump administration proposes to make sweeping changes to U.S. immigration policies. On October 8, 2017, the White House issued an Immigration Principles and Policies Statement, which was followed by separate...more

U.S. Department Of State Announces Revised Registration Dates For Diversity Lottery Program And Voids All Prior Entries Submitted...

On Monday, October 16, the U.S. Department of State announced that due to a technical issue, the diversity lottery (DV-2019) entry period that commenced on October 3 has been closed. The Department of State further advised...more

USCIS Announces Sweeping Changes To Policies Involving In-Person Interviews, H-1B Premium Processing, Employment Authorization And...

On September 28, 2017, the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) Ombudsman hosted a stakeholder call that offered more details about the new personal interview requirements for employment-based adjustment...more

Travel Ban Update: New Presidential Proclamation Restricts Travel To The United States From Eight Countries

On September 24, President Trump issued the "Presidential Proclamation Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats." This...more

Registration For This Year's Diversity Lottery Program Starts On October 3, 2017: Here's What To Know

The U.S. State Department administered DV Lottery Program awards immigrant visas (green cards) to individuals hailing from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. This year there are 50,000 DV visas...more

DACA Rescinded By Trump Administration: What Employers Need To Know

On September 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program, which was created by Executive Action in June 2012 will be terminated in six months. To date,...more

Longstanding U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Policies Reviewed And Reversed By Trump Administration With Substantial...

Two longstanding policies adhered to by U. S. Citizenship Services have been reversed by the Trump administration and the U.S. Department of Justice. On August 28, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)...more

Recent Developments In U.S. Immigration Law: H-1B Visa Category, Nonimmigrant Visa Applications Abroad And Suspension Of...

U.S. immigration law practitioners are expecting a turbulent fall ahead with upcoming H-1B adjudications challenges by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a suspension of nonimmigrant visa applications in Russia and...more

The RAISE Act And Trump's Proposed New Legal Immigration System: What Might All This Mean For American Businesses?

On August 2, President Trump unveiled the RAISE Act, a Republican-sponsored bill, co-authored by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton and Louisiana Senator David Purdue. According to The Washington Post, the bill's proposed changes...more

Employers Must Use New Form I-9 As Of September 18, 2017

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced a revised and updated version of Form I-9 that employers must use to verify identity and employment authorization of all new hires, effective...more

Early Summer 2017 U.S. Business Immigration Update

It has been a year of major policy shifts in U.S. immigration. In this alert, we provide an update on recent developments in business immigration in the United States. The Supreme Court's Stance on Trump's Travel Ban...more

The U.S. Department Of Labor Announces Increased Enforcement Efforts Of All Foreign Visa Worker Programs

On June 6, 2017, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) will conduct increased enforcement efforts encompassing all of the foreign visa worker programs it administers, including...more

How The Trump Administration Is Seeking To Implement "Extreme Vetting" Of Certain Visa Applicants

On May 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of State issued a notice in the Federal Register evidencing that it intends to carry out President Trump's goal of "extreme vetting." While the administration's challenge to federal...more

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