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Nemo Est Supra Leges

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

This past week’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement nationwide I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Audit of 7-Eleven stores reminds us that no one is above the law. In the early morning hours of January 10, 2018,...more

Border Searches of Electronic Devices

Earlier this month, MSK attorneys David Rugendorf and Frida Glucoft published an Alert summarizing the latest directive issued by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regarding the search of electronic devices. A copy of their...more

DHS Issues Re-registration Information For El Salvadorans In Temporary Protected Status

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Following the official Federal Register notice of the termination and re-registration period for Haitian TPS beneficiaries, DHS also has published the notice of termination and re-registration period for El Salvadoran TPS...more

US Department of State Releases February 2018 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

The cutoff dates for China EB-3 show significant advancement. The US Department of State has released its February 2018 Visa Bulletin, setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa availability...more

Interagency Cooperation: Raising the Bar for Immigration Compliance

by Dickinson Wright on

On April 2, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) should again be open for business for a flood of H-1B petition filings, which are subject to the annual cap. Employers are required to pay the higher of the...more

What A Government Shutdown Would Mean For Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

If Congress cannot approve a budget by this Friday at midnight, the federal government will shut down. What will this mean for employers across the country? A look back at the most recent government shutdown will provide...more

Five Immigration To-Do’s for Employers in 2018

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The White House and Department of Homeland Security have announced plans to change the legal immigration system in ways that could significantly impact employers with foreign workers who are managers, executives,...more

Status Of The “Dreamers”? It’s All Right For Now, But Still Very Much Up In The Air

Last week, a federal judge in San Francisco preliminarily blocked the Trump Administration’s plan to commence an orderly termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by March 5. The court ruled that,...more

Haitian Temporary Protected Status Re-registration To Begin

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The long-awaited announcement of the 60-day re-registration period for Haitian TPS beneficiaries is about to be published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2018. The re-registration period will begin immediately upon...more

DACA Renewal Employer Advisory Alert: The C33 Category

by Dickinson Wright on

On January 13, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted that due to a federal court order issued on January 9, it would begin again to accept renewal requests from those who had previously been granted...more

Time to Think About the H-1B Cap Season and Your Employment Needs

On April 2, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions for professional positions. We note that these petitions will have a start date of Oct. 1, 2018....more

The Supreme Court - January 16, 2018

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On Friday afternoon, the Supreme Court granted certiorari and agreed to hear arguments in twelve cases: Animal Science Products v. Hebei Welcome, No. 16-1220: Whether a court may exercise independent review of an appearing...more

Don’t Want to Be the Next 7-Eleven? Focus on I-9 Compliance

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not been coy about the purpose of its January 10 raid on some one hundred independently-owned 7-Eleven franchises around the country. The agency’s press statement about the raid said...more

U.S. ICE Announces Plans for More Raids on Businesses

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents targeted 98 7-Eleven stores and arrested 21 undocumented workers in raids last week. In a public statement, Thomas D. Horman, ICE Deputy Director and Senior Official...more

USCIS to Resume Accepting Applications to Renew DACA

by Littler on

On January 13, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)...more

DACA Injunction: Renewals Continue For Now

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On January 9, 2018, U.S. District Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California granted an injunction that resulted in provisional relief for current DACA recipients by allowing them to renew their DACA benefits...more

USCIS Resumes Processing of DACA Renewal Applications Following Federal Court Order

Due to a federal court order, on January 13, 2018 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood...more

2018 Immigration Updates

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Renewals Resume As of January 13, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, due to pending litigation and a federal court order, it...more

Immigration Crackdown – Are You Ready?

In the same week House Republicans rolled out an immigration bill which included border security measures, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agents turned up at 98 7-Eleven stores in 17 states from coast to coast...more

Is DACA Really Back? Yes, DACA is Back! Immediate Action is Necessary to Preserve DACA Privileges.

Following last week’s temporary federal court order stopping the Trump Administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) pending the outcome of the underlying litigation, United States Citizenship &...more

Beltway Buzz - January, 2018 #2

Some welcome hot air has finally come to D.C., and it’s not just coming from the mouths of politicians and regulators. Seriously. It’s 60 degrees today in D.C.! This time last week, it was 20 degrees. That’s quite a flip-flop...more

General Report from the Iowa Statehouse

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

This week the second session of the 87th Iowa General Assembly convened and is scheduled to last 100 days. However, the Republicans, which are the majority party in both chambers, made it clear that they are aiming to adjourn...more

Following A Long Thaw, ICE Returns With Increased Worksite Enforcement

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: “ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable.” Referring to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) early morning raids at nearly a hundred...more

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: White House Immigration Meeting Ends in Expletives, Visa Extensions for Skilled Immigrants Expected...

After a holiday break, the Weekly Round-Up is back, and just in time for a week in which immigration news filled the headlines. White House Immigration Meeting Ends in Vulgarity - On Thursday, Congressional Democrats...more

Immigration Update - I-9 Audits and Even ICE Site Visits Return with a Vengeance

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan: “ [Our] clear message to employers who scheme to hire and retain a workforce of illegal immigrants: we will find you and hold you accountable”...more

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