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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

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

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

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

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

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

USCIS Clarifies Position on AC21 H-1B Extensions

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Last week, USCIS clarified that it is not considering changing its interpretation of the H-1B extension of status provisions offered in the American Competitiveness in the Twenty First Century Act (AC21)....more

First Major Worksite Enforcement Action of 2018 Targets 100 7-Eleven Stores Nationwide in a Sign of What Business Can Expect under...

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On January 10 Department of Homeland Security agents raided 100 7-Eleven stores nationwide as part of an effort to ensure employees' legal work authorization in the United States. This week’s raids stemmed from a 2013...more

DACA Must Remain In Place Pending Litigation, Federal Judge Rules

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

While Congress continues to try to find an acceptable solution for “Dreamers,” a federal judge in San Francisco has ruled that DACA must remain in place while litigation over President Donald Trump’s decision to wind down the...more

Government Not Ending H-1B Extensions, USCIS Says

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Reports about the possible elimination of AC-21 extensions (for H-1B workers awaiting green cards) are now being denied by the government. The USCIS is attempting to quell fears caused by rumors that the Administration would...more

Rumored Changes To The H Visa Category

by Dickinson Wright on

Certain news reports have hinted that the pursuant to President Trump’s “Buy America, Hire America” Executive Order of April, 2017, the Trump Administration is considering changes to the H Visa Program. ...more

Hold That Call International Travelers: CBP Doubles Down on Airport Searches of Electronic Devices

Many international travelers express surprise when, after arriving at LAX, JFK or other US airports or land borders, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer directs them to hand over their smartphone, laptop or...more

Immigration Fact and Fiction for the U.S. Employer: H-1 Extensions for Applicants for Permanent Residence are Alive and Well

I guess it is not a surprise, there was another information leak. This time the leak was from USCIS, perhaps an accident or perhaps not. Is is true or is it fake news that a regulation would be proposed limiting, at least in...more

Trump Administration Rumored to Be Looking at H-1B Extensions Under AC21

Recently, we have seen several news stories discussing a rumored government proposal to eliminate H-1B extensions beyond the standard six-year limit. No such action has yet been taken, and to date H-1B visa holders may...more

The Uncertainty of the Future of H-1B Visas Deepens

by Williams Mullen on

As part of President Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” initiative, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is reportedly considering new regulations that would eliminate the ability of certain H-1B workers who are in...more

Temporary Protected Status For Salvadorans In U.S. To End In 2019

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Ending all speculation, the Secretary of Homeland Security has announced the end of temporary protected status (TPS) for approximately 200,000 Salvadorans who have been in the United States since 2001, following two...more

Beltway Buzz - January, 2017

Welcome to the first edition of the 2018 Beltway Buzz. While political and policy discussions are beginning to heat up again in our nation’s capital, the weather is not....more

Department of Homeland Security Plans to End Employment Eligibility of Spouses of Highly Skilled Foreign Workers

For years, the spouses of highly skilled foreign workers holding visas under the H-1B program weren’t authorized to work in the United States, absent separate approval through a separate program. However, in 2015, the...more

Washington Post: Trump Administration to Announce the End to TPS for El Salvador

The Washington Post reported earlier today that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Elaine Duke will announce the termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador, with a...more

Ugly Rumors

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The American Competitiveness in the Twenty First Century Act of 2000 (AC21) has provisions that extend H-1B visas beyond the 6–year limit for those in the process of becoming US lawful permanent residents. AC21’s Section...more

WPI State of the States: A Busy December Signals a Wild 2018 for Employers

by Littler on

Despite the holiday break in most statehouses and city halls, legislators were quite productive in December. More than 40 employment-related bills were introduced or advanced last month, across nearly 20 states and...more

New Russian Sanctions Deadline Looms in January 2018

by Cozen O'Connor on

On August 2, 2017, President Trump signed a bipartisan bill entitled, “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act” that placed sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea. The legislation was largely in...more

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