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2018 Worksite Enforcement Investigations by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement Already Double 2017 Total

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

With more than four (4) months left in the federal government's 2018 fiscal year, U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) this week reported it had already doubled the number of audits that it conducted during the entire...more

ICE Worksite Enforcement Increases as Promised During Fiscal Year 2018

by Littler on

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s former acting Director, Thomas Homan, indicated last fall that he wanted to quadruple worksite enforcement, and ICE is on track to do so. ICE recently announced it performed 3,510...more

Beltway Buzz - May, 2018 #2

The Buzz returns renewed and reenergized from last week’s highly successful Workplace Strategies conference in Phoenix, Arizona, where approximately 800 employer representatives gathered with Ogletree Deakins lawyers to...more

USCIS Updates Policy on Unlawful Presence for F, M, and J Nonimmigrants

by Mintz Levin on

On May 10, 2018, USCIS issued a policy memorandum that updates the current policy on the calculation of unlawful presence for certain nonimmigrants. “Unlawful presence” can occur when an individual is physically in the United...more

Distressing USCIS News for Foreign Students

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In a Policy Memorandum issued on May 10, 2018 (USCIS Policy Memorandum), the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) proposed a substantial change in the manner in which it will calculate periods of unlawful...more

UAE announces major changes to company ownership and visa rules

by DLA Piper on

On 20 May 2018 during a Cabinet meeting chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, UAE Government resolved to permit international foreign...more

US Department of State Releases June 2018 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

Final Action dates for China and India EB-1 categories remain unchanged, while EB-2 India advances slightly....more

H-1B Cap and Lottery Update

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

USCIS has announced that it has completed all data entry of FY2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the computer-generated "lottery" process. The data entry process includes the receipt of petitions selected in the...more

Compliance News Flash

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP is pleased to provide you with the Compliance News Flash. This weekly update is your source for timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important to your organization....more

H-1B Cap Update – USCIS Announced Data Entry Complete for FY2019 H-1B Cap Cases on May 15, 2018

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Approximately six weeks after USCIS started accepting H-1B Cap petitions for FY2019, USCIS announced on May 15, 2018 that all data entry had been completed. H-1B Cap receipts have been trickling in throughout May and it is...more

USCIS and DOJ Partner to Share Data in an Effort to Protect U.S. Workers

On May 11, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) expanding their preexisting collaboration with the goal of better...more

Number Of Government Enforcement Investigations Doubles

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

ICE announced its enforcements investigations in the last seven months have already doubled last year’s total. Since October 2017, ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) opened 3,510 worksite investigations,...more

USCIS and DOJ Partner to Protect U.S. Workers from Hiring Policies that Favor Foreign Visa Workers

by Littler on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have partnered to establish a framework to efficiently manage and maintain information sharing to better detect and eliminate fraud, abuse,...more

Global Talent Mobility: What Employers in the Oil and Gas Industry Need to Know

by Baker Donelson on

A major obstacle facing oil and gas companies is locating, recruiting, and retaining global talent in light of the heightened attention and scrutiny on United States immigration practices. International companies must enhance...more

USCIS Policy Shift: New Punitive Rules Will Result in the Accrual of Unlawful Presence for Foreign Students and Exchange Visitors

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On Friday, May 11, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum abruptly changing the long-standing policy on how and when USCIS will start calculating the accrual of unlawful presence for...more

New Jersey Accepts First Financial Aid Applications from Undocumented Immigrant Students

As the ink of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s signature was still drying on the new law expanding state financial aid to undocumented students, the state’s application website went live. Within minutes, the first...more

DHS Regulatory Agenda For 2018 Could Have Big Impact On Employers

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced plans for rulemaking that could make it even more difficult for employers to hire and retain foreign workers, including H-1B workers. The DHS issued its Spring 2018...more

USCIS-DOJ Memorandum of Understanding Means Employers Can Expect Enforcement Action Increase

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

USCIS and the Department of Justice are teaming up and collaborating to “better detect and eliminate fraud, abuse, and discrimination by employers bringing foreign visa workers to the United States.” They have entered into a...more

DACA Litigation And Legislation Update

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

DACA was set to terminate on March 5, 2018, based on President Donald Trump’s September 2017 announcement. To avoid the termination, the President challenged Congress to negotiate a legislative solution for the Dreamers....more

Web Exclusive - April 2018: The Top 19 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there were an unprecedented number of changes all through 2017. And if the first four months...more

USCIS Changes Policy on Accrual of Unlawful Presence for Nonimmigrant Students and Exchange Visitors

On May 10, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum changing the way the agency will calculate the accrual of unlawful presence for students (F-1), exchange visitors (J-1), and...more

Requirements For H-1B Petitions Involving Third-Party Worksites Are Unlawful, Lawsuit Alleges

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

USCIS has exceeded its authority in issuing additional requirements on H-1B petitions involving third-party worksites, a suit filed in New Jersey seeking a temporary restraining order alleges. Just before the 2019 H-1B...more

Change To “Accrual Of Unlawful Presence” Rule Will Make It Tougher For Employers To Hire Foreign Students Or Exchange Visitors Who...

Accrual of unlawful presence can have serious negative consequences to a foreigner in the United States who is not a lawful permanent resident. Unlawful presence accrues when the foreign national stays in the United States...more

The Weekly Round-Up: Those Crossing Border to Be Charged with Federal Crimes and Home Care Industry to be Deeply Impacted by...

Justice Department to Charge Those Crossing U.S. Border with Federal Crimes - Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the federal government would immediately detain individuals crossing the U.S. border without...more

If You Thought the Issues Involving the Hiring of Undocumented Workers Were Resolved -- Dream On

The status of individuals authorized to remain and work in the U.S. under the government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative remains uncertain. That uncertainty is felt by employers who hope to hire...more

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