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US Department of State Releases January 2018 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

The cutoff dates for China and other workers show the biggest movement. The US Department of State has released its January 2018 Visa Bulletin, setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...more

It’s H-1B Lottery Season Again!

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

While it’s holiday season for most of the world, in the immigration world December also marks the unofficial start of H-1B lottery season. Background on the H-1B Visa - The H-1B program allows employers in the United...more

Guide For Individuals Traveling Outside Of U.S. During Holiday Season

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Extreme vetting, strict scrutiny, travel warnings, and the latest travel ban have made travel abroad more worrisome than ever this holiday season. Reminders for individuals who will have to apply for new U.S. visas while...more

Supreme Court Stays Injunction Blocking President Trump’s Third Travel Ban

by Foley Hoag LLP on

President Trump issued the third revision of his travel ban entitled “Presidential Proclamation Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or Other...more

The 12 days of California Labor & Employment Series – Day 5 “Immigration Worker Protection Act”

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

It’s the end of the year and while everyone is busy, employers in California should be aware of new laws and regulations that go into effect on January 1, 2018. In the spirit of the season, we are using the next “12 days of...more

Eligibility of Foreign Nationals to be a Borrower under the FCA

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

Eligibility of Foreign Nationals to be a Borrower under the FCA - Since 1976, FCA regulations have allowed certain foreign nationals to be a borrower. These foreign nationals generally fall into two classes: Lawful...more

New California Labor and Employment Laws for 2018

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• The California Legislature passed numerous labor and employment bills that Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in 2017. • Many of the new laws relate to wages and hours, leaves and benefits, hiring practices, health and...more

UK, EU Release Joint Brexit Report Impacting Employers and EU Nationals

by Morgan Lewis on

Employers should audit the immigration status of their workforce, review long-term recruitment, and take a number of other steps to manage risks and ensure a smooth transition into a post-Brexit world....more

Sixty-Day Grace Period for Nonimmigrant Workers after Loss of Employment

by Wilson Elser on

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has promulgated a regulation affecting highly skilled foreign workers when they lose their jobs. The stated purpose of the regulation is to improve the ability of U.S. employers to...more

DHS Announces Termination of Certain Countries' Temporary Protected Status Designation

by Littler on

The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has the authority to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to eligible foreign-born individuals who are unable to return home for certain safety-related reasons....more

Employers, Take Notice: New Employment Laws May Affect Your Business

by Buchalter on

Year after year, the California Legislature and the Governor implement new employment laws that place additional requirements on employers throughout the state. The employment laws that become effective on January 1, 2018...more

California Passes Immigrant Worker Protection Act

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed the Immigrant Worker Protection Act (AB 450), which restricts public and private employers in California from admitting immigration inspectors to the workplace without a judicial...more

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program: Following Extension, Next Decision Looms

by Polsinelli on

As part of the two-week spending bill that avoids a government shutdown, the Immigrant Investor Program known as EB-5 is extended unchanged through Dec. 22. Without much buzz on Capitol Hill to suggest the imminent release of...more

Visa Processing Delays Hit U.S. Applicants

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

In recent weeks, approximately 15 to 20 percent of U.S. visa applicants with approved visas have faced visa issuance delays. These delays are a result of technical issues with the U.S. visa processing system used by U.S....more

EB-5 Alert! Congress Extends EB-5

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The EB-5 Program has been extended through December 22, 2017. The Program was extended as part of a continuing resolution (CR) funding the federal government through December 22, 2017, thus preventing a government shutdown....more

Congress Approves Short - Term EB - 5 Extension

by Mintz Levin - ML Strategies on

With just one day left to avoid a government shutdown over Fiscal Year 2018 spending, the House and Senate today approved a continuing resolution (CR) that extends current spending levels through December 22. The president is...more

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Immigration Arrests Rise, Senate Bill Ties DACA to Increased Border Enforcement, and Higher Scrutiny...

Immigration Arrests Increase While Deportations Decrease - On Tuesday, December 5, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released their year-end immigration enforcement numbers. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement...more

Two Supreme Court Orders Reinstate Trump’s Travel Ban

by Mintz Levin on

On Monday, December 4, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two separate, but related, orders staying lower courts’ preliminary injunctions against President Trump’s most recent travel ban. The practical impact of these...more

UK Immigration – Statement of Changes

by Dentons on

A Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules was presented to Parliament yesterday. Those that are most relevant to business immigration are summarised below....more

Brexit Immigration Update: Joint Report from the EU and UK

by Dentons on

On 8 December 2017 a joint report from the negotiators of the European Union and the UK government was published, describing progress made during phase 1 of Brexit negotiations....more

How House Joint Resolution 123 Impacts EB-5

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Friday, December 8, 2017, President Trump signed House Joint Resolution 123, the “Continuing Appropriations Act”, which prevented a U.S. federal government shutdown. The Act provided a short-term extension which will keep...more

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

by Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP on

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

Employment Law This Week®: NLRB GC Memo, Third Travel Ban, Paid Leave Credit for Employers, ERISA Disability Benefits Rule Delayed

by Epstein Becker & Green on

We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® - a weekly rundown of the latest news in the field, brought to you by Epstein Becker Green. We look at the latest trends, important court decisions, and new developments that...more

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Travel Ban to Go into Full Effect

by Littler on

On December 4, 2017 the U.S. Supreme Court stayed the restraining orders against President Trump’s travel ban. The stay means that the September 24, 2017 presidential proclamation restricting travel into the U.S. from eight...more

Supreme Court Restores Travel Ban – Implications for Employers

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On December 4, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed enforcement of the Presidential Proclamation that established the so-called Trump travel ban pending future appeals hearings in the federal courts. Employers in industries...more

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