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New Tool To Help You Determine TPS Work Authorization

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Trump Administration has announced the upcoming termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan and the temporary extension of TPS status for Honduras, Nepal, Somalia, South...more

DOS Moves US Spouse/Unmarried Minor Child Interviews From New Delhi To Mumbai

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On March 6, 2018, the US Department of State announced a change in the location of certain greencard interviews in India. In summary, for interviews scheduled on or after April 1, 2018:-...more

USCIS: Are Your Signatures Valid?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Starting March 18, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will require individuals who are submitting an application, petition, request, or other documents to provide a "valid" signature on forms filed with the...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

Travel Ban 3.0 Updated: DOS Waiver Process

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

News outlet Reuters has reported that during the first month of Travel Ban 3.0, 8,400 individuals from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and Venezuela applied for visas, while only an estimated 100...more

Web Exclusive: February 2018: The Top 15 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 two months...more

USCIS to Permit Reregistration for Syrians With TPS

On March 5, 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published an announcement in the Federal Register stating that it will permit current Syrian beneficiaries of temporary protected status (TPS) to...more

DOJ Challenges California Law Placing Restrictions on Employer's Ability to Allow ICE into the Workplace

by Littler on

On March 6, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit challenging California’s Immigrant Worker Protection Act (Assembly Bill 450), among other laws designed to limit the extent state law enforcement and prisons...more

Beltway Buzz - March, 2018 #2

DACA Deadline Day. To the surprise of almost no one, March 5 has come and gone, and Congress did not reach a deal on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) issue. This Congress has enough trouble agreeing on...more

Plan Now to Retain Your Workforce: The Uncertain Future of Employment Authorization for H-4 Dependent Spouses

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-lB visa holders have been eligible for U.S. employment authorization, following a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) rule change in May 2015. Since that time, thousands of spouses...more

Chilling Effect of Proposed EB-5 Investment Amounts on EB-5 Regional Centers in Rural States

Lawmakers are again considering changes to the EB-5 Program. In fact, before the end of this month, we may see provisions from the “Immigrant Investor Visa and Regional Center Program Comprehensive Reform Act” or “EB-5 Reform...more

The Weekly Round-Up: Department of Justice Sues California Over “Sanctuary Cities,” USCIS Likely to Suspend Speedy Processing for...

Justice Department Sues California - On Tuesday night, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against the State of California, as well as Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General of the State Xavier...more

Caution: Filing Multiple H-1B Petitions for the Same Employee May Lead to Denial

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Federal regulations prohibit “related entities” from filing more than one H-1B petition on behalf of a foreign national unless there is a legitimate business need to do so. This rule is designed to prevent H-1B petitioners...more

New Jersey County Withdraws from Controversial Federal Immigration Enforcement Program

Last week, Hudson County, New Jersey, officials announced the county’s withdrawal from a controversial immigration enforcement agreement with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), known as the “287(g) Program.” Under the...more

ICE Storm: Immigration Compliance Threats To The Hospitality Industry

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s no secret that immigration compliance is a priority to the Trump administration, so the recent announcement that it expects the number of worksite investigations to quadruple in coming years should come as no surprise....more

Federal Government Challenges California’s “Sanctuary State” Status

Yesterday, the United States of America filed a lawsuit in federal court in Sacramento, naming California Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra as defendants, and claiming that California’s proclaimed...more

The Plot Thickens: Trump Administration Sues California Over New Immigration Laws, Including AB 450

by Fisher Phillips on

The ever-escalating dispute between the Trump Administration and the State of California over immigration policy is starting to resemble a Shakespearean drama. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, speaking at an appearance...more

SEC Reporting & Compliance and Corporate Governance Series

On February 13, 2018, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “ SEC Reporting & Compliance and Corporate Governance Series: Key Trends in Executive Compensation, Employment Law and Compensation Committee Practices.” Executive...more


by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

If foreign national employees have recently experienced trouble scheduling INFOPASS appointments, it may be because USCIS is preparing for an expected rollout of a new pilot program over the next couple of months. Instead of...more

U.S. Cracks Down On Birth Tourism Industry

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Travelling to another country for medical procedures, or medical tourism, is a growth industry both as an export and an import. U.S. citizens may travel for medical treatments that are less expensive and patients with means...more

U.S. Government Delays Revisions to H-4 Employment Authorization Regulations

The Trump administration’s plans to end the ability of spouses of H-1B visa holders to be granted work authorization now appear to be on a slower track than originally anticipated. Removing eligibility for work authorization...more

Visa Rule Changes Will Have a Drastic Impact on the Nursing Industry

by Ronald Shapiro on

Hospitals and other medical facilities continue to experience nursing shortages and qualified foreign nurses are needed now more than ever, but the stricter interpretation of NAFTA by the United States Customs and Border...more

A Double Whammy for California Employers: Heightened Immigration Investigations and New Fines

by Alston & Bird on

California employers could be facing a catch-22 when federal agents arrive for a surprise inspection. Our Labor & Employment Group breaks down the sometimes contradictory, possibly expensive obligations California expects you...more

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Expected to Submit Proposed Rule Rescinding H-4 EAD Regulations by June 2018

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) recently confirmed its plans to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by June 2018 to remove from its regulations certain H-4 spouses of H-1B nonimmigrant workers as a class...more

2018 Hot Topics in Employment Law Seminar Highlights

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On February 23, 2018, the Miles & Stockbridge Labor, Employment, Benefits & Immigration practice group presented its annual Hot Topics in Employment Law seminar to an audience of nearly three hundred clients and members of...more

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