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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

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

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

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

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

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

Immigration in 2018: Unknowns…

One thing is known about immigration law in 2018: it will bring many unknowns. Since the current administration assumed power in January of 2017, we have reported countless (nearly daily) changes to immigration policies, from...more

Employment Authorization Benefits for H-4 Spouses at Risk

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Qualifying dependent spouses of certain H-1B visa holders (H-4 spouse) have enjoyed the benefits of applying for work authorization since 2015 when the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) implemented a...more

Continuing Resolution extends EB-5 Program until January 2018

by Cozen O'Connor on

As expected, the House and the Senate passed a Continuing Resolution (the “CR”) last week which extended the Federal budget until January 19, 2018. It is expected that the President will sign the CR. This new short-term...more

California Imposes New Rules on Employers in Worksite Enforcement Actions

by BakerHostetler on

With clear indications from the Trump administration that worksite immigration enforcement is near the top of the agenda for 2018, the state of California has taken a pre-emptive step to protect workers who may be affected....more

DHS Releases Regulatory Agenda for 2018 - Major Changes Possible for H-1B, H-4, and F-1 Visa Holders

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its regulatory plan for 2018, which aligns with President Trump’s Executive Order, Buy American Hire American. ...more

Review, Revise or Rescind – Agency Plans and Unified Agenda Reveal More Regulatory Editing is in Store for 2018

by Littler on

The Trump administration's Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions ("regulatory agenda"), released on December 14, 2017, indicates agencies are taking a hard look at existing rules, and treading lightly with new...more

Administration’s Regulatory Agenda Signals Continued Push to Align Visa Programs With “Hire American” Goals

On December 14, 2017, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) released the Fall 2017 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, which is a report on the rulemaking efforts U.S. administrative...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

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

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

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

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

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Third Version of Travel Ban to Take Effect

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On December 4, 2017 the U.S. Supreme Court issued two orders staying preliminary injunctions against President Trump’s latest travel ban, allowing that ban to take effect while ongoing legal challenges to it are being...more

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