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Bracewell LLP

Proposed Changes in the H-1B Cap-Subject Filing Process

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For years now employers have been confronted with severe limitations on visa numbers for new H-1B petitions. Historically, USCIS receives more than enough petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-1B cap. Therefore,...more

Norris McLaughlin, P.A.

ICE Threatens to Increase Immigration Raids at New Jersey Worksites in Response to Sanctuary State Directive

by Norris McLaughlin, P.A. on

On Friday, the Norris McLaughlin Immigration Blog reported that New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced that New Jersey would become a “sanctuary state” in implementing the “Immigrant Trust Directive.” In...more

Holland & Knight LLP

Important Immigration Proposals by the Trump Administration Impacting Transportation and Infrastructure Companies

by Holland & Knight LLP on

I. H-1B Visa Changes - H-1B visas are arguably the most common U.S. work visa applicable to all industries. Every year, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has a limited number of H-1B visas...more

MERITAS - Law Firms Worldwide

[Webinar] US Immigration: The Trump Administration's New Normal - December 12th, 1:00pm CT

Since taking office nearly two years ago, President Trump has significantly altered US immigration policy, including a new Proposed Regulation that will change the income requirements for “green card” applicants. This Webinar...more

Miles & Stockbridge P.C.

USCIS Proposes New System for Filing Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published today in the Federal Register a notice of proposed rulemaking that would change how employers file cap-subject H-1B petitions and how USCIS conducts the H-1B lottery...more

Faegre Baker Daniels

USCIS Proposes Pre-Registration Process for H-1B Cap Cases

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On December 3, 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a proposed rule, requiring employers seeking to file H-1B cap petitions (including under the U.S. master’s degree exemption and the...more

Jackson Lewis P.C.

Amendments To H-1B Visa Regulations Proposed

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Department of Homeland Security has published a much-anticipated notice of proposed rulemaking affecting the H-1B visa process. Public comments must be submitted by January 2, 2019....more

Lane Powell PC

USCIS Proposes Changes to H-1B Cap Process

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On December 3, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced published changes to the annual H-1B cap program. The H-1B program allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty...more

Norris McLaughlin, P.A.

New Jersey Becomes Sanctuary State

by Norris McLaughlin, P.A. on

November 29th, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal announced a directive limiting the assistance state, county, and local law enforcement agencies can give to federal immigration officials. According to the Attorney...more

Jackson Lewis P.C.

Irish Government Opposes Restoring Right To Birthright Citizenship, Despite Popular Support

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

As President Donald Trump talks about ending birthright citizenship with an executive order, the Irish public is talking about restoring birthright citizenship. Ireland ended the right to birthright citizenship in 2004...more

Jackson Lewis P.C.

U.S. May Eliminate Per-Country Caps On Employment Visas

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A potentially significant bill eliminating the per-country caps on employment-based visas may become law. H.R. 392, Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, first introduced in 2017, had 300 co-sponsors. It is now...more

Morgan Lewis

Online Registration Required for non-ECR Indian Nationals Traveling on Work Visas

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With immediate effect, the Ministry of External Affairs of India has issued a requirement that Indian nationals with non–“Emigration Check Required” passports traveling to certain countries on employment visas must register...more

Norris McLaughlin, P.A.

New Jersey Combats “Notario” Fraud: 28 New Jersey Businesses Assessed Hundreds of Thousands for Scamming Immigrants

by Norris McLaughlin, P.A. on

The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has announced enforcement actions against 28 businesses across the state for unlawfully providing immigration services “that they [were] not legally permitted to provide.” The state...more

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart,...

USCIS Indicates Changes to Advance Parole Policy

On November 16, 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director L. Francis Cissna suggested that USCIS will discontinue its policy of denying certain pending I-131, Application for Travel Document...more

Dentons

Uzbekistan simplifies the process to obtain work permits for foreigners

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The President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, signed the resolution “On measures to create favorable conditions for labor activity in the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan of qualified specialists from foreign...more

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart,...

Déjà Vu - President Trump’s New Asylum Rule Raises Questions About Presidential Authority Similar to the Travel Ban

A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration’s recent immigration policy barring individuals from seeking asylum if they entered the United States anywhere other than at an official port of entry. Judge Jon S. Tigar...more

Ronald Shapiro

Sponsoring Your Spouse When You Have a Criminal Record

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Whether a U.S. citizen with a criminal record can sponsor a spouse for a green card or not depends on the type of crime involved and the USCIS agent reviewing the case. ...more

Carlton Fields

Three Takeaways From The DOL's New Labor Condition Application Form

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Effective Nov. 19, U.S. employers seeking to file H-1B, H-1B1 and E-3 petitions (extension, new or amendment) must use the new ETA 9035 form, the legally required Labor Condition Application (LCA). The most important changes...more

Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C.

Who is an Immigrant?

Immigration law is more than just a hot political topic of the day. For the potential immigrant, legal permanent resident or future citizen a single immigration application has the power to change the path of their life. In...more

Jackson Lewis P.C.

F-1 Student Visa, Optional Practical Training Risks Continue

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Although there have been discussions for some time that the Trump Administration would change the rules regarding Optional Practical Training (OPT), OPT did not show up in the most recent “regulatory agenda.” Nevertheless,...more

Epstein Becker & Green

November 2018 Special Immigration Alert

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New Version of the Labor Condition Application Must Be Used Starting November 19 - On November 19, 2018, a new ETA Form 9035, Labor Condition Application for Nonimmigrant Workers (“LCA”), will be fully implemented and “go...more

Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP

Recent Updates On The Status Of The Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program

by Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP on

On November 8, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals blocked the Trump administration's attempt at ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In response, the Department of Justice asked the U.S....more

Lane Powell PC

DOL to Release New Form ETA 9035 for Labor Condition Applications on Nov. 19, 2018

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The Department of Labor (DOL) will publish a new version of Form ETA-9035 on November 19, 2018. This form is the required Labor Condition Application (LCA) for all H-1B, E-3 and H-1B1 petitions....more

Faegre Baker Daniels

Visa Options and Immigration Strategies for IT Professionals and Companies

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Technology companies, including IT consulting companies, IT service providers and software designers, seek to employ the best and the brightest IT professionals to keep IT systems secure and to deliver innovative solutions....more

Mintz - Immigration Viewpoints

Fall 2018 Regulatory Agenda Signals Immigration Priorities for Federal Agencies

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Labor (DOL), and Department of State (DOS) released their fall 2018 Regulatory Agendas. Issued twice per year (fall and spring), this notice forecasts possible...more

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