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The Top 16 Workplace Law Stories from November 2021

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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 have been an unprecedented number of changes for the past few years—and this past month...more

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Update: UK Government Announces Tightening of International Travel

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In response to the newly identified COVID-19 variant, Omicron, the UK government has moved 10 countries to the “red list” and reintroduced stringent rules for international travel....more

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USCIS Reaches Settlement Agreement for H-1B Petitions in Madkudu v. USCIS

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USCIS entered into a settlement agreement in Madkudu v. USCIS that may signal changes in how USCIS will determine which positions qualify as a “specialty occupation” for H-1B purposes. During the Trump Administration, USCIS...more

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USCIS Announces Employment Authorization Policy Changes for certain H-4, E, and L Dependent EAD Workers

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued new policy guidance following the November 10, 2021 settlement agreement discussed in our previous Shumaker Immigration Bulletin blog post.  As of November 12,...more

Morgan Lewis

Omicron Impact: Japan Re-tightens Restrictions on New Entries, Vaccination Certificate Holders

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The Japanese government has again tightened its restrictions on new entries of foreign nationals and on activities for COVID-19 vaccination certificate holders due to the rapid expansion of the Omicron variant infection...more

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December 2021 Global Immigration Alert

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Please note: while we address some country-specific updates related to the COVID-19 outbreak, the below contains information regarding global restrictions and closures as they stand today. Given the constantly changing nature...more

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Here We Go Again: Biden Administration Imposes a New Restriction on Travel from Several African Countries in Light of the Omicron...

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Seyfarth Synopsis: As a result of the Omicron variant, the Biden Administration issued travel bans impacting non-citizens who have stayed in 8 African countries within 14 days of entering the U.S. These countries include the...more

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Take Your Chance to Comment on the Benefits of Remote Document Examination: Form I-9 and E-Verify

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Our Immigration Team examines the Department of Homeland Security’s many questions about potentially making permanent its COVID-19 policies on remotely examining employees’ Form I-9 and other required documentation....more

Mintz - Immigration Viewpoints

USCIS Announces Policy Changes for H-4, L-2, and E-1/E-2/E-3 Dependent EAD Workers

Since the publication of our November 12, 2021 alert, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued policy guidance following the November 10, 2021 settlement agreement and updated the I-9 Handbook providing for...more

Mintz - Immigration Viewpoints

Biden Administration Bans Most Travel from Eight Countries in Southern Africa

On November 26, 2021, the Biden administration issued a proclamation that bans travel to the U.S. for individuals who have been present in a number of countries in southern Africa within the past 14 days. The travel ban takes...more

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Work Authorization Update—Relaxed Rules For E, L, and H Spouses

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Effective November 12, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) extended employment authorization for certain E, H, and L dependent spouses. Specifically, USCIS now recognizes that L and E dependent spouses...more

Gibney Anthony & Flaherty, LLP

Biden Administration Imposes Regional Travel Restriction for Southern African Countries

The Biden Administration issued a Presidential Proclamation restricting  travel to the U.S. for noncitizens who have been present in Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and  Zimbabwe at any...more

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Biden Administration Issues New Executive Order to Restrict International Travel in Response to Omicron Variant of COVID-19

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Between January 25, 2020 and February 29, 2020, the former administration issued three separate executive orders restricting travel from China, South Africa, Brazil, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the...more

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The DHS Increases Fines for I-9 Violations

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Let it never be said that bureaucracy ignores the “real world.” The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has increased the fines for Form I-9 civil violations to account for inflation. The official announcement was made...more

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USCIS Conducts Third H-1B Lottery for FY 2022

In a move not seen since the introduction of the electronic H-1B registration process, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a third round of lottery selections for the fiscal year (FY) 2022 H-1B cap...more

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Completing Form I-9 for EAD Automatic Extensions for Nonimmigrant Dependent Spouses

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On November 12, 2021, USCIS issued a new policy that automatically extends employment authorization for dependent spouses in L-2 and E-1/E-2/E-3 status. The new policy also automatically extended employment authorization for...more

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USCIS Conducts Third H-1B Cap Lottery

On Friday, November 19, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unexpectedly announced the results of a third H-1B cap lottery for the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY2022) H-1B cap. The agency selected an additional...more

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J-1 and Done? A Review of Available Waiver Options for J-1 Physicians

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As almost anyone in the healthcare industry can attest, the United States has been experiencing a significant shortage of physicians and other healthcare professionals in many disciplines over the last several years. An...more

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USCIS Conducts Third H-1B Cap Lottery and Build Back Better Legislation Passed by the House of Representatives Includes...

On November 19, U.S. Citizenship Services (USCIS) announced it had completed a third H-1B lottery selection for the fiscal year 2022 cap. This is the third H-1B lottery selection this year. USCIS allows for 85,000 H1-B...more

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Updates on U.S. Policies Impacting Foreign Nationals and Employers

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The Biden administration has recently made some important immigration policy changes which will impact both foreign national employees and their employers. Public Input Sought for Form I-9 Audits - Established as...more

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US Department of State Releases December 2021 Visa Bulletin

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The December 2021 Visa Bulletin sees advancement in India EB-2, and no change in EB-3 for India and China priority date cutoffs. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services continues to use the “Dates for Filing” chart for...more

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Work Authorization Expanded for E, L and some H-4 Spouses

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One of the drawbacks of our current immigration system is that most spouses who accompany foreign workers are not allowed to work until they are well into the “green card” process. Often people spend years on temporary work...more

Quarles & Brady LLP

Employment Authorization for L-2, H-4, and E Visa Spouses – Frequently Asked Questions in light of New USCIS Policy

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Please see the guidance on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s (“USCIS”) recent settlement and policy changes regarding work authorization for L-2, H-4, and E visa spouses. ...more

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Vaccine and Covid Testing Requirements for International Travel in Effect

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While states, employers, and the federal government battle over vaccine mandates for employees, the vaccine mandate for international travelers entering the United States by airplane took effect November 8, 2021....more

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House Passes Build Back Better Act

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Early Friday morning, the U.S. House of Representatives approved President Biden’s sweeping social and climate spending proposal known as the Build Back Better Framework. Key provisions in the approximately $2 trillion bill...more

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