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Nemo Est Supra Leges

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

This past week’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement nationwide I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Audit of 7-Eleven stores reminds us that no one is above the law. In the early morning hours of January 10, 2018,...more

US Department of State Releases February 2018 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

The cutoff dates for China EB-3 show significant advancement. The US Department of State has released its February 2018 Visa Bulletin, setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa availability...more

Interagency Cooperation: Raising the Bar for Immigration Compliance

by Dickinson Wright on

On April 2, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) should again be open for business for a flood of H-1B petition filings, which are subject to the annual cap. Employers are required to pay the higher of the...more

What A Government Shutdown Would Mean For Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

If Congress cannot approve a budget by this Friday at midnight, the federal government will shut down. What will this mean for employers across the country? A look back at the most recent government shutdown will provide...more

DACA Renewal Employer Advisory Alert: The C33 Category

by Dickinson Wright on

On January 13, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted that due to a federal court order issued on January 9, it would begin again to accept renewal requests from those who had previously been granted...more

Time to Think About the H-1B Cap Season and Your Employment Needs

On April 2, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions for professional positions. We note that these petitions will have a start date of Oct. 1, 2018....more

Don’t Want to Be the Next 7-Eleven? Focus on I-9 Compliance

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not been coy about the purpose of its January 10 raid on some one hundred independently-owned 7-Eleven franchises around the country. The agency’s press statement about the raid said...more

U.S. ICE Announces Plans for More Raids on Businesses

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents targeted 98 7-Eleven stores and arrested 21 undocumented workers in raids last week. In a public statement, Thomas D. Horman, ICE Deputy Director and Senior Official...more

USCIS to Resume Accepting Applications to Renew DACA

by Littler on

On January 13, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has resumed accepting requests to renew a grant of deferred action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)...more

Immigration Crackdown – Are You Ready?

In the same week House Republicans rolled out an immigration bill which included border security measures, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agents turned up at 98 7-Eleven stores in 17 states from coast to coast...more

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

Following A Long Thaw, ICE Returns With Increased Worksite Enforcement

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: “ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable.” Referring to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) early morning raids at nearly a hundred...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

Immigration Update - I-9 Audits and Even ICE Site Visits Return with a Vengeance

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan: “ [Our] clear message to employers who scheme to hire and retain a workforce of illegal immigrants: we will find you and hold you accountable”...more

Now We Know the Government Means Business: Prepare for an ICE Raid

by Barley Snyder on

The federal government has done everything but release a road map of what businesses U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will raid to weed out illegal immigrants during President Donald Trump’s term of presidency....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

Time To Prepare For The 2018 H-1B Lottery

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

For immigration attorneys and employers of foreign nationals alike, the frenzy of the spring H-1B Cap season is right around the corner. Now is the time to start preparations for the April filing deadline....more

ICE Announces Enforcement Priorities, Raids Nearly 100 7-Eleven Stores

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On January 10, 2018 ICE issued a press release setting forth its three-pronged approach to worksite enforcement compliance: “compliance, through I-9 inspections, civil fines and referrals for debarment; enforcement, through...more

EMPLOYERS BEWARE, AND BE READY: How To Prepare For An ICE Raid

On Wednesday morning, officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement inspected nearly 100 7-Eleven stores across the country, and arrested 21 employees for being illegally present in the United States. This is...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

Are You Ready For H-1B Cap Season?

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On April 1, 2018, USCIS will begin accepting cap subject H-1B petitions for a start date of October 1, 2018. Due to the high demand for H-1B visas, we encourage employers to take time now to identify any employees who require...more

Breaking News: Immigration Agents Raid Over 100 7-Eleven Stores, Warning All U.S. Employers to Prepare for Random Immigration...

Hundreds of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents walked into over 100 7-Eleven stores throughout Los Angeles—without any notice or warning. No, the ICE agents were not buying the famous 7-Eleven Slurpee; rather,...more

DHS Announces El Salvador TPS to End on September 9, 2019

On January 8, 2018, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that temporary protected status (TPS) will end for approximately 200,000 Salvadorans, effective September 9, 2019. El Salvador was initially...more

H-1B Filing Season Is Here

by Morgan Lewis on

Now is the time for employers to assess their FY2019 H-1B needs and start preparing their petitions for submission on April 2....more

TPS Designation Ends for El Salvador, Making Expiring Work-Authorization Docs an Issue

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced on January 8 that it will not renew the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador, giving protected Salvadorans until September 9, 2019, to either leave...more

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