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As an H-1B or L-1 Petitioner, Do I Need to Worry About the Export Control Rules?

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Under U.S. Department of Commerce rules, the disclosure of technology to a foreign national (even if that individual is physically located in the United States or the disclosure occurs in the course of that individual’s...more

Update: USCIS Denies Creating An Oversight Division

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

As we recently noted, the Washington Post reported that USCIS was creating an employee oversight division to monitor staff who might be perceived as too lenient in their adjudications of requested immigration benefits....more

Time to Complete Open E-Verify Cases

by Mintz Levin on

On Wednesday, March 14, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) alerted employers enrolled in ??its E-Verify employment confirmation program that it will transfer all E-Verify case data to a new interface later this...more

H-1B Filing Deadline – Last Call to Prepare Your H-1B Petitions for Filing on April 2

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

We are in the final weeks of H-1B Cap Season for Fiscal Year 2019. All H-1B petitions must be submitted with a Labor Condition Application (LCA) which can take seven (7) days or more for the Department of Labor (DOL) to...more

Brexit immigration update: agreement reached on the transition period

by Dentons on

On 19 March 2018 the EU and UK held a joint press conference to announce that they had reached agreement on a number of key areas of the withdrawal agreement. Most notably for employers in the UK, the length of the transition...more

OIG Finds USCIS Green Card Processing Time Information Unclear and Unrealistic

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report on March 9, 2018 entitled: “USCIS Has Unclear Website Information and Unrealistic Time Goals for Adjudication Green Card...more

E-Verify And Related Services Will Be Down This Weekend

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced last Thursday that, due to system enhancements, E-Verify will be unavailable this weekend, from midnight EDT Friday, March 23, until 8 a.m. EDT Monday, March...more

E-Verify To Be Temporarily Suspended For System Upgrade, USCIS Announces

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Some E-Verify timeframes will be suspended temporarily, USCIS has announced. E-Verify services will be unavailable from midnight March 23 (Friday) to 8:00 a.m. March 26 (Monday) due to system upgrades. The agency has provided...more

The Weekly Round-Up: ICE Spokesperson Resigns, Citing “Falsehoods;” H-2B Seasonal Worker Program Receives Increased Scrutiny; and...

Justice Department Sues California - On Monday, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesperson, James Schwab, announced his resignation, stating that he did not “want to perpetuate misleading facts” posited by...more

What Businesses Need to Know Before Transferring Employees to the U.S.

Over the course of the past year, it has become harder for companies to bring foreign employees to the U.S. Although for the most part current laws governing visas, business meetings, and tourism have not changed, the...more

Employers Relying On H-4 Dependent Spouse Visas Better Move Fast as April 1 Lottery Looms

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Proposed changes to the rule authorizing employment for H-4 status holders could spell an increase in H-1B petitions this upcoming fiscal year, and ultimately, increased sponsorship costs for employers. ...more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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