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The Department of Homeland Security is a federal executive department established in 2002 in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks. DHS was formed by combining twenty-two existing federal departments... more +
The Department of Homeland Security is a federal executive department established in 2002 in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks. DHS was formed by combining twenty-two existing federal departments and agencies. The consolidation was aimed at creating a better integrated, more effective organization to respond to terrorist attacks and other varied threats facing the United States and its territories.  less -

House Oversight Committee Holds Hearing On Status Of Federal Government IT

by King & Spalding on

On March 14, 2018, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform brought senior federal officials together to testify about the current state of federal government IT and modernization plans. The hearing featured...more

The Report to the President for “Enhancing the Resilience of the Internet and Communications Ecosystem Against Botnets and Other...

Back in January, a draft report from the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was released to President Trump in order to address his May 11, 2017 Executive Order, which called for...more

The Supreme Court - March 20, 2018

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued one decision today: Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund, No. 15-1439: Respondents are three pension funds and an individual who purchased shares of Cyan, Inc....more

FBI and DHS Issue Alert Regarding Russian Hackers

by Murtha Cullina on

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security issued a joint Technical Alert late last week to warn that Russian government-based hackers are actively targeting U.S. utilities, other critical...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

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 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

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

This Week in Congress

by McGuireWoods LLP on

The House and Senate convene today at noon and 3 p.m., respectively. The FY 2018 omnibus bill will be hogging the spotlight this week, as lawmakers scramble to avoid a government shutdown. The deadline is March 23, and the...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

Iowa Statehouse Report - Week 9

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

This week, legislators again focused on floor work with action on many bills and the Senate started to work through its confirmation calendar. Department of Human Services - The Senate delayed the confirmation vote 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

New Jersey County Withdraws from Controversial Federal Immigration Enforcement Program

Last week, Hudson County, New Jersey, officials announced the county’s withdrawal from a controversial immigration enforcement agreement with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), known as the “287(g) Program.” Under the...more

Importers Beware: 10 Things You Must Know About the Emergence of High-Stakes Customs Audits

U.S. importers are seeing an increase in enforcement activity by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Here are the ten things you must know about this trend....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

Financial Regulatory Observer - February 2018: The year of blockchain: Global legal framework begins to take form

by White & Case LLP on

Virtual currency and blockchain (VC&B) technology are becoming an important component of the global financial system. Although VC&B were founded on a non-governmental philosophy, the technology is steadily gaining legitimacy....more

A Double Whammy for California Employers: Heightened Immigration Investigations and New Fines

by Alston & Bird on

California employers could be facing a catch-22 when federal agents arrive for a surprise inspection. Our Labor & Employment Group breaks down the sometimes contradictory, possibly expensive obligations California expects you...more

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Expected to Submit Proposed Rule Rescinding H-4 EAD Regulations by June 2018

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS) recently confirmed its plans to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by June 2018 to remove from its regulations certain H-4 spouses of H-1B nonimmigrant workers as a class...more

Update On H-4 EAD Rule Rescission

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Following up on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Order of February 21, 2018, DHS has requested still more time to review the H-4 EAD Rule. In a status report filed on February 28, 2018, just a week after the...more

Rescission of H-4 EADs is Imminent

Over the last few months, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have unabashedly and repeatedly stated that is the current administration’s intent to rescind employment...more

Practical Advice & Strategies for Handling Immigration Enforcement Visits or “Raids”

Immigration site visits are on the rise and can occur without notice. The most common involve paperwork audits. In some cases, certain employees are targeted. Below is a guide that can help you prepare for and...more

Insight on Immigration Updates

by Clark Hill PLC on

H-1B Filing Season to Begin April 2, 2018 - Lottery is Anticipated - Employers are reminded to identify new candidates who will require new H-1B sponsorship as soon as possible to ensure that these applications are accepted...more

Rescission Of H-4 Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) Expected

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The DOJ and the DHS have made clear on numerous occasions that they intend to rescind employment authorization documents (EADs) for H-4 visa status holders and it appears that rescission may be just around the corner. Family...more

NAACP Suit: Ending Temporary Protected Status For Haiti Is Discriminatory

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The NAACP has filed a suit in federal district court in Maryland alleging that ending Temporary Protected Status for Haiti was racially discriminatory and part of a plan to reduce immigrants of color to the U.S. (Nat’l Ass’n...more

The Weekly Round-Up: Immigration Legislation Stalls, ICE Raids in Los Angeles, and Bangladeshi Professor Granted Temporary Stay of...

Senate Immigration Bill Fails - Despite a long build-up to a debate on an immigration bill in the United States Senate this week, negotiations for comprehensive legislation, as well as a law to help protect DACA recipients,...more

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