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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 -

USCIS and DOJ Partner to Protect U.S. Workers from Hiring Policies that Favor Foreign Visa Workers

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have partnered to establish a framework to efficiently manage and maintain information sharing to better detect and eliminate fraud, abuse,...more

Dream On: DACA Extensions Still Possible

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program, introduced by President Obama in 2012 to provide relief from deportation for certain undocumented individuals who had been brought to the U.S. as children, was...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

Insight on Immigration Updates

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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

Immigration Law Outlook for 2018

Immigration continues to be a centerpiece of the Trump administration, and this means that the legal landscape may be subject to legislative, regulatory, policy, and agency operational changes, leading to additional barriers...more

2018 Brings New Changes to Various Business Immigration Programs

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Since taking office, President Donald Trump has issued a series of immigration-related executive orders and proclamations that have become the general framework for the future management of U.S. immigration policy and...more

DACA Renewals in the Wake of the Federal Court Preliminary Injunction

by Wilson Elser on

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) allows prosecutorial discretion to defer a deportation action of undocumented individuals brought to the United States as children. While it does not confer legal status and may...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

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

Developments Relating to DACA and TPS

by Clark Hill PLC on

This week has seen two significant developments affecting hundreds of thousands of noncitizens afforded protection from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS)....more

Rumored Changes To The H Visa Category

by Dickinson Wright on

Certain news reports have hinted that the pursuant to President Trump’s “Buy America, Hire America” Executive Order of April, 2017, the Trump Administration is considering changes to the H Visa Program. ...more

Trump Administration Rumored to Be Looking at H-1B Extensions Under AC21

Recently, we have seen several news stories discussing a rumored government proposal to eliminate H-1B extensions beyond the standard six-year limit. No such action has yet been taken, and to date H-1B visa holders may...more

Possible Changes to H-1B Extension Rules and Their Potential Implications

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According to a news report, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering ending the ability to extend H-1B visas beyond the six-year limit of authorized stay. ...more

Employment Authorization Benefits for H-4 Spouses at Risk

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Qualifying dependent spouses of certain H-1B visa holders (H-4 spouse) have enjoyed the benefits of applying for work authorization since 2015 when the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) implemented a...more

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Immigration Arrests Rise, Senate Bill Ties DACA to Increased Border Enforcement, and Higher Scrutiny...

Immigration Arrests Increase While Deportations Decrease - On Tuesday, December 5, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released their year-end immigration enforcement numbers. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement...more

White House Makes Demands to Congress in Exchange for DACA Deal

On October 8, 2017, the White House sent Congress a list of Immigration Principles and Policies that President Trump will seek to be included as part of any legislation to provide legal status and protection from deportation...more

Timing is Everything

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

In immigration news, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 that it has resumed its premium processing program for all H-1B visa petitions. USCIS had previously suspended...more

DACA Recipients May Have Other Options

by Ronald Shapiro on

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on September 5th that the Trump administration planned to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, but DACA recipients may have other options available to...more

Lawmakers May Not Spend Political Capital on Stand-Alone EB-5 Bill

The chances of a stand-alone EB-5 bill gaining consensus with lawmakers on Capitol Hill are low. With the GOP failing to repeal the Affordable Care Act, lawmakers may be spending time readjusting priorities in unexpected ways...more

Important Developments in Business Immigration Law

The Revised Version of Travel Ban to Take Effect Next Month - On Sept. 24, President Trump issued a proclamation that indefinitely bans certain citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea from...more

Vedder Price Business Immigration Alert - September 2017

by Vedder Price on

1. September 18, 2017: Employers Must Use New I-9 Form. As you may recall, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) recently released yet another revised version (edition 07/17/17) of Form I-9, Employment...more

Trump Administration Rescinds DACA

by Murtha Cullina on

On September 5, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration would be eliminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (commonly known as “DACA”). The DACA program allowed for...more

Changes To DACA And Employers

by Roetzel & Andress on

In line with the Trump administration’s enforcement of immigration laws, significant changes to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program were announced by the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) on...more

DACA: Next steps for institutions of higher education

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

In 2012, then-President Obama established with the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) Program. The DACA Program is an exercise of prosecutorial discretion by the...more

Employers Should Have Plan in Place for End of DACA

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Employers who have employees authorized to work under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program should start prepping for change in the next six months. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on September 5, 2017,...more

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