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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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

USCIS Announces a Valentine’s Day Credit Card Payment Option

by Dickinson Wright on

On February 14, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will accept credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover) payments for forty-one fee based forms. Notably, the I-129...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

New (Cap) H-1B Filings - April 2-6 Deadline

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

H-1B season is underway! U.S. employers can file for new H-1B visas on behalf of prospective or existing employees beginning April 2, 2018. The anticipated window for filing new H-1B petitions under the USCIS H-1B quota for...more

It’s Time to Start Preparing for H-1B Cap Season

by Williams Mullen on

The H-1B visa program allows companies in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in “specialty occupations.” Essentially, a specialty occupation is a professional position that requires an individual to...more

Strong Demand Expected for FY2019 H-1B Filings: Employers Should Plan Now

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

U.S. employers who sponsor foreign workers for temporary H-1B work visas should start preparing now for the upcoming H-1B cap filing season commencing this year on Monday, April 2, 2018. Employers should start identifying...more

Indian and Chinese Nationals Likely First to Be Affected by H-1B-Related Changes

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

After months of anticipation, it appears the first major H-1B program-related change will be the recession of employment authorization for certain H-4 spouses. The change should have the largest effect on Chinese and Indian...more

Raise Your Hand If You’re Confused about I-9 Reverifications for Employees with TPS

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a humanitarian benefit available to foreign nationals who are unable to return to their home countries because of certain temporary conditions including ongoing armed conflict such as civil...more

The ICEman Cometh? Recent War of Words Puts California Employers in the Crosshairs of National Immigration Debate

by Fisher Phillips on

Immigration has been a major flashpoint between California and the Trump Administration during the past year. In 2017, the California Legislature passed significant legislation impacting how California employers deal with...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

Reregistration Period Now Open for Haitian and Salvadoran TPS

On January 18, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had opened the reregistration period for temporary protected status (TPS) holders from El Salvador and Haiti. As previously announced,...more

DHS Issues Re-registration Information For El Salvadorans In Temporary Protected Status

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Following the official Federal Register notice of the termination and re-registration period for Haitian TPS beneficiaries, DHS also has published the notice of termination and re-registration period for El Salvadoran TPS...more

Five Immigration To-Do’s for Employers in 2018

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The White House and Department of Homeland Security have announced plans to change the legal immigration system in ways that could significantly impact employers with foreign workers who are managers, executives,...more

Haitian Temporary Protected Status Re-registration To Begin

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The long-awaited announcement of the 60-day re-registration period for Haitian TPS beneficiaries is about to be published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2018. The re-registration period will begin immediately upon...more

DACA Injunction: Renewals Continue For Now

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On January 9, 2018, U.S. District Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California granted an injunction that resulted in provisional relief for current DACA recipients by allowing them to renew their DACA benefits...more

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