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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Syria

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On January 31, 2018, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that an extension of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Syria was warranted, given that the armed conflict and extraordinary conditions...more

H-1B Visa Filing Deadline: April 1, 2018

by Holland & Knight LLP on

New H-1B visa petitions for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, which begins Oct. 1, 2018, will be accepted for filing starting on April 1, 2018, which means employers should have their H-1B visa petitions ready to be sent to U.S....more

ICE Issues Policy on Civil Immigration Courthouse Arrests: A Precursor to More Such Enforcement Activities?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Those of us who have occasion to visit our local, state or federal criminal courts do not expect to see law enforcement officers, particularly federal U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) officers, enter such...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

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

DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Syrians

Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen (the “Secretary”) announced on Thursday, February 1, DHS will extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Syria for an additional 18 months,...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Whistleblower Developments is a periodic report covering significant cases, decisions, proposals, and legislation related to whistleblower statutes and how they may impact your business. Recent developments...more

The Weekly Round-Up: Skilled Immigrants Dominate Silicon Valley, White House Squares Off Against Sanctuary Cities, and Immigrant...

Immigrant Workers a Majority in Silicon Valley - Silicon Valley, known around the globe as a technology hub with headquarters for many companies, including Google and Apple, is heavily dependent on foreign skilled...more

New I-94 Features Provide Visa Waiver Visitors Peace of Mind

by Cozen O'Connor on

On January 5, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) kicked off two new “traveler compliance initiatives” aimed at assisting those travelers to the US on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)....more

It’s Time to Prepare H-1B Visa Petitions for Fiscal Year 2019

Historically, H-1B visas have been the U.S. employment visa of choice due to their flexibility for professionals to work in “specialty occupations.” Lately, however, for those employers and prospective employees who are...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 Government Has Shut Down. Now What?

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Congress was unable to agree on a spending bill and the US government has shut down as of midnight, January 19th. This leaves many wondering how immigration benefits are impacted. The general rule is that those services that...more

Amid Potential Changes, Employers Prepare for H-1B Filing Season 2018

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

With changes in late 2017, many employers are gearing up for H-1B season on April 1, 2018. The H-1B visa allows foreign nationals to work in occupations that require at least a U.S. Bachelor’s Degree (or foreign equivalent)...more

Foreign Entrepreneurs – The Facts

by Murtha Cullina on

The United States has long been attractive to foreign entrepreneurs due to the county’s historically open marketplaces and tolerance for new ideas and new products. Foreign entrepreneurs have come to the United States in many...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

Confused by the Evolving Travel Ban? Here’s a Cheat Sheet with the Latest Guidance

While the Travel Ban continues to move up and down the federal court system, here are the latest rules governing travel for citizens of the affected countries as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s lifting of the lower...more

Update on Status of Entrepreneurial Parole Program for Foreign Entrepreneurs

by Murtha Cullina on

On January 17, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule establishing a parole program for international entrepreneurs seeking to improve the ability of certain startup founders to remain in the...more

School Districts Gearing Up for 2018-2019 Hires with Special H-1B Rule

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

While students across the country are heading back to finish the school year, school districts are already preparing to hire teachers for the next academic term. Districts are suffering from a nationwide teaching shortage and...more

TPS Ending For El Salvador, Haiti & Nicaragua, And A Short Reprieve For Hondurans Still Waiting To Know Their Fate - Now What?

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Department of Homeland Security ends Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Haiti, affecting close to 300,000 individuals. Employers should be prepared to handle the influx of work...more

DHS Ending Temporary Protected Status Relief For El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua – And Honduras May Be Next

Since 1990, foreign nationals needing relief because conditions in their countries prevented safe return have been able to seek a Temporary Protected Status designation by the Department of Homeland Security or its...more

Foreign Investment Control Heats Up: A Global Survey of Existing Regimes and Potential Significant Changes on the Horizon

by Jones Day on

Mergers and acquisitions by multinational companies require attention to foreign investment controls around the world, and such controls vary widely. For example, requirements for determining whether such controls apply, the...more

Trump Administration Establishes New Sanctions Regime Targeting Human Rights Abusers - Also Expands Existing Sanctions on...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Trump Administration rounded out the year with two sanctions-related actions: The first involved creating a new program regarding human rights abusers and global corruption; the second involved adding several individuals...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

Trump Administration Announces Sanctions Pursuant to the Global Magnitsky Act

On December 21, 2017, the Trump Administration released a list of foreign nationals it has identified to be sanctioned in accordance with the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act of 2016. In December 2016, we...more

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