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Interagency Cooperation: Raising the Bar for Immigration Compliance

by Dickinson Wright on

On April 2, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) should again be open for business for a flood of H-1B petition filings, which are subject to the annual cap. Employers are required to pay the higher of the...more

Time to Think About the H-1B Cap Season and Your Employment Needs

On April 2, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions for professional positions. We note that these petitions will have a start date of Oct. 1, 2018....more

USCIS Clarifies Position on AC21 H-1B Extensions

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Last week, USCIS clarified that it is not considering changing its interpretation of the H-1B extension of status provisions offered in the American Competitiveness in the Twenty First Century Act (AC21)....more

Time To Prepare For The 2018 H-1B Lottery

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

For immigration attorneys and employers of foreign nationals alike, the frenzy of the spring H-1B Cap season is right around the corner. Now is the time to start preparations for the April filing deadline....more

Are You Ready For H-1B Cap Season?

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On April 1, 2018, USCIS will begin accepting cap subject H-1B petitions for a start date of October 1, 2018. Due to the high demand for H-1B visas, we encourage employers to take time now to identify any employees who require...more

H-1B Filing Season Is Here

by Morgan Lewis on

Now is the time for employers to assess their FY2019 H-1B needs and start preparing their petitions for submission on April 2....more

2018 Begins With Early Signs of Increased Worksite Enforcement Action

by Littler on

As it signaled in late 2017, the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s investigative arm) began 2018 with an increased emphasis on targeting employers and unauthorized employees...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

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

What You Should Know About the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017

by Ronald Shapiro on

The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2017, also known as H.R. 392, would remove the per-country cap for employment-based visas and help eliminate the extensive backlog that immigrants from countries like China and...more

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

by Littler on

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

U.S. Expected To Add Restrictions On Visas In New Year

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Uncertainty regarding employment-related immigration regulations has not ebbed with the arrival of the New Year. Employers may be losing employees to the possible elimination of H-4 EADs and STEM extensions. Major changes...more

WPI State of the States: A Busy December Signals a Wild 2018 for Employers

by Littler on

Despite the holiday break in most statehouses and city halls, legislators were quite productive in December. More than 40 employment-related bills were introduced or advanced last month, across nearly 20 states and...more

México: Nuevas tarifas para el pago de Derechos Migratorios 2018

by Littler on

Por medio del presente hacemos de su conocimiento las nuevas tarifas de pago de derechos por trámites migratorios 2018, las cuales ha publicado el Instituto Nacional de Migración (INM) a través de la Secretaria de...more

Mexico: New Immigration Fees for 2018

by Littler on

Mexico’s Ministry of Interior recently adjusted the fees for immigration applications and processes that are effective in 2018. The new fees were published by the National Institute of Migration (“Instituto Nacional de...more

Enhancing social protection of international employees assigned to Belgium

by DLA Piper on

Each employer who wants to occupy foreign workers (or self-employed for that matter) in Belgium must (unless those excluded by law) preliminarily declare their employment to the Belgian labour authorities via a so-called...more

TNs in Trouble? Responding to Recent Changes in the TN Economist Classification

by Cozen O'Connor on

USCIS has issued new guidance on the TN nonimmigrant classification for economists. Following a Policy Memorandum dated November 20, 2017, USCIS will no longer classify financial analysts, market research analysts, and...more

USCIS Restricts Eligibility for TN Economist Category

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a policy memorandum restricting Trade NAFTA (TN) nonimmigrant classification under the profession of Economist. USCIS advises that the TN Economist...more

Global Mobility Objectives and Immigration

by Baker Donelson on

Businesses worldwide are looking to tap into international talent pools, as global expansion is now a critical component to success. Moving individuals to the right roles in new locations, and fast, can provide a company with...more

DHS Releases Regulatory Agenda for 2018 - Major Changes Possible for H-1B, H-4, and F-1 Visa Holders

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its regulatory plan for 2018, which aligns with President Trump’s Executive Order, Buy American Hire American. ...more

Department Of Homeland Security To Tighten H-1B And Other Regulations

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Trump Administration’s Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions for the DHS contains close to 60 items. Published in the spring and fall, the Unified Agenda gives information about regulations that...more

“Royal” additions: handling HR issues that arise due to marriage and childbirth

by FordHarrison on

I admit that, like many Americans, I am fascinated with the lives of the British royal family. That is especially true with respect to Charles and Di’s two young princes. I enjoy hearing news about Prince Williams’ adorable...more

Sixty-Day Grace Period for Nonimmigrant Workers after Loss of Employment

by Wilson Elser on

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has promulgated a regulation affecting highly skilled foreign workers when they lose their jobs. The stated purpose of the regulation is to improve the ability of U.S. employers to...more

California Passes Immigrant Worker Protection Act

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed the Immigrant Worker Protection Act (AB 450), which restricts public and private employers in California from admitting immigration inspectors to the workplace without a judicial...more

UK Immigration – Statement of Changes

by Dentons on

A Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules was presented to Parliament yesterday. Those that are most relevant to business immigration are summarised below....more

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