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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

Department of Homeland Security Plans to End Employment Eligibility of Spouses of Highly Skilled Foreign Workers

For years, the spouses of highly skilled foreign workers holding visas under the H-1B program weren’t authorized to work in the United States, absent separate approval through a separate program. However, in 2015, the...more

Are Changes Coming to the H-1B Program?

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

The H-1B temporary work visa program has been the focus of much speculation lately. Recent news reports have claimed that the Trump Administration is planning major changes to the program in 2018. ...more

Seismic Business Immigration Policy Shift in the Works for 2018

by Foley Hoag LLP on

New changes to H-1B Lottery; H-4 EADs on the chopping block; AC 21 H-1B extensions in trouble; and how to plan for it all - Changes to the H-1B Program and the H-1B Visa Lottery - The Department of Homeland Security...more

USCIS to Rescind Work Authorization Rule for H-4 Spouses

On December 14, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it is preparing proposed regulations eliminating United States work authorization for certain holders of H-4 visas, a derivative visa classification...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

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

Rules On The Chopping Block: H-4 EAD And International Entrepreneur

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Trump Administration appears to be in the process of eliminating two rules: the H-4 EAD Rule and International Entrepreneur Rule. In line with President Donald Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order and...more

H-4 EAD in Jeopardy?

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In February 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) issued a rule permitting certain persons maintaining H-4 nonimmigrant status to apply for and, if eligible, receive employment authorization from DHS. Employment...more

DHS Uses the Power of Policy to Alter Immigration Without Legislation

Efforts to reform our nation’s immigration system through legislation are frequently contentious and can become embroiled in larger legislative debates that make the passage of a bill into law a complicated process and,...more

Will Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Lose Their Right to Work?

by Ronald Shapiro on

Work permits for H-4 visa holders could soon disappear. While the H-1B visa allows families of immigrant employees to live in America, these family members were often restricted by H-4 visas, which are issued to spouses of...more

Change in Government Process for "Advance Parole" Travel

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

This alert applies to you only if you are in H-1B, H-4, L-1 or L-2 status and you are applying for “adjustment of status” in the United States. If you have been approved to immigrate (approved PERM or approved Form I-140)...more

The RAISE Act: A Flawed and Misguided Immigration Bill

On August 2, 2017 Republican Senators Tom Cotton (AR) and David Perdue (GA) unveiled an immigration bill titled The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE Act). While the stated purpose of this bill is...more

“Bad Hombres” Only? Ninth Circuit Federal Judge Slams Deportation Process.

Last week, the Ninth Circuit reviewed a petition for a stay of deportation for Magana Ortiz, an undocumented immigrant. While unable to stop the deportation, Judge Stephen Reinhart used a concurring opinion to blast the...more

I-9 Compliance & H-1B, H-4 Visa Changes in Trump’s 1st 100 Days

Earlier this year we hosted a seminar titled “Immigration and the Trump Administration: What Every Employer Needs to Know for the First 100 Days and Beyond.” As we’re sure you’ve seen on the news, immigration has been a...more

Future of H-4 Work Permits Uncertain

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In 2015, the Obama Administration DHS issued the H-4 EAD Rule allowing certain spouses of H-1B holders to obtain EADs and work while waiting to become permanent residents. Soon thereafter, a group of high-tech workers, Save...more

USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing of H-1B Petitions

by FordHarrison on

USCIS has announced that it will temporarily suspend Premium Processing for all H-1B petitions, beginning April 3, 2017. The suspension will apply to all H-1B petitions, including new H-1B cases filed under the FY18 H-1B cap,...more

Immigration Bulletin – President Trump’s Immigration-Related Executive Orders

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

During his first week in office, President Donald Trump issued two sets of Executive Orders regarding immigration issues. Additionally, and although not yet promulgated, drafts of a third immigration-based Executive Order...more

The Race to File H-1B Work Visas on April 1, 2017

by FordHarrison on

We are releasing this Alert to remind employers of the fast-approaching April 1, 2017, opening date for filing H-1B work visa petitions on behalf of foreign employees who need sponsorship for work authorization in the U.S....more

New USCIS Regulations To Retain High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers

by Dickinson Wright on

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) published new regulations effective January 17, 2017 which modernize and improve aspects of certain employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs. The...more

New Employment-Based Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visa Regulation

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

On November 18, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its Final Rule amending regulations related to certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs. The new rule will take effect on January...more

Immigration Policy Choices Under the New Administration

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Now that the election is over, focus turns to the U.S. immigration policy of President-elect Donald J. Trump’s administration over the next four years. Forecasts of this type are never easy with any new President; the task is...more

USCIS Publishes Long-Awaited High-Skilled Immigration Rule

by BakerHostetler on

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published its long-awaited “High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers” regulation today, Nov. 18, 2016. This regulation was proposed on Dec. 31, 2015. It will become...more

Immigration Policy and President Trump – Deciphering and Reconfiguring our Immigration System

by Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP on

During his campaign, President-elect Trump had promised to place the issue of immigration at the top of his agenda once sworn in as president in January 2017. Some programs may be immediately repealed and others will require...more

Immigration Update: H-1B Cap FY2017 and Aftermath; Adjudicating the L-1A Functional Manager Petition Requires Consideration of...

by Baker Donelson on

The USCIS received more than 236,000 H-1B petitions during this year's FY2017 filing period for the annual supply of 85,000 new H-1B visas (65,000 for regular cap plus an additional 20,000 for workers with a U.S. master's...more

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