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IBIC Pushes for Solutions As the Clock Continues to Tick

by Ronald Shapiro on

The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC) and other business leaders are currently working against President Trump’s difficult immigration policies, and are asking for Congress’s assistance. The IBIC consistent with...more

New California Law: Employers Must “Resist” Federal Immigration Agents

by Hogan Lovells on

Effective January 1, 2018, the California Immigrant Worker Protection Act (the “Act”) requires private and public employers to “resist” informal worksite inspections by federal immigration enforcement agents....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

Stopgap Spending Bill Ends Second Federal Government Shutdown in Less than a Month

by Cozen O'Connor on

A brief federal government shutdown ended Friday as the House and the Senate passed a Continuing Resolution (the “CR”) which provides a bipartisan budget bill that raises spending caps for two years and funds the federal...more

H-1B Cap: Critical Filing Dates for FY 2019

by Littler on

Employers seeking to sponsor H-1B workers for Fiscal Year 2019 can begin filing petitions on April 2, 2018 (April 1 is a Sunday), for a start date of October 1, 2018. ...more

Broken Dreams – Part III

by Gerald Nowotny on

Tax Benefits for Undocumented Immigrants and their U.S. Citizen Children - Overview - On the immigration front it has been mostly bad news since the Trump Administration assumed power. Many undocumented...more

H-1B Visas: File Now or Forever Hold Your Peace?

by Barley Snyder on

Every year around this time employers subject to the H-1B visa cap start considering whether to file petitions for highly skilled workers from foreign countries. This year employers should think twice before putting that...more

USCIS Confirms No Procedural Changes for H-1B FY2019 Cap Season

by Cozen O'Connor on

Monday, April 2, 2018, is just around the corner and begins the FY2019 H-1B cap filing season. Employers are urged to begin now to prepare for filing H-1B petitions subject to the cap. As reported earlier this week, due to...more

Politicians toss a CHIP at poor but ignore big woes like soaring medical costs

Let’s give the faintest cheer — maybe of the Bronx variety — to the Republican-controlled Congress for, finally, reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program, aka CHIP....more

Employee Rights at Forefront of CA’s New Labor Laws

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

California lawmakers passed a swell of legislation last year aimed at extending the rights of all employees, regardless of gender identification, salary history, criminal past and more. Originally published on...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

Employers Should Begin Preparation for Opening of FY 2019 H-1B Cap

by Cozen O'Connor on

The beginning of the calendar year is the perfect time for employers to begin planning for the FY2019 H-1B cap filing season, which will begin on Monday, April 2, 2018....more

2019 H-1B Visas - Need to Begin Process Now

by Varnum LLP on

Employers may first apply for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B visas for individuals not currently in H-1B status on Monday, April 2, 2018 for a start date of October 1, 2018....more

The Race is on to File H-1B Work Visas on April 1, 2018

by FordHarrison on

We are releasing this Alert to remind employers of the fast-approaching April 1, 2018, 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

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

2018 Immigration Updates

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Renewals Resume As of January 13, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that, due to pending litigation and a federal court order, it...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

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

TPS Designation Ends for El Salvador, Making Expiring Work-Authorization Docs an Issue

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced on January 8 that it will not renew the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador, giving protected Salvadorans until September 9, 2019, to either leave...more

Government Not Ending H-1B Extensions, USCIS Says

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Reports about the possible elimination of AC-21 extensions (for H-1B workers awaiting green cards) are now being denied by the government. The USCIS is attempting to quell fears caused by rumors that the Administration would...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

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

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