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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a federal agency under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. The USCIS... more +
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a federal agency under the umbrella of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. The USCIS performs a broad variety of administrative functions, including processing visa and naturalization petitions, as well as applications for asylum and refugee status.  less -

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Immigration Arrests Rise, Senate Bill Ties DACA to Increased Border Enforcement, and Higher Scrutiny...

Immigration Arrests Increase While Deportations Decrease - On Tuesday, December 5, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released their year-end immigration enforcement numbers. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement...more

How House Joint Resolution 123 Impacts EB-5

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Friday, December 8, 2017, President Trump signed House Joint Resolution 123, the “Continuing Appropriations Act”, which prevented a U.S. federal government shutdown. The Act provided a short-term extension which will keep...more

H-1B Filing Season 2018 Is Around The Corner And Sooner Than You Think!

by Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP on

On April 1, 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting cap subject H-1B petitions for professional workers starting employment on October 1, 2018. In past years, the high demand for...more

Getting a Green Card Just Got Tougher: USCIS Will Now Interview All Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applicants

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced a new policy requiring all adjustment of status applicants seeking employment-based green cards to appear for an interview at a USCIS field office. The...more

'Tis the season...to prepare for H-1B filing

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On April 1, 2018, USCIS will begin accepting cap subject H-1B professional worker 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...more

EB-5 Regional Center Alert: USCIS Annual Certification Submission Deadline Quickly Approaching

The Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Immigration Practice Group reminds all EB-5 Regional Centers that the annual regional center certification submission deadline for 2017 is December 29. United States Citizenship & Immigration...more

Possible Government Shutdown: Immigration Consequences For Employers And Their Foreign National Employees

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

If Congress cannot resolve FY2018 funding issues by December 8, 2017, it will result in another federal government shutdown. Such a shutdown will impact immigration services across a number of different government agencies,...more

Possible Government Shutdown: Immigration Consequences For Employers And Their Foreign National Employees

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: If Congress cannot resolve FY2018 funding issues by December 8, 2017, resulting in a federal government shutdown, it will have a ripple effect on employers, both large and small, with an impact on several...more

USCIS Establishes New Five-Prong Test for “Function Managers”

Multinational companies that wish to transfer managerial employees to the United States now have clarification on the criteria required to do so. A new five-prong test adopted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services...more

DHS to Terminate Temporary Protected Status for Haitians in 18 Months

On November 20, 2017, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced her decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti with a delayed effective date of 18 months to allow for an...more

Employers: Beware of Form I-9 Email Scam

In a statement released yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned that employers across the United States have been receiving scam emails requesting information from and copies of the Form I-9, Employment...more

My I-751 Conditional Residence Removal Case is Pending for Too Long. How Do I Prove My Lawful Status?

The Form I-751 is used by conditional residents to remove the conditions on residence and obtain a 10-year lawful permanent resident card. The Form I-751 must be filed during the 90-day “window” before conditional residence...more

Phasing In Interviews for Employment-Based Permanent Residence Cases

by Ronald Shapiro on

As of October 1, 2017, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has officially begun to phase-in interviews for individuals seeking permanent residence in the U.S. in employment-based cases. Interviews are typically...more

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Reconsideration of DACA Applications, Immigration Status in Court & Sanctuary Cities, ICE Enforcement...

– U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to Reconsider Delayed DACA Applications. When the Trump Administration announced in September that DACA would be ending, and that the final applications would be accepted no later...more

Looking into our Crystal Ball to Plan Ahead for H-1B Season

It’s hard to believe that H-1B season is around the corner! United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will start accepting new H-1B petitions for fiscal year 2019 on Monday, April 2, 2018. As such, employers...more

US Department of State Releases December 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

EB-1 remains current; “Dates for Filing” chart remains stagnant. The US Department of State has released its December 2017 Visa Bulletin, setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...more

The Impact of U.S. Immigration Changes Over The Past Year Under The Trump Administration: What You Need To Know

by Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP on

Despite the fact that the new administration has not had any legislative success in the immigration arena over the past year, U.S. Citizenship Services has issued many updated policy memos changing procedures and changed the...more

USCIS Issues Scam Alert for Employers

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is warning that some employers are receiving scam emails requesting Form I-9 information. The emails appear to come from USCIS, from a fraudulent email address:...more

USCIS Issues Policy Memorandum Defining L-1A and EB-1 “Function Managers”

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

USCIS has issued a policy memorandum designating the decision of the Administrative Appeals Office in Matter of G- Inc. as policy guidance that applies to and binds all USCIS employees....more

Are You Using the Most Current I-9?

by Foley Hoag LLP on

This past summer, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released another new version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, which went into effect on September 18, 2017. The corresponding M-274...more

Can They Really Do That?

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Best Practices for Managing U.S. Border Searches of Electronic Devices - Effective October 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration & Customs...more

USCIS Will Begin Accepting Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2019 on April 2, 2018

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept new H-1B petitions subject to the annual quota for fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) starting April 2, 2018. Because April 1, 2018 falls on a Sunday, USCIS will accept...more

Do Not Respond To Emails Requesting I-9 Information

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The USCIS has issued the following notice regarding scam emails requesting I-9 information:- USCIS has learned that employers have received scam emails requesting Form I-9 information that appear to come from USCIS....more

What Employers Need to Know About Employment-Based Green Card Interviews

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Based on President Trump’s Executive Order 13780, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States," USCIS has implemented a new policy to interview all employment-based adjustment of status...more

Compliance News Flash

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

This week’s Compliance News Flash features information on New York City’s pay equity law, stats on FCRA litigation, personnel moves at the Federal Trade Commission, news about a Form I-9 scam, and information about my...more

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