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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 -

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

'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

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

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

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

AB 450: California’s Law of Unintended Immigration Consequences

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: California’s new law, Assembly Bill 450, signed by Governor Brown on October 5, and effective January 1, 2018, imposes several new immigration-related duties on California employers and the potential for...more

USCIS's Updated Policy on Adjudications of Nonimmigrant Worker Visa Petitions Rescinds Former Deferential Policy

by Littler on

On October 23, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) rescinded policy guidelines in effect since April 2004 regarding requests for the extension of certain nonimmigrant visas (i.e., visa petitions...more

USCIS to Increase Scrutiny of Employment Based Visa Extension Petitions

by Varnum LLP on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that officers are directed to apply the same level of scrutiny to both initial petitions and extension requests....more

H-1B Work Site Visits Expected To Increase: What Employers Need To Know

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On October 20, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General issued Report OIG-18-03, “USCIS Needs a Better Approach to Verify H-1B Visa Participants”, targeting fraud in immigration processes,...more

USCIS Reverses Policy on Temporary Visa Extensions

by Foley Hoag LLP on

On Monday, October 23, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reversed a long-standing policy regarding non-immigrant extension petitions. Historically, as memorialized in an April 23, 2004 USCIS policy...more

USCIS to Place More Scrutiny on I-129 Extensions: What Can Employers Expect?

by Baker Donelson on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced under updated policy guidance that it is instructing their immigration officers to apply the same level of scrutiny to both initial petitions and petitions...more

What’s New in Immigration Law?

by Dickinson Wright on

USCIS Permits Certain EAD Applicants to apply for a Social Security Number on Form I-765 - Based on a new information-sharing partnership between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security...more

USCIS Denying Pending Advance Parole Applications

by Varnum LLP on

In a significant change to longstanding policy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently began denying Advance Parole applications for abandonment when an applicant travels abroad while the application is...more

US Resumes Premium Processing for H1-B Visas

by Ronald Shapiro on

After premium processing of H-1B visas was temporarily suspended because of a large number of applications for work visas, the US is now resuming it. The H-1B visa is a work visa intended to allow companies in the US to...more

I-9 Process Guide

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Purpose:- Immigration law requires employers to walk a fine line between determining the eligibility of employees to work in the United States (the purpose of the I-9 Form) and not discriminating against those of...more

I-9 Audit Guide

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This document is designed to be an employer’s guide for an internal private I-9 audit to be used in conjunction with the advice of corporate immigration counsel. This document alone is not a comprehensive list of...more

Business Immigration Update: October H-1B Reminders, Information on Employment-Based I-485 Interviews and Trump Administration...

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

October brings seasonal reminders for employees who are starting employment pursuant to H-1B status as well as some current changes to employment-based permanent resident applicants. In addition, the White House has issued...more

Premium Processing Resumed for all H-1B Petitions

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

USCIS announced that it has resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions after a six month suspension of the program for these petitions. Over the past few months, USCIS has progressively re-opened premium...more

Premium Processing Resumes for All H-1B Petitions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On October 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that effective immediately it would resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions....more

USCIS Announces Sweeping Changes To Policies Involving In-Person Interviews, H-1B Premium Processing, Employment Authorization And...

On September 28, 2017, the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) Ombudsman hosted a stakeholder call that offered more details about the new personal interview requirements for employment-based adjustment...more

USCIS Has Resumed Premium Processing For All H-1B Petitions

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has resumed premium processing for all H-1B petitions as of yesterday, October 3. Premium processing is a service offered by the USCIS in which certain types of petitions will...more

Premium Processing Resumes for All H-1B Petitions

by Varnum LLP on

Effective immediately, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept premium processing requests on all H-1B petitions....more

Don't Forget the H-1B October 1, 2017 Start Date

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

The October 1st start date for H-1B cap-subject petitions is rapidly approaching. Foreign nationals who were selected in this year's H-1B lottery and their petitioning companies should remember several key points about the...more

Immigration Law Update

by Clark Hill PLC on

Premium processing provides that the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services ("USCIS") will process a petition within 15 days, for an additional $1,225 application fee. Earlier this year, USCIS announced it would not be...more

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