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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 -

Are you ready for summer travel?

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Vacation season is just around the corner. Whether you are a visa holder, tourist or U.S. permanent resident, organizing your travel documents is a critical part of international travel. Discovering an expired document too...more

Buy American and Hire American and the H-1B Lottery

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On April 18, President Trump signed an Executive Order labeled the “Buy American and Hire American” initiative. Federal agencies are already subject to certain laws and regulations which require or give preference to American...more

DHS Site Visits and Inspections — Be Prepared

by Mintz Levin on

From time to time, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conducts site visits at the offices of employers petitioning for temporary work visas on behalf of their employees. These visits are funded by the $500 “anti-fraud”...more

Possible Changes to U.S. Business Immigration Law and Policy Under the New Administration

by Littler on

This article covers proposed legislation, sub-regulatory changes, and—from a practical standpoint—the process/timing for implementing changes under the new administration. Please note that while legislative immigration...more

Expansive New Rule for Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

by FordHarrison on

Effective yesterday, January 17, 2017, a new USCIS rule seeks to improve multiple employment-based temporary nonimmigrant and immigrant visa (“green card”) programs. The new regulations are designed to help U.S. employers...more

Presidential Pulse: 10 Key Ways the Trump Administration May Impact The Way You Do Business in 2017

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Today marks just over a month since Donald Trump was elected as the next President of the United States. As each cabinet appointment is announced, we get more clues to help us predict which direction the Trump...more

CIS Announces New Rule Impacting Employment-based Nonimmigrants and Immigrants

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

USCIS has published a final rule focused on the retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 immigrant workers and the improvement of existing temporary visa programs for high-skilled nonimmigrant workers. The new rule takes effect on...more

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Publishes Final Rule Improving Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers and foreign nationals should take note of critical changes to DHS’ regulations impacting employment-based immigration for highly skilled workers. On January 17, 2017, the Department of...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

USCIS Publishes Final Rule For Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

by Bracewell LLP on

USCIS has published a final rule to modernize and improve several aspects of certain employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs and to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers who...more

USCIS Publishes Final Rule For Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

by Kirton McConkie PC on

On Friday, November 18, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the press release below. USCIS has published a final rule to modernize and improve several aspects of certain employment-based...more

Immigration Laws Stifle US Business

US immigration laws have not been created with the growing global economy’s need for foreign talent in mind, and should be reformed to promote hiring the best minds for the US economy. With globalization of the modern...more

Adeus, Brasil! Parte 3 - Os surpreendentes benefícios de um pedido de asilo nos EUA

by Gerald Nowotny on

Descrição geral - Esta série foi projetada para elaborar um mapa com diferentes estratégias para imigração aos EUA. Na Parte I desta série, explorei o uso do visto L1-A como um método rápido e barato para obter a entrada...more

H-1B Visa Filings on an Upward Trend

by Ronald Shapiro on

United States businesses who are in need of workers with specialty skills often face quite a dilemma due to the shortage of qualified American workers in certain fields. Many of these businesses turn to the H-1B Visa program...more

Fees On The Rise for Certain H-1B and L-1 Petitioners

Effective December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into Law The Consolidated Appropriations Act (Public Law 114-113) which increases fees for certain H-1B and L-1 petitioners. These additional fees apply to the following...more

Immigration Law Updates - January 5, 2016

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

Following are recent and/or anticipated changes to United States immigration laws, which may impact our clients: Proposed Changes to the Visa Waiver Program Following Terror Concerns - In the aftermath of the Paris...more

The New L-1B Adjudications Policy, Effective August 31

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The recently issued U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) final policy memorandum on L-1B visas clarifies the requirements for a sponsoring multinational organization transferring international personnel to the...more

U.S. Visa Categories Leave Entrepreneurs Few Options

by Carlton Fields on

Many of Julie Ferguson’s immigration law clients are entrepreneurs seeking to launch startups in the United States. They come from all over the world, but Ms. Ferguson, who practices in Miami, sees especially high numbers...more

Recent trends involving the L-1 Visa category for intra-company transferees

by Kirton McConkie PC on

This article is the second in a two-part series involving the L-1 visa category for intra-company transferees. The previous article provided an overview of the L-1 visa category and suggested strategies to maximize its use...more

Didn’t Make the H-1B Cut? Here are Some Alternatives

As previously reported, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap, including the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption for...more

Record Number of H-1B Applications Emphasizes Importance of Considering Alternatives for Applicants Not Selected in Lottery

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

USCIS has announced that it received nearly 233,000 H-1B applications during the first week of April, nearly three times the available quota. This means that nearly two-thirds of all applications submitted to the agency will...more

Keeping Immigration Site Visits Civil and Focused

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) empowers its Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) officers to make unannounced site visits to employers of H-1B and L-1 workers. The stated purpose of these site visits...more

USCIS 2014 Ombudsman Annual Report Confirms Increased Scrutiny for L-1 Intracompany Transferrees

On June 27, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released its 2014 Ombudsman Annual Report. The Ombudsman Annual Report confirms what employers and immigration attorneys have been experiencing for the past...more

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: L-1 Visa Inspections Have Begun

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

The Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) unit of USCIS has begun inspecting L-1 visa holders as planned. FDNS has inspected (and likely is continuing to inspect) H-1B holders for several years. L-1s are the latest...more

Federal Government Expands Enforcement of Immigration Laws through Site Inspections and Employee Interviews

by Burr & Forman on

USCIS’s Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) Directorate is expected to begin full-scale implementation of an L-1 site inspection program in the near future. FDNS conducts unannounced administrative site visits...more

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