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Alternative Strategies for Rejected FY19 H-1B’s

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has started returning H-1B petitions to employers whose cases were not selected in the recent H-1B lottery selection process. The USCIS reported that a total of 195,000 H-1B...more

Meghan Markle to Face British Immigration Authorities and Must Wait Years to Become British Citizen

Britain’s newest royal—Meghan Markle—still has a battle ahead of her before she can truly declare herself a Brit. In Britain, as in the United States, the path to citizenship through marriage to a British citizen is lengthy,...more

Are You Ready to Travel This Summer?

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, having the proper documentation is essential to your international travel. Discovering an expired document too...more

Changes to Foreign Ownership and Visa Rules Announced

by K&L Gates LLP on

At a meeting of the Cabinet of the Council of Ministers of the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”), the UAE Government decided to allow foreign investors to own 100% of their businesses in the UAE and approved sweeping changes to...more

Proposed Policy Change – F, J, And M Nonimmigrants To Accrue Unlawful Presence

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On May 11, 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Policy Memorandum for Public Comment, with the comment period set to end on June 11, 2018. ...more

USCIS Updates Policy on Unlawful Presence for F, M, and J Nonimmigrants

by Mintz Levin on

On May 10, 2018, USCIS issued a policy memorandum that updates the current policy on the calculation of unlawful presence for certain nonimmigrants. “Unlawful presence” can occur when an individual is physically in the United...more

Distressing USCIS News for Foreign Students

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In a Policy Memorandum issued on May 10, 2018 (USCIS Policy Memorandum), the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) proposed a substantial change in the manner in which it will calculate periods of unlawful...more

UAE announces major changes to company ownership and visa rules

by DLA Piper on

On 20 May 2018 during a Cabinet meeting chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, UAE Government resolved to permit international foreign...more

US Department of State Releases June 2018 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

Final Action dates for China and India EB-1 categories remain unchanged, while EB-2 India advances slightly....more

H-1B Cap and Lottery Update

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

USCIS has announced that it has completed all data entry of FY2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in the computer-generated "lottery" process. The data entry process includes the receipt of petitions selected in the...more

H-1B Cap Update – USCIS Announced Data Entry Complete for FY2019 H-1B Cap Cases on May 15, 2018

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Approximately six weeks after USCIS started accepting H-1B Cap petitions for FY2019, USCIS announced on May 15, 2018 that all data entry had been completed. H-1B Cap receipts have been trickling in throughout May and it is...more

Checklist for Depositions in Japan (Updated)

by Planet Depos, LLC on

There are important factors to consider when scheduling international depositions, particularly when scheduling depositions in Japan.  The first thing to know about taking a deposition in Japan is that there are only two...more

USCIS and DOJ Partner to Protect U.S. Workers from Hiring Policies that Favor Foreign Visa Workers

by Littler on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have partnered to establish a framework to efficiently manage and maintain information sharing to better detect and eliminate fraud, abuse,...more

Global Talent Mobility: What Employers in the Oil and Gas Industry Need to Know

by Baker Donelson on

A major obstacle facing oil and gas companies is locating, recruiting, and retaining global talent in light of the heightened attention and scrutiny on United States immigration practices. International companies must enhance...more

Web Exclusive - April 2018: The Top 19 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there were an unprecedented number of changes all through 2017. And if the first four months...more

Requirements For H-1B Petitions Involving Third-Party Worksites Are Unlawful, Lawsuit Alleges

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

USCIS has exceeded its authority in issuing additional requirements on H-1B petitions involving third-party worksites, a suit filed in New Jersey seeking a temporary restraining order alleges. Just before the 2019 H-1B...more

The Trump Administration's Efforts To Rein In H-1B Visas - What You Need To Know

The H-1B visa category has been modified many times over the past 65 years. H-1B visas facilitate the entry of foreign national professionals, while also providing safeguards that maintain the integrity of the U.S. labor...more

Major Change In USCIS Policy On Accrued Unlawful Presence Likely To Impact F, M And J Status Holders

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

USCIS has posted a policy memorandum that will radically change current policy for students and exchange visitors. The policy makes it much more likely that those in F, M or J status will find themselves accruing unlawful...more

Immigrant Visa Processing Changes – EB1 China/India Retrogress; EB2/3 India/China To Advance; EB2/3 Worldwide Will Remain Current;...

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In our continuing series of reports, Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, shares his most recent analysis of current trends and future projections for the...more

As Getting Highly Skilled Workers to the U.S. Gets Harder for Service Providers: What Should Customers Be Considering?

Outsourcing service providers have long been in the practice of bringing highly skilled employees from India and other locations to work with local businesses within the United States. Outsourcers such as Wipro, TCS and...more

State Department May Require More Social Media Information from Visa Applicants

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On March 30, 2018, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) published notices in the Federal Register seeking public comment on its proposal to amend Forms DS-260 and DS-160, which are the forms that must be completed by all...more

The Follow Up To IIUSA Meeting In Washington, DC On April 23, 2018 And April 24, 2018

IIUSA had its annual meeting in Washington, DC. The meeting focused a lot on the status of the industry, retrogression, new legislation and collective marketing efforts....more

Traveling to the U.S.? You May Have to Provide Social Media and Other Personal Data to the U.S. Government

by Foley Hoag LLP on

What is the new proposed new rule? - The State Department posted two Federal Register notices that propose to revise questions it asks temporary and permanent visa applicants when applying to come to the U.S. The new...more

Americans Want Spouses of H-1B Holders to Work

by Ronald Shapiro on

Lawmakers are urging the Department of Homeland Security to not forge ahead with their plans of revoking legislation allowing spouses of H-1B visa holders to be eligible for job opportunities in the U.S. Initially, these...more

Health Care Organizations and Immigration: Employer Considerations

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Health care organizations of all types, including hospitals, health systems, insurers, pharmaceutical companies and research universities, seek to employ the best and the brightest to deliver quality care and pursue the...more

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