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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

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

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

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

Travel Warning for TN Nonimmigrants in Economist Classification

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

In a policy memorandum dated November 20, 2017, but actually made available to the public on December 18, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) "clarified" that "an applicant to qualify for TN status...more

TNs in Trouble? Responding to Recent Changes in the TN Economist Classification

by Cozen O'Connor on

USCIS has issued new guidance on the TN nonimmigrant classification for economists. Following a Policy Memorandum dated November 20, 2017, USCIS will no longer classify financial analysts, market research analysts, and...more

USCIS Restricts Eligibility for TN Economist Category

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a policy memorandum restricting Trade NAFTA (TN) nonimmigrant classification under the profession of Economist. USCIS advises that the TN Economist...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On October 23, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) rescinded policy guidelines in effect since April 2004 regarding requests for the extension of certain nonimmigrant visas (i.e., visa petitions...more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 Requires Interviews for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications Beginning October 1

by LeClairRyan on

October 1, 2017 marks the start of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) mandate of an in-person interview for any individual adjusting from an employment-based status to permanent residency (Form...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

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

Details Emerge on the New In-Person Interview Requirement for Green Card Applicants

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On August 28, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin to "phase-in" mandatory in-person interviews for certain employment-based applications, including the main application to...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

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

Important Developments in Business Immigration Law

The Revised Version of Travel Ban to Take Effect Next Month - On Sept. 24, President Trump issued a proclamation that indefinitely bans certain citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea from...more

Feeling Discouraged About Immigration?

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Feeling Discouraged About Immigration? You are not alone. Many agree that the U.S.’s current immigration system is in need of comprehensive legislative reform....more

USCIS to Mandate In-person Interviews for All Employment-based Permanent Residence Applicants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that starting Oct. 1, all foreign nationals who have submitted employment-based adjustment of status applications will now be required to undergo a personal...more

USCIS Denying Pending Advance Parole Applications for Abandonment Due to International Travel

Advance Parole allows an individual to travel internationally during the pendency of an adjustment of status (AOS) application. Those individuals who hold a valid H or L visa also have the option of using that visa to travel...more

USCIS to Require Interviews for Employment-Based Adjustment Applicants

by Barley Snyder on

Starting in October, there could be a bureaucratic backlog for businesses with employees carrying temporary work visas looking to make them permanent. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) this week...more

USCIS Will Deny Pending Advance Parole Applications When Green Card Applicants Travel Internationally

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has reversed its longstanding practice and will begin to deny Advance Parole (AP) applications if a green card applicant travels internationally...more

USCIS Will Require Interviews for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applicants

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

USICS has announced that – effective October 1, 2017 – it will begin to “phase in” an in-person interview requirement for applicants for adjustment of status based on employment, as well as for other categories of applicants...more

Coming Soon: In-Person Interviews for Employment-Based Green Card Applicants

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On August 28, 2017, USCIS announced that it will begin expanding in-person interviews for certain permanent residency applicants, a change being implemented in response to Executive Order 13780, which pushed for more "uniform...more

Higher Costs for Highly Skilled Foreign Workers in Store for Employers?

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Despite the absence of new regulations or policies enacted following the President’s “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order, a recent shift in the adjudication of H-1B visas indicates the Administration’s policy...more

Changes to Foreign Affairs Manual and Developments in the Adjudications of Nonimmigrant Visas Signal Increased Scrutiny of Visa...

by Littler on

Recent actions by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) indicate that employers seeking to hire foreign workers will likely face a more stringent visa approval process....more

Overhaul of H-1B Visa Program Expected in Response to "Buy American and Hire American" Order

by Littler on

The White House has been working with the Department of Justice to formulate changes to the H-1B visa program pursuant to the administration’s “Buy American and Hire American” executive order. The H-1B visa program is a...more

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