News Updates

I-9, E-Verify, and Worksite Enforcement Actions

22:05 13 April in News Updates
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As immigration enforcement efforts increase, we expect a significant increase in worksite enforcement efforts as well. As noted in prior updates, worksite enforcement actions may take many forms:  H-1B and L-1 site visits by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS); U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) audits...

USCIS Reaches FY 2018 H-1B Cap

21:10 07 April in News Updates
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H-1B CAP FOR FY2018 REACHED LOTTERY WILL BE CONDUCTED  As expected, today USCIS announced that the H-1B cap for FY2018 has been reached for both "regular" and "master's" cap cases.  USCIS Reaches FY 2018 H-1B Cap All cap-subject petitions received at USCIS between Monday, April 3, 2017 and Friday,...

Potential Changes to H-1B Adjudications

14:32 06 April in News Updates
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On March 31, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum: Rescission of the December 22, 2000 "Guidance memo on H1B computer related positions."  However, while the title references "computer-related positions," the content of the memo is focused on the specific occupation...

The Future of H-4 EADs

14:25 06 April in News Updates
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There has been a fair amount of concern regarding whether Employment Authorization Documents will continue to be available to spouses of certain H-1B visa holders under the current administration. Below is an overview of the current status. Ongoing litigation The litigation, Save Jobs USA v. DHS, initiated in...

USCIS Announces Increase in H-1B Site Visits

22:27 03 April in News Updates
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USCIS Announces Initiative to Increase H-1B Site Visits and Additional Measures to Detect Abuse of the Program Today U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it will be taking additional measures to detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse.   As noted in the Press Release, USCIS will target...

USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

15:56 06 March in News Updates
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Effective 4/3/17 USCIS WILL SUSPEND PREMIUM PROCESSING FOR ALL H-1B PETITIONS Premium processing may be unavailable for up to 6 months https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/uscis-will-temporarily-suspend-premium-processing-all-h-1b-petitions Q&A: 1.To which cases does this apply? This applies to ALL H-1Bs -- cap subject, cap exempt, extensions, etc. filed on or after 4/3/17 2. What if I had a...

Revised M-274, Guidance for Completing I-9, Now Available

16:03 17 February in News Updates
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Revised M-274, Handbook for Employers, Guidance for Completing Form I-9 Now Available  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published an updated version of the M-274, Handbook for Employers, Guidance for Completing Form I-9, revision date 1/22/17. The M-274 was updated to include information about the changes in EAD...

9th Circuit Court Decision: TRO Remains in Effect

23:51 09 February in News Updates
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A federal appeals court in San Francisco has refused to reinstate President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday wouldn't block a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban and allowed previously barred travelers to...