News Updates

Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen? Tips to Successfully Manage the Corporate Immigration Process

08:07 02 October in LAC Blog

It is not uncommon for our clients to reach out to us and ask for guidance on how best to internally manage the immigration process for its foreign national employees. Some of our clients are just venturing down this path for the first time and others are struggling to manage the internal demands of a growing immigration need within their companies. As a result, we thought it might be helpful to provide some general guidance on the challenges and the best practices we see on daily basis from the interaction with our clients which range in size from small startups...

LAC at the Biocom Life Science HR Conferences in San Diego and San Francisco

22:43 17 October in News Updates

Larrabee Albi Coker LLP Is pleased to be a sponsor of Biocom's 8th Annual Life Science HR Conference in San Diego Wednesday, October 18th and Thursday, October 19th At The Alexandria at Torrey Pines http://biocomhr.org/sd/ and 2nd Annual Life Science HR Conference in the Bay Area Wednesday, November 1st At the San Mateo Marriott San Francisco  http://biocomhr.org/bayarea/ LAC attorneys will be in attendance at both conferences.  We look forward to seeing many of you there. Biocom works on behalf of nearly 1000 members to drive public policy, build an enviable network of industry leaders, create access to capital, introduce cutting-edge workforce development and STEM education programs, and create robust value-driven purchasing...

UPDATE – The 2019 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Online Entry Window to Open October 18, 2017

22:36 16 October in News Updates

Due to a technical issue, the Diversity Visa (DV) 2019 entry period that began on October 3, 2017, has been closed. Entries submitted between October 3 and October 10, 2017, are not valid and have been excluded from the system; resubmitting such an entry will not count as a duplicate entry. The technical issue has been resolved and a new full entry period will begin at noon (ET) on October 18, 2017, and will run until noon (ET) on November 22, 2017. Only entries submitted during this period will be accepted and considered for selection in the lottery. Revisions to...

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

18:01 03 October in News Updates

Today USCIS issued the below press release, indicating they have resumed premium processing for H-1B petitions requesting an extension of stay.  USCIS adds that "Premium processing is now available for all types of H-1B petitions."  However, this message is unclear, as not all H-1B petitions are covered in this or prior announcements.   Specifically, H-1B petitions not subject to the cap but which request a change of status or consular notification were not previously re-authorized for premium processing, nor are these categories specified in today's release.  LAC believes USCIS intended to announce the availability of premium processing for all H-1B types of petitions...

DHS to Collect Social Media Information on All Immigrants

17:47 03 October in News Updates

DHS to Collect Social Media Information on All Immigrants A new rule (Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records) published on September 18, 2017 will allow Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to collect social media information on all immigrants.  The social media information being collected will include "social media handles and aliases, associated identifiable information and search results".  This new rule will go into effect on October 18, 2017 and will cover not only individuals with temporary nonimmigrant status and those going through the green card process, but also lawful permanent residents and naturalized U.S. citizens. Privacy activists are concerned about this...

New Travel Ban Announced

15:28 02 October in News Updates

The Trump Administration has unveiled new travel restrictions on certain citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen.  Restrictions vary by country as follows: Countries included in the new travel ban: Chad: Suspends the entry of immigrants and temporary visitors on business or tourist visas (B-1/B-2). North Korea: Suspends the entry of all immigrants and nonimmigrants. Venezuela: Suspends the entry of certain government officials and their immediate family members on business or tourist visas (B-1/B-2). Countries included in the prior travel ban, which are also included in the new travel ban: Iran: Suspends the entry of immigrants and all nonimmigrants, except F (student), M (vocational student)...

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for H-1B Cap Cases

22:11 18 September in News Updates

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing on September 18, 2017 for all pending H-1Bs filed under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap.  Premium processing is an expedited adjudication service.  For an additional filing fee of $1225, USCIS guarantees a 15-day response time. Premium processing for petitions seeking extensions of stay or change of employers in categories not mentioned below remains unavailable and will resume as USCIS workloads permit. Premium processing is currently available for the following H-1B petitions: - Petitions filed under the FY 2018 cap. - Petitions filed on behalf of physicians under the Conrad 30 waiver program and interested...

2019 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Online Entry Window to Open October 3, 2017

15:04 14 September in News Updates

2019 DIVERSITY VISA LOTTERY - ONLINE ENTRY PERIOD  Begins at Noon EDT on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 Ends at Noon EST on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (also known as the Green Card or DV Lottery) provides immigrant visas each fiscal year for persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Essentially, this program provides certain nationalities with the opportunity to win the chance to apply for a green card, without having to qualify in one of the family-based or employment-based categories. For fiscal year 2019, 50,000 diversity visas will be available. Various immigration bills, including...

H-1B Site Visits: Guidance for Employers

19:27 11 September in News Updates

As we reported in April, USCIS is continuing its initiative to increase H-1B site visits.  Accordingly, employers and H-1B visa beneficiaries may wish to review the below guidance to be prepared for such a visit. H-1B Site Visits:  Guidance for Employers BACKGROUND The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) created the Office of Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) in 2004 with a mission to detect, deter, and combat immigration benefit fraud and to strengthen USCIS' efforts ensuring benefits are not granted to persons who threaten national security or public safety.  H-1Bs have been the subject of site visits since approximately 2009. FDNS is USCIS'...