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...

Updates to USCIS Employment-Based Greencard Interview Procedures

22:05 19 October in News Updates

LAC previously notified our clients that effective October 1, 2017, USCIS would begin conducting in-person interviews of all applicants seeking employment-based (EB) greencards. Since announcing the implementation of these new procedures, USCIS has issued the following updates: Which cases will require an interview? Every applicant who filed an employment-based I-485 Adjustment of Status (AOS) application after March 6, 2017 will require an interview before the greencard can be approved. AOS applications filed prior to that date may still be called for interview on a case-by-case basis following previous procedures.  USCIS reports that 5 to 10 percent of EB AOS cases have been...

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...