News Updates

FY2019 H-1B CAP FILING DEADLINE APPROACHING

March 5, 2018 Larrabee

Annual Filing Window  The filing window for H-1B petitions seeking a FY2019 (10/1/18 to 9/30/19) cap or quota number will open on Monday, April 2, 2018.    As with prior years, we anticipate demand will exceed supply within the first week, which will mandate a lottery to determine which...

The Future of H-4 EADs — Update

March 2, 2018 Larrabee

As we advised in January, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had slated for February 2018 publication of a regulation to remove work authorization for certain H-4 spouses.   However, no such regulation materialized in February. DHS has now submitted a status report in relation to Save...

FY2019 H-1B CAP UPDATE- No Procedural Changes Expected

January 29, 2018 Larrabee

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) released a practice alert regarding the H-1B FY2019 Cap Season (AILA Doc. No. 18012505). USCIS Service Center Operations Directorate (SCOPS) confirmed it is not anticipating any procedural changes for the FY2019 H-1B cap season. USCIS intends to follow the same...

IMPACT OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN ON IMMIGRATION SERVICES

January 22, 2018 Larrabee

At the time of this writing, as a result of the shutdown of the federal government certain federal government services have been temporarily reduced or closed down entirely.  Immigration is primarily a federal function.  However, whether and how immigration services will be impacted by the...

Importance of Reviewing I-94 Admission Records

January 17, 2018 Larrabee

The I-94 Admissions Record provides nonimmigrants with proof that they have been lawfully admitted to the U.S.  I-94s are issued or generated upon admission to the U.S.-- either electronically for travelers entering the U.S. by air or sea; or on paper for those entering by land. ...

Larrabee Albi Coker LLP – Partnership Announcement

January 16, 2018 Larrabee

Effective January 1, 2018, Ms. Martorell and Ms. Mullane joined the firm's partnership team. Each has been with the firm for over a decade, and they have made significant and valuable contributions to the firm and its clients over their years of service. We are...

FY2019 H-1B CAP FILINGS – IMPORTANT CHANGES AND ADVISORIES

January 12, 2018 Larrabee

FY2019 H-1B CAP FILINGS Trump Administration Proposes Changes in H-1B Lottery Procedures The filing window for H-1B petitions seeking a FY2019 (10/1/18 to 9/30/19) cap or quota number will open on Monday, April 2, 2018.   That will be the first day USCIS will accept H-1B petitions for the...

Immigration Audits and New Laws Impacting California Employers

Larrabee

2018 Rings in Increases in Federal Immigration Audits and New Requirements for California Employers Increase in worksite immigration audits; sanctions against employers anticipated In October 2017 Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Thomas Homan announced the agency's plan to increase worksite immigration enforcement actions (I-9 Employment...