News Updates

The Future of H-4 EADs – Part II

18:48 05 January in News Updates

The Future of H-4 EADs Part II Back in April 2017, we first addressed the future of H-4 EADs.  Below is an updated overview of the current status. Ongoing Litigation The litigation, Save Jobs USA v. DHS, initiated in April 2015 challenging the legality of the H-4 EAD regulation is still ongoing.  On December 22, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) asked the court to hold the case in abeyance until July 1, 2018 to permit the agency to begin the Notice of Proposed Rule Making with respect to revoking the H-4 EAD Rule in February 2018.  Save Jobs USA also filed a...

Immigration Consequences of Marijuana Use for Green Card Holders and Nonimmigrants

22:31 04 January in News Updates

Immigration Consequences of Marijuana Use for Green Card Holders and Nonimmigrants As has been well-publicized, January 1, 2018 marked the initiation of the lawful retail sale of marijuana for recreational use in California.  Business has been booming and is expected to continue: sales are projected to bring in $1 billion in tax revenue annually. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have now enacted laws which legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes.  Eight of those states, including California, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada, as well as the District of Columbia, have legalized marijuana for recreational use as well. Despite legalization in individual...

Travel Advisory

19:50 22 December in News Updates

UPDATES ON THE TRAVEL BAN While the legal challenges to President Trump's September 24, 2017 Presidential Proclamation  ("Travel Ban") continue, on December 2, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the injunctions on the Travel Ban's implementation and allowed it to be fully implemented. The Travel Ban imposes travel restrictions on those from the following countries: Chad: Suspends the entry of immigrants and temporary visitors on business or tourist visas (B-1/B-2). Iran: Suspends the entry of immigrants and all nonimmigrants, except F (student), M (vocational student) and J (exchange visitor) visas, though they will be subject to enhanced screening and vetting requirements. Libya: Suspends the entry of immigrants and...

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...