News Updates

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

April 13, 2017 Larrabee

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

April 7, 2017 Larrabee

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

April 6, 2017 Larrabee

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

Larrabee

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...

Background of Litigation

April 5, 2017 Larrabee

In November 2014 President Obama issued the Immigration Accountability Executive Order which included actions to curb illegal immigration at the border, prioritize the deportation of felons, avoid separation of families, and "streamline legal immigration to boost our economy."   Among other things, the order acknowledged the fact that under...

USCIS Announces Increase in H-1B Site Visits

April 3, 2017 Larrabee

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

March 6, 2017 Larrabee

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...