M-274, Handbook for Employers, Guidance for Completing Form I-9
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published an updated version of the M-274, Handbook for Employers, Guidance for Completing Form I-9, revision date 1/22/17.
The M-274 was updated to include information about the changes in EAD...
A federal appeals court in San Francisco has refused to reinstate President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday wouldn't block a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban and allowed previously barred travelers to...
Update as of 8:00 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, February 7, 2017
"TRAVEL BAN" REMAINS SUSPENDED
Court Grants Nationwide Temporary Restraining Order in Response to Washington State and Minnesota's Challenge to President Trump's Executive Order
Courtesy of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA): On February 3, 2017, a federal...
Update as of 2/2/17: Travel Implications of Executive Order
2/2/17: The U.S. Department of State (DOS) Bureau of Consular Affairs has issued an emergency alert confirming that the Executive Order of 1/27/17 does NOT restrict the travel of dual citizens with a valid U.S. visa...
AUTOMATIC EAD EXTENSIONS PROVIDED BY THE "HIGH SKILLS BILL"
I-9 guidance now available
USCIS reverses position; EADs timely-filed before 1/17/17 now grandfathered
On Jan. 17,2017, a final rule, "Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers," went into effect.
This regulation implemented one of the Obama Administration's directives to...
The Draft Executive Order referenced in our advisory of Friday, January 27, 2017
"Advisory: Travel Warning for Nationals of Certain Countries in Anticipation of Executive Order"
was in fact executed later that day
The content of the Executive Order (EO): "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry in...
Immigration-related Executive Orders issued by President Donald Trump
A presidential Executive Order relating to nonimmigrant visa issuance, immigration screening procedures, and refugees is likely imminent. The draft of the Order, entitled "Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals," is NOT the final version of...
April 3, 2017 marks the opening date of the filing window for H-1B petitions seeking a FY2018 (10/1/17 to 9/30/18) cap or quota number. USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions for the 2017 H-1B cap starting Monday, April 3, 2017.
The H-1B quota limitations are as follows:
Highlights of the New I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form
When must an employer begin using the new I-9 Form?
The new version of the Form I-9 (Revision date 11/14/2016 N) is effective for use immediately. Employers may continue using the current version of Form I-9 (Revision date...
PRIORITY DATES AND PREDICTIONS OF FUTURE VISA AVAILABILITY
Each month, the U.S. Department of State publishes its Visa Bulletin, in which it establishes cut-off dates in each immigration category, for each nationality. The recently released Visa Bulletin for December 2016 shows slight forward movement in...