News Updates

Revised M-274, Guidance for Completing I-9, Now Available

February 17, 2017 Larrabee

Revised M-274, Handbook for Employers, Guidance for Completing Form I-9 Now Available  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...

9th Circuit Court Decision: TRO Remains in Effect

February 9, 2017 Larrabee

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...

Status of 1/27/17 Executive Order on Immigration – Update as of 2/7/17

February 7, 2017 Larrabee

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

February 3, 2017 Larrabee

Update as of 2/2/17: Travel Implications of Executive Order DUAL NATIONALS 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...

Update: Automatic EAD Extensions

February 2, 2017 Larrabee

AUTOMATIC EAD EXTENSIONS PROVIDED BY THE "HIGH SKILLS BILL" 2/1/17 Updates:  I-9 guidance now available USCIS reverses position; EADs timely-filed before 1/17/17 now grandfathered   Background 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...

Update: Travel Implications of Executive Order

January 31, 2017 Larrabee

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...

News Regarding FY2018 H-1B Cap

January 4, 2017 Larrabee

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: Regular...

Practice Advisory: Highlights of the New I-9

December 6, 2016 Larrabee

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...