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25 April 2019

The H-1B Program – Trends and New Developments

Kathleen Grzegorek

A key component of the “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order signed by President Trump two years ago was to create more transparency in employment based visa programs, particularly the H-1B nonimmigrant visa category. To this end, USCIS created a public website, known as the  H-1B Employer Data Hub, to ... Read More

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8 April 2019

The Travel Ban Waiver: A Real Adjudication or Mere Window Dressing?

Lincoln Stone

In a February decision, a judge of the US District Court (Northern District of California) decided that a lawsuit filed on behalf of litigants challenging the “Travel Ban” could proceed over the government’s objection.  The case, Emami v. Nielsen, is filed as a class action that could have far-ranging impacts. ... Read More

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27 February 2019

H-1B News: USCIS Implements Electronic Registration and Changes Lottery Order

Effective April 1, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Service (USCIS) published a Final Rule changing the manner in which the H-1B lottery is administered.  Notably, the Final Rule introduces an electronic H-1B registration process and reverses the order in which advanced degree exemption petitions are selected. Change in H-1B Lottery ... Read More

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7 September 2017

Regional Center Terminations and Impacts on Immigrant Families

  On May 31, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it had posted to its website in the interest of program transparency the notices of terminations of dozens of Regional Centers. Our experienced EB-5 immigration attorneys have authored an article on protecting immigrant investors, originally published in the ... Read More

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7 September 2017

Revised Form I-9 Takes Effect September 18th

  On July 17, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised version of Form I-9, which is a form used by companies to verify identity and employment eligibility. The new version of Form I-9 brings minor changes to the form’s instructions and list of acceptable documents. Employers ... Read More

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7 September 2017

Proposed RAISE Act Introduces Merit-Based System for Employment-Based Immigration

  In a move receiving the support of the Administration, on August 2, 2017, Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and David Perdue (R-Georgia) introduced the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (“RAISE”) Act. If enacted, the RAISE Act would replace our current employment-based immigration system with a merit-based system that ... Read More

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29 August 2017

USCIS to Expand In-Person Interview Requirements for Certain Permanent Residency Applicants

Kathleen Grzegorek

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin expanding in-person interviews for certain immigration benefit applicants whose benefit, if granted, would allow them to permanently reside in the United States. This change complies with Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” and is ... Read More

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8 November 2016

USCIS Fees To Increase December 23rd

Amy Lenhert

Just in time for the holidays… The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is set to raise the filing fees for various applications. Overall, filing fees will increase by an average of 21 percent. Some increases are modest.  For example, the cost of applying for an employment authorization document will ... Read More

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2 November 2016

USCIS Fees To Increase

  What will happen to immigration issues after the election? One thing for sure – irrespective of who wins the election, filing fees for a majority of immigration petitions and applications will increase. The rule is in effect for applications or petitions mailed, postmarked, or otherwise filed on or after ... Read More

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1 June 2016

Employer Obligations Related to the H-1B Labor Condition Applications and the H-1B Process

This article covers the basic procedures to obtain H-1B work authorization.  The H-1B petition process requires two basic actions.  First, the employer must apply to the Department of Labor for certification of a Labor Condition Application (LCA).  This is done electronically and generally takes one week.  Second, the petition for ... Read More

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