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Proposed First Step Toward Immigration Reform Announced By President
On May 16, 2019, the president announced a plan to reform the U.S. immigration system, with a focus on increased border security as well as a plan to replace the employment-based green card system
United States
11 Jun 2019
USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing For H-1B Cap Petitions
This means that all H-1B cap petitions must be filed under regular processing.
United States
27 Mar 2018
Federal Appeals Court Denies Government's Request To Reinstate Travel Ban
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the federal government's emergency request to lift the temporary restraining order halting the implementation of President's Trump's travel ban.
United States
14 Feb 2017
DHS Issues Final Rule To Further Retention Of High-Skilled Immigrants
The final rule does not define compelling circumstances, but gives such examples as a serious illness or disability, an employer dispute or retaliation, substantial harm to the applicant and family or a significant disruption to the employer.
United States
21 Dec 2016
Increased USCIS Filing Fees Looming for Employers
The filing fee increase also pertains to forms filed for employees in the immigrant visa process.
United States
3 Nov 2016
USCIS Publishes Proposed Regulations Codifying Many Of Its Existing Administrative Policies With Some Modifications: Comment Period Ends On February 29, 2016
This Alert summarizes some of the key proposed rules announced by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Comments are due by February 29, 2016.
United States
27 Jan 2016
Philadelphia Expands "Ban The Box" Ordinance To Further Restrict The Consideration Of Criminal Background Records In Hiring Decisions
The amended Ordinance provides applicants with the right to file a complaint with the Commission within 300 calendar days of the alleged violation of the Ordinance.
United States
23 Dec 2015
Consider Making A New Year's Resolution To Protect Your Company's Confidential Information
Each year at this time, employees throughout the United States receive performance reviews, raises, holiday bonuses, promotions with new responsibilities and, very often, new employment agreements.
United States
23 Dec 2015
USCIS Completes Data Entry Of Fiscal Year 2016 H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions Via Computer-Generated Process
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on May 4, 2015, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected via a computer-generated random process.
United States
14 May 2015
EB-2 Visas For China And India Move Five Months And Other Immigration Law Updates
After months without significant movement in the employment-based immigrant visa preference categories, the July 2011 "Visa Bulletin" announced a five-month jump for the EB-2 category for Indian and Chinese nationals.
United States
23 Jun 2011
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Already Nearing 2011 Cap for H-1B Petitions
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that as of December 31, 2010, it has received 57,300 H-1B petitions out of the available 65,000 petitions for fiscal year 2011.
United States
13 Jan 2011
Suspension of Implementation of Part 6 of the Updated Form I-129 Regarding Export Control Questions
On December 22, 2010, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on its website that employers will not be required to complete Part 6 of Form I-129 containing the new export control / ITAR questions until February 20, 2011.
United States
27 Dec 2010
Immigration Fees Increase; November Cut-Off Dates See Little Movement
The November 2010 "Visa Bulletin" indicates that visas in the Employment-Based First and Second Preference categories (EB-1 and EB-2) are current, with the exception of EB-2 applications from Mainland China and India.
United States
9 Nov 2010
India EB-2 Cut-Off Date Jumps Forward and Other Immigration Law Updates
On June 14, 2010, the U.S. Department of State issued the Visa Bulletin for July 2010. There is good news for Indian nationals in the Employment-Based Second Preference (EB-2), as the cut-off date has moved forward by eight months, to Oct. 1, 2005.
United States
1 Jul 2010
U.S. Supreme Court's Sixth-Amendment Ruling Requires Defense Counsel to Inform Immigrant When Plea May Lead to Deportation
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a significant decision regarding the rights and protections owed to immigrant defendants facing criminal charges.
United States
18 Apr 2010
FY2010 H-1B Cap Reached And Other Immigration Law Updates
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that as of December 21, 2009, sufficient H-1B petitions were received to reach the statutory cap for Fiscal Year 2010.
United States
8 Jan 2010
Significant Jump In H-1b Visa Petitions And Other Developments In Immigration Law
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reports that as of November 6, 2009, it has received 54,700 H-1B petitions subject to the annual cap of 65,000.
United States
18 Nov 2009
Availability Of EB-3 Visas And Other Developments In Immigration Law
The November Visa Bulletin—issued by the U.S. Department of State—continues a positive trend started in October, which made visas available for individuals with older priority dates in the Employment-Based Third Preference (EB-3) category following five months of visa unavailability and priority date retrogression.
United States
21 Oct 2009
E-Verify Rule For Federal Contractors Will Take Effect September 8, 2009
On August 27, 2009, Judge Alexander Williams, Jr., of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland upheld the legality of a federal regulation that will require many federal government contractors to use the E-Verify system to verify the employment eligibility of new hires as well as certain existing employees.
United States
8 Sep 2009
U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement Serves 652 Businesses With Notices Of Inspection For A Form I-9 Audit
On July 1, 2009, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) served 652 businesses nationwide with Notices of Inspection (NOI) for an official Form I-9 audit.
United States
15 Jul 2009
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