DHS Seeks to Rescind Employment Authorization for H-4 Spouses of H-1b Workers

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stated in a May 2018 court filing that it plans to imminently publish a proposal to rescind its regulation permitting employment authorization for spouses of H-1B workers with approved permanent resident peti… Read More
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Several Small IT Staffing Firms Challenge USCIS H-1b Visa Third-Party Worksite Policy Memorandum

Several IT staffing companies have sued DHS in New Jersey federal court, seeking to block implementation of a February 2018 USCIS H-1b policy memorandum requiring substantially more documentation of need where an employer’s seeks to assign H-1b wor… Read More
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Categories: H-1b

Waivers under Travel Ban Rare

The travel ban affecting citizens of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen has been in full effect since December 2017, but waivers of the ban necessitated by, e.g., undue hardship or the absence of national security concerns… Read More
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Categories: Travel Ban, Visas

H-1B Cap Random Selection Process Complete for FY 2019

On April 11, 2018, USCIS completed its random selection process of H-1b cap petitions for FY 2019. USCIS received a total of 190,098 petitions, of which 94, 213 were filed for the 65,000 available regular cap visas, and 95,885 petitions were filed fo… Read More
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USCIS and DOJ announce MOU to Target Employers’ Unlawful Discrimination Against U.S. Workers

The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and USCIS have signed an agreement “that expands their collaboration to better detect and eliminate fraud, abuse, and discrimination by employers bringing foreign visa workers to the United States… Read More
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New USCIS Policy Would Hit Foreign Students and Exchange Visitors Falling Out of Status

USCIS issued a policy memorandum on May 10, 2018, proposing to dramatically change its long-standing interpretation of when certain foreign students and exchange visitors are considered to have overstayed their U.S. admission. The effect, if finalize… Read More
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February 2018 Newsletter

Read our February 2018 newsletter, with articles about the upcoming H-1b visa season; the Trump DACA proposal; a new Senate bill seeking to expand the H-1b visa program and improve skilled worker immigration options; the Trump Administration’s… Read More
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Categories: Newsletter

Trump Rescinds DACA Effective March 5, 2018

The Trump Administration today announced its recision of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, to take final effect on March 5, 2018. The action responds to threatened litigation by Texas and 8 other states challenging the progra… Read More
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Categories: Uncategorized

USCIS to Require Interviews for All Employment Based Green Card Applications

USCIS has announced that, commencing October 1, 2017, it will require an in-person interview in connection with all employment-based adjustment of status applications, a break from long term practice. USCIS policy has been to waive the interview requ… Read More
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August 28, 2017 Immigration News Update

Here’s our latest newsletter, with items on USCIS’ intention to commence interviews for employment based green card applicants; FY2018 H-1b visa processing trends; suspension of US consulates’ processing of nonimmigrant visas in Rus… Read More
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