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June 2018 Immigration Law Newsletter

Read our June 2018 newsletter, with articles about USCIS’ new policy impacting foreign student overstays; an anticipated proposal to rescind employment authorization for spouses of H-1b employees; the FY2019 H-1b lottery; a USCIS -Justice Depar… Read More
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Categories: Uncategorized

H-2b Lottery Complete for Additional Allotment of Visas

USCIS announced that it had exhausted the supplemental allotment of 15,000 seasonal worker visas authorized by DHS in May 2018. USCIS received sufficient employer petitions seeking the supplemental allotment within 5 days of the opening of the filing… Read More
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USCIS No Longer Taking EAD Service Requests at 75-Day Mark

USCIS is no longer accepting escalations after 75 days for delayed applications for employment authorization. The 75-day policy had been in place when regulations required USCIS to adjudicate employment authorization applications within 90 days of fi… Read More
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Receipt Notices for Form I-751 Now Extend Status for 18 Months

USCIS has announced that it is extending to 18 months the time during which an I-751 receipt notice may be used in conjunction with an expired conditional permanent resident card to evidence continuing permanent resident status. The prior policy only… Read More
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Attorney General Ends “Administrative Closure” in Immigration Courts

On May 17, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that immigration courts are barred from authorizing indefinite administrative closure of removal proceedings against non-citizens that Homeland Security seeks to deport. This is a stunning reb… Read More
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Categories: Uncategorized

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 concer… 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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