I-9 Updates: Increased Security and Workplace Raids

Have you filled out I-9 forms correctly for all of your employees? Now would be the best time to ensure you have all forms correctly completed and filed, in order to avoid running into any issues with the Department of Homeland Security. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has … [Read more...]

H-1B Season Has Arrived!

Do you believe one of your employees qualifies for an H-1B visa? If so, now is the time to start work on his/her H-1B visa application. On April 2nd, 2018, US Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting H-1B visa petitions for the Fiscal Year 2019 with an anticipated work start date … [Read more...]

H-1B Fiscal Year 2019 Season Approaching

On April 2nd, 2018, US Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting H-1B visa petitions for the Fiscal Year 2019 with an anticipated work start date of October 1, 2018. The H-1B quota is capped at 85,000 visas, divided between 65,000 visas for foreign nationals with a bachelor's … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Ruling: Travel Ban Reinstated in Full

  On December 4th, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that President Trump’s third version of the travel ban would be reinstated in full, pending litigation in the lower courts. Although certain injunctions against the travel ban had been issued by the lower courts, the … [Read more...]

H-1B FY 2019 Season Approaching

On April 2nd, 2018, US Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting H-1B visa petitions for the Fiscal Year 2019 with an anticipated work start date of October 1, 2018. The H-1B quota is capped at 85,000 visas, divided between 65,000 visas for foreign nationals with a bachelor's … [Read more...]

Travel Ban 3.0: New (and Indefinite) Restrictions

In response to the expiration of Executive Order 13780, which imposed travel restrictions on certain countries, the Trump administration unveiled new travel restrictions on foreigners from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. Notably, Sudan has been removed from the … [Read more...]

New President, New Congress

Trump’s and Immigration New administrations tend to devote their attention to broad-stroke immigration policy. However, in less than a year, President Trump has made the subject of foreign nationals entering (and now residing in) the United States his micro-managed priority. In this span of time, … [Read more...]

THE BASICS – Immigration Breakdown: Visa Options for Architects, Engineers, and Designers

The diverse structural design integral to our lives is often the work of talented architects, engineers, and designers from foreign countries. However, to be employed by an architectural firm in the United States, these skilled employees must have visas. So, what exactly are visa options for … [Read more...]

I-9 Compliance After the End of DACA

Businesses should continue to follow the recommended practice for Form I-9 Compliance. Employers should continue to monitor the expiration of their employee’s temporary work permits, including the employment authorization documents (EAD). DACA beneficiaries who have valid EAD cards are allowed to … [Read more...]

Trump Administration Rescinds DACA Program

On September 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced it will eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months, and urged Congress to produce a solution for those covered by the program. The program protects about 800,000 young immigrants who were brought into the … [Read more...]

USCIS to Expand Green Card Interviews

On October 1st, 2017, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin to phase-in the in-person interviews for certain green card applicants. This move is in-line with Executive Order 13780, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” The following cases … [Read more...]

Starting Sept. 18th, 2017 – New I-9 Form Required

Update to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification On July 17, USCIS released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Employers can use this revised version or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 until Sept. 18. Starting on Sept. 18, employers … [Read more...]

Special Bulletin – June 27, 2017 – Supreme Court Approves Limited Version of Trump Travel Ban

Yesterday, the Supreme Court reinstated a limited version of President Trump's travel ban that had been blocked by lower courts earlier this year. This executive order imposes a 90-day ban on travelers from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Additionally, all refugees are prohibited from … [Read more...]

On H-1Bs and Travel Bans

Two recent events have come to light that might affect your immigration matters. In this issue of our newsletter, we will cover the following: 1) H-1B Deadline Looming 2) H-1B Premium Processing Service Suspension 3) New Presidential Executive Order - Travel Ban 2.0 Urgent Reminder - … [Read more...]

Recent Executive Orders – Report to Clients: Be Prepared

On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed the Executive Order titled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States." The following is an explanation of the executive order and how it may affect you, your employees, or your family. This report attempts to explain who is … [Read more...]

Revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

By Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use only the new version, dated 11/14/2016 . Until then, they can continue to use the version dated 03/08/2013  or the new version.  Overview Among the changes in the new version, Section 1 asks for "other last names used" rather than "other names used," and … [Read more...]

H-1B Special and Update on Travel Ban

In this newsletter, we provide an update on the following:  Update on Executive Orders: Information from CBP; H-1B Bills and What this Means for You; The Current Situation; Rep. Zoe Lofgren Bill H.R. 670; Sens. Chuck Grassley and Dick Durbin Bill S.180; and Rep. Darrell Issa … [Read more...]

2018 H-1B — Call to Action

Are you thinking about hiring a foreign national under the H-1B visa program?  On April 1st, 2017, US Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting H-1B visa petitions for the Fiscal Year 2018 with an anticipated work start date of October 1, 2017. With the economy now in good shape, … [Read more...]

The Dirt Dictionary: ‘E’ is for EB-5 Green Card

What do real estate and green cards have in common? The Brooklyn Navy Yard, the Sky Hotel outside Seattle, Steiner Studios in Queens, Jay Peak Resort in Vermont and Gary Barnett’s Diamond Building on 47th Street all have something in common: EB-5 visa program funding...[Read More...] … [Read more...]

E is for EB-5 Green Card, Part II

O.K., before the International Council of Shopping Centers came to town, we were talking about a myriad of deals—nowadays, mostly office buildings and hotels (and yes, shopping centers too) are being financed at very low rates using EB-5 immigration visa program funding...[Read More...] … [Read more...]

Proposed Changes to the Form I-9

On March 27, 2012, U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a revision notice on the Federal Register in regard to Form I-9, also known as the Employment Eligibility Verification form. The form has served the purpose of documenting new employees as well as verifying their identity and … [Read more...]

Fiscal Year 2013 H-1B Cap Met on June 11, 2012

On June 11, 2012, USCIS received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the statutory cap for FY 2013.  On June 7, 2012, USCIS also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions on behalf of persons exempt from the cap under the advanced degree exemption.  USCIS will reject petitions subject to the … [Read more...]

Video: Do I Need An Immigration Lawyer?

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Changes to Form I-130; Petition for Alien Relative

Starting August 15, 2011 the USCIS now requires that all I-130 petitioners residing overseas either mail their petition to the USCIS Chicago Lockbox or to an international USCIS office, if their country has an office. There will be no additional charges, but the processing times are yet to be … [Read more...]

Defense of Marriage Act and Immigration

  "With a background as an attorney, through which I look at things and I apply reason [...] I cannot legally come up with an argument against same-sex marriage.  Who am I to say that someone does not have the same rights that I have with my wife, who I love, or to have the 1300-plus rights … [Read more...]

PERM –Dawn of a New Age in Employment-Based

By Jeffrey A. Margolis COPYRIGHT NOTICE: THIS ARTICLE ORIGINALLY APPEARED IN CORPORATE COUNSEL – NY MAGAZINE, MARCH 14, 2005--ALL RIGHTS RESERVED TO AMLAW PUBLISHING--REPRRINTED BY PERMISSION IN THE PAST few months some significant new regulations have been issued by the U.S. Department of … [Read more...]