H-1B Cap Random Selection Completed for FY 2018

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced this week that the agency has completed its selection process for the H-1B petitions it received for Fiscal Year 2018. The lottery, a computer-generated random selection process, was completed on April 11 after the agency received approximately 199,000 H-1B petitions during its filing period, which began on April 3. The agency received well [...]

By |2017-06-19T14:05:40-06:00April 20, 2017|

President Trump Issues New Executive Order on Travel

On March 6, President Trump approved a new executive order that will go into effect on March 16 limiting travel to the United States for certain people from six Middle Eastern countries — a revision to his earlier executive order issued in January. The order bars entry to certain nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 [...]

By |2017-03-17T08:55:54-06:00March 13, 2017|

AAO Establishes New Standard for National Interest Waivers

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services ended 2016 with a significant change to the legal standard for National Interest Waiver (NIW) petitions. On Dec. 27, 2016, the Administrative Appeals Office released Matter of Dhanasar, which created a new framework for evaluating NIW petitions. The NIW provides an immigrant visa to “qualified immigrants who are members of the professions holding advanced [...]

By |2017-01-19T13:30:28-06:00January 19, 2017|

DHS Publishes Final Rule Easing Regulations for Highly-Skilled Foreign Workers

The Department of Homeland Security issued a final rule amending its regulations related to highly skilled immigrant and nonimmigrant workers. The changes, which are aimed at improving the process for U.S. employers and providing greater stability for foreign workers, went into effect on Jan. 17, 2017.  Much of this regulation creates formal regulations around long-standing USCIS practices, effectively giving these practices [...]

By |2017-01-20T09:48:58-06:00January 18, 2017|

DHS Announces List of H-2A and H-2B Eligible Countries

The Department of Homeland Security recently published its 2017 list of countries from which the United States will accept H-2A and H-2B temporary workers. The only new addition from its 2016 list is the Caribbean nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which joins 84 other countries eligible for the H-2A visa and 83 other countries eligible for the H-2B [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:17-06:00November 18, 2016|

Fees Increasing for Most Immigration Applications and Petitions, Per USCIS

In a final rule published on October 24, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that, for the first time in six years, fees for most immigration applications and petitions will increase starting on December 23 (happy holidays from USCIS!). Per USCIS, fees will increase by a weighted average of 21 percent. The department said these increases are necessary to [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:18-06:00November 4, 2016|

USCIS Proposes Rule for Entrepreneurs Who Provide Business Growth and Job Creation

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, part of the Department of Homeland Security, has issued a proposed rule that seeks to amend the regulations surrounding discretionary parole for certain foreign entrepreneurs of start-up entities. The proposed rule would guide the use of parole on a case-by-case basis specifically for entrepreneurs who provide a significant public benefit through substantial and [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:19-06:00September 6, 2016|

News Articles Highlight Immigration Facts and Skilled Immigrant Labor Contributions

Immigration reform is a hot-button topic in large part due to current presidential politics, with many predicting that despite setbacks to reform in recent years, the issue will come before the United States Congress in 2017. Many organizations, including tech companies, universities and hospitals that benefit from skilled immigrants who fill the void for certain specialized knowledge are pushing for [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:19-06:00August 29, 2016|

Employer Compliance in 2016 — The Government Giveth and the Government (Enables Itself to) Taketh Away

Summer of 2016 was a mixed bag for employers in the world of immigration compliance. I-9 Penalties Increasing to Adjust for Inflation First the bad news — effective Aug. 1, the Department of Homeland Security issued a rule that will increase civil monetary penalties for any regulations enforced by the department, which, as employers should note, includes penalties for I-9 [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:19-06:00August 24, 2016|

In 4-4 deadlock, SCOTUS turns back DAPA

The Supreme Court announced that it had deadlocked in a case challenging President Obama’s immigration plan. As a result, as many as five million undocumented immigrants will not be shielded from deportation or allowed to legally work in the United States while awaiting Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform. The 4-4 deadlock left in place an appeals court ruling blocking the plan. The [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:20-06:00June 24, 2016|