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Lawsuits Question Procedure and Substance of H-1B Lottery

August 22, 2016 | Blog | By Cassie Ramos

Late this spring, two lawsuits were filed against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) seeking information about and challenging the administration of the H-1B visa lottery process.
As a result of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, higher immigration fines and penalties will go into effect on August 1, 2016.

Summer Travel Tips Released by CBP

July 22, 2016 | Blog | By Immigration News Team

U.S. Customs and Border Protection ("CBP") Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske released the agency's summer travel tips for international travelers.
I’m writing to inform you that I am being transferred to our Rio de Janeiro office next month for a twelve month assignment. It’s a bit daunting, but I am confident that the help you have provided me in establishing policies and practices that will serve my interests and the interests of the company.
The Department of State released the visa bulletin for August 2016 and set cutoff dates for employment-based first preference Chinese and Indian chargeable applicants as well as second preference categories for “all other” nationalities.
I appreciate the guidance you have provided regarding the documents the company needs to have in place when sending an employee on an assignment abroad.

Work and Travel Guidance for F-1 Students with H-1B Change of Status Petitions

June 27, 2016 | Blog | By Immigration News Team, William Coffman

Practice Chair Susan Cohen and Of Counsel Bill Coffman have published annual guidance on travel for F-1 students who are the beneficiaries of H-1B petitions with change of status requests.

Brexit: Immigration consequences to the UK leaving the EU?

June 24, 2016 | Blog | By Immigration News Team

The United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Island) went to the polls June 23rd and voted to leave the European Union. Some pro-leave "Brexit" campaigners argued for the ability to limit migration of EU workers as an important issue in the run-up to the referendum.

Innocents Abroad: Benefit and Compensation Considerations

June 15, 2016 | Blog | By Alexander Song

Thank you again for all your help over the past few weeks as we address our concerns with employees going abroad. We previously talked about offer letters and employment agreements.
Thanks again for your guidance over the past several weeks. Now that we’ve tackled updating our offer letters for employees working abroad, I’d like to look at our employment agreements.
In this short series on the new STEM OPT rules, Susan Cohen, Chair of Mintz Levin's Immigration Section will examine the top takeaways for students and their employers. The third post will focus on the eligibility and requirements for employers.
In this short series on the new STEM OPT rules, Susan Cohen, Chair of Mintz Levin's Immigration Section will examine the top takeaways for students and their employers. The second post will focus on the expansion of the regulation and related changes and reporting requirements for students.
In this short series on the new STEM OPT rules, Susan Cohen, Chair of Mintz Levin's Immigration Section will examine the top takeaways for students and their employers. The first post will focus on the timing rules related to the new regulation.

Immigration Policy By Lottery? Another Year, Nothing Changes.

April 18, 2016 | Blog | By William Coffman

The diversity visa green card lottery has been an important part of U.S. immigration law for the last 20 years. It allows 55,000 foreign nationals to immigrate each year and was implemented to fulfill the worthy goal of increasing the diversity of immigrants in the U.S.

H-1B Cap Filings Break Record

April 13, 2016 | Blog | By Immigration News Team

USCIS announced that it completed the lottery for the new fiscal year's H-1B cap cases. The agency also released the final (approximate) count of cap-eligible H-1B cases filed for FY2017; a new record of 236,000 cases were filed.
As promised, I am following up on my email from last week regarding some additional resources for employees working abroad.
In a welcome move, on March 18, 2016 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released policy guidance for its officers to help them decide "green card portability" cases.
Although I’ve been writing offer and assignment letters for more than 15 years, I’m curious as to what are today’s best practices for preparing these documents as our company extends its global reach.
On April 11, Douglas Hauer, a Member in our Boston office, will moderate, and William Coffman, Of Counsel on our immigration team, will speak as part of a panel on German-American visa and immigration issues. Topics covered will include dual citizenship, work visas for employment in Germany, US green card issues, and changes in the US visa waiver program.

Attorney Bill Coffman Named in JD Supra's 2016 Reader’s Choice awards

March 14, 2016 | Blog | By Immigration News Team

JD Supra has recognized seven Mintz Levin attorneys, including Bill Coffman, Of Counsel on the immigration team, as part of their 2016 Reader's Choice awards. Bill was recognized for being "a Top Author with readers in the semiconductor industry."
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