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UK Skilled Worker Cap Hit For 1st Time

July 30, 2015 | Blog | By Danielle Lifrieri

Many US employers are exploring opportunities to expand globally. Due to the English-speaking special relationship between the US and the UK, employers may first look to the UK to for international expansion.

Check Up or Pay Up: I-9 Compliance Fines Hit CA Company

July 29, 2015 | Blog | By Lisa Shapira

On July 8, 2015, the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), issued a decision finding Hartmann Studios, Inc. "liable for 808 violations of 8 U.S.C. § 1324a(a)(1)(B)", namely hiring workers in the United States without properly examining and documenting the employees' identity and immigration documents.

"3-Year" DACA EADs Must Be Returned

July 24, 2015 | Blog | By Immigration News Team

USCIS announced that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients of employment authorizations documents (EAD) after February 16, 2015, with validity longer than two years, were "likely mistakenly issued and must be returned."
Change is on the EB-5 horizon. With the Regional Center Program nearing its expiration and recent legislative efforts coming from lawmakers, we may see some action by Congress or the Senate before the end of September.

USCIS Releases Final Guidance on H-1B Job Site Changes

July 23, 2015 | Blog | By William Coffman

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released final guidance on a recent Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) decision requiring amended or new H-1B petitions for workers who change job sites.

Mobile Passport Control Expands to SFO

July 17, 2015 | Blog | By Danielle Lifrieri

US Customs and Border Protection announced the expansion of the Mobile Passport Control Program ("MPC") to San Francisco International Airport (SFO). MPC is now available at SFO, Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Miami International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
On July 14, 2015, the House Judiciary Committee met to discuss oversight of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Immigration was a major topic alongside border security and global threats of terrorism, domestic terrorism and cyber-security.

FY2016 Cap Petition Return Complete

July 14, 2015 | Blog | By Immigration News Team

USCIS announced today, July 14, 2015, that it completed the return of  rejected fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions. It was previously announced on May 4, 2015, that USCIS completed data entry of all selected cap-subject petitions.

J-1 Training Plan Updates: What Host Companies Should Know

July 8, 2015 | Blog | By Danielle Lifrieri

The Department of State issued an updated Form DS-7002, Training/ Internship Placement Plan for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a web-based information system maintained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

EB-5 Program Reauthorization: Proposed Legislative Reforms

July 7, 2015 | Blog | By Douglas Hauer, Immigration News Team

An alert by Douglas Hauer, Member, Alexander Hecht, ML Strategies - Vice President of Government Relations, and R. Neal Martin, ML Strategies - Senior Manager of Government Relations, details proposed legislative reforms to the Immigrant Investor Program, more commonly known as the "EB-5 Program."
Yesterday, in an opinion authored by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the U.S. Supreme Court brought a measure of hope to non-citizens facing deportation on the basis of certain minor criminal convictions.

Immigration Policy by Lottery?

April 7, 2015 | 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.

Mobile Passport Control Expansion

March 10, 2015 | Blog | By Danielle Lifrieri

In its most recent foray into utilizing technology at the border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) expanded Mobile Passport Control ("MPC") to Miami International Airport.

DHS Funded for One More Week; Shutdown Temporarily Averted

February 27, 2015 | Blog | By William Coffman

Republican leaders and both branches of Congress failed Friday to come to a long-term agreement to provide fiscal year funding for the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and provide confidence that a DHS shutdown will be avoided. A one-week funding extension was passed, and now DHS is poised to run out of money at midnight on March 6th.
In a novel case, a New York federal court judge recently denied an employer’s motion to dismiss a Section 1981 alienage discrimination class action lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company violated that Act by implementing a policy of hiring only U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents.
On January 13, 2015 Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Coons (D-DE), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 into the Senate.  This bill, known as S. 169 or “I2”, clearly has bipartisan support, and aims to broadly reform high skilled immigration.

Immigration Seminar for Start-Ups & Entrepreneurs

December 16, 2014 | Blog | By Immigration News Team

On Thursday, December 18th at 4:30pm, Bill Coffman, Of Counsel in our Boston office, will lead a seminar at the Cambridge Innovation Center. Bill's presentation will cover US work visa options for start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Senate Passes Spending Bill: DHS Only Funded Through February 2015

December 15, 2014 | Blog | By Immigration News Team

In an unusual weekend session, the US Senate passed the “Cromnibus” government funding bill, providing funding for most government agencies through September 2015. However, the Department of Homeland Security, which includes US Citizenship and Immigration Services and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was only funded through February 27, 2015.
It’s a little known fact that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) won’t approve an employment-based visa petition before checking the company information against the Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) database via the Validation Instrument for Business Enterprises (VIBE) system.
As a part of President Obama’s recent announcement regarding his executive action on immigration, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson issued several memoranda to the directors of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
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