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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."
In an update to Canada's announcement of a new Electronic Travel Authorization Program (eTA), Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has relaxed the eTA registration requirement until "fall 2016".
At 4:50 p.m. today, one of our top software developers, Ben Bedraggled, stumbled into my office. He dropped his suitcase and computer bag on the floor and slumped into a chair looking like he had been on an airplane for about 24 hours - it turns out this was about right.
On October 1, 2015 USCIS announced the launch of the Known Employer Pilot Program. Yesterday, March 3, USCIS confirmed the participation of five employers in the pilot. The purpose of the Known Employer Program is to expedite processing of certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visa petitions via a "pre-approval" process of certain employer information.
From proposals to overhaul OPT to decreasing the number of H-1Bs, 2016 is already proving to be an interesting year for business immigration. In a series of posts, the Mintz Levin team will provide an overview of the cases, legislation, and regulations to look out for in the new year.

US Consulates in Canada Expand E-1/E-2 Visa Processing

February 26, 2016 | Blog | By Danielle Lifrieri

The US Consulate in Toronto has introduced "streamlined" registration for companies applying for E-1 Treaty Trader or E-2 Investor registrations. In addition, E-1 and E-2 visa processing for employees of companies with valid registrations has been expanded to the US Embassy in Ottawa and US Consulates General in Vancouver, Calgary, and Montreal.
From proposals to overhaul OPT to decreasing the number of H-1Bs, 2016 is already proving to be an interesting year for business immigration. In a series of posts, the Mintz Levin team will provide an overview of the cases, legislation, and regulations to look out for in the new year.
In our increasingly globalized economy, employers strategically place employees in assignments across international locations, and utilize cross-border business trips to facilitate demanding international business needs. However, many employers fail to thoroughly consider the risks or implications of sending their employees abroad.
In an update to our post from January 25, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Thursday further restricted visa-free travel to the U.S. for people who have traveled to Libya, Somalia, and Yemen.
From proposals to overhaul OPT to decreasing the number of H-1Bs, 2016 is already proving to be an interesting year for business immigration. In a series of posts, the Mintz Levin team will provide an overview of the cases, legislation, and regulations to look out for in the new year.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Commissioner and Chair of the New York City Commission on Human Rights Carmelyn P. Malalis announced on February 9, 2016 that the Commission would begin accepting requests for and issue U and T visa certifications.
From proposals to overhaul OPT to decreasing the number of H-1Bs, 2016 is already proving to be an interesting year for business immigration. In a series of posts, the Mintz Levin team will provide an overview of the cases, legislation, and regulations to look out for in the new year.

USCBP Expected to Extend Global Entry Eligibility to All German Citizens

February 12, 2016 | Blog | By Immigration News Team

In a notice expected to be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, February 16th, with an effective date the same day, US Customs and Border Protections (USCBP) announced that it is extending Global Entry eligibility to all citizens of Germany.
From proposals to overhaul OPT to decreasing the number of H-1Bs, 2016 is already proving to be an interesting year for business immigration. In a series of posts, the Mintz Levin team will provide an overview of the cases, legislation, and regulations to look out for in the new year. In our second post we will discuss regulatory issues with OPT.
From proposals to slash the H-1B cap to overhauling the EB-5 investor program, 2016 is already proving to be an interesting year for business immigration. In a series of posts, the Mintz Levin team will provide an overview of the cases, legislation, and regulations to look out for in the new year.

CBP releases FAQ on Visa Waiver Program: Rule Changes

January 25, 2016 | Blog | By Danielle Lifrieri

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the “Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015” into law. On January 21, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State (DOS) began implementing changes to the Visa Waiver Program ("VWP”).

2nd Circuit Court Requires I-140 Revocation Notice: Analysis

January 21, 2016 | Blog | By William Coffman

On December 30, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must notify either the beneficiary of an approved I-140 or successor employer, of any intent to revoke the petition prior to revocation (Mantena v. Johnson, Docket No. 14-2476-cv, (2nd Cir., Dec. 30, 2015)).

Canada Mandates New Electronic Travel Authorization Program

January 19, 2016 | Blog | By Danielle Lifrieri, Immigration News Team

Canada has mandated registration in a new electronic travel authorization program ("eTA") for many individuals who do not require visas to travel to Canada. Introduced in August 2015, the program becomes mandatory for many visa-exempt individuals traveling to Canada by air on or after March 15, 2016.

Supreme Court will hear DACA/ DAPA Appeal

January 19, 2016 | Blog | By Immigration News Team

The Supreme Court will hear the Obama administration's appeal of the 5th Circuit Court's decision to uphold the nationwide injunction of the expansion of Deferred Action for Children (DACA) and implementation of Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) set by federal Judge Andrew Hanen in Texas.
This is part 2 of our analysis of the proposed rule published by DHS on December 30, 2015, addressing and extending employment flexibility for certain classes of nonimmigrants and prospective immigrants.
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