H-1B Cap: New Year, New Lottery System!

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it’s implementing changes to the H-1B lottery system. For more information, click here.

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Mid-Year Immigration Update—Important Changes Impacting Your Employees

The government’s interpretation  and enforcement of this country’s immigration laws and regulations continue to change at a dizzying speed, leaving many employers scrambling to keep their foreign national employees in status and able to continue working for them. This is … Continue reading

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Immigration Alert: USCIS to Destroy Important Undeliverable Documents

Employers may want to consider reminding their foreign national employees to formally notify USCIS of any change of address.  USCIS announced that beginning immediately, the agency will destroy permanent resident cards (“green cards”), employment authorization cards (EADs) and travel documents (including … Continue reading

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Immigration Alert: Re-Registration for El Salvador TPS Beneficiaries

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under El Salvador’s designation who want to maintain their status through the effective  termination date of Sept. 9, 2019, must re-register between Jan. 18, … Continue reading

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FMLA Tax Credit Available For Some Employers Who Offer Paid Leave

Although the federal Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) does not require employers to provide paid leave, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed late last year by President Trump, provides a tax credit incentive beginning this year for employers … Continue reading

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2017 Immigration Recap for Employers

2017 has proven to be a busy year for immigration. Below is a recap of three pertinent developments that employers should keep in mind: 30/60 day misrepresentation rule eliminated.  Foreign nationals entering the U.S. on a specific non-immigrant visa are … Continue reading

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Immigration Update: New Form I-765 Allows Foreign Nationals to obtain Employment Authorization Document and Social Security Number Simultaneously

The updated USCIS Form I-765 now allows foreign nationals in certain categories or classifications to obtain an Employment Authorization Document (“EAD”) and a Social Security Number in a single form. See here. EADs serve as documentation to show employers that an … Continue reading

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Travelers Beware! Advance Parole Petitions Being Denied

In a reversal of policy, USCIS has recently been denying pending Form I-131 “advance parole” applications of foreign nationals who leave the United States while that petition is pending, even when the foreign national has an existing valid advance parole … Continue reading

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Immigration Update: New Form I-9 Released

On July 17, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The form is available here. Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for … Continue reading

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Does Your Federal Contractor Paid Sick Leave Policy Comply with Prop. 206?

Companies that entered into qualifying federal contracts since January 1, 2017 are required to have a sick leave policy, or an equivalent paid time off policy, that complies with federal Executive Order 13706. That Executive Order requires, among other things, … Continue reading

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