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 Update: USCIS reaches FY 2019 H-1B Visa Cap

USCIS has reached the 65,000 H-1B visa cap and the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption (the “master’s cap”) for fiscal year 2019. The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not prohibited … 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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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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Immigration Alert: California Passes Bill Restricting ICE Entering Businesses

On September 14, 2017, California lawmakers passed bill AB 450, dubbed the Immigrant Worker Protection Act, which would imposes various requirements on public and private employers with regard to federal agency immigration worksite enforcement actions. See here. This includes, for … Continue reading

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Immigration Alert: DHS Commits to Ending DACA

On September 5, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) committed to a wind down of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA began in August 2012 when DHS started accepting requests for consideration of deferred action for … 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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