Category Archives: Breaking News

Travel Ban Update

On January 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari and consolidated two cases concerning the Travel Ban from the March 6, 2017 Executive Order (EO13780), Trump v. IRAP and Trump v. Hawaii, which will be heard in the October 2017 term. In addition to granting cert, the Court granted a partial stay of the…
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H-1B News

Another H-1B cap season has come and gone, and USCIS is busily unpacking thousands of H-1B petitions as we speak. But USCIS has not been idle while they waited for the influx of new petitions. Yesterday, the agency announced two new initiatives to deal with "fraud and abuse" in the H-1B program. The first steps…
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USCIS to Suspend Premium Processing of H-1Bs as of April 3

Late on Friday USCIS announced it would be suspending premium processing of all H-1B petitions for up to six months, beginning on April 3, 2017. This does include cap-subject cases filed on March 31. USCIS states they are doing this to reduce the processing time for non-expedited H-1B petitions, which has increased to 7-8 months.…
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New Form I-9

Employers: Are you using the latest Form I-9? Beginning Jan. 22, 2017, employers are required to use the 11/14/2016 N version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to verify the identity and work eligibility of every new employee hired after Nov. 6, 1986, or for the reverification of expiring employment authorization of current employees. The…
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