Immigration

USCIS and the new H-1B Registration process

USCIS has implemented a new online registration process for H-1B applicants, pursuant to a Final Rule dated January 31, 2019. In the past, H-1B applicants had to submit their cap-subject petitions to USCIS, via regular mail, and wait for USCIS to randomly select eligible petitions. This application process mandated that every potential H-1B applicant submit [...]

By |March 10th, 2020|H-1B, Immigration|Comments Off on USCIS and the new H-1B Registration process

THE NEW PUBLIC CHARGE RULE

The Supreme Court recently lifted a nationwide injunction against the Trump administration’s new Public Charge rules. These new rules go into effect on February 24, 2020. Under the new Public Charge rules, DHS can find an applicant inadmissible, if they would be “more likely than not” to use government assistance. Under the previous rule, only [...]

By |February 7th, 2020|Immigration|Comments Off on THE NEW PUBLIC CHARGE RULE

WHEN CAN YOU CONTINUE TO WORK IF YOUR EAD HAS EXPIRED?

Under what circumstances may an employee continue working, pursuant to the 180 day automatic extension, if their EAD has expired? Regarding the automatic 180 day extension on timely filed EAD renewal applications, assuming that the employee’s application meets the requirements described below, they should be able to continue working after the expiration of their current [...]

By |January 24th, 2020|Immigration|Comments Off on WHEN CAN YOU CONTINUE TO WORK IF YOUR EAD HAS EXPIRED?

HOW SHOULD MY COMPANY HANDLE I-9 COMPLIANCE WHEN WE ACQUIRE ANOTHER COMPANY?

When one company decides to purchase or merge with another company, there are a lot of issues to consider, not the least of which is how to handle the retention of employees for whom Forms I-9 are already on file with the acquired company. First, a decision must be made as to whether the employee [...]

By |January 15th, 2020|I-9 Compliance, Immigration|Comments Off on HOW SHOULD MY COMPANY HANDLE I-9 COMPLIANCE WHEN WE ACQUIRE ANOTHER COMPANY?

USCIS Begins Accepting Green Card Applications under Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will begin accepting applications to adjust status to lawful permanent resident from certain Liberian nationals under Section 7611 of the National Defense Authorization Act (PDF) for fiscal year 2020, Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF), signed into law on Dec. 20, 2019. To be eligible for permanent residence (a [...]

By |December 30th, 2019|Immigration|Comments Off on USCIS Begins Accepting Green Card Applications under Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing

USCIS will resume premium processing on Tuesday, March 12, for all H-1B petitions. If you received a transfer notice for a pending H-1B petition and you are requesting premium processing service, you must submit the premium processing request to the service center now handling your petition. You should also include a copy of the transfer notice with [...]

By |March 18th, 2019|Immigration|Comments Off on USCIS Resumes Premium Processing