UPDATE: On April 25, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) granted an additional extension of the I-9 remote document inspection flexibility policy until October 31, 2022. This is a welcome relief for advocates who have been urging DHS to announce …
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USCIS Confirms Acceptable Evidence of Employment Authorization for Certain E and L Nonimmigrant Spouses
Following the Shergill, et al. v. Mayorkas settlement, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) started issuing I-94 forms on January 30, 2022, with new Class of Admission (COA) codes for certain E and L spouses as evidence of their employment authorization incident to status. The term incident to status means that employment authorization is granted with the underlying immigration status (instead of having to first apply and be approved for work authorization in order to accept employment in the United States). The new COA designations were intended to distinguish E and L spouses from E and L children who are not employment authorized.
In 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a temporary policy that allowed employers to accept certain expired List B documents and treat them as valid, acceptable receipts for Form I-9 purposes. DHS announced on March 12, 2022, that it is now ending this temporary policy.
On November 10, 2021, the parties in Shergill, et al v Mayorkas reached an important settlement that now affords an automatic extension of employment authorization for up to 180 days in narrowly defined circumstances for H-4 and L-2 dependent spouses. In addition, …
Spouses of H-1B and L-1 workers have long faced protracted delays by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) in processing their work authorization (EAD) renewals. The wait has sometimes exceeded more than a year, resulting in the existing EAD …
PERMission to Hire Foreign Workers: New Factors to Consider in PERM Recruitment Obligations in light of Facebook Settlement
Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice and Facebook settled a U.S. worker discrimination lawsuit involving the recruitment practices of the social media giant in its sponsorship of foreign workers for permanent residence. At the same time, the U.S. Department …
White House Announces Ease on Travel Restrictions For All International Travelers Coming into United States
On September 20, 2021, the White House announced plans to ease COVID-19 travel restrictions on international travelers coming to the United States. Beginning in early November 2021, the White House will rescind the current geographic-related travel bans imposed on certain travelers from China, Iran, the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa, and India.
Validity of National Interest Exceptions Extended to 12 Months and Multiple Entries for Travelers from Certain Countries
On June 29, 2021, the U.S. Department of State extended the validity of NIEs for travelers from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and India. This extension applies to NIEs granted in the last 12 months). Under the new policy, NIEs will be valid for 12 months from the date of approval and for multiple entries, so long as the NIE is used for the purpose stated in the original approval.
Posted June 17, 2021 with Tags Corporate Immigration
Congratulations to immigration attorney John Medeiros, who is honored by Twin Cities Business as a 2021 Notable LGBTQA Executive.
Biden's recent proclamation restricts travel to the United States of noncitizens who have been physically present in India within 14 days of their entry or attempted entry into the United States.
On March 2, 2021, the U.S. Department of State announced unexpectedly that, effective immediately, it has rescinded a previous policy on categories of business travelers and nonimmigrant workers eligible for National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) to Presidential Proclamation 10143, which restricts travel from the European Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. The new policy will indeed make it more difficult for business travelers and nonimmigrant workers to obtain permission to travel to the United States.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced it would extend its COVID policy of deferring the physical presence requirements associated with Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The policy, instituted at the beginning of the pandemic, was set to expire on January 31, 2021, but has been extended to March 31st of this year.
Not Biden His Time: Biden Administration Announces Intentions to Make Immigration Reform a Top Administrative Priority
Immediately after President Joe Biden took office, his administration unveiled a series of Executive Actions and legislative proposals designed to signal its top priorities. The actions taken within his first week include reversing Executive Orders issued by the Trump Administration, withdrawing certain pending regulations, delaying the implementation of regulations made by the Trump Administration post-election, and pushing forward a legislative overhaul of the current immigration system. These actions and proposals signal that modernizing the current immigration system will be one of the top priorities of the new administration.
The order will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. EST (5:01 a.m. GMT) on January 26, 2021. After going into effect, this order replaces a previous order currently in effect and expands UK pre-departure COVID-19 testing requirements to all U.S.-bound passengers flying in from foreign countries.
Backlog to the Future: Lingering Questions about the Employment-Based Immigrant Visa Wait Times Under H.R. 1044/S. 386
As currently drafted, the bills would eliminate the 7% per-country ceiling for all employment-based visa categories by October 1, 2022. However, the bill would not eliminate the numerical cap for immigrant visas that could be issued per year. Instead, it would distribute the backlog across all countries by changing the visa allocation process to be a first-come, first-served process.
DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status Benefits for El Salvador, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal Nationals
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on December 9, 2020, an extension of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal through October 4, 2021. TPS is a temporary status that allows nationals of designated countries to remain and, in some cases, work in the United States until it is considered safe to return to their home country.
Federal Judge Strikes Down Two Rules that Impose Restrictions on U.S. Employers who Sponsor Foreign Workers
At issue was whether or not the Administration was justified in its determination that the COVID-19 pandemic provided a good cause exception to Section 553(b) of the Administrative Procedure Act, which requires a proper public notice and comment period before a rule can be implemented. The court decided that it was not.
The Premium Processing Roller Coaster: What is the Fee Now, and Has it Been Expanded to Other Types of Immigration Benefit Requests?
The short answer is that the premium processing fee increased to $2,500 effective October 20, 2020, for all eligible I-129 and I-140 filings (except for H-2B and R-1 requests that increased to $1500), based on the Emergency Stopgap USCIS Stabilization Act that was part of the Continuing Appropriations Act 2021 and Other Extensions Act signed into law on October 1. Although the Act gives U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) authority to expand premium processing to other types of benefit requests, the agency recently said it is not yet taking that action. In other words, USCIS has not yet applied premium processing to I-765, I-539, or the other new benefit requests.
Posted October 12, 2020 with Tags Corporate Immigration
During the first week of October and just days into the new fiscal year, the Trump Administration announced two significant changes for employers who wish to sponsor foreign workers. The first of these announcements affects changes to the prevailing wage that employers must pay foreign workers, while the second imposes changes to the H-1B process for employers who wish to sponsor foreign professionals.
With just days before a sweeping fee increase set to take place, a California federal judge stayed the implementation and the effective date of USCIS Immigration Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements.