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USCIS Issues Welcome Policy Guidance Addressing Work Authorization for Certain E, H-4 and L-2 Spouses

USCIS Issues Welcome Policy Guidance Addressing Work Authorization for Certain E, H-4 and L-2 Spouses

November 17, 2021 at 3:39 PM - Immigration,

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency has issued new policy guidance stemming from its settlement agreement in Shergill et al. v. Mayorkas, a federal lawsuit that sought to compel USCIS to provide automatic employment authorization extensions for certain H-4 and L-2 spouses.

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Immigration Alert: H-1B Visa Cap Filing Season begins 4/1/19

January 15, 2019 at 12:34 PM - Immigration

New H-1B visa petitions (including change of status petitions) can be filed with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”) beginning April 1, 2019 for an effective start date of October 1, 2019.  H-1B petitions are accepted on a "first-come-first-serve" basis, and the demand for H-1B visas is expected to be very high again this year. We therefore plan to file all cap-subject Petitions for USCIS receipt on April 1, 2019.  

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Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9

Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9

March 3, 2017 at 1:30 PM - Employment Law

USCIS has published an updated handbook for employers, providing detailed guidance for completing Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification). This version - dated January 22, 2017 - replaces the previous handbook and supports the recently revised Form I-9 (November 14, 2016).

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Immigration Alert: H-1B Visa Cap Filing Season begins 4/1/17

February 2, 2017 at 11:50 AM - Immigration

New H-1B visa petitions (including change of status petitions) can be filed with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services beginning April 1, 2017 for an effective start date of October 1, 2017.  H-1B petitions are accepted on a "first-come-first-serve" basis, and the demand for H-1B visas is expected to be very high again this year. We therefore plan to file all cap-subject Petitions on April 1, 2017.  As preparation can be time-consuming, employers should begin the filing process as early as possible.  If your company is seeking to hire H-1B cap-subject professional foreign workers and has not already initiated the process with us, you should contact Outside GC’s Immigration Team immediately.  

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Immigration Alert: New regulations affecting “STEM OPT” employment

Immigration Alert: New regulations affecting “STEM OPT” employment

May 16, 2016 at 12:27 PM - Immigration

On May 10, 2016, new immigration regulations went into effect with respect to foreign national students working in the US.  Specifically, the regulations expand opportunities for the extension of post-completion work authorization (optional practical training, or “OPT”) for students who complete a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) degree.  These opportunities will require additional reporting requirements and other responsibilities for employers and the F-1 student employees prior to, during and following STEM OPT employment.

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