Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

Third-Party Placement: In alignment with President Trump’s Buy American and Hire American Executive Order, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum to establish agency policy related to H-1B petitions filed for workers who will be employed at third-party worksites. The memorandum clarifies that for H-1B petitions involving a third-party worksite, the employer

Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

The March 2018 DOS Visa Bulletin “Final Action” chart for employment-based preference cases contains important updates as we enter the 6th month of FY2018. All qualified EB-1 Priority Workers will continue to remain current. EB-2 “Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability” for All Chargeability areas, Mexico, El Salvador /

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

H-1B Season is Nearing! April 1, 2018 marks the beginning of the new H-1B petition filing season with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). As in prior recent years, the filing season is likely to be brief (i.e., most likely, limited to the first week of April) and, if more petitions are received than

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) News

ICE News

ICE’s increased enforcement efforts and, specifically, a six-week nationwide gang pursuit operation resulted in 1,378 arrests. Only 3 of the arrested were beneficiaries of the President Obama-initiated Deferred Adjudication of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The government has concluded an investigation that resulted in sentencing of Ms. Rosa Cingari to 12 years and 7 months in

Immigration Enforcement News

ICE & DOJ News

Following the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “silent raids” of nearly 100 7-Eleven store locations and several major prosecutions for worksite immigration compliance violations, ICE has recently announced a 3-prong approach to enforcement efforts. The new approach involves (1) Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification compliance audits; (2) investigation and punishment of employers knowingly employing unauthorized

Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

The February 2018 DOS Visa Bulletin “Final Action” chart for employment-based preference cases contains some important updates as we enter the 5th month of FY2018. All qualified EB-1 Priority Workers will remain current. EB-2 “Members of the Professions Holding Advanced Degrees or Persons of Exceptional Ability” for All Chargeability areas, Mexico, El Salvador / Guatemala

Immigration Enforcement News

Immigration Fraud

Staffing companies’ owner has been sentenced to 52 months in prison and a $50,000 fine for fraudulent H-1B petitions submission for foreign professionals. According to the court documents, the owner and her spouse filed over 100 H-1B petitions for foreign workers’ placement at nonexistent businesses or businesses that had never received these H-1B workers’ services.

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

The start of the New Year has been marked by a few immigration controversies. An important federal court decision of January 9th has resulted in the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) resumption of DACA status renewal and temporary employment authorization application acceptance and processing for the registered DACA individuals. USCIS recommends that applicants

Holiday Travel

Happy Holidays

We are wishing you a Wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy and Prosperous New Year! A few safety tips for your upcoming holiday travel: Check your passport and visa validity before a trip.  Hint: if you are traveling abroad, make sure that you have proper documentation to enter the country of your destination and return

Immigration Service Reminders

Immigration Service Reminders

Importantly, the new year often brings changes to government procedures that can affect employment practices or employees’ immigration proceedings. With the change in year, the immigration service often changes its immigration filing locations, updates immigration and related forms, and imposes new fees on certain applications. It is important to check with immigration counsel regarding any