Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

The August 2018 DOS Visa Bulletin “Final Action” chart for employment-based preference cases reflects significant movement for All Chargeability areas, El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico, Philippines, Vietnam, and China. EB-1 Priority Workers for All Chargeability areas, El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico, Philippines, and Vietnam will now have a cut-off date of May 1, 2016. EB-2 “Members of the Professions

U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Irina Plumlee Discusses Impact of Travel Ban on U.S. Business with Law360

Law360 included comments from Shareholder Irina Plumlee in an article discussing the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to Trump v. Hawaii on U.S. business. Plumlee told the publication that advising against travel, even in the case of green card holders, “isn’t going too far at all.” She also noted that foreign nationals often

Immigration Enforcement News

Immigration Enforcement News

The government’s immigration enforcement efforts remain on the rise. The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice (DOJ) has recently reached a settlement with a North Carolina landscaping company. DOJ’s investigation found that Triple H Services LLC (“Triple H”) engaged in discrimination against U.S. workers qualified, available, and willing to accept positions with the

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has completed the H-1B petitions selection for processing under the government-imposed cap, and, at this time, all petitioners that have not received receipt notices for their H-1B submissions should anticipate the petitions’ return with standard rejection letters from the USCIS. Importantly, foreign students using the “cap gap” provisions

Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

The July 2018 DOS Visa Bulletin “Final Action” chart for employment-based preference cases will contain significant movement for China and India, while other chargeability areas will experience no change. EB-1 Priority Workers for China and India will continue to maintain the same cut-off date of January 1, 2012, and EB-1 All Chargeability areas, El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras,

Department of Homeland Security

DHS Update

United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has issued a policy memorandum changing certain rules governing F-1, J-1, and M status students attending U.S. colleges and universities and vocational training programs. As of August 8, 2018, students that fail to properly maintain their status in the U.S. will start accumulating unlawful presence in this country

Immigration Enforcement News

Immigration Enforcement News

A California IT company has settled with the government for over $173,000 at the conclusion of the investigation into the business’s use of the H-1B professional foreign worker program. The U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation uncovered that Cloudwick Technologies Inc. (“Cloudwick”) paid its sponsored H-1B workers significantly below the prevailing wages

Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

The June 2018 DOS Visa Bulletin “Final Action” chart for employment-based preference cases experienced very little movement. EB-1 Priority Workers for China and India will continue to maintain the same cut-off date of January 1, 2012 and EB-1 All Chargeability areas, El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico, Philippines, and Vietnam will remain current. EB-2 “Members of the Professions

U.S. Customs & Border Protection

Legislative News

President Trump announced that Chad is no longer subject to the U.S. entry restrictions of Presidential Proclamation 9645 (commonly referred to as the “travel ban”). The President noted that Chad has made significant improvements in its identity-management and information-sharing practices. Specifically, the President stated that Chad is issuing more secure passports and sharing updated passport

Department of State

DOS Visa Bulletin

The May 2018 DOS Visa Bulletin “Final Action” chart for employment-based preference cases contains important updates as we enter the 8th month of FY2018.  EB-1 Priority Workers for China and India will maintain the same cut-off date of January 1, 2012 and EB-1 All Chargeability areas, El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras, Mexico, and Philippines will remain current.  EB-2