USCIS announced it would immediately resume premium processing for some cap-exempt H-1B petitions starting July 24, 2017. Premium processing for most H-1B petitions is still suspended, however. The H-1B petitions which can be filed with premium processing include only those filed by: An institution of higher education; A nonprofit affiliated with or related to an
Partner Christina Lee will be moderating the Trans Immigration and Mass Incarceration Panel at the Trans Law Institute on Friday, August 4th at 2 pm PT. The panel will discuss how transgender people are treated in the United States immigration and criminal justice systems, both inside and outside of detention. Panelists will discuss the impact
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17, 2017. Form I-9 is used to verify the identity and employment authorization for all individuals, citizens and noncitizens, hired for employment in the United States. The form requires an employee to attest to his or her
The International Entrepreneur Final Rule, which would allow promising foreign start-up founders who meet certain criteria to grow their companies within the United States, was set to take effect next week on July 17, 2017. Instead, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has abruptly halted the rule’s implementation, delaying the effective date of the law
Since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010, the United States has allowed Haitian nationals to live and work in the country legally under a temporary immigration status called Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”). TPS is a form of humanitarian relief that the U.S. government can grant to foreign nationals present in the United
The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that it will aggressively confront fraud and abuse in the foreign visa worker programs under its jurisdiction, which include the H-1B and H-2A visa programs. The announcement follows President Trump’s April 18, 2017, Executive Order entitled “Buy American, Hire American,” in which he directed the Department of Labor
On May 18, 2017, the Trump Administration issued notice to Congress of its intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which is the operative trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada. Because the president must give Congress 90 days notice prior to negotiating trade agreements, NAFTA negotiations will begin no
Camiel Becker and Emily Wages will speak at the San Francisco Small Business Conference on May 17, 2017. The conference is hosted at the SBA Entrepreneur Center in San Francisco. In a presentation titled “Immigration Law in the Employment Context,” Mr. Becker and Ms. Wages will speak about the overall employment-based immigration process, I-9 compliance
This two-part training is designed to provide immigration attorneys with the basic tools necessary to represent detained clients during bond hearings, and also the knowledge to zealously advocate for clients who may be subject to prolonged detention.
Partner Christina Lee and Associate Attorney Adhemir Romero will be joining the faculty of the Bond Basics and Strategies for Representing Clients Subject to Prolonged Detention program at the Practising Law Institute on Wednesday, April 19. 2017 at 9:00am – 12pm PDT.