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Premium Processing Resumes for Cap-Exempt H-1B Petitions

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


New Form I-9 Now Available, Becomes Mandatory September 18

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


Trump Delays Parole for Entrepreneurs

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


Haiti’s TPS Designation Extended For Only 6 Months

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


Increased H-1B Fraud Probes Announced

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


Camiel Becker Speaks to Business Owners at SF Small Business Week Conference

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