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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