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Senior Associate Emily Wilson Spoke on a Panel on Employment-based Immigration at 2020 AILA National Immigration Law Conference

Associate Attorney Emily Wilson spoke on a panel about the basics of PERM labor certifications – the first step in most employment-based green card processes – at the year’s largest conference on immigration law hosted by the American Immigration Lawyers Association. The session “Labor Certification 102” included guidance on recruitment, mandatory recruitment, supplemental recruitment, and

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Trump Suspends Issuance of Certain H-1B, H-2B, J and L Visas and Extends Suspension of Issuance of Certain Immigrant Visas through the End of the Year

On June 20, 2020, President Trump issued a proclamation suspending the entry of foreign nationals on certain employment-based nonimmigrant visas into the United States. The proclamation is effective June 24, 2020, and remains in effect through at least December 31, 2020, with the possibility of continued extension and modifications. The proclamation also extended President Trump’s

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Camiel Becker Interviewed on Univision KDTV About How California Bill AB5 Will Impact the Immigrant Community

Founding partner Camiel Becker was interviewed by Univision KDTV about the unintended immigration consequences of the newly passed California bill AB 5. Becker explained that although converting gig workers to “employees” under state law will generally help workers, it may also adversely impact undocumented workers. Currently, any independent contractor – including immigrants without work authorization

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Partner Camiel Becker to Speak on Pre-filing Strategies for H-1B Cap Season

Camiel Becker will present with attorneys Maxine D. Bayley of Duane Morris and Katy Lopez of Weaver Schlenger LLP to a group of immigration attorneys at the Alameda County Bar Association in Oakland, CA . The panel will discuss pre-filing strategies and ways to get H-1B petitions approved after USCIS issues Requests for Evidence. Among

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USCIS Received 190,098 H-1B Petitions For This Year’s H-1B Lottery

USCIS announced that it has received 190,098 H-1B petitions during the first five business days in April, thus marking another year in which the agency received more H-1B petitions than it can approve. Last year, USCIS received 199,000 petitions during the same filing window. Congress mandates a cap of about 85,000 H-1B visas allowed per

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USCIS Will Suspend Premium Processing for New H-1B Cap Petitions

USCIS announced the temporary suspension of premium processing for all Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 cap-subject petitions, regardless of whether the petition is filed for foreign workers with bachelor’s degrees or US master’s degrees. This suspension is expected to last until Sept. 10, 2018. During this time, USCIS will continue to accept premium processing requests for H-1B petitions that are not subject

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USCIS Makes It Harder to Get a TN as An Economist

USCIS issued guidance making it easier for officers to deny TN visas for Canadian and Mexicans who come to the US to work as economists. On December 18, 2017 USCIS issued guidance restricts the professions that can enter the US in TN status as economists. Since the term “economist” is not defined, USCIS and CBP

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