Posts from November 2016.
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The Department of Homeland Security has announced it will negotiate with 11 airports, located in Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Edinburgh, Milan, Rome, Keflavik, Osaka, and St. Maarten, to open preflight inspection offices.  At these “preclearance” locations, Customs & Border Protection agents inspect travelers for immigration, customs and agriculture requirements before they board U.S.-bound flights.  With successful preflight screening, a foreign traveler normally avoids all screening at his or her U.S. destination airport.  In 2015 ...
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The Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers rule was published in the Federal Register today. This significant rule codifies long-standing but unofficial agency practices under the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act of 2000 (“AC21”) and establishes a variety of new provisions to further streamline business immigration processes, including the following:

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United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released the new version of Form I-9 today, a week earlier than previously announced. As a reminder, all U.S. employers are required to use the new version by January 22, 2017, to verify the employment eligibility of new hires and to reverify continued employment eligibility of employees, when necessary.  Employers may continue to use the version dated 03/08/2013, through January 21, 2017.

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The Visa Bulletin is released monthly by the Department of State and is used to determine when a sponsored foreign national can submit the final step of the green card process.

Below is a summary of the December 2016 Visa Bulletin, including Final Action Dates and changes from the previous month:

  • China continues to move forward at a slow pace, and the EB-3 cut-off date (July 1, 2013) remains ahead of the EB-2 date (September 22, 2012)
  • India EB-2 jumps ahead three months to February 1, 2008, while EB-3 only advances one week to March 15, 2005
  • Philippines EB-3 advances two months to June 1, 2011
  • Worldwide EB-3 remains stalled at July 1, 2016.
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DHS announced that it is extending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Nepal who already hold TPS. TPS allows qualifying individuals to remain and work lawfully in the United States until conditions in their home countries improve.  The new extension allows qualifying individuals from Nepal to reapply for TPS and work authorization that will be valid until June 24, 2018. The re-registration period ends on December 27, 2016. Employment authorization documents held by qualifying individuals already set to expire on December 24, 2016, are automatically extended ...

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Donald Trump’s statements about the U.S. immigration system were a main feature of his presidential campaign. Now that he has been elected, many are questioning whether and how those statements might become actual policies. We have already begun fielding questions from clients asking how new policies, regulations and laws will affect their businesses, their employees, their families, and themselves.

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On November 22, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will publish a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  Employers must use the revised Form I-9 by January 22, 2017, but may continue to use the current Form I-9, dated 03/08/2013, through January 21, 2017.  We will post an update as soon as the revised Form I-9 is published.


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