Immigration Alert: EB-1 Immigrant Visa Backlogs and Potential Impact

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently released the January 2019 Visa Bulletin. The employment-based first preference (EB-1) category, reserved for multinational executives and managers, individuals of extraordinary ability, and outstanding researchers, remains backlogged for all countries. This Immigration Alert will discuss the background and potential impact of EB-1 retrogression, as well as possible alternate
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Immigration Alert: Potential Government Shutdown and Immigration Impact

Congressional budget negotiations for FY 2020 continue, and the White House is threatening to veto any spending bill that does not fund a border wall. If an agreement to fund various federal agencies is not reached by midnight Friday, December 21, 2018, approximately 25 percent of government functions are expected to shut down. The Department
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Immigration Alert: USCIS Proposes to Modify FY2020 H-1B Cap Process

On December 3, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a proposed rule to modify the H-1B cap-subject petition filing process for the upcoming FY2020 H-1B cap. The proposed regulation would create a registration requirement for cap-subject H-1B petitions and would also provide that the “regular” cap lottery be run before the advanced degree
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Brian Brokate and Angelo Mazza to Speak at PLI’s Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement 2019

Brian W. Brokate and Angelo E.P. Mazza will speak at the Practising Law Institute’s Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement 2019 event on January 17, 2019. Brian Brokate is also co-chair of the event. This is the eighth year that they have participated in this event. Angelo will lead the first panel “Current Government IP Enforcement Programs.”
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U.S. Court of Appeals Upholds DACA

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has ruled that the Trump administration cannot immediately end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the program that shields from deportation young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children. The decision keeps in place an injunction from the lower court that allows
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Gibney Hosts Navigating Global Mobility For Your Organization

Gibney is partnering with BritishAmerican Business (BAB) to host the program “Navigating Global Mobility For Your Organization” on November 15. This program will feature a workshop-style, practical session on global mobility and recruitment, addressing the ongoing shifts in the translation of U.S. immigration regulations and policies by the current administration. Participants can: Understand how companies
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Immigration Alert: Plan Ahead for Holiday Travel

As the holiday season approaches, international travelers should expect airports, Consulates and U.S. Ports of Entry to be exceptionally busy due to the large number of travelers and visa applicants, and enhanced security measures and vetting procedures. We encourage corporate human resource personnel, business travelers, and foreign national employees to take proactive steps and plan
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FY2020 Diversity Visa Lottery Open Until November 6, 2018

What is the Diversity Visa Lottery? The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program provides up to 50,000 immigrant visas (green cards) for issuance in Fiscal Year 2020 to persons from countries with low immigration rates to the United States. Foreign nationals are selected for eligibility to apply for U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status under this program
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Immigration Alert: NAFTA Immigration Provisions Retained in Renegotiated Trade Agreement

The United States, Mexico and Canada reached an agreement on September 30, 2018 as part the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The new agreement – the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – retains key immigration benefits of NAFTA, including provisions allowing for the temporary entry without quotas of Business Visitors, Traders and
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Immigration Alert: Cap-Subject H-1Bs Approved for Fiscal Year 2019 to Take Effect on October 1

H-1B cap-subject visa petitions filed and approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for Fiscal Year 2019 take effect October 1, 2018. Change of Status Filings: Approved H-1B cap-subject petitions filed as “change of status” automatically take effect on October 1, 2018, if the beneficiary: was physically present in the U.S. for the entire period from
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