Immigration Alert: USCIS To Resume Limited Premium Processing for H-1Bs

The US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has indicated that it will resume Premium Processing on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 for pending H-1B petitions filed on or before December 21, 2018. USCIS previously announced a temporary suspension of Premium Processing for certain H-1B petitions, and this suspension remains in effect for H-1B petitions that were filed on
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Immigration Alert: DHS to Change H-1B Cap Lottery Selection Process

On January 30, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will publish a final rule on January 31, 2019 to amend regulations governing the H-1B cap process. Some changes will take effect for H-1B cap petitions filed this year (April 1, 2019) while other changes will be implemented for cap petitions filed
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Immigration Update:  Shutdown Ends and Immigration Services Resume

On January 25, 2019, President Trump signed a stopgap spending bill to re-open the U.S. government. Federal agencies affected by the 35-day shutdown have resumed operations and will be funded until February 15, 2019. E-Verify also resumed operations, and the Department of Homeland Security provided instructions for participating employers to ensure compliance: Employers who participate
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Immigration Alert: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions

Effective January 28, 2019, USCIS is resuming premium processing for all fiscal year (FY) 2019 H-1B cap petitions. Petitioners may now interfile requests for premium processing of H-1B cap petitions that were filed in April 2018 and are still pending.  Petitioners who have received Requests for Evidence (RFEs) on FY 2019 H-1B cap petitions may also
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IP Partner Angelo Mazza to Speak at Trade Roundtable in Washington, DC

IP Partner Angelo Mazza will participate in a trade roundtable sponsored by US Senator Bill Cassidy.  Based on his knowledge of CBP IP trade practices and counterfeiting issues,  Angelo was asked to be a part of the roundtable to share views on trade transparency, terror financing, gang activity, and drug trafficking as related to intellectual
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Tax Alert: Estate Tax Planning for New York Residents

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act increased the Federal Unified Credit for 2019. The estate and gift tax exemption is $11,400,000* per person. What’s better is that for a married couple the Federal exemption is “portable” – this means that an individual can leave $11,400,000 to heirs and married couples can transfer up to $22,800,000
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Immigration Alert: Plan Now for H-1B Cap Filings

Now is the time of year when employers should identify any current or future employees who may require a cap-subject H-1B petition to work in the U.S. Under current rules, the first day to file H-1B cap petitions is April 1, 2019, for an employment start date of October 1, 2019. What’s New this Year?
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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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