Immigration Alert: USCIS Provides Updated Guidance for STEM OPT

On August 17, 2018, USCIS updated its website to clarify obligations and reporting responsibilities for employees and employers participating in the F-1 STEM OPT program, including obligations related to training at third-party sites, staffing and temporary agencies. Significantly, USCIS clarified that training may take place at third party sites, if certain conditions are met and
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Immigration Alert: New Policy Imposes Stiff Penalties for F, J and M Nonimmigrants Who Fail to Maintain Status

Effective August 9, 2018, nonimmigrants in F, J and M status who fail to maintain status will begin to accrue unlawful presence, irrespective of whether there has been an official or formal finding by the Department of Homeland Security on the matter. This is a significant departure from past practice, and one that eliminates a
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Brian Brokate and Maja Szumarska Co-Author Article on Ex Parte Seizure Orders

IP attorneys Brian Brokate and Maja Szumarska co-authored the article “Ex Parte Seizure Orders Under 15 U.S.C. § 1116(d) (Section 34 of the Lanham Act): Recent Developments in Case Law.” The article was published in the May–June 2018 issue of The Trademark Reporter. The article provides a summary of recent counterfeiting cases and highlights the
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Immigration Alert: Supreme Court Upholds President’s Travel Ban

On June 26, 2018, the Supreme Court upheld the Trump Administration’s ban restricting nonimmigrant and immigrant entry for certain foreign nationals who are citizens or nationals of seven countries: Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, Iran and Somalia. The decision lifts the temporary injunctions issued by the lower courts, and remands the cases for hearing
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Zarina Syed to Speak on H-1B Specialty Workers Visa at AILA Annual Conference

Immigration Attorney Zarina Syed will speak at the 2018 AILA Annual Conference on Immigration Law “Building Bridges and Standing for Justice” in San Francisco from June 13 – 16. Her presentation is titled “Intro to H-1B Specialty Workers.” The panel will provide a basic overview of the complexities of the H-1B visa category and how
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David Johnson and Stephen Millington Speak on Emerging Business Issues

Immigration Counsel David Johnson and Corporate Associate Stephen Millington spoke at a joint presentation with Innovation Norway and Nordic Innovation House on May 29. David and Stephen discussed key legal issues for Nordic companies to consider when establishing a presence in the United States. Topics included corporate entity formation and tax considerations and visa and immigration matters. David
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Immigration Alert: FY2019 H-1B Cap Random Selection Process Complete

On May 15, 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it completed the computer-generated random lottery selection process for cap-subject H-1B petitions filed for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 (October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019). The H-1B Cap Lottery Process USCIS received 190,098 new H-1B petitions for FY2019, exceeding the 65,000 visas
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Labor and Employment Alert: New York Employers Should Prepare for New Sexual Harassment Legislation

In April 2018, both New York State and New York City enacted significant legislation addressing sexual harassment in the workplace through education, prevention, and increased transparency, and broadening the scope of anti-discrimination laws applicable to sexual harassment and gender based discrimination. The following are the most significant provisions affecting private employers: New York State Provisions
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Angelo Mazza to Moderate INTA Panel

IP Partner Angelo Mazza will be moderating the International Trademark Association (INTA) Webcast “Becoming the CEO of Your Own Career” on May 4, 2018. This 75-minute webcast will feature three attorneys who have started their own IP-focused firms. While the firms vary by size and location, the panel will come some of the common issues,
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Immigration Alert: E-VERIFY Will Be Unavailable from April 20 – 22

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that E-Verify will be unavailable from Friday, April 20 at 9:00 PM to Sunday, April 22 at 11:59 PM EDT due to a system update. USCIS has released a fact sheet containing the following guidance: The following services will be unavailable during the update: Enrolling in E-Verify
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