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05/18/2018

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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04/24/2018

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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04/19/2018

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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04/13/2018

Immigration Alert: FY2019 H-1B Cap Random Lottery Selection Process Complete

On April 12, 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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04/06/2018

Immigration Alert: FY2019 H-1B Cap Reached

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has reached the cap for new H-1B petitions filed for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. The U.S. advanced-degree exemption to the statutory cap has also been met. Lottery Selection Because USCIS has received more H-1B visa petitions than are available under the FY2019 quota, any
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03/21/2018

Immigration Alert: USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions

  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has just announced that it will temporarily suspend Premium Processing for all Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 H-1B cap-subject petitions. USCIS will continue to accept Premium Processing for non-cap subject petitions, including H extensions, H amendments, and H change of employer cases. Petitioners may request expedited processing of H-1B
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01/23/2018

Immigration Alert: Update: Immigration Related Services Functioning as Government Shutdown Ends

As an update to the recent alert “Government Shutdown Impacts Immigration Related Services” on January 23rd, 2018, the U.S. Congress passed a short-term spending bill to fund the government through February 8th, 2018. All government services, including immigration services which were temporarily suspended during the shutdown, have now resumed. At this time, it is unclear
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01/22/2018

Immigration Alert: Government Shutdown Impacts Immigration Related Services

The failure of Congress to reach an agreement regarding the federal budget resulted in a government shutdown effective January 20, 2018 at 12:01 AM. The shutdown is expected to impact immigration related services provided by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the
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01/17/2018

Immigration Alert: Plan Now for H-1B Cap Filings

Monday, April 2, 2018 marks the first day U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept H-1B petitions subject to the annual cap for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, which begins October 1, 2018. Preparation for H-1B cap season starts much earlier, with the identification of prospective beneficiaries and gathering of supporting documentation. With increasing
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