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09/27/2017

Immigration Alert: Cap-Subject H-1Bs Approved for Fiscal Year 2018 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 2018 will take effect on or after October 1, 2017. Change of Status Filings: H-1B cap-subject petitions filed as “change of status” will take effect on October 1, 2017 if the beneficiary: Was physically present in the U.S.
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09/25/2017

Immigration Alert: Trump Administration Announces New Travel Restrictions

The Trump Administration issued a Proclamation on September 24th, 2017 announcing various restrictions on nonimmigrant and immigrant entry for certain foreign nationals who are citizens or nationals of eight countries: North Korea, Venezuela, Chad, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen. The Administration previously issued travel restrictions through Executive Orders in January and March for certain nationals
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09/19/2017

Immigration Alert: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for FY 2018 Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions

On September 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it resumed Premium Processing for pending H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap. Processing for Non-Cap Subject H-1B Petitions Premium Processing was previously suspended for all H-1B petitions starting April 3, 2017, and subsequently reinstated for H-1B petitions filed on behalf
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09/05/2017

Trump Administration to Rescind DACA Protections

The Trump Administration announced that it intends to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as “DACA.” The program, established by Executive Order in 2012, affects approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and were granted protection from deportability and issued valid work authorization. In today’s announcement, the
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08/29/2017

Immigration Alert: Enhanced Immigration Vetting Being Implemented

In April 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Buy American, Hire American,” which instructed the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of Labor, and Department of Homeland Security to propose new rules, guidance, and reforms to ensure stricter enforcement of all current laws, “protect the interests of U.S. workers,” and prevent
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08/22/2017

Immigration Alert: US Embassy in Russia to Suspend Nonimmigrant Visas Starting August 23

The Department of State (DOS) announced that as a result of the Russian government’s personnel cap imposed on the U.S. Mission, all nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia will be suspended beginning August 23, 2017. Nonimmigrant visas (NIV) include temporary business visitors and common temporary work visas. What Employers Can Expect Visa operations will resume on
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08/17/2017

Brian Brokate to Speak on Trade Dress Protection at PLI’s Intellectual Property Law Institute 2017

Brian Brokate will speak at PLI’s Intellectual Property Law Institute 2017 on October 2, 2017. His session is titled “Latest Developments in the Protection of Trade Dress.” Topics include understanding trade dress enforcement, recent trade dress cases and legal developments, and best practices for protection.  Brian and Gibney associate Maja Szumarska co-authored a chapter in
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08/02/2017

Immigration Alert: Trump Administration Endorses RAISE Act Immigration Reform Bill

On August 2, 2017, President Trump announced his support of the proposed American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act. Proposed changes under the immigration reform bill include: Establish a skills-based immigration system. If approved by Congress, the plan would institute a merit-based system to determine who is admitted to the U.S. and granted legal
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07/28/2017

Immigration Alert: USCIS Resumes H-1B Premium Processing for Certain Cap-Exempt Petitions

On July 24, 2017, USCIS resumed premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions.  Specifically, premium processing resumed for cases in which the H-1B petitioner is an institution of higher education; a nonprofit related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education; or a nonprofit research or governmental research organization.  Premium processing also resumed for
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07/17/2017

Immigration Alert: New Version of Form I-9 Released

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new version of Form I-9 that will become mandatory beginning Monday, September 18, 2017. Until Sunday, September 17, 2017, employers may choose to continue to use the prior edition of Form I-9. With this new version, no changes have been made to the Form I-9 itself.
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