H-1B CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST WALT DISNEY AND IT COMPANIES DISMISSED  BY FEDERAL JUDGE Nov03

H-1B CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST WALT DISNEY AND IT COMPANIES DISMISSED BY FEDERAL JUDGE

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Revised I-9 form

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published today, November 14, 2016, a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. By January 22, 2017, employers must use only the new version, dated 11/14/2016 N. Until then, employers may continue to use the version dated 03/08/2013 N or the ...

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President-Elect Trump and Immigration

The immigration laws in the United States are clearly going to undergo some important changes and be a key issue in  President-Elect Donald Trump’s administration. There have been some iterations of support for skilled immigration, but most of Mr. Trump’s rhetoric to date has been about increased vetting of foreign nationals ent...

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SOME GOOD NEWS IN A SEA OF BAD NEWS

USCIS has announced the publication of new rules, to take effect January 17, 2017. In general, the new rules will establish grace periods for non-immigrant workers before and after their employment, and provides automatic work authorization extensions to adjustment applicants and certain other classes of foreign nationals who have ...

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JANUARY 2017 VISA BULLETIN DOS & USCIS

DEPARTMENT OF STATE JANUARY 2017 VISA BULLETIN FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED CATEGORIES EB-1 REMAINS CURRENT WORLDWIDE EB-2 WORLDWIDE REMAINS CURRENT EB-2 Slow ADVANCEMENT FOR INDIA AND CHINA EB-3 ONE MONTH ADVANCEMENT W...

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USCIS Establishes New Criteria for National Interest Waivers

In Matter of Dhanasar, 26 I&N Dec. 884 (AAO 2016), USCIS announced a new analytical framework for adjudicating National Interest Waivers (“NIW”), explicitly overturning the controlling framework laid out in Matter of New York State Dep’t of Transp., 22 I&N Dec. 215 (Acting Assoc. Comm’r 1998) (Matter of NYSDOT). Unde...

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USCIS ESTABLISHES NEW CRITERIA FOR NATIONAL INTEREST WAIVERS

In Matter of Dhanasar, 26 I&N Dec. 884 (AAO 2016), USCIS announced a new analytical framework for adjudicating National Interest Waivers (“NIW”), explicitly overturning the controlling framework laid out in Matter of New York State Dep’t of Transp., 22 I&N Dec. 215 (Acting Assoc. Comm...

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FEBRUARY 2017 VISA BULLETIN ISSUED

The Department of State (DOS) has issued its February 2017 Visa Bulletin. For the categories that are not current, there continues to be slow advancement for EB-2 and EB-3 categories. Notably, EB-2 India has had no advancement since the January 2017 Visa Bulletin. EB-1-Worldwide:  ...

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NEWS ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ENTRY BAN

On Friday January 27th, 2017 President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order that suspends the entry of foreign nationals from the following seven countries; Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to the United States for a period of 90 days, or through April 27, 2017. The o...

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UPDATE:  NEWS ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ENTRY BAN

President Donald J. Trump has signed an executive order that suspends the entry of foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to the United States for a period of 90 days, or through April 27, 2017. The order also reportedly suspends a worldwide program that exempted cer...

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