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Plan for Retrogression in Green Card Categories

Wondering how long it may be until you get your Green Card? The US Department of State often shares projections for the various visa categories to give people a sense of how things are currently moving. Here is information on expected priority dates retrogressions in specific categories, so you can plan ahead!

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Business Immigration and I-9/ E-Verify Changes under the Trump Administration at the SHRM Jacksonville Annual Conference

Giselle presented at the SHRM Jax Annual Conference about “Managing your Foreign Talent in 2017 and Beyond under the Trump Administration”.  The message of her presentation was: Prepare for the challenges ahead, but also seize the opportunities that come with changes. 

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FAQs about the New Rule’s Impact on H-1B Cap Exemptions

The H-1B visa is highly sought-after. For several years now, the annual cap of 85,000 has been reach within days of the start of the filing season every April. One way to help employers apply to obtain a cap-exempt H-1B visa is to help them determine if they can be considered a cap-exempt organization or whether a foreign national could qualify to work concurrently for both cap-subject and cap-exempt organizations. The new High-Skilled Workers rule […]

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Employer Alert: Trump’s Budget and E-Verify

The President’s budget allocates $15 million to “begin implementation of mandatory nationwide use of the E-Verify Program.” E–Verify is a government web-based system that compares information from the Form I-9 to data from US government databases to confirm the applicant’s work eligibility. Currently, participation is primarily voluntary. The President will need Congress approval to mandate E–Verify nationwide. Senator Charles Grassley has re-introduced legislation to authorize a national E–Verify program. 

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Premium Processing Suspended Temporarily

The USCIS announced that it is temporarily suspending premium processing of all I-129 H-1B petitions. The suspension will begin on April 3, 2017, the first business day for filing H-1B cap petitions.  USCIS has indicated the suspension may last up to six months.

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Employer Alert: New I-9 Handbook

It’s here! US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released the new M-274 “Handbook for Employers with Guidance for Completing Form I-9”. The handbook includes guidance on completing the new Form I-9, which went into effect on January 22, 2017, as well as photocopying and retention, unlawful discrimination and penalties, and E-Verify.

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