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Employers Risk Higher Penalties for Hiring Unauthorized Workers

Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), it is unlawful for an employer to hire or continue to employ workers knowing they are not authorized to work in the U.S. Employers can verify eligibility by completing form I-9. Failing to comply with these rules can expose your business to increased liability and be subject to monetary penalties. Recently the United States Department of Justice announced their plan to increase civil monetary penalties for employers […]

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U.S. Supreme Court 4-4 Decision on DACA and DAPA leaves many immigrants on hold

Today, in the United States v. Texas, the case challenging the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed by an equally divided court. This means that the ruling by the Fifth Circuit’s decision stands and there will be no further movement in this proposal at least during the Obama administration.  The proposed expansion would have shielded up to […]

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H-1B FY17 Cap Updates

As per our prior updates which we link to below, USCIS completed the H-1B Cap Random Lottery Selection Process April 9th, 2016. Original article about FY17 Cap posted here. Below is an outline of key events during this process and what to expect for the remainder of this process:

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High Demand for EB-1 Visas Might Result in Unprecedented Cut Off Dates

As a result of employers and foreign nationals looking for alternatives to the H-1B cap, the Department of State (DOS) and USCIS have advised that there has been a significantly high demand for visas in the EB-1 category. DOS has said that should demand continue to remain at the same rate, some form of “corrective action” would be necessary before the close of the fiscal year to regulate worldwide visa numbers. This may require the […]

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EB-2 and EB-3 Retrogressions for India and China

The demand for the EB-2 employment-based category is also very high.  As a result of the ongoing high demand for visa numbers for EB-2 India and lack of access numbers from EB-2 worldwide which could have been used for India, the EB-2 India final action date retrogressed to October 1, 2004. The DOS expects that the EB-2 India cutoff date will advance slowly for the rest of the fiscal year, at a pace similar to […]

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ICE Releases Quarterly International Student Data

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently released the latest “SEVIS By the Numbers,” a quarterly report on international student trends prepared by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). The report notes that nearly 1.2 million international students with F (academic) or M (vocational) status are studying in the U.S. Based on data extracted from SEVIS March 7, international student enrollment at U.S. schools increased 6.2% compared to March 2015. In March, there were […]

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