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Immigration Outlook for 2018

As we begin 2018, we expect ongoing efforts to transform and limit our legal immigration system without Congress’ approval. Some of the policies and changes being looked at include: Eliminating the work authorizations for certain H-1B spouses; Overhauling the H-1B program, including a new definition of “specialty occupation” and reworking the definitions of “employment” and “employer-employee relationship”; A modified H-1B cap selection process based upon degrees and wages; Reform for the F-1 student program that […]

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Combined EAD and SSN Application Form Will Allow Faster Onboarding of New Employees

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) have teamed up to allow eligible foreign workers to apply for both an employment authorization document (EAD) and a Social Security number (SSN) using one new Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. Previously, applicants had to file Form I-765 with USCIS to obtain their EAD, and then visit their local Social Security office in person and complete additional paperwork to get their SSN […]

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Do You Know the Current Processing Time for Your Case?

We encourage our clients and readers to please check the approximate processing times published by USCIS for certain petitions and applications. Although these are only approximate times, they can help you plan better, including postponing or cancelling travel plans; planning for a new hire or a new job; and/or applying for a driver’s license. With a caveat, the actual processing times can be longer (and in some unique and welcomed situations slightly faster) than those […]

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Top Occupations, States, and Employers for H-1B

The Department of Labor recently released the top occupations, states, and employers submitted for the H-1B. Perhaps not surprisingly, the top five occupations are related to computer sciences. California submitted nearly 25% of the applications received. And some of the top employers include Deloitte Consulting, LLP; Cognizant Technology Solutions, US Corporation; and Apply, Inc. Here are the complete Top 10 lists:

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What Kind of Changes to Expect in Immigration Compliance

Immigration compliance is a top priority for the new administration, and many changes may be coming soon. One projection is that E-Verify will become mandatory for all employers. Currently, participation is voluntary except for federal contractors or if your state has a mandate. Only time will tell if mandatory E-Verify becomes a reality nationally for all businesses, but two recent enforcement actions may provide us with an idea about the types of changes to immigration […]

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A New Look for Green Cards and EADs

In April, USCIS announced a redesign of the Permanent Resident Card (i.e. Green Card) and Employment Authorization Document (EAD). The new-look documents started being issued in May, so some of you may have already received them. Why is USCIS doing this? The redesign is part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project, an effort to create documents that are more secure and harder to alter. The goal is to reduce fraud and counterfeiting.

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