EIG Dispatch
DHS to propose changes to H-1B, H-4 EADs, and F-1 OPT
December 20, 2017

Last week, the Trump administration released proposals for changes that would affect the H-1B program, H-4 employment authorization, and F-1 practical training. The plans appeared in the Administration’s semi-annual regulatory agenda, published by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Specifically, the proposals addressed the following: H-4 ...

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USCIS Begins Implementing the International Entrepreneur Rule
December 20, 2017

On Thursday, December 14, USCIS announced that it would begin accepting applications under the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER). As previously reported, the implementation of the program was to be delayed until March 2018, to allow the current administration time to review and potentially eliminate the program. However, a ...

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House Judiciary Committee Approves Legislation to Secure Immigration Mail
December 20, 2017

On Tuesday, December 12, the House Judiciary Committee approved an immigration document mailing bill, which aims to reduce the misplacement of sensitive immigration information and documentation. If signed into law, the bill would allow recipients to pay a fee in order to receive immigration documentation ...

EIG Dispatch
Global Headlines: UK and Australia
December 20, 2017

UK’s Latest Immigration Changes End 2017 on a High Note. Since August 2017, the UK has been incrementally rolling out new immigration laws and policies in the wake of Brexit which has had a significant impact on EU migration. Most recently, on December 7, 2017, the Court of ...

EIG in the News
Erickson in the News: Immigration Attorneys on Their Toes in the Age of Trump
December 19, 2017

Bloomberg Law – Staff Reports – Bloomberg Law | December 19, 2017 By Laura D. Francis, Bloomberg Law   President Donald Trump has made overhauling the immigration system a priority, and his steps in that direction have kept immigration lawyers on their toes for the bulk of the past ...

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US Headlines: Travel Ban
December 13, 2017

Oral Arguments Heard on Third Travel Ban. The 4th Circuit heard oral arguments on December 8 for Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project. The argument focused on to what extent the President has the right to rely on the grounds of protecting the national interest to restrict ...

Global News
Global Headlines: Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and the UN
December 13, 2017

Ireland Introduces New Immigration Registration Cards. With effect from December 11, 2017, the ‘GNIB card’ has been replaced by the new Irish Residence Permit (IRP). The IRP has exactly the same legal status as the GNIB card. The same rules and responsibilities apply. For example, the holder is still required ...

Feature
2017: Lessons Learned from a Year of Changes
December 13, 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, we reflect back on the immigration changes of the past 12 months. Three travel bans, the suspension of premium processing, repeal of DACA, and interviews for all employment-based green card applications, to name just a few. While immigration rules ...

EIG Dispatch
Protections for Dreamers Involved in Government Funding Discussions
December 6, 2017

While Congress has until March 2018 to address the status of DACA beneficiaries, commonly referred to as Dreamers, the issue has entered the ongoing budget debate. Democrats do not want to increase border spending, while Republicans have stated that it is a prerequisite for protecting Dreamers. Congress has ...

EIG Dispatch
The Third and Most Recent Travel Ban Went into Effect
December 6, 2017

The Supreme Court of the United States has allowed the third and latest version of the Travel Ban to take effect as of Monday, December 4, 2017, while legal challenges to its constitutionality continue in lower federal courts. This travel ban imposes travel restrictions on most citizens from Iran, Libya, ...

EIG Dispatch
US Consulates in Russia will Resume Nonimmigrant Visa Services on a Limited Basis
December 6, 2017

As an update to our earlier story, beginning on Monday, December 11, 2017, US Consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Vladivostok will resume processing of nonimmigrant visas on a significantly reduced capacity, as the Russian government’s order to reduce US consulate and embassy personnel remains in place. As a result, ...

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Global Headlines: Argentina, Philipines, Switzerland,
December 6, 2017

Argentina: Waiver of Reciprocity Fee for Canadians. Effective January 1, 2018, Argentina will waive the visa reciprocity fee for Canadian citizens entering the country for tourism or business purposes. Following the cancellation of the reciprocity fees for US citizens in 2016 and Australians in 2017, the latest fee ...

EIG Dispatch
Happy Cap Season: The Road to April Begins Now
December 6, 2017

April 1: The highly anticipated date when US employers may file new H-1B visa petitions with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the hopes of bolstering their workforce with qualified, foreign talent to fulfill a variety of professional positions. Every year, USCIS issues up to 85,000 H-1B visas ...

Alerts
Travel Ban Update: Breaking News! SCOTUS Allows Travel Ban 3.0 to Take Effect
December 4, 2017

Breaking News: SCOTUS Allows Travel Ban 3.0 to Take Effect News: Today, the Supreme Court rolled back the preliminary injunction forestalling the implementation of Travel Ban 3.0. The order, which was unsigned, appears to have been backed by 7 of the 9 justices, all except Justices Ginsburg and ...

EIG Dispatch
ICE increases Partnerships with Local Authorities to Enforce Immigration Laws
November 29, 2017

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), has increased its collaboration with state and local authorities to report arrestees suspected of residing illegally to be turned over to federal agents. The 287(g) program permits ICE to delegate its enforcement authority to properly trained officers in local agencies, allowing them to ...

EIG Dispatch
Department of State Announces Intention to Continue “Extreme Vetting”
November 29, 2017

The Department of State has issued a federal register notice announcing its intention to continue extreme vettingby expanding the scope of questions asked of some visa applicants during the non-immigrant visa application process. This proposed information collection will go in depth into the applicants’ personal and professional history. ...

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The DOL Audited our PERM Case. Why? And What Happens Next?
November 29, 2017

Last week, we gave you tips on drafting great EVLs for PERM Based I-140 applications. Today, we address another nerve-wracking part of the Green Card process, PERM audits. Nationally, the Department of Labor (DOL) audits about 1 in 3 PERM applications, most by random selection. An audit does ...

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Global Headlines: Europe Update, Qatar
November 29, 2017

Update – Europe: Entry-Exit System (EES) Approved, Implementation Slated for 2020. As an update to our earlier story, last week the European Council adopted the proposed regulations establishing an Entry-Exist System (EES) for EU member countries. Now that the European Council has adopted the regulation, the proposal is now headed ...

EIG Dispatch
SOC Code Revisions
November 29, 2017

Today, the U.S. State Department announced its final decision for the 2018 revisions of Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) System. The SOC system was designed to reflect the current occupational composition in the U.S. by classifying all occupations in the economy to facilitate comparisons across occupational data. In ...

EIG Dispatch
H-4 EAD Program Update
November 29, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security is currently awaiting a response from the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C. following a grant of 180 days to review the H-4 Employment Authorization (EAD) Rule and decide what action if any, it will respond to the pending appeal ...

EIG in the News
Erickson in the News: Employment & Immigration Whiteboard
November 27, 2017

EMPLOYMENT & IMMIGRATION WHITEBOARD: Proposal would extend ‘extreme vetting’ visa questions for 3 years By Ted Hesson |11/27/2017 05:10 PM EDT The Trump administration plans to continue so-called extreme vetting of visa applicants for years to come, according to a notice published in the Federal Register today. The ...

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Global Headlines: Africa, Canada, Turkey
November 17, 2017

Six Central African States Ratify Visa-Free Agreement. Gabon recently announced that they will waive the short-stay visa requirements for citizens of countries in the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC); six central African states including Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of Congo, and Equatorial ...

EIG Dispatch
My Case Received an RFE. What Does that Mean?!
November 17, 2017

A USCIS officer has three options when adjudicating a case: approve, issue a Request for Evidence (RFE) or issue a Notice of Intent to Deny (NOID). A USCIS Officer will issue an RFE if s/he has questions about whether a case is approvable, or if s/he ...

EIG Dispatch
New Detailed Recruitment Questions Added to Singapore’s Employment Pass Application
November 17, 2017

The Ministry of Manpower of Singapore has added new detailed recruitment questions to the Employment Pass (EP) Application form. The recruitment exception for positions paid more than SGD 12,000 per month remains in place. However, for positions requiring pre-application recruitment (positions paid less than SGD ...

EIG Dispatch
The ICE Workplace Audits May Increase by Four to Five Times the Current Amount
November 17, 2017

ICE’s acting director, Thomas Homan, recently announced that ICE will significantly increase the number of workplace audits it conducts, reflecting the policy priorities of the Trump administration. ICE is expected to focus on I-9 violations, which carry substantial financial penalties for each violation. In preparation, employers are ...

EIG Dispatch
Applicants Experience Longer Wait Times for N-400 Applications
November 17, 2017

With over 708,000 pending naturalization applications on file as of June 30, 2017, wait times for naturalization have stretched from the previous processing time of five to seven months to roughly ten months. This is in part due to higher demand; USCIS received over 50,000 more naturalization applications in ...

EIG in the News
California Immigration Law Creates New Challenges for Employers
November 16, 2017

A new California law aimed at curbing immigration enforcement could cause problems for employers. California’s A.B. 450, signed into law Oct. 5, will become effective Jan. 1. The measure limits the circumstances under which employers can respond to requests for documents and physical access to nonpublic ...

Alerts
Special Alert: December 2017 Visa Bulletin Released
November 14, 2017

The U.S. Department of State has released the December 2017 Visa Bulletin. Little to no change is visible in next month’s visa bulletin, the EB-1 category remains current across all countries, and the EB-2 and EB-3 categories for China see slight advances. Furthermore, the EB-2 India category advances ...

EIG in the News
How Immigration Attys Are Tackling The Trump Era
November 8, 2017

By Allissa Wickham Law360, New York (November 8, 2017, 9:18 PM EST) -- This time last November, Donald Trump defied conventional wisdom and won the presidential election, setting the stage for a dizzying year of immigration policy changes. It's been an anxious time in the immigration world, ...

Feature
Holiday Travel FAQs
November 7, 2017

Thank you to all who attended our holiday travel webinar last week. We had an active audience who asked several questions. Here are the most frequently asked questions (along with answers). If you have a question about your specific situation that is not answered here, contact your ...