Effective November 12, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) extended employment authorization for certain E, H, and L dependent spouses. Specifically, USCIS now recognizes that L and E dependent spouses have the ability to work “incident to status” and that they, in addition to certain H-4 spouses, enjoy an automatic extension of a timely filed […]
Effective 12:01 a.m. today, Presidential Proclamation 10294 took effect. That Proclamation rescinds the pandemic geographic travel bans and instead implements certain COVID-19 vaccine requirements for all international air travelers to the U.S. To read more about this development, click here.
U.S. employers generally must properly complete Form I-9 for each individual they hire for employment in the United States to verify the identify and employment authorization of that individual. As part of that process, the employee must present the company with acceptable and unexpired original documents. In turn, the employer must examine those documents to determine […]
On February 4, 2021, USCIS announced that it was delaying the effective date of the final rule that would have altered the way H-1Bs were allocated in the lottery process. See here. Under the rule entitled “Modification of Registration Requirement for Petitioner Seeking to File Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions”, USCIS would use a wage-based selection process […]
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced a six-month pilot program that will greatly expand not only the number of charges that are eligible for mediation, but also the time period in which mediations will be allowed. The ACT (Access, Categories, Time) mediation pilot began on July 6, 2020, and was implemented as an effort to […]
President Trump’s Proclamation suspending the entry of foreign nationals on certain employment based nonimmigrant visas into the United States takes effect at 12:01 EST on June 24, 2020. The Proclamation suspends the issuance of visas for those in the following non-immigrants categories: H-1B (specialty occupation), H-2B (non-agricultural workers), J (exchange visitors) and L (intra-company transferees). […]
Employers should take note of two major updates in the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, world. Click here for more information.
President Trump late yesterday signed a Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak. For more information, click here.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today changes to the Form I-9 process due to COVID-19. For more information, click here.
On March 18, President Donald Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA” or the “Act”), taking a major step to provide paid leave to workers affected by COVID-19 and blunt the effects of the virus on the U.S. economy. We summarize the employment provisions of the Act here.