The Senate is expected to vote on an emergency bill early this week that will, among other things, dramatically expand the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) both in terms of coverage and mandating paid leave. Late last week the House of Representatives passed HB 6201 entitled “Families First Coronavirus Response Act.” Section 3101 of that bill, […]
United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has implemented a new process for the annual H-1B lottery. For more information, click here.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it’s implementing changes to the H-1B lottery system. For more information, click here.
The government’s interpretation and enforcement of this country’s immigration laws and regulations continue to change at a dizzying speed, leaving many employers scrambling to keep their foreign national employees in status and able to continue working for them. This is the first in a series of updates on some of these important changes. Collecting Social […]
Employers may want to consider reminding their foreign national employees to formally notify USCIS of any change of address. USCIS announced that beginning immediately, the agency will destroy permanent resident cards (“green cards”), employment authorization cards (EADs) and travel documents (including advance parole) returned as undeliverable by the post office after 60 business days if USCIS […]
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under El Salvador’s designation who want to maintain their status through the effective termination date of Sept. 9, 2019, must re-register between Jan. 18, 2018 and March 19, 2018. Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization documents, have […]
Although the federal Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) does not require employers to provide paid leave, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, signed late last year by President Trump, provides a tax credit incentive beginning this year for employers who provide FMLA paid leave, if they meet a number of requirements. The tax credit […]
2017 has proven to be a busy year for immigration. Below is a recap of three pertinent developments that employers should keep in mind: 30/60 day misrepresentation rule eliminated. Foreign nationals entering the U.S. on a specific non-immigrant visa are not supposed to change to another visa shortly after their entry. Previously if a foreign […]
Immigration Update: New Form I-765 Allows Foreign Nationals to obtain Employment Authorization Document and Social Security Number Simultaneously
The updated USCIS Form I-765 now allows foreign nationals in certain categories or classifications to obtain an Employment Authorization Document (“EAD”) and a Social Security Number in a single form. See here. EADs serve as documentation to show employers that an individual is authorized to work in the U.S. for a specific time period. Previously, applicants […]
In a reversal of policy, USCIS has recently been denying pending Form I-131 “advance parole” applications of foreign nationals who leave the United States while that petition is pending, even when the foreign national has an existing valid advance parole document or a valid H, K, L or V visa to return to the United […]