Category: General Immigration

  1. Arbitrary H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa Denials Have Employers Thinking Federal Litigation Rather Than Administrative Review

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) data between 2015 and 2019 show that denials of the H-1B Specialty Occupation Nonimmigrant Visa Petitions have quadrupled for both initial H-1B petitions and those seeking the continuation of employment with the same employer. According to immigration policy analysts, including the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), this is a result of more restrictive Trump administration policies, specifically the 2017 “Buy READ MORE READ MORE

  2. Form I-9 Announcements: COVID-19 Temporary Policy for Identification Documents

    The COVID-19 pandemic has compelled many states to issue stay-at-home orders, which has called for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to issue a temporary policy regarding the expired List B documents used for the renewal of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The challenge employers now face is that some documents listed in the List B identification documents are expired and unable to be renewed due to READ MORE READ MORE

  3. USCIS Makes Significant Changes to Handbook for Employers: Guidance Completing Form I-9

    United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) made significant changes to the “Handbook for Employers: Guidance Completing Form I-9.” Form I-9 itself was updated on October 21, 2019. A Recap of the Important Changes Made to Form I-9 The changes clarified who can serve as an authorized representative to correspond with revisions in the Form I-9 Instructions. The change further clarified that the second List B document READ MORE READ MORE

  4. COVID-19 and New Jersey’s Immigrants: Frontline Undocumented Immigrant Workers, Financial Ruin, and Health Risks Bring Extreme Harm and Anxiety

    A recent report analyzing “the experiences of low-wage immigrant workers and families in New Jersey during the first month of the COVID-19 crisis,” found that “immigrant communities have experienced extreme harm” as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes limited access to health care services, no unemployment compensation, and pervasive employer conduct—all of which have led to increased anxiety, insecurity, and COVID-19 infection spread in immigrant READ MORE READ MORE

  5. President Trump Bans Certain Immigrant Green Cards for 60 Days

    As promised, last night, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order that limits the ability of certain future immigrant visa applicants to enter the United States as lawful permanent residents, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The President’s Executive Order, the “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak,” noted that the COVID-19 READ MORE READ MORE