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The Immigration Law Blog provides updates and analysis of federal immigration law for individuals and companies. Topics include Deferred Action (Acción Diferida para Jóvenes), I-9 audits, H1-B processing, Nexus Frequent Travel Requirements , immigrant visas and more. 


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New Electronic I-9 Form - Some Bugs and Tricky Provisions - November 18, 2016

A new I-9 form was released this week, which will become mandatory on January 22, 2017. We've identified a few bugs and tricky provisions employers should be aware of. Read More »

 

Election Results: What does it mean for immigrants and their employers? - November 15, 2016

The election of Donald Trump to the presidency will undoubtedly change immigration processes, and could change immigration laws. While it is too early to know anything for certain, we are carefully monitoring developments and are in touch with national groups who are also following closely, as well as advocating for reasonable results. Read More »

 

Lori Chesser and Nikki Mordini present before Organization of Bar Investigators - October 10, 2016

Two Davis Brown immigration attorneys, Lori Chesser, department chair, and Nikki Mordini, senior shareholder, presented at the 13th Annual Organization of Bar Investigators Conference on October 5. Read More »

 

Form 1095-C and I-9 Compliance: How to handle "mismatches" - July 26, 2016

Employers complying with the Affordable Care Act ("ACA") by filing Form 1095-C increasingly face another question: Are they in compliance with their I-9 obligations? Read More »

 

New STEM OPT Rule Goes Into Effect May 10: Good news and challenges - April 14, 2016

Both F-1 students and employers have been following the litigation over the F-1 OPT (optional practical training) program. We had good news in March that the government published regulations complying with the judge's order to implement the STEM OPT program. The rule will take effect May 10, 2016. Read More »

 

Information about H-1B Filings FY2017 - March 31, 2016

The H-1B "cap" petition filing deadline is quickly approaching. As a reminder, this is the national deadline for submitted petitions to sponsor workers in "specialty occupations" for those positions that are subject to the numerical limitation or "cap" for H-1B visas each federal fiscal year. Read More »

 

Immigration Update: Court grants government extension request for OPT STEM rule - January 25, 2016

The court granted the government (Department of Homeland Security or "DHS") more time to comply with the order to re-publish the final rule per the Administrative Procedures Act. The extension to May 10, 2016, means that the final rule will need to be published by Friday, March 11, 2016. Read More »

 

U.S. Department of State Implements Visa Waiver Program Entry Restrictions - January 22, 2016

The government has now started implementing a rule disallowing "Visa Waiver" entries for nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan (whether or not they have ever visited those countries) and persons from any country who have visited those countries after March 1, 2011. Read More »

 

Update on STEM OPT Litigation - January 20, 2016

Many of you are following the STEM OPT saga closely. As the original deadline of February 12, 2016, approaches, we are providing this brief update. Read More »

 

Budget bill brings both relief and disappointment (or Congressional leadership is both naughty and nice*) - December 16, 2015

Congressional leaders worked late into the night Tuesday to reach agreement on the federal budget (or omnibus appropriations in Washington-speak). Although the bill has not become law, passage is expected this week. Read More »

 

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