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March 2017 Archives

H-1B visa applications for FY 2018 can be submitted starting Monday

At this time of the year, any discussion about the need to meet imminent deadlines invariably revolves around taxes, which are due in just under two weeks. As it turns out, however, there is yet another rapidly approaching deadline of which people -- particularly employers -- need to be aware: the opening of the submission period for H-1B visa applications.

Travel ban 2.0 blocked from taking effect

In our previous post, we discussed some of the primary components of President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, an effort undertaken after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of a lower court to block its predecessor from taking effect earlier this year.

How much do you know about the now-imminent travel ban 2.0?

The Trump Administration officially released a revised version of its travel ban last week and, as expected, it has made some concessions in response to widespread criticism and, far more likely, in order to withstand inevitable legal challenges.

USCIS temporarily suspends premium processing of H-1B visas

When employers receive the welcome news that an H-1B visa application they filed on behalf of a prospective employee was one of the lucky 85,000 selected in the H-1B lottery, it doesn't mean that the skilled foreign worker in question is automatically eligible to start working here in the U.S.

Will a proposal banning 'sanctuary policies' gain legislative traction?

Over the last month, it's undoubtedly seemed as if all of the noteworthy developments in the area of immigration law have been occurring at the federal level. While it's certainly true that there has yet to be a dull moment since the recent change in presidential administrations, it's important not to overlook that there have been equally important -- and equally controversial -- developments taking place at the state level.