On Thursday, December 14th, the Trump Administration published its Fall 2017 regulatory agenda for the coming year. The immigration-related rules that will be proposed by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are likely to have a largely unfavorable impact on employers of high-skilled foreign workers, and the foreign workers themselves. Among the regulatory actions that are expected to be introduced over the course of 2018, the Administration will see
New H-1B Petitions Subject to the Annual Cap Must Be Filed within First Five Business Days of April 2018
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions that are subject to the Fiscal Year 2019 annual quota (“the cap”) six months prior to the beginning of the fiscal year, on Monday, April 2nd. As has been the case over the last five years, we expect that the cap will be reached during the first five business days of April, fro
On Monday, December 4, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the preliminary injunction orders on the Trump Administration’s third travel ban issued by the lower federal courts in Hawaii and Maryland. The partial injunction order issued by the federal court in Maryland on October 17, 2017, and the recent November 13, 2017 order by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on the injunction by the lower federal court in Hawaii, permitted partial enforcement of the travel ban on nationa
Major news outlets have recently reported that the Trump Administration plans to rescind regulations introduced by the Obama Administration that allow certain spouses of H-1B workers (referred to as “H-4” dependents) to apply for employment authorization. These regulations have also been challenged – so far unsuccessfully – in federal court litigation by anti-immigration groups.
At this time, there is no regulation or bill that has been introduced to repeal the H-4 employ