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FINAL NEW RULE FOR QUOTA H-1Bs

On January 31, 2019, a final rule amending the regulations governing H-1B cap-subject petitions was posted in the Federal Regulations.  The final rule reverses the order by which the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B regular cap and advance degree exemption.  The rule also introduces an electronic registration requirement… Continue Reading »

FORM I-9 Q & A – INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS

Q:  Do I have to fill out a Form I-9 for independent contractors or their employees? A:  No, you only have to compete a Form I-9 for W-2 employees.  For example, if you contract with a construction company to perform renovations on your office, you do not have to prepare Forms I-9 for that company’s employees. … Continue Reading »

FORM I-9 Q & A – SPANISH VERSION OF THE FORM I-9

Q:  Is the Form I-9 available in different languages? A:  The Form I-9 is available in English and Spanish.  However, only employers in Puerto Rico may use the Spanish version to meet the Form I-9 verification and retention requirements of the law.  Employers in the United States and U.S. territories may use the Spanish version… Continue Reading »

ICE EXECUTES SEARCH WARRANT AFTER I-9 AUDIT

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) agents in San Diego, California executed a federal search warrant during a worksite enforcement operation at a market in San Diego on February 13, 2019.  During the operation, 26 individuals working at the market were determined to be in the United States without authorization.  They were temporarily taken into custody… Continue Reading »

USCIS ANNOUNCES COUNTRIES ELIGIBLE FOR H-2A AND H-2B VISA PROGRAMS

On Friday, January 25, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) and the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), in consultation with the Department of State, announced the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs in 2019.  The notice listing the eligible countries was published… Continue Reading »

USCIS ANNOUNCES H-2B CAP HAS BEEN REACHED FOR FY2019

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that on February 19, 2019 it had received enough petitions to meet the H-2B cap for the second half of Fiscal Year 2019 (“FY 2019”).  February 19, 2019 was the final receipt date for new cap subject H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before… Continue Reading »

USCIS RESUMES PREMIUM PROCESSING FOR FY 2019 H-1B CAP PETITIONS

On Friday, January 25, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it would resume premium processing on Monday, January 28, 2019 for Fiscal Year (“FY”) 2019 cap petitions.  Because this resumption of premium processing services is for last year’s quota cases, it only applies to pending cases as the H-1B quota for… Continue Reading »

WELCOME TO OUR NEW BLOG!

We are excited to welcome you to our new Blog page.  We will use this page as a way to provide you with information on current changes, updates and events in Immigration and Nationality law.  This forum allows us to provide you with news as it happens and to cover a broad range of immigration… Continue Reading »