Immigration


Biden Administration Announces New Policy to Attract and Retain Immigrants in STEM
January 24, 2022 | Henry M. Mascia | Immigration | Employment & Labor

The Biden administration announced a series of administrative changes designed to strengthen the nation’s ability to attract global talent. The changes are also designed to strengthen our economy and technological competitiveness and benefit working people and communities across the country. This bulletin will highlight some of the key changes affecting employers and foreign nationals.

New

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October 2021 Brings 4 New NY Employment Laws
November 18, 2021 | Kenneth A. Novikoff | Tamika N. Hardy | Immigration | Employment & Labor

In October 2021, New York Governor Hochul signed into law four new pieces of legislation affecting employees and employers in New York State.

First, on October 28, 2021, New York Governor Hochul signed into law new legislation amending New York’s existing Whistleblower Law, NY Labor Law § 740: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-hochul-signs-legislation-protecting-employees-retaliation.

These new amendments, which take effect January

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What You Need to Know about Biden’s Travel Ban Revocation
February 25, 2021 | Henry M. Mascia | Immigration | Employment & Labor

Yesterday, the Biden administration revoked parts of the Trump-era executive orders that had prevented certain foreign nationals from entering the United States due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Here’s what you need to know:

What’s Changed

  • U.S. consulates can issue an immigrant visa (i.e. a “green card”) to foreign nationals seeking to enter the United
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What Employers Need to Know about the Upcoming H-1B Lottery
February 9, 2021 | Henry M. Mascia | Immigration | Employment & Labor

It is time for employers to prepare for the first H-1B lottery under the Biden administration. The following outlines what employers need to know, what changes to expect, and what will remain the same.

  • United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will conduct the lottery in its traditional form, with beneficiaries holding a master’s
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Groundbreaking Changes to the H-1B Lottery in 2021
January 7, 2021 | Henry M. Mascia | Immigration

Today, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a final rule that would drastically change the lottery system this year. Under the new rule, USCIS would give priority to applications offering the highest wages, rather than selecting applications on a random basis as it has historically done.

USCIS acknowledges that the new rule will

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Trump Administration Changes Student Visa Eligibility for the Fall Semester
July 7, 2020 | Henry M. Mascia | Immigration

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced changes to the student visa program for the fall semester for international students in F-1 or M-1 status. The new policy has three key features:

  • Fully online programs: Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. government will not issue visas or permit entry to F-1 and M-1 international
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How Will President Trump’s Immigration Ban 2.0 Affect You?
June 23, 2020 | Henry M. Mascia | Immigration

On June 22, 2020, President Trump issued an executive order that bans certain nonimmigrants from entering the United States (the “Nonimmigrant Ban”) until December 31, 2020. The Nonimmigrant Ban comes on the heels of an April 2020 executive order preventing certain foreign nationals from receiving an immigrant visa (the “Immigrant Ban”). A summary of the

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How Will Trump’s Immigration Ban Affect You?
April 23, 2020 | Henry M. Mascia | Immigration

After a teaser on Twitter and a verbal preview during a press conference, President Trump has signed an executive order preventing certain foreign nationals from receiving an immigrant visa for the next 60 days. The purpose of the order is protecting United States workers from competition from foreign workers. In reality, however, the order will

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security Relaxes I-9 Requirements
March 20, 2020 | Henry M. Mascia | Immigration | Employment & Labor

In response to the current public health crisis, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that it will allow certain employers to defer the physical presence requirements associated with Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9).

Under ordinary circumstances, employers must physically inspect the documents produced by employees to establish their identity and authorization

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Special Procedures to Extend Your Stay Under Visa Waiver Program Due to Coronavirus
March 18, 2020 | Immigration

Many foreign nationals who were admitted into the United States through the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) cannot leave due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the related travel restrictions announced by President Trump last week.

To remain in the United States longer than authorized through the VWP requires obtaining special permission called “Satisfactory Departure”.  Requests for

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