Immigration Insights

April 22, 2019

NP Immigration Blog

Author(s): Courtney H. New, Jason Gerrol, Mary-Benham B. Nygren

Employers are facing an ever-changing and increasingly unpredictable immigration landscape. You can rely on Nixon Peabody to analyze all the latest developments in this active area of law, and deliver the guidance you need on a variety of immigration issues.

Introducing: Immigration Insights

Nixon Peabody’s Immigration team is adapting their popular Immigration Update newsletter into a timely Immigration blog on the firm’s blog network.—Courtney H. New

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Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds California’s “sanctuary” immigration laws

On April 18, 2019, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals largely upheld a lower court’s ruling refusing to block three California “sanctuary” immigration laws.—Mary-Benham Nygren, Courtney H. New

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E-2 Treaty Investor visas available for Israelis starting May 1, 2019

Beginning on May 1, 2019, a treaty between the U.S. and Israel will allow qualifying Israelis to apply for Treaty Investor (E-2) non-immigrant visa status in the U.S. Israel joins many other countries, from Australia to the United Kingdom, whose citizens are already eligible for E-2 visas. —Courtney H. New, Mary-Benham Nygren

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Decision to terminate TPS for Haiti temporarily blocked

On April 11, 2019, a New York judge blocked the Trump administration’s decision to terminate TPS for Haitian nationals lawfully residing in the U.S., finding the administration’s decision raised serious questions under the Administrative Procedure Act and Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution—Jason Gerrol

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USCIS completes H-1B Cap lottery

USCIS completes its process to select enough H-1B petitions to meet the H-1B quota for FY 2020.—Jason Gerrol

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H-1B Data Hub

The H-1B Employer Data Hub is here and ready for searching.—Courtney H. New

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Premium processing of H-1B cap-subject petitions filed on April 1, 2019

USCIS announced that the premium processing of fiscal year 2020 H-1B petitions will be implemented in two phases.—Courtney H. New

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How do the I-797, visa stamp, PED and I-94 expiration dates work?

When a foreign national has differing expiration dates on their U.S. immigration documents, it is important to know which expiration date controls in order to determine when an extension of status is needed.—Mary-Benham Nygren

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Premium processing available for all H-1B petitions beginning March 12, 2019

As of March 12, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will resume premium processing of all H-1B petitions.—Mary-Benham Nygren

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DOS announces suspension of visa services in Caracas, Venezuela

The U.S. Embassy in Caracas has suspended visa services, and will have “limited ability” to assist U.S. citizens in Venezuela.—Jason Gerrol

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Do you have a Corporate Immigration Policy?

A Corporate Immigration Policy outlines the processes, policies and procedures a company has adopted with respect to sponsoring foreign employees for immigration benefits.—Courtney H. New

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DOS announces changes to H and L visa processing in China

Effective March 1, 2019, interviews for H (e.g., H-1B) and L-1/2 visas will only be conducted at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, or the U.S. Consulates in Guangzhou or Shanghai.—Courtney H. New

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USCIS finalizes changes to H-1B lottery

By notice dated January 31, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in particular, issued a final rule changing the process by which H-1B cap subject petitions will be selected each fiscal year (FY).—Jason Gerrol

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