Immigration Insights

September 26, 2019

NP Immigration Blog

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

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.

Diversity Green Card Lottery (DV-2021)

On August 20, 2019, the State Department reduced the validity period of E visas for French nationals significantly.—Mary-Benham B. Nygren

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TPS Syria re-registration period now open

Beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Syria’s designation must re-register between September 23, 2019 and November 22, 2019.—Jason Gerrol

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USCIS proposes H-1B lottery registration fee

As a follow-up to a January 2019 rule that introduced two significant changes to the H-1B lottery process, USCIS has now proposed a fee in connection with the pre-registration process introduced in that rule.—Jason Gerrol

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Social media and electronic device searches at U.S. border

U.S. citizens and foreign nationals should be aware of the social media and electronic device searches that U.S. Customs may make at the U.S. border.—Rachel S. Winkler

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E visa validity period for French nationals: Did the U.S. Department of State have a change of heart?

The Department of State has reversed the policy announced on August 20, 2019 and will be issuing E visas to French nationals valid for 60 months again.—Courtney H. New

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Celebrating Citizenship Day: USCIS will revise naturalization test

USCIS is updating the U.S. history civics portion of the naturalization test to include more recent U.S. history information.—Rachel S. Winkler

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Former acting ICE Director and team join Nixon Peabody

Nixon Peabody is pleased to announce that John Sandweg, former acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and former acting General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has joined the firm together with his legal team.—Courtney H. New

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Employers should continue using current Form I-9

Until further notice, employers should continue using the current Form I-9, even after the form’s expiration date of August 31, 2019 has passed.—Jason Gerrol

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