US agency completes implementation of H-1B electronic registration process

A federal US agency has announced it has completed the process to implement the H-1B electronic registration process for the 2021 cap season. Companies applying for H-1B visas for foreign workers in fiscal year 2021 will have to register online and pay a processing fee of $10 as a result. The US Citizenship and Immigration … Read moreUS agency completes implementation of H-1B electronic registration process

US agency completes implementation of H-1B electronic registration process for 2021 cap season

A federal US agency announced Friday it has completed the process to implement the H-1B electronic registration process for the 2021 cap season. As a result of this, companies applying for H-1B visas for foreign workers for the fiscal year 2021 would have to register online and pay a processing fee of USD10. The US … Read moreUS agency completes implementation of H-1B electronic registration process for 2021 cap season

Washington Post: Donald Trump Hired Illegal Aliens for Golf Courses

Donald Trump’s deputies hired illegal aliens in his network of hotels and clubs, and he treated them well, before he entered politics, says a report by the Washington Post. Victorina Morales, a housecleaner at Trump’s golf course in Bedminister, NJ, spoke to the Washington Post: One day, Morales, 47, stood outside washing the windows of the pro … Read moreWashington Post: Donald Trump Hired Illegal Aliens for Golf Courses

India’s Ambassador Lobbies Congress to Get Green Cards for U.S.-based Workers

India’s ambassador on Wednesday acknowledged a meeting with Sen. Dick Durbin, the top Democrat who is blocking GOP Sen. Mike Lee’s S.386 bill that would accelerate the inflow of Indian graduates into the professional jobs sought by American graduates. “Thank you @SenatorDurbin for an engaging discussion on the value that high-skilled #Indian professionals bring to the … Read moreIndia’s Ambassador Lobbies Congress to Get Green Cards for U.S.-based Workers

It’s Time to Prepare for the FY2021 H-1B Visa Filing Season

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 The annual allotment of the popular H-1B employment visa for professionals to work in “specialty occupations” will become available on April 1, 2020. As in past years, the demand will likely exceed the quota, which will necessitate the government to conduct a lottery to select the petitions to be adjudicated. Preparing … Read moreIt’s Time to Prepare for the FY2021 H-1B Visa Filing Season

DOL And USCIS Urge Employers To File H-2B Visas For Spring, Summer 2020 In January

Mercedes Badia-Tavas provides legal and business guidance to clients on a broad range of immigration law cases, with focus on Fortune 500 and small companies alike. Mercedes supports her firm’s offices and clients across various states on immigration employment transfers and up-to-date compliance. As an immigrant herself, Mercedes finds particular fulfillment in helping companies and … Read moreDOL And USCIS Urge Employers To File H-2B Visas For Spring, Summer 2020 In January

Proposed DHS Revisions to H-1B Offer Ray of Hope to U.S. Tech Workers

The Department of Homeland Security’s recently released Unified Agenda gives hope to U.S. tech workers that major, long overdue changes may be coming soon. New DHS guidelines would provide relief to American tech specialists from the decades-long onslaught of overseas H-1B visa holders, L-1 visa international transfers and foreign-born Optional Practical Training (OPT) graduates with … Read moreProposed DHS Revisions to H-1B Offer Ray of Hope to U.S. Tech Workers

Fact Check: Pete Buttigieg Says Illegal Aliens ‘Subsidizing Everybody Else’

Illegal migrants are subsidizing Americans, Pete Buttigieg told a December 1 meeting hosted by progressives in North Carolina. “The uncomfortable reality is that undocumented folks are, in many ways, like Social Security, subsidizing everybody else,” Buttigieg told Rev. William Barber, a progressive activist in North Carolina. Buttigieg was at the North Carolina event to raise … Read moreFact Check: Pete Buttigieg Says Illegal Aliens ‘Subsidizing Everybody Else’

NBC: Massive Chinese Fraud Suspected in OPT Visa-Worker Program

Numerous U.S.-based companies that got Optional Practical Training (OPT) work permits for Chinese graduates have quietly closed their doors following an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) crackdown and media investigations, according to a report by NBC Bay Area. “NBC’s efforts to contact officers at 14 suspicious companies [who got many OPT work permits] were met … Read moreNBC: Massive Chinese Fraud Suspected in OPT Visa-Worker Program

Increased Challenges for the H-1B

Saturday, November 30, 2019 Anyone who works in legal or HR and handles work authorizations for their employees will agree that hiring foreign nationals or international transfers has become much more difficult under the  current administration and its interpretation of President Trump’s Hire America/Buy America (BAHA) Policy, which he issued by Executive Order in April … Read moreIncreased Challenges for the H-1B

ICE Sting Triggers Outrage from Progressives

A skewed news report triggered many progressive politicians, activists, and journalists to declare outrage towards the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) deportation of more than 200 Indian students — even though the ICE operation was launched under former President Barack Obama to block commonplace fraud against U.S. college graduates. The progressive stampede was started … Read moreICE Sting Triggers Outrage from Progressives

Leftists Decry Fake University ICE Sting Used by Obama Administration

The fake University of Farmington, set up by the Department of Homeland Security, that resulted in the arrest of 250 foreign students this year and prompted outrage from leftists, was a concept embraced by the Obama administration, which engaged in similar operations. Leftists experienced a collective freakout this week after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced … Read moreLeftists Decry Fake University ICE Sting Used by Obama Administration

Elizabeth Warren: ICE Is ‘Cruel’ to Deport India’s College Graduate Illegals

The government was “cruel” to deport roughly 200 Indian graduates who signed up for a no-show college so they could take good jobs from U.S. graduates by fraud, according to a tweet from Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Warren said in a tweeted response to an article in the Detroit Free Press: This is cruel and appalling. … Read moreElizabeth Warren: ICE Is ‘Cruel’ to Deport India’s College Graduate Illegals

‘OH MY GOD:’ Alyssa Milano Explodes After ICE Deports White-Collar Illegals

Hollywood actress Alyssa Milano is horrified by the deportation of more than 200 Indians who were trying to sneak into U.S. white-collar jobs and to win U.S. citizenship by fraud. “OH MY GOD. ICE has arrested about 250 students who were enrolled at a fake university set up by ICE to lure in,” the actress … Read more‘OH MY GOD:’ Alyssa Milano Explodes After ICE Deports White-Collar Illegals

Justice Dept. Defends ‘OPT’ Program Which Pays Investors to Hire Foreign Graduates

The Department of Justice has joined with business groups to defend the program which pays investors more than $2 billion in tax breaks for hiring roughly 300,000 foreign graduates instead of their recent American counterparts. The government lawyers replied to a lawsuit against the Optional Practical Training program by saying it is a legal extension … Read moreJustice Dept. Defends ‘OPT’ Program Which Pays Investors to Hire Foreign Graduates

H, L Visas on DHS Regulatory Agenda

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 According to the DHS Fall Regulatory Agenda, the Administration is planning further restrictions to immigration regulations that, if enacted, will affect employers. Over the past few years, DHS has changed the way it reviews H and L visa petitions from employers, which has resulted in significant increases in Requests for Evidence … Read moreH, L Visas on DHS Regulatory Agenda

OMB Releases Fall 2019 Unified Regulatory Agenda; DHS & USCIS Expect Active Rulemakings

Monday, November 25, 2019 Twice a year, the Office of Management and Budget, in concert with the General Services Administration and its own Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, publish the Unified Regulatory Agenda (Unified Agenda). The Unified Agenda is a transparency program that publishes federal agency rulemakings in process. It is not a process … Read moreOMB Releases Fall 2019 Unified Regulatory Agenda; DHS & USCIS Expect Active Rulemakings

Senate Report: Careless Elites Help China Steal Americans’ Technology

Careless elites in government and in universities help the Chinese government steal U.S. technology and get taxpayer funding for Chinese research, according to a bipartisan report by the Senate investigations committee. “This report follows an eight-month investigation into how the American taxpayer has, in effect, unwittingly funded research that has contributed to China’s global rise … Read moreSenate Report: Careless Elites Help China Steal Americans’ Technology

Farm Industry Back Democrats in Amnesty-for-Cheap-Labor Swap

Much of the agriculture sector applauded Democrats on the House judiciary committee who passed their joint amnesty-for-cheap-workers bargain in a party-line vote, 18 to 12. The legislation would aid the Democrat Party by delivering green cards to at least 500,000 illegal migrants — perhaps 1.25 million — so putting them on a path to the … Read moreFarm Industry Back Democrats in Amnesty-for-Cheap-Labor Swap

Beltway Buzz, November 22, 2019

Friday, November 22, 2019 Close Call. On November 21, 2019, President Donald Trump signed a continuing resolution to keep the federal government open through December 20, 2019. Given the pervasiveness of brinksmanship in Congress these days, the Buzz suspects that a new funding agreement won’t be struck (if at all) until the last minute. Regulatory Agenda Released.  For … Read moreBeltway Buzz, November 22, 2019

Top headlines: RBI constitutes panel for DHFL, more curbs on H1-B likely

RBI sets up three-member advisory committee to assist DHFL administrator The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday constituted a three-member advisory committee to assist DHFL’s administrator in discharge of his duties. The three-member advisory committee would comprise of Rajiv Lall, non-executive chairman, IDFC First Bank Ltd, N S Kannan, managing director and CEO, ICICI … Read moreTop headlines: RBI constitutes panel for DHFL, more curbs on H1-B likely

More curbs on H1-B & L-1 visas likely as US Homeland seeks to tweak norms

To protect the interests of American workers, US may soon put further curbs on H1-B and L-1 work visas. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proposing to revise the definition of specialty occupation to “increase focus on obtaining the best and the brightest foreign nationals via the H1-B program,” a news report in The … Read moreMore curbs on H1-B & L-1 visas likely as US Homeland seeks to tweak norms

Report: Boeing Outsourced U.S. Jobs to $9-an-Hour Foreign Workers

Boeing, the second biggest beneficiary of United States Defense Department government contracts, outsourced American software jobs to foreign graduates for $9 an hour, a new report states. A report by The Atlantic this week details how Boeing engineers were taken aback in recent years when software jobs in the U.S. were dished out to foreign … Read moreReport: Boeing Outsourced U.S. Jobs to $9-an-Hour Foreign Workers

23 per cent petitions seeking H1-B visas were denied in 2019: MEA

About 23 per cent of new petitions seeking H1-B visas for the US were denied in the 2019 fiscal year, the External Affairs Ministry said. In a written reply in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said according to statistics of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) a total … Read more23 per cent petitions seeking H1-B visas were denied in 2019: MEA

USCIS Proposes Significant Fee Hikes

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed a new fee schedule designed to mitigate an approximate $1.3 billion shortfall in the annual budget of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). According to DHS, immigration fees would increase by a weighted average of 21 percent across the board. In reality, however, the fee changes would … Read moreUSCIS Proposes Significant Fee Hikes

Democrats Set Wednesday Vote for Amnesty and Company-Town Economy

The House judiciary committee will debate and vote Wednesday on a bill to award multiple amnesties to the agriculture industry’s large illegal-immigrant workforce. The “Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019” would also convert swathes of rural America into cheap-labor, low-tech company towns. The bill would allow employers to hire from the unlimited inflow of H-2A … Read moreDemocrats Set Wednesday Vote for Amnesty and Company-Town Economy

U.S. Creates Sanctuaries for Migrants in Latin American Countries

A new regulation will allow U.S. border officers to send asylum seekers to several Latin American countries instead of being released into the United States. Reuters posted a report saying: In a fast-track regulation set to publish in the Federal Register on Tuesday, the administration has created a framework that will allow asylum seekers to … Read moreU.S. Creates Sanctuaries for Migrants in Latin American Countries

E-Verify Records Purge

Terra R. Martin is an associate in the Immigration & Workforce Mobility practice group in Polsinelli’s Atlanta office. Terra leverages her experience in immigration law spanning over seven years, to best serve her clients. Prior to joining Polsinelli, Terra worked as a senior associate and in-house counsel. Terra focuses her practice on preparing and filing … Read moreE-Verify Records Purge

Study Says ‘Dreamer’ Population Has Risen by over 1 Million Since 2007

The population of so-called “Dreamer” illegal aliens has risen by at least one million since President Barack Obama announced his Rose Garden DACA amnesty for child migrants who entered the United States before 2007. “As of 2017, we estimate that the United States has more than 1.1 million illegal immigrants who arrived before the age … Read moreStudy Says ‘Dreamer’ Population Has Risen by over 1 Million Since 2007

Beltway Buzz, November 15, 2019

Friday, November 15, 2019 DACA at SCOTUS.  On November 12, 2019, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral argument in a series of cases challenging President Donald Trump’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September 2017. DACA, which began in 2012, provides work authorization and protection from deportation to individuals brought to … Read moreBeltway Buzz, November 15, 2019

New Report: 53 Million Americans Hold Low-Wage Jobs

The Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program just released a study that casts serious doubt on President Trump’s insistence that the economy is improving, and that the employment market is strong. Brookings’ findings confirm that working doesn’t necessarily translate into earning a decent wage. Despite record low 3.6 percent unemployment, the Brookings’ report, “Meet the Low-Wage … Read moreNew Report: 53 Million Americans Hold Low-Wage Jobs

Democrat 2020 Candidate Deval Patrick Exits Job-Outsourcing Firm, Bain Capital | Breitbart

The latest Democrat to enter the 2020 presidential race has quietly exited the governing board of the job-outsourcing firm, Bain Capital. Deval Patrick is a former governor of Massachusetts and is a close ally of former President Barack Obama. He joined Bain Capital’s board in 2015, but the company’s website has removed a page showing … Read moreDemocrat 2020 Candidate Deval Patrick Exits Job-Outsourcing Firm, Bain Capital | Breitbart

Ken Cuccinelli Gets Transfer from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to DHS | Breitbart

Ken Cuccinelli will take the second-ranking job at the Department of Homeland Security, alongside former lobbyist Chad Wolf, who will work as the acting secretary of the agency. The purpose and impact of Cuccinelli’s reported transfer are unclear, partly because he has won plaudits for his activist role at the critical U.S. Citizenship and Immigration … Read moreKen Cuccinelli Gets Transfer from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to DHS | Breitbart

Chad Wolf sworn in as DHS chief, names Ken Cuccinelli as deputy

Chad Wolf was sworn in Wednesday as the new acting Homeland Security secretary, and announced that acting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Ken Cuccinelli will serve as his deputy — a move that is likely to be welcomed by supporters of tougher immigration measures. “I am sincerely grateful to the president for his confidence in … Read moreChad Wolf sworn in as DHS chief, names Ken Cuccinelli as deputy

Solicitor General to SCOTUS: Federal Law Does Not Allow DACA Work Permits

The nation’s immigration law does not allow the large-scale award of work permits to the huge class of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) migrants, the nation’s solicitor general told the Supreme Court on Tuesday. “My final and critical point is that there’s no limiting principle” in the award of benefits — including work permits … Read moreSolicitor General to SCOTUS: Federal Law Does Not Allow DACA Work Permits

Kamala Harris promises to lift existing per country caps for employment based green cards

Indian-origin US Senator Kamala Harris is in favour of lifting the existing per-country caps for employment based green cards, her presidential campaign has said, asserting that 95 per cent in line for legal permanent residency are primarily from China, India, the Philippines and Vietnam. Harris’ presidential campaign, which started early this year, in recent weeks … Read moreKamala Harris promises to lift existing per country caps for employment based green cards

Employers to be Impacted By Proposed Changes to the Registration Process and Fees for Next Year’s H-1B Visa Lottery System

Michael Durham has been practicing immigration law exclusively for the past 17 years. Michael’s focused experience allows him to guide his clients through the complex and constantly changing labyrinth of immigration laws and regulations. Michael’s knowledge and understanding of immigration laws and critical insight into the immigration process qualifies him to represent businesses, employers and … Read moreEmployers to be Impacted By Proposed Changes to the Registration Process and Fees for Next Year’s H-1B Visa Lottery System

DACA: Updates and Options for Dreamers

[*] Tuesday, November 12, 2019 This November, the United States Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on the case that will decide the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.[1] This program, established through executive action, has offered a temporary reprieve from removal (deportation) to nearly 800,000 students and young professionals … Read moreDACA: Updates and Options for Dreamers

Administration Officials Tout Chad Wolf for DHS Acting Secretary

Administration officials are backing Chad Wolf as a safe choice for the job of acting secretary at the Department of Homeland Defense. Many pro-American immigration reformers are alarmed by Wolf’s pending role as acting chief in an election year, but officials say Wolf will keep the department’s top-level cadre of experts and lawyers who are … Read moreAdministration Officials Tout Chad Wolf for DHS Acting Secretary

Justice Dept. to SCOTUS: We Can’t Give Work Permits to DACA Migrants

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has quietly told the Supreme Court that it does not have the legal authority to issue work permits to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) migrants and has effectively invited the court to block the annual award of more than one million work permits to migrants. “If the [judges] make … Read moreJustice Dept. to SCOTUS: We Can’t Give Work Permits to DACA Migrants