During her second video in our Divorce in California video series, Chugh, LLP family law attorney Brinda Gandhi covers two frequently asked questions
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced how it will implement Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policy for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. USCIS will reject all applications from foreign nationals who have never received DACA and return their application fees. These individuals may reapply for DACA without prejudice if this policy is overturned in the future. USCIS will continue to accept DACA applications from people who have received DACA before.
The production of certain Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) is delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through December 1, 2020, certain employees may use an EAD approval notice as a List C document for employment verification purposes during the Form I-9 process. This Form I-797, Notice of Action for Form I-765 can only be used for employment verification purposes if it indicates that the EAD application has been approved and the notice date is between December 1, 2019 and August 20, 2020. After December 1, 2020, employers may no longer accept Form I-797 for employment verification.
The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to decide this fall on a decade-old battle between Google and Oracle that may have far-reaching implications for software developers and their clients. This is a unique case because it highlights the importance and complexities of protecting IP rights and applying copyright concepts in a software agreement. As the country awaits the verdict, third-party software developers and their clients should both meet with an intellectual property (IP) attorney to create strong Software Development Agreements that ensure they are fairly entitled to use the code or have certain ownership protection.
As of July 31, 2020, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will start to share information about suspected labor law violations by H-1B employers with the US Labor Department. The Labor Department plans to use this information to launch its own H-1B workplace investigations for the first time. This policy change could lead to increased scrutiny for H-1B employers.
Chugh, LLP Senior Partner Suneeta Dewan appeared on the NYLESA Podcast (New York Local Expatriate Spouse Association) to discuss visa options available to the diplomatic community – particularly United Nations employees and their spouses.