Known as a “reorganization” bankruptcy, Chapter 11 bankruptcy allows businesses and individuals to reorganize their debts and repay their creditors over time. While Chapter 11 is the most expensive and complicated form of bankruptcy, Chapter 11 bankruptcy can be a good fit for some businesses because it generally allows business owners to remain open and retain control of their operations as they repay their creditors.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that they will open the fiscal year 2022 H-1B cap registration period from Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 12 PM EST through Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 12 PM EST. Petitioners and their legal representatives can submit H-1B visa registrations during this time.
President Joe Biden released an executive order on February 2, 2021 instructing federal immigration agencies to conduct comprehensive reviews of immigration policies from the Trump administration, including the public charge rule. The order also requests agencies to eliminate barriers to citizenship and faster Form N-400, Application for Naturalization processing times. Agencies are instructed to recommend policy revisions where appropriate.
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will soon announce the registration process for the H-1B visa fiscal year 2022 cap season. It is unclear yet whether the agency will implement the October 2020 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule that would award H-1B visas based on wage level instead of the randomized lottery system.
Many employers have shifted to a partially or fully remote workplace in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This flexibility can lend itself to increased productivity and better worker retention. But as a growing number of remote workers are moving or living outside of the state where the employer’s offices are located, businesses should carefully consider the legal implications of an out-of-state workforce.
In December 2020, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a suit against Facebook, Inc. claiming that the company discriminated against United States workers by reserving certain permanent job opportunities for foreign nationals on temporary work visas. The lawsuit’s outcome could impact how US companies sponsor permanent foreign workers.