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May 24, 2022

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is expanding the premium processing program to include certain Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker applicants under the EB-1 and EB-2 classifications. Currently the expansion only applies to previously filed Form I-140s. USCIS will not accept new Form I-140s with premium processing …

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May 23, 2022

The O-1 nonimmigrant visa is designed for foreign nationals with extraordinary abilities in a variety of fields including sciences, education, and business. Individuals must apply for the correct O-1 visa subcategory based on their qualifications.

May 19, 2022

The Department of Homeland Security has published a Federal Register notice (FRN) for public inspection. The FRN was published on May 19, 2022 and designates Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months.

May 17, 2022

A new temporary final rule (TFR) announced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) will make an additional 35,000 H-2B nonagricultural worker visas available for the second half of the current fiscal year.

May 16, 2022

Many children who came to the US legally – often as dependents on their parents’ temporary work visas – risk aging out of the US immigration system when they turn 21.

May 12, 2022

Following a recent court decision, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will no longer require a biometrics fee for asylum-based applicants for employment authorization documents (EADs).

May 11, 2022

Following a recent court decision, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will no longer require a biometrics fee for asylum-based applicants for employment authorization documents (EADs).

May 10, 2022

El Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos (DOS) ha publicado el Boletín de Visas de mayo del 2022. Los solicitantes deben consultar las nuevas tablas de Acción Final y Fechas de Presentación en categorías basadas en peticiones familiares.

May 4, 2022

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new Temporary Final Rule (TFR) on May 3, 2022 to automatically extend certain Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) for a period of up to 540 days.

May 3, 2022

If you are applying for a United States immigrant visa or green card with consular processing, the National Visa Center (NVC) plays an important role in your case. After your immigrant visa petition is approved by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency sends it to the NVC …

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May 2, 2022

New Illinois law imposes stringent restrictions on employee non-compete and non-solicitation agreements signed after January 1, 2022. It is important to work closely with an attorney to ensure that your contracts comply with the new law.

April 28, 2022

A new class action lawsuit alleges that two American companies, SMART Alabama, LLC and AGWM United, LLC, have used the TN visa to hire professional workers for underpaid, unskilled positions.

April 27, 2022

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a recent United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) final regulation to temporarily increase the automatic extension period of employment authorization and documentation for certain renewal applicants.

April 27, 2022

The EB-5 Regional Center Program has been officially extended through September 30, 2027 by Congress’s EB-5 Reform and Integrity Act of 2022. The policy also increases the minimum investment required EB-5 visas, and sets aside part of the annual EB-5 immigrant visa quota for rural areas, high unemployment areas, and …

EB-5 Visa Regional Center Program Extended Through September 2027 Read More »

April 25, 2022

During the COVID-19 pandemic, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) temporarily allowed certain employers to inspect Form I-9 documentation remotely. The remote verification policy was expected to expire on April 30, 2022. However, ICE extended the flexibility through October 31, 2022.

April 22, 2022

Employers won’t want to miss this live conversation with Chugh, LLP Partner and Attorney Gladys Gervacio and host Business Development and Outreach Manager Neha Mahajan as they delve into important Form I-9 topics.

April 22, 2022

President Biden is expected to announce a new streamlined system for Ukrainian citizens fleeing the Russian invasion.

April 21, 2022

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has indefinitely extended its COVID-19 vaccination requirement for non-US travelers entering the country from Canadian and Mexican land and ferry borders. The restriction will remain in effect until DHS announces that it has ended.

April 20, 2022

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently began issuing separate employment authorization documents (EAD) and advanced parole (AP) documents. Previously, the agency issued a combo card with both an EAD and AP.

April 18, 2022

Employers submitted 483,927 registrations for selection in the fiscal year (FY) 2023 H-1B cap lottery. This is about 57% more than employers filed in the FY 2022 lottery.

April 18, 2022

Join Attorney Swapnali Kelkar and our host Neha Mahajan (Business Development and Outreach Manager) for a conversation on some of your most frequently asked US immigration questions.

April 15, 2022

The United States Department of Homeland Security has redesignated South Sudan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), extending TPS for the 18-month period from May 3, 2022 to November 3, 2023.

April 14, 2022

The US Department of State (DOS) has released the May 2022 Visa Bulletin. Applicants should refer to the new Final Action and Dates for Filing charts in employment-based categories. Most employment-based Final Action dates have not changed for May 2022, while EB-2 India advances two months to September 1, 2013.

April 14, 2022

H.R. 7374, or the “Jumpstart our Legal System Act” was introduced in the House by Representative Zoe Lofgren (CA-19). The bill aims to recapture 400,000 employment- and family-based visas and pave an accelerated path for adjustment of status applicants who are currently residing in the United States.

April 9, 2022

Join our skilled legal professionals for a detailed video overview of corporate compliance.

April 8, 2022

Many companies are looking to build a global mobility strategy as they plan to relocate their headquarters or employees internationally.

April 7, 2022

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will use a risk-based approach to determine when to waive interviews for certain conditional permanent residents (CPRs) that file Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence.

April 7, 2022

The United States Visa Applicant Centre (VAC) is now allowing applicants in India to submit interview waiver applications for free at any embassy or consulate.

April 7, 2022

United States government inspectors from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Labor (DOL), and Department of Justice (DOJ) may visit your workplace to investigate allegations or verify your foreign national workers’ employment authorization and employment details.

April 1, 2022

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will publish a temporary final rule adding 35,000 visas to the H-2B visa cap for fiscal year (FY) 2022.

March 31, 2022

A complex set of US laws governs the process of adopting a child internationally or sponsoring a child’s US immigration status. Jo

March 30, 2022

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has further extended its flexibility for delays in responding to certain agency requests for applicants and petitioners who are required to respond

March 29, 2022

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced new efforts to help reduce backlogs and burdens to the immigration system. The new measure will include an expansion of the premium process program and goals to further reduce backlogs.

March 29, 2022

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun to release its selection results for the fiscal year (FY) 2023 H-1B cap lottery. The selection process is ongoing and will continue until USCIS announces that it is complete.

March 25, 2022

he decision to file for divorce in California is certainly not an easy one. It can be legally complex, and emotionally difficult. The process varies based on the duration of your marriage, whether you have children, and most importantly, whether you can reach an agreement with your spouse.

March 25, 2022

Form I-9 is used to verify employment eligibility when hiring new employees or reverifying work authorization. All United States employers must gather and maintain original Form I-9 records for all employees, including foreign nationals.

March 25, 2022

Corporate litigation can strain your company’s resources and time. Chugh, LLP’s legal team works hard to help your company manage litigation quickly and effectively if it does arise.

March 18, 2022

Latin America presents exciting opportunities for business in the realms of growth and expansion. With these opportunities, your team’s global mobility becomes an important consideration.

March 18, 2022

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will soon start issuing notices to certain E and L spouses that will be sufficient evidence of employment authorization when combined with an unexpired Form I-94.

March 18, 2022

Starting May 1, 2022, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will end the temporary policy allowing employers to accept expired List B documents.

March 17, 2022

The United States State Department has released its April 2022 Visa Bulletin. The bulletin features limited movement in Final Action Dates for most categories. However, EB-2 India advances two months in the Final Action Dates chart and a full year in the Dates for Filing chart.

March 17, 2022

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced an 18-month Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Afghan citizens living in the United States since March 15, 2022. TPS for Afghan nationals will take effect once it is published in the Federal Register.

March 11, 2022

Many businesses are expanding into Canada to take advantage of its business-friendly climate and pro-immigrant policies.

March 10, 2022

An injunction is a legal remedy which restrains one party from acting in a certain way. This form of relief is generally only available when there are no other solutions available and irreparable harm will result without the injunction.

March 9, 2022

Under The Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), employees can file lawsuits against their employers for certain violations of the labor code. If successful, these employees can recover civil penalties for themselves, fellow employees, and the state of California. PAGA allows employees to file class action suits without meeting normal class …

The Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA): What California Businesses Should Know Read More »

March 4, 2022

Foreign nationals have multiple options to establish businesses in the United States. Join Chugh, LLP Partner and Attorney Diya Mathews and Business Development and Outreach Manager Neha Mahajan for a live conversation on some of these immigration avenues

March 4, 2022

Due to the current humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designated Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for an 18-month period.

March 3, 2022

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is now accepting credit card payments at all service centers through a pilot program. To pay with a credit card at a USCIS service center, applicants should file Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions.

March 3, 2022

The Office of Management and Budget has approved a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) final rule that would expand premium processing services to additional case types. The rule is one step closer to implementation with this approval.

March 2, 2022

The H-1B visa cap process can be overwhelming if you’re getting sponsored for the first time. During this video, we provide an overview of the fiscal year 2023 H-1B cap process just in time for H-1B cap season.

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