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HTMLAAO National Interest Waiver Decision May Open Doors for a Broader Group of Professionals and Entrepreneurs Seeking Green Cards
Ann Louise Brown, Leigh N. Ganchan; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
January 23, 2017, previously published on January 10, 2017
On December 27, 2016, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) -the appellate body for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)-announced a new standard for National Interest Waiver visa petitions in a precedent decision, Matter of Dhanasar. This reassessment comes after almost 20 years of...

 

HTMLNew U.S. Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) Required for Certain Chinese Nationals Beginning November 29, 2016
Leigh N. Ganchan, Rebecca L. Sigmund; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 9, 2016, previously published on November 3, 2016
On October 20, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security issued a final rule requiring travelers holding People’s Republic of China (PRC) passports with B-1, B-2, or 10-year B-1/B-2 visas to enroll in the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) before being admitted into the United States. The...

 

HTMLA Reminder on Voting Rules for Non-U.S. Citizens
Ann Louise Brown, Leigh N. Ganchan; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 9, 2016, previously published on November 1, 2016
As the 2016 presidential election approaches, election reminders abound encouraging everyone to get out and vote on November 8th. Largely focused on the importance of participation, these messages do not typically distinguish between U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPR), and individuals...

 

HTMLDHS Issues Final Rule: USCIS Filing Fees to Increase Effective December 23, 2016
Leigh N. Ganchan, Rebecca L. Sigmund; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 27, 2016, previously published on October 25, 2016
On October 24, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule increasing filing fees associated with a significant number of immigration applications. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must recover its costs through fees and periodically adjust fees to increase...

 

HTMLUSCIS Rolls Out the Blanket L Revised Form I-129S Effective Date
Leigh N. Ganchan; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 27, 2016, previously published on October 20, 2016
Over the summer, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published an updated edition of Form I-129S, Nonimmigrant Petition Based on Blanket L Petition. The new edition is dated “6/2/16.” Blanket L visa applicants with consular appointments have been required to use...

 

HTMLThe H-1B Lottery: How Does a Petition Get That Winning Number Anyway?
Leigh N. Ganchan; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 11, 2016, previously published on October 6, 2016
The H-1B “cap season” has become an annual event for U.S. employers seeking work authorization for highly skilled foreign professionals. Working months in advance, employers and their attorneys prepare and submit H-1B petitions starting on the first business day in April. These...

 

HTMLPoor Policy Publication Revives Sexual Harassment Suit in the Fifth Circuit
Tiffany L. Cox, James Paul Rinnan; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 5, 2016, previously published on July 29, 2016
Maintaining a company anti-harassment policy on a bulletin board and website is not enough to avoid liability for sexual discrimination according to a recent decision. On July 20, 2016, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals revived a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a school board’s clerical...

 

HTMLWhy Can’t We Be Friends? The Supreme Court Discovers an Unexpected Meeting of the Minds in Zubik v. Burwell
Hera S. Arsen, Timothy G. Verrall; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 26, 2016, previously published on May 16, 2016
Regardless of one’s preferred metaphor, the Supreme Court of the United States is adept at ducking, punting, and otherwise avoiding messy and socially divisive interpretive issues. Every once in a while, the parties even help the Court out. Facing the prospect of another evenly divided 4-4...

 

HTMLERISA Preemption Made Easy? Supreme Court Sends Vermont All-Payer Database Back to the Drawing Board
Hera S. Arsen, Timothy G. Verrall; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
March 7, 2016, previously published on March 1, 2016
On the first day of decisions since the unexpected passing of Justice Scalia, the Supreme Court of the United States ventured into the thorny area of preemption under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and managed to articulate a reasonably clear standard for evaluating preemption...