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HTMLStrengthening Security of the Visa Waiver Program Through Enhancements to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization
Charles Edward Gillman; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 14, 2014
On November 3, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the agency is instituting additional security measures for individuals seeking admission to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The VWP is typically available to citizens of countries with relatively...

 

HTMLThe Impact of the President’s Executive Action Upon U.S. Employers
Charles Edward Gillman, Andrew W. Merrills; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 21, 2014
On Thursday evening, November 20, 2014, President Obama announced that he was taking executive action that will primarily shield up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation. U.S. employers will benefit from business-related portions of the executive action, but these provisions will be...

 

HTMLMajor Retrogression in the EB-2/India Immigrant Visa Category Expected in the Fall of 2014
Justin Coffey, Charles Edward Gillman; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
September 22, 2014, previously published on September 15, 2014
The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Visa Bulletin sets out per country priority dates that regulate when an individual may begin the final phase of the “green card” process, either through adjustment of status or consular processing of an immigrant visa application. Those with a...

 

HTMLFY 2015 H-1B Cap Reached, Selection Lottery to be Conducted
Nicole Brooks, Charles Edward Gillman; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
April 10, 2014, previously published on April 7, 2014
On April 7, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received sufficient H-1B cap-subject petitions to reach the annual 65,000 “regular cap” limit for fiscal year (FY) 2015. USCIS also received more than 20,000 H-1B petitions filed on behalf of...

 

HTMLDOL Advises Employers on Handling of PERM, H-2A, and H-2B Applications After Government Shutdown
Charles Edward Gillman; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
November 7, 2013, previously published on November 4, 2013
On October 31, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) announced that employers with time-sensitive recruitment or prevailing wage determinations that did not timely submit PERM or H-2B applications due to the shutdown can now file, and the...

 

HTMLFAQs on Immigration Processing During the Federal Government Shutdown
Charles Edward Gillman, Ceridwen J. Koski, Stephen D. Parker; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 8, 2013, previously published on October 3, 2013
As of the evening of October 3, 2013, Congress has not yet reached an agreement to fund the federal government. As a result, some federal agencies that rely solely on government funding cannot provide services and have been partially shut down. Those agencies that receive funding from fees or other...

 

HTMLAutomated Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record to be Introduced in April 2013
Nicole Brooks, Justin Coffey, Lee Gibbs Depret-Bixio, Charles Edward Gillman, Andrew W. Merrills; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
May 2, 2013, previously published on April 30, 2013
On March 27, 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published an Interim Final Rule in the Federal Register that will automate the Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, to purportedly streamline the admissions process for individuals visiting the United States. The I-94 Form (I-94) provides...