Client Advisory: USCIS Announces Temporary Final Rule Extending the Automatic Extension Period of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for Certain Applicants

On May 4th, 2022, USCIS announced a new rule from DHS temporarily increasing the automatic extension period for EAD eligible renewal applicants. The automatic extension period begins the date of expiration on the EAD (Employment Authorization Document) for a new total of 540 days.  The previous rule provided 180 days from the expiration of EAD;… [Read More]

Client Advisory: Possible Future Availability of Expedited Premium Processing for Certain Applications

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that they have issued a final rule to expand premium processing for the following forms: I-140, I-539, I-765. While premium processing does exist for some of these categories now, this new rule will include additional case types and categories. What Does This Mean? Nothing, yet…. [Read More]

Strategic Use of the E Visa with Blanket L Petitions

Multinational companies rely on being able to move important team members at the speed of business. To do this effectively, corporate leadership must employ immigration strategies that consider a variety of scenarios – from temporary visas for training and short-term projects to longer-term solutions that allow foreign executives, managers, and those with critical skillsets to… [Read More]

What to do if your Business Receives a “No-Match” Notification

A recent New York Times article reported that tens of thousands of employers are expected to receive “no-match” notifications from the Social Security Administration, a move that could cause massive disruptions in hospitality, construction and agriculture workforces. The notifications are the first to be sent since 2012. The practice received increased scrutiny in 2007, when… [Read More]

The Strong Argument for H-2B Relief

A recent editorial in the Portland Press Herald lays out compelling reasons to increase the availability of H-2B visas. The H-2B visa program is especially useful to hospitality and agriculture employers who depend on seasonal workers. As the only viable option for seasonal workers and “non-professional” positions, employers that are shut out from the H-2B… [Read More]

The Impacts of Premium Processing for H-1B Extensions and Portability

On August 28, 2018, the USCIS announced that an April suspension of premium processing for Cap-subject H-1B petitions would continue and would be expanded as of September 11, 2018, to other H-1B petitions, most notably, H-1B extensions and H-1B “change of employer”. The suspension of H-1B premium processing for these types of H-1B petitions is expected to last until… [Read More]