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USCIS Announces FY2016 H-1B Cap Reached

On April 7, 2015, USCIS announced that the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2016 was reached within the five business day filing window running from April 1 to April 7, 2015. This includes both the U.S. advanced degree cap preference limit of 20,000 visas…
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Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Spouses

To help U.S. businesses retain highly-skilled workers, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a final rule providing employment authorization eligibility to certain H-4 spouses. Beginning May 26, 2015, certain H-4 spouses of…
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New (Cap) H-1B Filings: April 1 Deadline

April 1 through 7, 2015 is the deadline for new H-1B petitions to be filed under the USCIS H-1B quota (assuming, as in the past, that the H-1B quota will be immediately exhausted). We recommend that employers review upcoming hiring needs and…
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USCIS Announces FY2015 H-1B Cap Reached

On April 7, 2014, USCIS announced that the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2015 was reached within the five business day filing window running from April 1 to April 7, 2014. This includes both the U.S. advanced degree cap preference limit of 20,000 visas…
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New (Cap) H-1B Filings -- April 1 Deadline

April 1 through 7, 2014 is the deadline for new H-1B petitions to be filed under the USCIS H-1B quota (assuming, as in the past, that the H-1B quota will be immediately exhausted). Employers should therefore determine as soon as possible whether they…
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Diversity Lottery 2015 is Open!

The U.S. Department of State has opened entries for the Diversity Lottery 2015 (DV-2015). Online registration for the Diversity Lottery will be accepted until Saturday, November 2, 2013, at noon EDT. The Diversity Lottery allows nationals from…
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New Form I-9 Mandatory After May 7, 2013

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released a new version of Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification). Employers should begin using the newly revised Form I-9 for all new hires and re-verifications, but may continue to use…
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New H-1B Filings -- April 1st Deadline

April 1 through 5, 2013 is the filing deadline for new H-1B petitions to be made under the USCIS H-1B quota (assuming, as in the past, that H-1B quota availability will be immediately exhausted).
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Diversity Lottery 2014 Opens

The U.S. Department of State opened entries for the Diversity Lottery 2014 (DV-2014) beginning Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at noon EDT, and ending Saturday, November 2, 2012, at noon EDT. All entries must be submitted via the Department of State's…
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Employers Should Continue Using Current Form I-9 to Verify Employment Eligibility

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that employers should continue using the version of Form I-9 currently available on the USCIS website (dated 08/07/09) for purposes of verifying employment eligibility even…
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New H-1B Filings Begin April 2

April 2 through 6, 2012, is the initial filing window for new H-1B petitions to be filed against the USCIS FY2013 H-1B quota if the H-1B quota availability is immediately exhausted. Employers should determine as soon as possible whether they have any…
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Current H-1B Cap Count for Fiscal Year 2012

As of October 14, 2011, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that only approximately 21,700 of the regular 65,000 H-1B visas for Fiscal Year 2012 remain available. The quota provides for 65,000 H-1B visas and 20,000 additional H…
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Diversity Lottery 2013 Opens

The U.S. Department of State opens entries for the Diversity Lottery 2013 beginning October 4, 2011 at noon EDT, and ending November 5, 2011, at noon EDT.
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Diversity Lottery 2012 Opens; H-1B Cap Update

The U.S. Department of State opened entries for the Diversity Lottery 2012 (DV-2012) beginning October 5, 2010 at noon EDT, and ending November 3, 2010, at noon EDT. Please note that this is a shorter entry period than in previous years.
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E-Verify Tutorial Alert

Alert: Completion of a new tutorial is required in order to continue using E-verify after a redesign is released on Sunday, June 13, 2010.
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Change in Law Regarding Employer Mandated Meetings

Effective January 1, 2010, Oregon law gives employees the right to opt out of certain employer mandated meetings and requires employers (regardless of the size) to post a communication in the workplace regarding that right.
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The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) Took Effect on

GINA prohibits discrimination by employers (and health insurers) on the basis of genetic information."Genetic information" is defined broadly to include, among other things, information about "the manifestation of a disease or disorder in family…
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Diversity Lottery 2011 Opens

The U.S. Department of State opens entries for the Diversity Lottery 2011 (DV-2011) beginning October 2, 2009 at noon EDT, and ending November 30, 2009, at noon EST.
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Federal Contractors Are Required to Use E-Verify for Many Federal Contracts Awarded On or After September 8, 2009

Companies who receive federal contracts on or after September 8, 2009, must use the government E-Verify system to confirm their employees' eligibility to work in the United States if the federal contract includes the Federal Acquisition Regulation E…
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U.S. Department of Labor Sending Questionnaires to Certain H-1B Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has begun sending detailed questionnaires to H-1B workers who are current or former employees of companies DOL is investigating. Please note that DOL states in the questionnaire that the H-1B worker is not required…
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