Legal Alerts

This section includes legal alerts and legislative changes in which you may have an interest. This is for informational purposes only. You should not act upon article content without seeking professional legal counsel regarding your particular situation or issue.

  • May 26, 2015

    Starting May 26, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B Extension of Stay petitions until July 27, 2015. Click title to read more.

  • May 4, 2015

    On May 4, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it completed data entry of all fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions and has selected petitions in its computer-generated random process. USCIS will begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected.

    Due to the high volume of filings, the time frame for returning the petitions is uncertain. USCIS asks petitioners not to inquire about the status of submitted cap-subject petitions until they receive a receipt notice or an unselected petition is returned. USCIS will issue an announcement once all the petitions have been returned.

  • April 13, 2015

    On April 13, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it received approximately 233,000 H-1B petitions to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption. Click title to read more.

  • April 7, 2015

    On April 7, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it reached the H-1B cap for Fiscal Year 2016. More details.

  • February 24, 2015

    On February 24, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Leon announced that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B non-immigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. Click title for more details.

  • November 24, 2014

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released additional details about President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform. What is clear is the reform benefits employers far more than anticipated. Expect these reforms to be implemented on a rolling basis. Click the alert title for more information.

  • April 7, 2014

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year 2015. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U. S. advanced degree exemption.

  • January 6, 2014

    This legal alert for franchisors contains information about class action waivers and non-competition provisions in franchise agreements.

  • October 3, 2013

    U.S. Congress’s failure to reach a budget deal has caused a partial shutdown of U.S. government offices and services. The full extent to which the government shutdown will impact various aspects of the immigration process is not yet clear. Click the link above for a brief description of known disruptions that will result from the government shutdown.

  • July 16, 2013

    Based on the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (JOBS Act), several rule changes were recently approved by the SEC. Following are summaries expected to become effective 60 days after their publication in the Federal Register (which is estimated to be on or about September 10th.