USCIS Conducts Second H-1B Lottery

By: Elizabeth Coonan | 08.24.2020

  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has conducted a second H-1B lottery to select additional FY 2021 H-1B Cap cases. BrownWinick first reported the conclusion of the H-1B lottery selection in April; however, employers began to receive notifications of case selection late last week.  This second lottery is in an effort to fill the Read…

Department of Homeland Security Issues Guidance on Exemptions to Travel Bans

By: BrownWinick |

  The Department of Homeland Security has issued guidance on exemptions to travel bans, specifically detailing exemptions to Presidential Proclamations 10014 and 10052, which together suspend the entry of certain immigrant visa applicants, and foreign nationals who present a risk to the U.S. economic recovery efforts in the wake of COVID-19, until December 31, 2020 Read…

E-Verify COVID-19 Accommodation: New Temporary Rule for I-9 Compliance

By: Elizabeth Coonan | 05.02.2020

  On May 1, 2020, the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that expiring list B documents used for the purpose of validating an employee’s eligibility to work in the United States may be treated as if the employee provided a valid receipt for the document for I-9 purposes. DHS reasoned that, “Because many Read…

COVID-19 Update: Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants

By: BrownWinick | 04.23.2020

  Summary The highly anticipated Presidential Proclamation which suspends entry of certain immigrants during the economic recovery period of COVID-19 has been signed and will be effective at 11:59 pm today, April 23, 2020. In short, the suspension affects a limited group of foreign nationals – those who are outside the United States and without Read…

H-1B Lottery Concluded – Petitions May Be Filed Beginning April 1

By: BrownWinick | 04.03.2020

  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced earlier this week that the H-1B electronic registration process and the FY2021 lottery has concluded. Employers are now eligible to file a FY2021 H-1B cap-subject petition — provided they electronically registered the beneficiary in the H-1B registration process, and the registration was selected in the lottery.  The Read…

Homeland Security’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: E-Verify and Form I-9 Temporary Policies

By: Elizabeth Coonan | 03.25.2020

  In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has implemented several changes to the Form I-9 and E-Verify programs to alleviate concerns and burdens for employers. Form I-9 Policies As employers are likely aware, Form I-9, which provides verification of work authorization for employees, possesses the requirement that the employer be Read…

COVID-19 Immigration Q&A for Employers

By: Elizabeth Coonan |

  What impact does “work-from-home” and “social distancing” have on my foreign labor force? Many non-immigrant visas (H-1B, L-1, TN, O, P, R, etc.) are tied to particular work-sites and activities performed at specific locations. Employers that are asking their employees to work from home may need to file new Labor Condition Applications (LCAs) or Read…