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Diversity Visa 2020 Fact Sheet

The congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered on an annual basis by the U.S. Department of State and conducted under the terms of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).  Known as the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, this lottery...

Trump Administration’s ‘Culture of No’ is Causing Risk and Unpredictability to Employment-Based Immigration

In the past 18 months, the Trump Administration has issued a series of policy memoranda that are quietly changing the landscape of employment-based immigration, and not for the better. Seemingly every time advocates and immigration counsel adjust their practices and create new strategies, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) publishes another news release describing another obstacle in the adjudication of immigration petitions filed by U.S. employers on behalf of their foreign workers.

Client Advisory: DHS Considering Changes to H-1B Extensions Beyond Six Years

Recent reports indicate that the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) is considering limiting the ability of H-1B workers who are in the lawful permanent residence (“green card”) process to obtain extensions of their H-1B time beyond the six-year durational limit. Even though DHS has taken no definitive action to date, the immigration bar is actively preparing a strong court challenge to any change to the law, policy, or regulations that govern H-1B extensions in this context.

U.S. Department of State Releases Instructions for the 2019 Diversity Visa Program

50,000 permanent resident visas will be issued by the U.S. Department of State. The State Department will ONLY accept Entry Forms found at: www.dvlottery.state.gov. You must submit your application between noon Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Wednesday, October 18, 2017, and noon Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT-5), Wednesday, November 22, 2017. The form may ONLY be submitted electronically. Applicants with more than one entry will be disqualified.

USCIS Releases New I-9 Form

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new I-9 Form on July 17, 2017. The new form is ready for use and employers must start using the new form before September 18, 2017.