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Immigration Update: Travel Ban and Other News for Employers

The Immigration Law Group at Epstein Becker Green released a Special Immigration Alert that will be of interest to our readers.

Topics include:

  1. President Trump Issues Revised Executive Order on Travel
  2. USCIS Suspends Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions Starting April 3, 2017: All H-1B Petitions, Including H-1B Cap Petitions, Are Affected!
  3. Use of New Form I-9 Is Now Mandatory
  4. IRS Announces That Delinquent Taxpayers Face Revocation/Denial of U.S. Passports
  5. DHS Issues Two New Memos on Enforcement/Border Security

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DHS Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants

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Robert S. Groban, Jr. and the Immigration Law Group of Epstein Becker Green recently issued an alert that will be of interest to healthcare employers.

On February 24, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule that extends eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident status. H-4 spouses who fit the eligibility criteria will be able to apply for employment authorization starting on May 26, 2015.

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January 2015 Immigration Update

Robert S. Groban, Jr. and the Immigration Law Group of Epstein Becker Green recently issued an alert that will be of interest to employers. Following are the main topic headings: 

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Update on Immigration ~ Issues for Health Care

Epstein Becker Green colleagues Robert S. Groban, Jr. and Matthew S. Groban provide an update to the health care industry in the Immigration Alert: September 2014, including an update on the Sixth Circuit Expanding the Liability of Health Care Employers for Sponsorship Costs.

Based on the Kutty decision, health care employers can expect more aggressive enforcement activity in connection with their employment of foreign nationals (“FNs”) generally and foreign medical professionals sponsored for H-1B classification and J-1 waivers of the two-year foreign residence requirement that many J-1 residents face.  For the full client alert, click here.… Continue Reading

Immigration Update

Robert Groban and the Immigration Law Group of Epstein Becker Green recently issued an alert that will be of interest to employers. Following are the main topic headings:

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Government Shutdown and Its Threat to the Immigration Process

We recommend this recent client alert on Epstein Becker Green’s website: “Special Immigration Alert: The Immigration Ripple Effect of a Government Shutdown,” by Robert Groban, Jr., Pierre Georges Bonnefil, Patrick Brady, Jang Im, and Greta Ravitsky, our colleagues at Epstein Becker Green.

Following is an excerpt:

The looming prospect of a Government shutdown will have a significant impact on the immigration process. Activities of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be largely unaffected because it is funded by the fees it collects. The shutdown, however, may affect the ability of applicants … Continue Reading

Immigration Alert – New Form I-9 Becomes Effective on May 7, 2013

By: Robert S. Groban, Jr.

Excerpt from EBG April 2013 Immigration Alert:

On March 8, 2013, the USCIS published a notice in the Federal Register announcing that it had recently revised the Employment Eligibility Verification form (“Form I-9”), and that employers must start using this new form by May 7, 2013.  Employers using prior versions of the Form I-9 on or after May 8, 2013, will violate the law and be subject to worksite enforcement fines and other penalties.

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Immigration Update

Immigration Alert

An immigration alert has been issued by our colleagues at Epstein Becker Green: Robert S. Groban Jr., Pierre Georges Bonnefil, Patrick G. Brady, Jang Hyuk Im, and Greta Ravitsky.

Topics include the following:

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Special Immigration Alert: H-1B Filings Update

As of May 18, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received 42,000 petitions that count against the 65,000 H-1B Regular Cap, and 16,000 petitions that count against the 20,000 H-1B Master’s Cap. USCIS will continue to accept new petitions until it has filled the H-1B Regular and Master’s Cap.

Click here to read the Special Immigration Alert in its entirety.

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PRUCOL Can Solve The “Permanent Resident” Problem

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Rock Center with Brian Williams recently featured a story about hospitals that were “overwhelmed by ‘permanent residents.’” The focus of the piece was individuals whose need for acute care in a hospital had long since been addressed, but who have no insurance or other way to pay for the long-term care they do need, in a nursing home or rehabilitation facility, or in their own home. Without a safe place to which discharge is available for these patients, hospitals must continue to provide for their care.

 One of the individuals profiled by the piece, and many … Continue Reading

OSC Targets Health Care and Other Industries

Written by: Robert S. Groban Jr.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel (“OSC”) was established by Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (“IRCA”). The OSC investigates and prosecutes employers for discriminating against workers based on national origin, citizenship status, and document abuse. Liability can attach when an employer acts too zealously in satisfying its Form I-9 obligations, such as asking foreign-looking applicants for more or different documents than it seeks from “American” workers or instructing employment applicants on which documents to provide for Form I-9 verification. Given the recent increase in Form I-9 audits by … Continue Reading

2012 HEAL Briefings for Healthcare and Wellness Executive and HR Professionals – EBG Atlanta Office

A monthly breakfast law briefing and networking series specifically  designed for health care and wellness company executives and human resources professionals.  This informative series will address labor and employment issues during these challenging times and offer solutions.

For additional information and to register,  contact Carla Llarena or by tel: (404) 869-5363.

February 8, 2012 
Today’s OSHA: What Healthcare Companies and Practices Need to Know

March 14, 2012
It Can Hurt to Ask: TMI in the Digital Age
(Focusing on Social Media & Background Checks)

April 11, 2012
Best Practices to Avoid Wage and Hour Liability

May 9, 2012
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