Potential Changes to PERM Recruitment Processes following Facebook Settlement

Written by Stephen A. Blaker On October 20, 2021, the U.S. Departments of Labor (DOL) and Justice (DOJ) announced separate settlement agreements with Facebook in connection with the company’s PERM labor certification applications. The PERM labor certification program allows companies like Facebook to provide sponsorship for the company’s employees seeking permanent resident status (“green card”) in the United States. This application process requires the U.S. … Continue reading Potential Changes to PERM Recruitment Processes following Facebook Settlement

USCIS Issues Guidance To New Employment Authorization (EAD) Policy for H-4, L-2 and E Spouses

Written by David S. Rugendorf Following on the November 11, 2021 announcement of a settlement agreement on the subject (see our MSK Immigration Alert, “USCIS Agrees To Relief For L-2 And H-4 Spousal Work Authorization (EAD) Applicants” (November 11, 2021)), the USCIS today issued guidance on its new policy, titled “Employment Authorization for Certain H-4, E, and L Nonimmigrant Dependent Spouses” (USCIS Office of the … Continue reading USCIS Issues Guidance To New Employment Authorization (EAD) Policy for H-4, L-2 and E Spouses

USCIS AGREES TO RELIEF FOR L-2 and H-4 SPOUSAL WORK AUTHORIZATION (EAD) APPLICANTS

Written by David S. Rugendorf On November 10, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a part of, signed a settlement agreement in the case of Shergill et al. v. Mayorkas, where it agreed to provide relief to L-2 and H-4 spousal work authorization (EAD) applicants.  For H-4s, the spouses of H-1B workers eligible for work … Continue reading USCIS AGREES TO RELIEF FOR L-2 and H-4 SPOUSAL WORK AUTHORIZATION (EAD) APPLICANTS

White House Announces New COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Requirements for Air Travelers to US

Written by David S. Rugendorf Yesterday, October 25, 2021, the White House issued its long-awaited vaccination and testing requirements for noncitizen/nonpermanent resident air travelers to the United States. The new requirements, which will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on November 8, 2021, replace the previous travel restrictions – no longer will travelers physically present in certain specified geographic regions (China, UK, Ireland, Europe (Schengen countries), … Continue reading White House Announces New COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Requirements for Air Travelers to US

H-1B Cap Lottery Selection Rate Drops Significantly and What’s Next?

Written by Stephen Blaker On March 30, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had completed its cap lottery selection of H-1B registrations for the fiscal year (FY) 2022. Employers submitted 308,613 registrations for selection in the cap lottery, of which USCIS selected 87,500 cases, or 28% of the total number of registrations. This is a significant decrease from the FY 2021 … Continue reading H-1B Cap Lottery Selection Rate Drops Significantly and What’s Next?

Quarantine Requirements and US Visa Applications

Written by Frida Popik Glucoft The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on US immigration and the visa process. In addition to the recently announced negative COVID test requirements for US travelers, some embassies are issuing specific quarantine measures as well. The U.S. Embassy in Paris has just announced that in order to protect its employees and visa applicants, anyone applying for a visa … Continue reading Quarantine Requirements and US Visa Applications

New Year Brings Changes To Immigration, US Travel

Written by David S. Rugendorf The new year 2021 is likely to bring many changes to US immigration and travel requirements.  A new White House administration and the evolving situation regarding efforts to contain the global pandemic assure that we should hear of many developments in policies and procedures.  For starters, here are two such developments: Negative COVID Tests To Be Required For All US … Continue reading New Year Brings Changes To Immigration, US Travel

From Players to Promoters: The People of Esports

In this webinar video, MSK attorneys Jeremy Mittman and Jaclyn Granet are joined by Andrew Cooke, General Counsel at Fnatic (one of the leading teams in esports globally), as the three of them discuss issues, interests and opportunities in this exciting and fast-growing industry. Specifically, they address audience engagement, trends in various platforms and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, revenues, important labor and employment issues … Continue reading From Players to Promoters: The People of Esports

USCIS Announces New Fees: What Employers Need to Know

Written by Benjamin Lau The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it is implementing a new filing fee schedule that will take effect on October 2, 2020. USCIS is also revising numerous key employment-based immigration forms, such as new editions of the Form I-129 nonimmigrant worker petition for H-1B, L-1, O-1 and other nonimmigrant categories. The new forms are not currently … Continue reading USCIS Announces New Fees: What Employers Need to Know