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This periodic newsletter features current developments in employment-based immigration. It is designed to inform you of changes in immigration law that may affect your business.

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January 2017

  • Partner Brad Ortman Addressed Immigration Policy in the Trump Administration
  • New Form I-9 Released by USCIS
  • DHS Announces Final Rule for High-Skilled Non-Immigrant Workers

December 2016

  • USCIS Filing Fee Increases to Go Into Effect on December 23, 2016

October 2016

  • Rosner, Ortman & Moss Partners Sponsors Cleveland State University Workshops for International Businesses
  • CBP Makes Online I-94 Application, Payment Available to Travelers Arriving at a Land Port of Entry
  • CBP Has Changed Its Website for Obtaining I-94 Information

September 2016

  • Karen Moss, Brad Ortman and our Firm Collectively Have Been Selected as "Best Lawyers in America"
  • Andrew Bramante Named Adjunct Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University

August 2016

  • U.S. Consulates Abroad Proactively Cancelling DUI-Arrestee Visas
  • Application Window Reopens for Temporary Protected Status for Syrians

July 2016

  • Supreme Court Decision Prohibits Obama Administration from Implementing DAPA and DACA Expansion
  • Non-Immigrant Visa Wait Times Growing in India
  • Brad Ortman to Speak at a Cleveland State University Workshop on Managing an International Workforce on July 26, 2016

May 2016

  • USCIS Completes Data Entry for FY 2017 H-1B Cap.
  • Possible OPT STEM Extension

April 2016

  • H-1B Quota Reached
  • USCIS Provides Guidance on Job Changes During the Permanent Residency Process
  • All Visa Waiver Program Travelers Must Now Use Electronic Passports
  • USCIS Experiencing Significant Processing Delays
  • DHS Launches New Website on New STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) Program
  • DHS Creates New Known Employer Pilot Program

March 2016

  • Foreign Students in the U.S. Can Work Longer Through New STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) Rule
  • E-3, H-1B1, and CW-1 Workers now Benefit from 240 Day Employment Authorization Rule

February 2016

  • It's H-1B Cap Season! (The Most Wonderful Time of the Year)
  • CBP Implements New Restrictions on the Visa Waiver Program.
  • Department of State Warns U.S. Passport Holders Not to Wait; Renew Now!
  • Reminder: Please Notify Us BEFORE Changing an Employee's Work Location or Position.

December 2015

  • Rosner, Ortman, and Moss Partners, LLC Announces the Retirement of its Founder, William Rosner
  • Rosner, Ortman, and Moss Partners, LLC Welcomes Attorney JoAnna Gavigan
  • New Requirement for Foreign Nationals Travelling to Canada

October 2015

  • Diversity Lottery for Fiscal Year 2017 Now Underway
  • Companies That Have Used E-Verify for More Than 10 Years Must Download Historic Records Report Before December 31, 2015

September 10, 2015

  • U.S. Government Revises Procedures on When Adjustment of Status Applications Can Be Filed for Those in the Immigrant Visa Quota Backlog.

September 28, 2015

  • Department of State Revises October 2015 Visa Bulletin

August 2015

  • Karen Gabriel Moss Named the Best Lawyers® 2016 Immigration Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Cleveland, OH
  • September Visa Bulletin Shows Substantial Retrogression in EB-2 Category
  • Future of 17-month STEM Extension for F-1 Students Uncertain

July 2015

  • U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Issues Clarifies when H-1B Amendment is Required

June 8, 2015

  • Update on Fiscal Year 2016 H-1B Cap
  • Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants Available
  • Responding to Criticism from the Business Community, USCIS Publishes New Guidance on L-1B Petitions, Clarifying the Specialized Knowledge Requirement

June 19, 2015

  • U.S. Department of State Experiencing Technical Difficulties, Resulting in Visa Processing Delays

May 2015

  • Beginning on May 26, 2015 your spouse may be eligible to apply for work authorization based on his/her H-4 status and your approved I-140 Petition

March 6, 2015

  • H-1B Cap Reminder
  • New Rule Authorizes H-4 Employment for Eligible Spouses

March 10, 2015

  • Foreign Students in the U.S. Can Work Longer Through New STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) Rule
  • E-3, H-1B1, and CW-1 Workers now Benefit from 240 Day Employment Authorization Rule

January 2015

  • Pull On Your Boots: H-1B Cap Season Has Arrived

December 2014

  • Employment Authorization for H-4 Dependents
  • Adjustment of Status Applications Possible Even for People Stuck in the Immigrant Visa Backlog
  • Promoting Entrepreneurship and Research and Development in the United States
  • The U.S. Department of Labor Will Review and Revise the PERM Labor Certification Program
  • USCIS Will Issue a New L-1B Policy Memorandum
  • Increasing OPT Time for F-1 Students in the STEM categories
  • Refining Enforcement Priorities for Undocumented Immigrants

November 2014

  • Diversity Lottery Closes November 3, 2014
  • E-Verify Archiving
  • Rollout of myE-Verify
  • International Travel Plans
  • November 2014 Visa Bulletin

June 2014

  • Visa Processing for Third-Country Nationals in Canada Temporarily Suspended
  • Visa Bulletin Advancement
  • Tax Reminder for Employers with Employees Moving from F-1 to H-1B Status
  • FDNS Site Visit Season

May 2014

  • USCIS Reaches Cap for H-1Bs for Fiscal Year 2015
  • Any Difference with Premium Processing of an H-1B?
  • Possibilities to Remain in the United States for a Non-Immigrant Student with F-1 Status
  • Request for Evidence (RFE) for Expiring Medical Exams

February 2014

  • UPDATE: H-1B CAP MET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015

February 2014

  • REMINDER: H-1B Cap Season Fast Approaching

February 2014

  • H-1B Cap Season Fast Approaching

October 2013

  • Impact of Government Shutdown on Immigration Services
  • HR ALERT: Proper Procedures in Light of E-Verify Shutdown
  • Diversity Lottery Opens October 1, 2013
  • I-9 Audits Making a Comeback
  • Visa Bulletin October 2013

November 2013

  • Comprehensive Immigration Reform
  • Tax Reminder for Employers with Employees Moving from F-1 to H-1B Status
  • EAR and ITAR Question Now Extended To Blanket Applications
  • Importance of Obtaining Record of Automated I-94
  • September Visa Bulletin 2013

May 2013

  • New I-9 Form Must Be Implemented on May 7, 2013
  • I-94 Automation Process Has Begun
  • DV Lottery Results Now Available
  • May Visa Bulletin 2013

April 2013

  • USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap for FY 2014

March 2013

  • Act Now to File H-1B Cap Cases with USCIS on April 1, 2013
  • Attention HR Managers: New I-9 Form
  • April 2013 Visa Bulletin
  • Reauthorization of VAWA

February 2013

  • Interruption in Phone Service at Our Cleveland Office
  • USCIS To Begin Accepting H-1B Cap Cases April 1, 2013
  • Update on Visa Priority Dates
  • Comprehensive Immigration Reform

February 2013

  • H-1B Cap Season Fast Approaching
  • Rosner, Ortman & Moss Welcomes Attorney Andrew Bramante
  • February 2013 Visa Bulletin
  • New Immigrant Visa Fee at U.S. Embassies and Consulates
  • Impact of Potential Government Shutdown on Foreign Nationals in the U.S. and Abroad
  • USCIS Announces New Provisional Waiver of Inadmissibility Process

October 2012

  • Interview Waiver Program Introduced in India
  • December 2012 Visa Bulletin
  • Advisory for All Non-Immigrants Regarding Visa Validity and Petition Validity Dates

October 2012

  • Potential Scam Targeting Foreign Nationals

September 2012

  • DV Lottery FY 2014 Registration Window Now Open
  • October 2012 Visa Bulletin
  • CBP To Eliminate Paper Version of Form I-94

July 2012

  • Potential Scam Targeting Foreign Nationals

June 2012

  • H-1B Cap Count Met

June 2012

  • Fiscal Year 2013 H-1B Cap Count Moving Quickly
  • I-129 Receipt Delays
  • June 2012 Visa Bulletin

April 2012

  • Update: DOS And USCIS Respond To L-1B Issues In India
  • Fiscal Year 2013 H-1B Cap Count
  • May 2012 Visa Bulletin

February 2012

  • AILA Taking Action on L-1Bs
  • H-1B Cap Count Season Is Just Around the Corner
  • March 2012 Visa Bulletin

January 2012

  • H-1B Cap Count Met
  • FDNS Unnanounced Phone Calls
  • Before Foreign Nationals Travel
  • January Visa Bulletin

November 2011 Update 2

  • H-1B Cap Count Met

November 2011 Update

  • USCIS Original Approval Notice Policy Restored
  • H-1Bs Going Fast
  • Blanket L Visas in India To Be Processed Exclusively at U.S. Consulate General in Chennai
  • December Visa Bulletin

November 2011

  • Approval Notices Now being Sent Directly to Applicants and Petitioners
  • Latest FY 2012 H-1B Cap Count Numbers
  • November Visa Bulletin

October 2011

  • Latest FY 2012 H-1B Cap Count Numbers

September 2011 Update

  • IN THIS ISSUE: Diversity Lottery for Fiscal Year 2013 Begins October 4, 2011

September 2011

  • IN THIS ISSUE: New Immigrant Petition Options for Foreign Investors and Entrepreneurs
  • USCIS Announces Intent to Expand Premium Processing to I-140s for Multinational Executives and Managers
  • H-1B Unannounced Site Visits: What to Do if FDNS Shows Up at Your Door
  • Update on Prevailing Wage Determination Processing
  • Latest FY 2012 H-1B Cap Count Numbers
  • October Visa Bulletin

August 2011 Update

  • IN THIS ISSUE: US Consulate in Mumbai Reopening for H and L Visa Appointments in September 2011
  • DOL Temporarily Suspends Issuing Prevailing Wage Determinations
  • Ensure Your Company's Information is Correctly Inputted in VIBE

August 2011

  • CBP Introduces Global Entry Kiosks
  • Best Practice: L-2 Spouses and Work Authorization Cards
  • Premium Processing: Categories Eligible to Premium Process Applications
  • New Diversity Lottery Results Now Available
  • Latest FY 2012 H-1B Cap Count Numbers
  • August Visa Bulletin

July 2011

  • ICE Announces I-9 Audits of 1,000 Employers
  • Obtaining a Visa at a US Consulate or Embassy
  • Immigration Compliance in Aquisitions: What to Do Before the Deal Closes
  • Latest FY 2012 H-1B Cap Count Numbers
  • July Visa Bulletin

June 2011

  • July visa bulletin released

May 2011

  • EAR AND ITAR 101
  • Have You Filed An FBAR Yet?
  • 2012 Diversity Lottery Results Invalidated
  • Latest FY 2012...H-1B Cap Count Numbers
  • NSEERS Special Country Designation List Eliminated
  • Combined Employment Authorization Card and Travel Document Means Faster Processing Time
  • I-9 Central
  • Secure Mail Initiative

February 2011

  • Implementation of New Form I-129 begins February 20th
  • Filing of H-1Bs for Fiscal Year 2012 to Commence Soon!
  • USCIS to Issue Combined Employment Authorization and Advance Parole Card for Adjustment of Status Applicants.

January 2011

  • New Form I-129 Postponed until February
  • DREAM Act fails to pass Senate
  • H-1B Quota Approaching Cap
  • Nonimmigrant Visas delayed at US Consulates abroad

1/28/2011 Bulletin

  • H-1B cap filings for FY2011

December 2010

  • New Form I-129 and what to Expect
  • H-1B Quota Approaching Cap
  • New Visa Procedures for U.S. Consulate in Mexico

November 2010

  • Rosner, Ortman & Moss Welcomes New Attorney Jaclyn Celebrezze
  • H-1B Quota Approaching Cap
  • USCIS Announces Adjustment of Fees to go into effect November 23rd

October 2010

  • Immigration Enforcement Dramatically Increases Under the Obama Administration
  • Diversity Visa Lottery Begins
  • H-1B Quota Still Far From Being Reached
  • Employers with High Percentage of Employees in H & L Status Face Increased Fees
  • DOS Warns US Citizens of Traveling to Mexico
  • U.S. Consulates in Canada Implement New Appointment Scheduling
  • USCIS Announces Adjustment of Fees for Immigration Benefits

August 2010

  • H-1B Quota is Far From Being Reached
  • Easier Passage to Mexico for Foreign Nationals in the U.S.
  • USCIS Unannounced Worksite Visits: What to Expect
  • USCIS Update on E-Verify

February 2010

  • H-1B cap filings for FY2011
  • TPS designation for Haiti
  • New procedures for Prevailing Wage Requests

December 2009

  • Final weeks to file H-1B numbers petitions for FY2010
  • Delays in LCA processing
  • Changes to Indian Business Visa Category
  • USCIS/ICE expands I-9 audit initiative
  • USCIS continues H-1B worksite visits

October 2009

  • Diversity Visa Lottery
  • H-1B numbers still available for FY2010
  • USCIS hires private investigators to visit H-1B employers

BULLETIN

  • USCIS has Hired Private Investigators to Inspect H-1B Visa Holders and Their Employers

July 2009

  • H-1B Numbers still available for FY2010;
  • New I-9 Audit Initiative
  • Premium Processing Service resumes for limited I-140 filings
  • iCERT Visa Portal System now in effect for LCA filings
  • Predictions for Immigrant Visa number availability ? FY2009 and beyond
  • ESTA requirements now in full effect
  • New passport requirements for travel to/from Canada
  • E-Verify system requirement delayed until 09/08/2009

February 2009

  • New Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) to go into effect 04/03/2009
  • Employer requirements for H-1B layoffs
  • Visa Waiver Program and the new ESTA requirement
  • New requirements for the E-Verify System
  • H-1B filings for FY2010

April 2009

  • REMINDER: New I-9 requirements go into effect 04/03/2009;
  • TARP Funding and implications on H-1B hiring requirements;
  • Filing deadline for H-1B cap cases extended to 04/07/2009;
  • iCERT Visa Portal System to be implemented 04/15/2009;
  • Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative goes into effect 06/01/2009; and
  • Cap-gap extension of OPT for F-1 students

December 2008

  • USCIS Revises Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification)
  • Effects of Layoffs on H-1B Visa Holders
  • H-1B Petitions in 2009.

November 2008

  • The Diversity Visa Lottery Is Now Open
  • Guidance for Employers Who Receive Social Security 'No-Match' Letters
  • Update on New TN Regulation, Status Granted in Three-Year Increment as of 10/16/2008
  • The U.S. Includes Seven New Countries into its Visa Waiver Program

September 2008

  • New Rule Will Require Federal Contractors To Use E-Verify
  • USCIS Has Begun Issuing Two-Year Employment Authorization Documents
  • USCIS Publishes Proposed Rule To Increase Lengths Of Stay For TN Professional Workers
  • DHS Announces Electronic System For Travel Authorization

Newsbriefs:

April 1, 2008

  • Today, April 1, marked the first day that U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) would accept H-1B petitions for fiscal year 2009.

April 2008

  • USCIS Announces H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa Cap Reached
  • New USCIS Rule Extending OPT for Some F-1 Students Working for Employers Enrolled in E-VERIFY
  • New USCIS Rule Creating H-1B ?Cap Gap? Relief Provision

April 14, 2008

  • On Monday, April 14, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) conducted a computer-generated random selection process to select which of the 163,000 H-1B petitions filed within the permissible window for fiscal year 2009 would be rejected as falling outside the fiscal year cap of 65,000 visas.

January 2008

  • Now Is The Time To Initiate New H-1B Petitions For Fy2009!
  • Citizenship & Identity Documents Required To Enter All Us Ports
  • State Measures On Immigration
  • Rosner, Ortman & Moss Wishes A Fond Farewell To Marin Ritter

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