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TN Visas as a Work Visa Option for Manufacturing Companies to Hire From Mexico, Canada

Manufacturing companies looking for creative solutions to build the talent pool, especially to fill more skilled positions, should consider the TN work visa, a type of work visa available to citizens of Mexico and Canada. For further analysis and insight, please see our article here. Continue Reading
January 31, 2022

O-1 Visas Abound: USCIS Provides Detailed Guidance on O-1 Visa Eligibility

USCIS’s new guidance for O-1 petitions provides a detailed overview of the different O-1 classifications: O-1A, O-1B Arts, and O-1B Motion Picture and Television (“MPTV”). The guidance also provides detailed standards for adjudicating O-1 petitions under each O-1 classification and the use of comparable evidence to satisfy one or more O-1 criterion. For example, the... Continue Reading
January 28, 2022

Will Reopening of Social Security Administration Offices Ease E-Verify No-Match Backlogs?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has reached an agreement with three of its unions on its COVID-19 re-entry plan. SSA offices have been essentially closed to the public since March 2020. That affected SSA’s ability to resolve E-Verify Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNCs) due to a no-match between a person’s name and Social Security Number. The result... Continue Reading
January 27, 2022

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Travelers From Mexico, Canada

As of January 22, 2022, all non-U.S. individuals seeking entrance to the United States at land or sea ports of entry on the Mexican or Canadian borders must be “fully vaccinated” and provide proof of such. There is no longer an exception for “essential” travel. The requirement does not apply to U.S. individuals, i.e., U.S.... Continue Reading
January 26, 2022

Employment-Based Preference Visa: Transfer Underlying Basis for Pending Green Card Application

For the first time, USCIS has advised people with a pending green card application of its documentary requirements for transfers between employment-based classifications and issued an alert regarding the process. The “exceptionally high number of employment-based [immigrant] visas available this fiscal year” has prompted USCIS to encourage U.S. employers petitioning for employees to utilize either... Continue Reading
January 25, 2022

Early Stage Tech Companies: Navigating Potential Pitfalls

For early-stage tech employers, rapid business growth can quickly lead to costly employment and immigration law missteps. Risks can be magnified when striving to attract talent. Please listen to the robust and enlightening discussion among Jackson Lewis immigration attorneys Zain Abidi and Benjamin Lau, together with Jackson Lewis employment attorney Doug Klein, here. Continue Reading
January 14, 2022

White House, State Department Announcements on Travel Restrictions, Visa Interviews, and More

As 2021 comes to an end, the White House and the Department of State have announced: South African Travel Restrictions Lifted. The 14-day travel restrictions on southern African countries will be lifted as of midnight on December 31, 2021. Adopted on November 29th, the restrictions based on spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant have been... Continue Reading
December 28, 2021

New York City Grants Non-U.S. Citizens Right to Vote in Local Elections

The City Council of New York City unanimously passed legislation giving non-U.S. citizens the right to vote in local elections starting on January 9, 2023. The bill grants this local franchise to 800,000 non-citizens if they are Permanent Residents or have work authorization and have been in residence in the City for at least 30... Continue Reading
December 22, 2021

Senate Advisor Rejects BBBA’s Provision on Work Authorization for Certain Unauthorized Aliens

Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough has ruled for a third time that specific immigration provisions in the Build Back Better Act (BBBA) granting parole and work authorization to unauthorized aliens who entered the United States before January 1, 2011, cannot be included in the reconciliation bill because the policy changes outweigh the budgetary impact. Unless Senate... Continue Reading
December 17, 2021

ICE: I-9 Flexibility to Continue Through April 2022

ICE has announced it will extend I-9 flexibility until April 30, 2022, due to continuing precautions related to COVID-19. The guidance remains the same: Employees who work exclusively in a remote setting due to COVID-19 continue to be temporarily exempt from the in-person requirements associated with Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification, until they start working... Continue Reading
December 17, 2021

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