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.
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.
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.
In light of this highly fluid situation and the potential for the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the President to take additional, unanticipated actions to limit admission of foreign nationals into the United States, we are advising the following:
AILA has received the following clarifications from DHS. However, reports from AILA members indicate that policies are not being implemented consistently on the ground. Please note that the situation is fluid, and may change at any time.