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On February 24, 2021, US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) expanded the availability of premium processing services (15-day adjudication) to include E-3 nonimmigrant petitions.  The E-3 nonimmigrant classification is reserved for Australian citizens working in a specialty occupation on a temporary basis in the U.S.  A  position is generally considered to be a specialty occupation if […]

On Tuesday February 2, 2021, President Biden signed three executive orders rescinding previous policies that were implemented under the Trump administration.  The new executive orders aim to reunify families separated by President Trump’s border enforcement policies, while establishing a more welcoming tone in America’s immigration policy and seeking solutions for the root causes of […]

On January 25, 2021 President Biden’s Administration withdrew a proposed rule that sought to end eligibility for employment authorization documents (EAD) for H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B visa holders that had reached certain milestones in the permanent residency process. The proposed rule rescinding H-4 eligibility for EAD cards had been pending review at the Office of Management and Budget since February […]

Foster first reported in March of 2020 that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was providing flexibility to employers in completing the Form I-9, allowing employee documents presented in connection with the Form I-9 review process to be examined remotely (e.g., via video link, fax, e-mail, etc.) rather than in the employee’s physical presence. This was permitted under certain circumstances for employers with employees taking […]