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State Department Releases January 2015 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State has released the January 2015 Visa Bulletin, which summarizes visa availability for individuals seeking U.S. Permanent Residence. As compared to the December 2013 Visa Bulletin, some significant movement occurred in the oversubscription date (i.e., the date on which the availability quota was met) for employment-based visa categories.

Here's How Obama's Immigration Actions Will Affect Employers

When President Obama announced his Executive Actions On Immigration (to take effect in about 90 days), he said that the changes were intended to “make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy, as so many business leaders have proposed.”

Jackson Lewis Employers’ Immigration Update

President Barack Obama has announced he will take executive action to expand the population of currently undocumented individuals who will be allowed to remain and work legally in the U.S. The President also announced expansions of employment-based legal immigration. Many details remain to be clarified, but employers should be aware of the following key developments and initiatives:

Immigration for Employers Winter 2014

A bulletin on immigration issues.

Texas and 19 Other States Sue Over the President's Executive Action on Immigration

On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, the attorneys general and governors of 17 states filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas challenging portions of President Obama’s November 20, 2014 executive actions that would shield several million illegal immigrants from deportation.

What the President's Immigration Accountability Executive Action Plan Means for Employers

On November 20, 2014, President Barack Obama announced his executive action plan to address the country’s “broken immigration system.” Referred to as the Immigration Accountability Executive Action, the plan will, among other steps, deploy additional resources to the border, focus deportation efforts on criminals and those who recently cross the border illegally, expand employment authorization for highly skilled workers, and provide certain undocumented immigrants temporary “deferred action” relief from deportation. (See the White House’s Fact Sheet on the Immigration Accountability Executive Action).

White House Initiative on Immigration

On Nov. 20, President Obama announced a wide-ranging series of executive actions to reform U.S. immigration policy. Although these unilateral actions will most certainly be challenged by Congress and in the courts, and although none are yet in effect, it is important for employers to immediately assess how the President’s initiative may impact their operations and employees.

How Will Obama's Immigration Actions Impact Employers?

Executive Summary: On November 20, 2014, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration, which will grant work authorization to millions of undocumented workers. In addition, the executive actions seek to boost the economy by streamlining the legal immigration process for graduates of U.S. STEM programs, professionals, highly skilled foreign workers, and entrepreneurs.

President to Expand, Create Programs for Undocumented Workers

President Barack Obama has announced he will take executive action to expand the population of currently undocumented individuals who will be allowed to remain and work legally in the U.S.

Policy Changes for High-Skilled Businesses and Workers are Part of the President's Immigration Accountability Executive Action Plan

On November 20, 2014, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson issued a policy memorandum to the Director for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) and Acting Director for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”). The memorandum highlights several new policies and regulations intended to encourage the growth of U.S. businesses and create new jobs by enabling the hiring and retention of highly skilled foreign-born workers while also providing increased flexibility to these workers. The memorandum is part of a comprehensive Executive Action Plan proposed by President Obama.