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- Feds Crack Down on Employers – In recent actions, the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC, is investigating Chipotle Mexican Grill about hiring undocumented workers at its 1,092 restaurants; owners of another establishment were arrested for violations related to employing undocumented workers and not paying taxes on them.
- House Holds Hearing on E-Verify – A hearing in April focused on identity fraud as a continuing concern in the E-Verify system.
- Senator Asks for Investigation of B-1 Visa Program – Sen. Grassley questioned the "B-1 in lieu of H-1B" policy currently in place, and referenced a formal complaint against Infosys by a U.S. employee.
- DOS Reports on Employment-Based Visa Demand; First Preference ‘Extremely Low’ – Demand in the employment first preference is extremely low; it also appears unlikely that a second preference cut-off date will be imposed for any countries other than China and India, where demand is extremely high.
- Case Updates: El Badrawi; Arizona – An H-1B worker who had timely sought an extension could not be arrested or subjected to removal; the Ninth Circuit affirmed an injunction against several controversial aspects of Arizona’s S.B. 1070.
- USCIS Reviews Policy on H-1B Cap Exemptions Based on Higher Ed Relation or Affiliation – Until further guidance is issued, USCIS is applying interim procedures to H-1B nonprofit entity petitions filed with the agency seeking an exemption from the statutory cap based on an affiliation with or relation to an institution of higher education.
- USCIS Continues To Accept FY 2012 H-1B Petitions – The agency has received approximately 5,900 H-1B petitions counting toward the 65,000 cap, and approximately 4,500 petitions toward the 20,000 cap exemption for individuals with advanced degrees.
- DOL Orders School District To Pay Foreign Teachers Millions in Back Wages – School authorities had required the teachers to cover expenses for their H-1B work visas, in violation of the law.
- Foreign Affairs Manual Guidance Revised on License Requirements for H-1Bs – The manual was revised to better reflect actual USCIS practice.
- USCIS Issues Q&A on Extension of Post-Completion OPT and F-1 Status for Eligible Students Under H-1B Cap-Gap Regs – Although the first business day of October 2011 is Monday, October 3, eligible F-1 students must make sure to request Saturday, October 1, as their start date in order to qualify for the cap-gap extension, USCIS said.
- USCIS Issues Guidance on Concurrent Advance Parole, EAD – USCIS released a guidance memorandum on issuance of employment authorization documents with advance parole endorsements.
- El Paso Passport Agency Opens – The new agency is located at 303 North Oregon Street in the Anson Mills Building, a few blocks from the U.S.-Mexico border.
- ABIL Global Mobility Conference – This half-day free conference will help guide professionals involved in global mobility to be better equipped when conducting business transactions in another country.
- ABIL Global: Canada and Medical Inadmissibility – As the case law is evolving in this area, great care must be taken by foreign nationals interested in coming to Canada who suffer from significant medical problems.
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