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Continuing Work Authorization for Hondurans in Wake of TPS Termination

Following the recent trend, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) terminated the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Honduras.  TPS will terminate for qualifying citizens of Honduras on January 5, 2020.  Hondurans currently in TPS status may continue working in the United States through January 5, 2020, if they re-register.… Continue Reading

Continued Work Authorization for Haitian Nationals in TPS

On November 20, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) terminated the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti, with a delayed effective date of July 22, 2019. It was not until January 18, however, that the DHS provided guidance to Haitian nationals and their employers about what would happen come January 22, 2018, when the … Continue Reading

Work Authorization for Honduran and Nicaraguan Nationals in TPS

On Friday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Honduran nations will be extended by six months, to July 5, 2018, while the administration decides whether to continue TPS designation for Honduras. The DHS also announced that it would not renew TPS designation for Nicaragua and that TPS status … Continue Reading

Six Month EAD Extension for Haitian Nationals who Re-register for TPS

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would extend temporary protected status (TPS) for Haitian nationals in the U.S. The extension is for only six months and there is a good possibility that DHS will decline to extend TPS status for Haitian nationals beyond January 22, 2018. Current beneficiaries of Haiti’s … Continue Reading

Just Who is Using All those H-1B Visas?

As we approach another H-1B filing season this April, we thought it would be interesting to look at the types of occupations and employers that take advantage of both the H-1B visa and permanent residence process.  The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently released data shedding light on who is taking advantage of our lawful … Continue Reading

Warnings for Your Company Holiday Party

It is that time of year again – Holiday Party Season!  What’s a party without alcohol, and what’s a law blog without a curmudgeon preaching moderation and reasonableness? (Paramount Pictures’ 2016 trailer for Office Christmas Party shows just how out of control these parties can get!) We all know the dangers of drinking and driving. Even … Continue Reading

USCIS Releases New Form I-9

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published the latest version of Form I-9 on November 14. Employers must start using the new Form I-9 by January 22, 2017.  Until January 22, employers can continue to use the version of the Form I-9 dated 03/08/2013 N. According to the USCIS, the new Form I-9 includes … Continue Reading

Clark Kent: Take off those glasses if you want a passport or visa

The Department of State is rolling out its “no four eyes” policy. Effective November 1, 2016, the Department of State will no longer accept photographs of visa and passport applicants wearing eyeglasses, except in very limited medical circumstances.  From November 1 to November 30, the Department will accept photographs of applicants wearing eyeglasses as part … Continue Reading

Sixteen Years after Hurricane Mitch – Extended Work Authorization

It is hurricane season in Florida, but I am writing with emergency preparedness advice. I am writing about the lingering effects of Hurricane Mitch, which struck Central America in 1998, killing more than 11,000 people, destroying hundreds of thousands of homes, and causing more than $5 billion in damage. El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua were … Continue Reading

New OPT Rule for STEM Grads – Some Good, Some not so Good?

For the last several months, foreign students in F-1 status and potential employers have been living in limbo. A federal district court invalidated the Department of Homeland Security’s rules providing additional time in Optional Practical Training for STEM graduates (graduates with degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math).  The same court decision invalidated what has … Continue Reading

Boozing it up at the Company Holiday Party

It is that time of year again. According to a Society for Human Resources Management survey discussed in the South Florida Sun Sentinel, fewer employers plan to host a holiday party this year. However, many of those employers who are hosting a party plan to spend more this year, and sixty percent plan to serve … Continue Reading

USCIS Again Extends TPS for Haitian Nationals

Do not tell Donald Trump but the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is again extending the Temporary Protected Status designation for Haiti for a period of eighteen (18) months, from January 23, 2016 through July 22, 2017. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration status granted to eligible nationals of designated countries because … Continue Reading

Remind Us Not to Post On Moving Targets!

The latest development in the H-2B saga came yesterday. The federal district court at the heart of the controversy decided to temporarily stay its order that had vacated the U.S. Department of Labor’s 2008 H-2B regulations. The court stayed its decision through April 15. The court did not have much sympathy for the DOL’s lack … Continue Reading

H-2B Update

Yesterday, we posted about the current suspension of the H-2B temporary, unskilled worker program. After we posted, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will resume adjudications of H-2B petitions, but will continue to suspend premium processing on H-2B petitions until further notice. DHS will resume adjudicating H-2B petitions based on temporary labor … Continue Reading

Unskilled, Temporary Worker Program Suspended: Seasonal Employment At Risk

Both the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have suspended all processing under the H-2B program, which many employers use to hire seasonal workers. The decision may impact staffing at hotels and country clubs that often use temporary, unskilled workers during their busy seasons from October to May. On … Continue Reading

USCIS Extends Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador

Employment Authorization Documents Automatically Extended The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently extended the Temporary Protected Status designation for El Salvador for a period of eighteen (18) months, until September 9, 2016. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration status granted to eligible nationals of designated countries because the country has experienced temporary … Continue Reading

Florida’s Minimum Wage Set to Increase to $8.05 per Hour on January 1, 2015

Effective January 1, 2015, Florida’s minimum wage will increase from the current rate of $7.93 to $8.05 per hour. Each year, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity must recalculate Florida’s minimum wage based upon the increase in the federal Consumer Price Index for Urban Earners and Clerical Workers in the Southern Region. Based upon the … Continue Reading
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