The Department of State has revised its “visa reciprocity” schedule for China, effective July 9, 2010, allowing US embassies and consulates to issue 1-year, multiple-entry H-1B visas to Chinese nationals.  The new reciprocity schedule for China may be viewed at the State Department’s website here.

Validity periods and other restrictions on US nonimmigrant visas,

The U.S. Department of State has confirmed that contractors on a pre-approved list at the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC) are now auditing approved nonimmigrant petitions — including H-1B and L-1 petitions — in order to verify that information contained in the petitions is correct.  The audits are creating significant delays for petition-based visa applicants at embassies worldwide.

Continue Reading New Fraud-Related Audits Are Delaying Visa Issuance at US Embassies Abroad

On September 1, 2009, four business associations filed in federal court for an emergency injunction to delay the implementation of the new E-Verify requirement for certain federal contractors, which will become effective on September 8, 2009, under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).  The pleading and brief may be read here.  Check back for updates.

Under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), September 8, 2009, is the effective date for certain federal contractors to begin using E-Verify to confirm that their employees are authorized to work in the United States.  Although the new rule will apply to many federal contracts, there are broad exemptions and limitations.

Continue Reading Certain Federal Contractors Must Begin Using E-Verify on September 8, 2009

The DOJ’s Office of Special Counsel has released “Do’s and Don’ts” guidance for companies participating in the eVerify program.  eVerify is a voluntary program for employers to verify the identity and work eligibility of all new hires.  The “Do’s and Don’ts” can be found here.