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Immigration

Shipman & Goodwin has a full-service immigration practice. Our primarily employment-based clientele includes both small and large health care institutions, manufacturers, investment firms, scientific research firms, computer engineering firms, and accounting and actuarial firms throughout the United States. We serve as counsel to public and private schools regarding all their immigration needs, including F-1 foreign student visas and SEVIS registration and reporting obligations. For the individual, we facilitate family-based and naturalization petitions for our clients with international backgrounds.

We help our business clients realistically develop appropriate strategies for obtaining timely U.S. work authorization for foreign workers who are critical to the implementation of business plans and realization of business goals. We work with the appropriate agencies in the U.S. and abroad to prepare, file and obtain the necessary nonimmigrant visa to permit the foreign worker to work temporarily in the U.S. If the client wishes to retain the foreign worker indefinitely, we assist in obtaining the required immigrant visa, commonly known as a "green card."

Shipman & Goodwin attorneys also work to protect clients from the threat of civil and criminal sanctions for employing illegal foreign workers directly or through subcontractors, arising from increasing audits and workplace raids conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") officers. We achieve this objective by advising clients on how to comply with the immigration law that requires all U.S. employers, regardless of size, to verify the U.S. employment authorization of every member of their workforce. We give counsel on appropriate I-9 verification systems and responses to Social Security Administration "No-Match" letters. We assist human resources in conducting an audit of their I-9 verification system and in correcting deficiencies. We regularly advise clients on "best practices" in order to avoid or respond to a government compliance investigation. Similarly, we deal with any issue that the Department of Labor might raise regarding the payment of foreign nationals through our alliance with the Labor and Employment group. Moreover, in the event of a criminal investigation under the U.S. criminal laws that prohibit the harboring and employment of unlawfully-present workers, our Immigration Compliance and Enforcement Task Force, with its vast experience in government investigation defense, works with both government agencies and federal prosecutors to resolve any issues that might arise from an investigation or indictment.

Finally, for our international clients with family-based immigration needs, we assist in obtaining immigration visas and U.S. citizenship for them and family members.

Publications

July 17, 2017  USCIS Releases New Form I-9
June 29, 2017  Department of State Will Begin Implementing 90-Day Travel and Refugee Ban Beginning June 29, 2017
June 27, 2017  Supreme Court Decides to Hear Travel and Refugee Ban Case and Clarifies Enforcement of Executive Orders Pending Hearing
May 17, 2017  Redesigned Permanent Resident Card and Employment Authorization Documents
May 16, 2017  A Harbinger For Some U.S. Visa Applicants of More Rigorous Vetting and Longer Waits for U.S. Visas?
May 2, 2017  USCIS Announces Targeted Use of Site Visits to Certain H-1B Employers to Detect H-1B Visa Fraud and Abuse
April 27, 2017  Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") Announces New Office for Victims of Illegal Immigrant Crime
April 26, 2017  Employers Should Review USCIS Fillable Forms I-9 Completed Based on Download From USCIS Website Between November 14 and November 17, 2016 for Social Security Number Glitch
April 26, 2017  United States District Court Judge Blocks Trump Administration from Withholding Federal Funds from Sanctuary Cities
April 19, 2017  Starting May 1, 2017 USCIS Will Issue Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents
March 8, 2017  President Trump Issues March 6th Executive Order Revising Travel Ban
February 27, 2017  Department of Homeland Security Issues Two Memos Regarding Implementation of Two Recent Executive Orders on Immigration Enforcement
February 10, 2017  Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds the Temporary Restraining Order on Enforcement of President Trump's January 27th Executive Order
February 7, 2017  Oral Argument Scheduled for Today on Enforcement of President Trump's January 27th Executive Order
February 2, 2017  Executive Orders Regarding Immigration
November 28, 2016, Updated February 3, 2017  USCIS Releases A Revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification
October 26, 2016  USCIS Increases Application and Petition Filing Fees as of December 23, 2016
August 29, 2016  Compliance Conundrum -- Unauthorized Exports v. Discrimination: Find a Win in a Lose-Lose Scenario
May 6, 2016  Approaching the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's New STEM OPT Extension Regulations with Caution
October 1, 2015  Status of the EB-5 Regional Center Program
July 24, 2015  USCIS Says Green Cards Without Signatures Are Acceptable I-9 Documentation
October 22, 2013  Employers Given Until November 5 to Create E-Verify Cases for Employees Hired During Government Shutdown
May 6, 2013  New Changes for New Hires: The New I-9 Form
September 16, 2010  New Puerto Rico Birth Certificates Affect Employers' Form I-9 Process Starting on October 1, 2010
October 20, 2009  New Development: USCIS To Conduct Unannounced Site Visits on H-1B Employers
September 4, 2009  New Labor Condition Application System Changes H-1B Nonimmigrant Filing Process
July 13, 2009  Form I-9 Update
July 10, 2009  U.S. Employers Face Crackdown for Unauthorized Workers
December 2007  Use of Expired or Undated Green Cards as U.S. Work Authorization Documents on Forms I-9's
November 14, 2007  New Form I-9
July 16, 2007  Feel the Chill: ICE Targets Employers for Immigration Violations
April 2007  Ignorance That Isn't Bliss
February 9, 2007  Immigration and Customs Enforcement Measures Require Swift Action by Employers
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