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Congress Passes New Omnibus Bill

Late night on 12/15/2015, Congress released its Omnibus Appropriation Bill, which funds the government until the end of this fiscal year, September 30, 2016. The bill includes a number of immigration ...
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Immigration Executive Action Headed to the High Court

After Congress’ inability to pass immigration reform of any kind, there was much excitement in the immigrant community when, as a result, President Obama announced immigration executive action ...
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Visa Programs Affected by Potential Government Shutdown

As it has done so many times in the past, Congress passed a stop-gap measure which continues funding the government at current levels. The resolution reauthorized three visa programs and the E-Verify ...
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ALERT Revised Adjustment of STatus Procedures ALERT

When the President announced immigration executive action in November 2014, the focus was mostly on legalizing millions of undocumented immigrants and most paid little or no attention to the remainder ...
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USCIS Discontinues Legacy e-Filing System

In an effort to comply with its own security standards, USCIS is abandoning its legacy e-filing system and will replace it with the Electronic Immigration System. The last day for filing under the old ...
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Temporary Protected Status Designation for Nepal

On June 24th the Secretary of Homeland Security designated Nepal for temporary protected status following the devastating earthquake which occured in that country on April 25th. As a result, eligible ...
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Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Spouses

Not all immigration news are bad or controversial. Today I am pleased to report good news. Beginning May, 26, 2015, certain H-4 dependent spouses may apply for employment authoriaztion. H-4 dependent ...
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Executive Action Setback

On November 21, 2014 the President announced executive action which would have potentially provided work authorization for nearly five million undocumented immigrants. Shortly thereafter, 26 states ...
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Lots of New USCIS Forms......

New Version of Form I-129 : Beginning Friday, May 1, 2015, USCIS will only accept the latest version of Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker (edition: 10/23/14). The edition date is printed ...
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USCIS Reaches H-1b Cap for Fiscal Year 2016

USCIS announced it has reached its annual H-1b cap today. The press release is below. If you are a client of the firm and if you or one of your employees is an H-1b applicant, call our office to find ...
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Obama Immigration Action Injunction Madness

An appeals court set a hearing for April 17, 2015 to decide whether the temporary hold on the President’s deferred action programs should be lifted. The injunction was issued at the request of ...
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Comprehensive Deportation Plan Instead of Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

According to the American Immigration Council, the House Judiciary Committee signed off on a bill, believe it or not, the “Comprehensive Mass Deportation Act.” Although the American public ...
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USCIS Announces H-1b Filing Deadlines

The USCIS announced it will accept H-1b petitions for fiscal year 2016 beginning April 1, 2016. The congressionally mandated cap on H-1b visas remains at 65,000. As every year, the first 20,000 H-1b ...
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ICE Issues Alert on Scam Targeting Noncitizens

Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) has received information about a scam by which individuals claiming to work for ICE’s Detention Reporting and Information Line target noncitizens via ...
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Administration Seeks to Lift Executive Action Injunction

On February 17, 2015, U.S. district Judge Andrew Hanen imposed an injunction on President Obama’s immigration executive action, preventing the implementation of the expanded DACA and upcoming ...
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Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Visa Holders

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appears to be making good on one of the promises made by the President when he announced immigration executive action last fall. USCIS Director Leon Rodriguez ...
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DOL Pursues Modernized Labor Certification Process

Before a U.S. employer may bring a worker permanently to the United States the Secretary of Labor has to certify to the Secretaries of Homeland Security and State that (a) there are not sufficient ...
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H-1b Visas 2015. READY - SET - GO

The H-1b visa category is set aside for applicants in specialty occupations who have earned at least a bachelors degree or its equivalent and who have a job offer from a United States employer ...
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DACA PROCESSING ALERT

The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting applications under the President's executive action for expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on ...
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Employee I-9 Tips and Warning

Every person, regardless of citizenship or visa status, must complete Section 1 of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, when accepting employment in the United States. In addition to basic ...
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USCIS Publishes DACA Reminder

USCIS published a reminder for all initial or renewal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) eligible persons that they must submit an application for Employment Authorization with their DACA ...
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New Bi-Partisan Immigration Bill Introduced in Senate

New Bi-Partisan Immigration Bill Introduced in Senate The Immigration Innovation Act, recently introduced in the U.S. Senate, proposes much needed changes to our current business immigration laws and ...
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Executive Action Awareness Campaign

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of State (DOS) have launched an awareness campaign to clarify the criteria for filing requests for deferred action under the executive ...
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How to Seek Prosecutorial Discretion from ICE Starting Monday 1/5/15

After the President's announcement concerning immigration executive action, the Secretary of Homeland Security provided enforcement guidance on the exercise of prosecutorial discretion. Along with ...
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