Adam Mocciolo

Adam Mocciolo

Pullman & Comley, LLC

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Alternative Visa Strategies in The Aftermath of The Record-Breaking April 2015 H-1B Lottery

The United States Citizenship & Immigration Service announced yesterday that it received nearly 233,000 H-1B visa petitions in the first week of the application window for the 85,000 cap-subject visas available for fiscal...more

4/15/2015 - Corporate Counsel H-1B Human Resources Professionals Lottery OPT Popular Recruitment Policies STEM USCIS Visa Caps Visas

Alert: Marijuana Convictions Could Be Erased Under New Ruling

The Connecticut Supreme Court has just unanimously ruled that individuals convicted of possessing less than one-half an ounce of marijuana are now entitled to petition the Superior Court to have that record of conviction...more

3/24/2015 - Criminal Records Expungement Marijuana

Alert: April 1 is First and Only Chance for H-1B Visas for 2015

Lottery Likely- Act Now or Be on the Sidelines until 2016 - April 1, 2015 is the first day on which an employer can petition for an H-1B visa for an employee for the upcoming fiscal year. It is also very likely to be...more

3/20/2015 - Filing Deadlines H-1B Hiring & Firing

H-1B Crunch Time Is Upon Us; Act Now Or Be On The Sidelines Until 2016

With the United States job market continuing to recover slowly but steadily, and immigration reform legislation becoming an increasingly more distant possibility in the 114th Congress, it is extremely likely that H-1B visas...more

3/2/2015 - Filing Deadlines H-1B Immigration Procedures Lottery USCIS Visa Caps Visas

How Will The Administration’s Recent Executive Orders Affect Employment-Based Immigration?

President Obama’s remarks last week announcing his executive orders on immigration reform, and the press coverage that has followed the announcement, have largely focused on changes involving undocumented immigrants and...more

11/25/2014 - Barack Obama DACA DAPA Deportation DHS Executive Orders Immigration Procedures Immigration Reform STEM USCIS

Residency and “Illegal Alien Status” Are Not Mutually Exclusive for School Accommodations: A Friendly Reminder From Washington...

It is worth remembering that when determining if someone is a resident of your school district, the fact that someone may not actually be a legal resident of this nation is irrelevant. In order to underscore this fact, the...more

9/24/2014 - Department of Education DOJ Non-Resident Aliens Public Schools Residency Requirements School Districts

The Supreme Court Extends SOX Whistleblower

On its face, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”) is concerned with the conduct of publicly-traded, not privately-held, companies. SOX, after all, grew out of the scandalous and widely damaging failures of public companies...more

8/4/2014 - FMR LLC Lawson Lawson v FMR Sarbanes-Oxley SCOTUS Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

More Executive Action on Immigration Reform: Work Authorization For H-4 Spouses

In a new draft rule notable not only for its substantive content but also for the fact that it represents another incremental immigration reform measure undertaken by executive action in lieu of stalled Congressional...more

7/15/2014 - H-1B H-4 Spouses Immigrants Immigration Reform Popular Visas

Federal Government Bars Immigration Checks By Schools

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice have recently issued new guidance – in the form of a “Dear Colleague” letter to school administrators nationwide – barring public schools from conducting immigration checks on...more

7/10/2014 - Department of Education DOJ Immigrants Public Schools Students

Déjà vu All Over Again: Planning For New Hires In Light of The H-1B Visa Lottery

For the second year in a row, the United States Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) has received more petitions in the opening week of H-1B visa season than the number of visas that are available for the entire year. ...more

4/10/2014 - H-1B Lottery USCIS Visa Caps Visas

Annual H-1B Visa Quota Exhausted

Lottery to be conducted; visas will not be available to new applicants until October 1, 2015 - The United States Citizenship & Immigration Service (the USCIS) has announced that in the first week of the application...more

4/9/2014 - H-1B USCIS Visa Caps Visas

New Regulations to Take Effect on Recruitment of Veterans and Disabled Employees by Federal Contractors

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) has announced new regulations that will affect federal contractors’ and subcontractors’ recruiting of veterans and disabled employees. The new regulations take...more

11/29/2013 - Contractors Disability OFCCP Recruitment Policies Subcontractors Veterans Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act

E-Verify Unavailable During Government Shutdown

Certain deadlines suspended while system is offline - The United States Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) has announced that the “E-Verify” system for checking job candidates’ authorization to work in the United...more

10/2/2013 - E-Verify Government Shutdown USCIS

Supreme Court’s DOMA Ruling Provides New Immigration Opportunities for Same-Sex Spouses

The United States Supreme Court’s June 2013 ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional has created an opportunity for certain foreign nationals in same-sex marriages to petition for...more

7/9/2013 - Citizenship Civil Unions DOMA Domestic Partnership F-1 Green Cards H1-B J-1 Visas K-1 L-1 Marriage Permanent Residence Cards Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor Visas

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