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New 21-Page Citizenship Form Becomes Mandatory on May 5, 2014

We wish to remind you that as of May 5, 2014, the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will no longer accept the previous revision of the Form, N-400, used to apply for U.S. Citizenship. The new form has an...more

4/16/2014 - Citizenship Immigrants USCIS

Is U.S. Deportation Policy Changing?

Following his meeting with three leading members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus over the number of deportations of undocumented immigrants during his administration, the Obama White House announced, late last week, a...more

3/21/2014 - Deportation

Back to Basics – Choosing the Right Entity for Your Business

There are several different options when forming a business entity. Whether starting a new business or reevaluating an existing one, choosing the right entity structure involves several important considerations including...more

3/13/2014 - Business Formation Choice of Entity Small Business Formation Startups

TPS To Be Extended for Haitian Nationals

USCIS will extend Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for eligible nationals of Haiti for an additional 18 months, effective July 23, 2014 through Jan. 22, 2016. Current beneficiaries who wish to extend their TPS status are...more

3/11/2014

E-Verify Growth Continues

According to a recent report from USCIS, more than 500,000 companies now use E-Verify. E-Verify is the online service that allows employers to confirm their new employees’ eligibility to work. ...more

2/5/2014 - E-Verify USCIS

Eleventh Circuit Court Holds That Remarriage Does Not Bar Green Card Eligibility for Surviving Relative

In Williams v. U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed the district court's grant of summary judgment and remanded the case, finding that remarriage does not bar...more

1/22/2014 - DHS Form I-130 Green Cards Marriage USCIS

U.S. Immigration Appeals Office Reverses Denial of L-1B Specialized Knowledge Employment Petition for Marketing Specialist

The L-1 visa is for employees of multinational corporations who wish to come to the U.S. to work for a U.S. parent, branch, or subsidiary corporation. In order to obtain an L-1 visa, you must either be coming to the U.S. in...more

1/8/2014 - Immigrants L-1 L-1B Multinationals Visas

USCIS Hits Statutory Limit of 10,000 U-Visas for 2014

On December 11, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has approved the statutory maximum of 10,000 U visas for Fiscal Year 2014. This marks the fifth straight year that USCIS has reached...more

12/17/2013 - U Visas USCIS

New Security Enhancement to E-Verify Meant to Deter Identity Theft May Create Increased Bureaucracy for Employers

On November 18, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the implementation of a new program meant to help combat fraud and identity theft. The new E-Verify safeguard enables USCIS to “lock” a...more

12/4/2013 - E-Verify Fraud Identity Theft Immigrants Social Security Numbers USCIS

USCIS Issues Memo on Parole in Place for Spouses, Children, and Parents of Members of the Military

On November 15, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Memorandum amending its policy manual to ensure consistent adjudication of “parole in place” requests made for individuals who are present...more

11/19/2013 - Family Members Immigration and Nationality Act Military Service Members USCIS

Department of Labor Destroys Old Records

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC)'s new record retention system was approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Employer...more

10/15/2013 - DOL FOIA Foreign Nationals Public Records record

Effect of Government Shutdown on Immigration

The ripples of the U.S. government shutdown that began on Tuesday are being felt all across the country. Fortunately, because immigration agencies are largely self-funded and because of the national security issues involved,...more

10/8/2013 - Customs and Border Protection DHS Government Shutdown ICE Immigration Reform USCIS

Gang of Seven…Six…Five…Zero?

The “Gang of Seven,” the bipartisan group of House Representatives supporting and working towards comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) has been rapidly dwindling. On September 20, Texas Republicans John Carter and Sam...more

9/25/2013 - Immigration Reform Political Debates

Department of State Moving to Online Immigrant Visa Application

The Department of State (Department) will no longer be using paper forms to apply for immigrant visas, and instead will implement an online application. Effective September 3, 2013, paper forms DS-230 and DS-3032 will be...more

9/4/2013 - Department of State Immigrants Visas

Matter of Pinzon: Making False Statements Under 18 USC § 1001(a)(2) Is A Crime Involving Moral Turpitude

The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) recently held in Matter of Pinzon, 26 I&N Dec. 189 (BIA 2013), that convictions under 18 USC § 1001(a)(2) for “knowingly and willfully making any materially false, fictitious, or...more

8/27/2013 - False Statements Fraud Misrepresentation

Beware of USCIS Telephone Scams

There have been recent reports of telephone scams aimed at foreign nationals. The reported scams have involved individuals receiving calls from someone purporting to be an officer of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration...more

8/5/2013 - Foreign Nationals I-94 Cards Scams USCIS

The Securities and Exchange Commission Lifts The Ban On General Solicitation and General Advertising

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the elimination of the ban against general solicitation for offerings relying on Rule 506 of the Regulation D exemption. The amendments to the rule were required by the...more

7/23/2013 - Advertising Dodd-Frank General Solicitation JOBS Act Marketing Regulation D Rule 144A Rule 506 Offerings SEC

Extension of the CBP “Border Zone” to 55 Miles in the State of New Mexico

This rule, effective July 12, 2013, amends Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) regulations to extend the distance that certain nonimmigrant Mexican nationals presenting a Border Crossing Card (“BCC”), or other proper...more

6/19/2013 - Customs and Border Protection DHS Documentation Form I-94 New Legislation Tourists

Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) extended for Salvadorans until March 2015

The Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, has extended Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for eligible nationals of El Salvador for an additional 18 months, beginning Sept. 10, 2013, and ending March 9, 2015. ...more

6/5/2013 - Eligibility Registration Temporary Protected Status USCIS Waivers

USCIS Immigrant Fee Payment Will Soon Be Processed Through USCIS ELIS

USCIS is moving the existing online payment for the USCIS Immigrant Fee to its Electronic Immigration System (USCIS ELIS). Customers will soon pay the $165 Immigrant Fee using USCIS ELIS after they receive their immigrant...more

5/15/2013 - USCIS USCIS Immigrant Fee

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