Melanie Walker

Melanie Walker

Baker Donelson

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Immigration Corner: H-1B CAP Reached!

The H-1B CAP season has come to a close and both employers and employees now anxiously await confirmation that their filings have been accepted for processing. The statutory cap of 65,000, as well as the 20,000 cap under the...more

4/17/2014 - E-3 H-1B Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Hiring & Firing Investors Students USCIS Visa Caps

Immigration Corner: Giving Hiring Preference to Laid-Off Employees and More New Customer Service Tools at USCIS

In November's newsletter, we discussed the challenges to the Department of Labor's (DOL) layoff regulation for PERM applicants. DOL has responded by clarifying what is required of an employer to properly notify and consider...more

3/14/2014 - DOL Immigrants Layoffs PERM USCIS

Immigration Corner: Snapshots of Both Big Picture and Meaningful Small-Scale Developments in the World of Immigration

Happy New Year! This month: "Friending" the Department of State on Facebook, BIA shines a light on the foggy EAD requirement for E and L spouses, and an unusual new member of the California State Bar....more

1/17/2014 - Bar Admission Department of State E-2 Employment Authorization Document Immigration Reform L-1 Undocumented Immigrants Work Visas

Immigration Corner: Snapshots of Both Big Picture and Meaningful Small-Scale Developments in the World of Immigration

On November 18, 2013, E-Verify announced an enhancement to combat identity fraud. USCIS can now “lock out” social security numbers that appear to have been used fraudulently. Once locked out, “tentative non-confirmations”...more

12/13/2013 - E-Verify Identity Theft Immigration Reform Memorandum of Understanding Social Security Numbers Undocumented Immigrants USCIS

Immigration Corner - November 13, 2013

Snapshots of both big picture and meaningful small-scale developments in the world of immigration. This month: a technology giant's hefty immigration fine and its implications, an improved interactive website for...more

11/13/2013 - B-1 DOL Fines Fraud H-1B India Infosys Layoffs PERM USCIS Visas

Immigration Corner

This month: driver's licenses in California and an update on immigration reform. California Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Persons - On October 3, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law, known as...more

10/17/2013 - DMV Driver's Licenses Immigrants Immigration Reform Undocumented Immigrants

Snapshots of Big Picture and Meaningful Small-Scale Developments in the World of Immigration

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) E-Verify system will now contact employees directly in the event of a Social Security Administration (SSA) or Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Tentative...more

7/12/2013 - Department of State DHS DOMA E-Verify I-9 Immigrants Immigration Reform Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS SSA Tentative Nonconfirmation US v Windsor USCIS Visas

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