Melanie Walker

Melanie Walker

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Immigration Corner: Time to Play the Lottery, New myE-Verify Website Provides Tools and an Education, Free Webinar on Form I-9 and...

Applications for the 2016 Diversity Visa Lottery are now being accepted and must be submitted electronically by noon, Eastern Standard Time, on Monday, November 3, 2014, to be considered. Each year, the United States...more

10/21/2014 - DIversity Lottery E-Verify I-9 Immigrants USCIS Visas

Immigration Corner: Chinese EB-5 Applicants are Beginning to Form a Line, PERM Passwords, Changing Visa Fees

On Saturday, August 23, 2014, the Department of State dramatically announced that EB-5 visas (for immigrant investors) were no longer available for the remainder of the fiscal year for individuals from mainland China. This...more

9/15/2014 - China EB-5 PERM Visas

Immigration Corner: Global Printing Problems for Immigrant Travel Visas, and More Road Signs on the Foggy PERM Highway

A printing problem usually can be fixed in minutes by swapping out a toner cartridge or adding some paper, or it could take a little longer to clear a complex paper jam. Right? Not at the U.S. Department of State! Apparently...more

8/19/2014 - BALCA Department of State Hiring & Firing OFLC PERM Visas

Immigration Corner: "Extraordinary Circumstances" Under the Child Status Protection Act, E-Verify Listens to You, and It's Time to...

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published an Interim Policy Memorandum (PM-602-0097) on June 6, 2014, supplementing Chapter 21.2(e) of the Adjudicator’s Field Manual regarding exercising discretion...more

7/17/2014 - BIA CSPA E-Verify H-1B Memorandum of Guidance USCIS

Immigration Corner: E-Verify Not an Impenetrable Shield, H-4 Spouses May Soon be Looking for Work, More Trips to the Doctor for...

E-Verify offers a tool to assist employers in verifying employment/immigration status for prospective employees, but it should not be mistaken for protection during an I-9 audit. On March 26, 2014, the Office of the Chief...more

6/13/2014 - E-Verify H-4 Spouses Immigrants OCAHO USCIS Visas

Immigration Corner: Travel History with the Click of a Button; A Quick-Reference Guide for I-9; Hiring Decisions Impacting F-1...

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced a new webpage on May 1 that gives travelers access to the date and port of entry of all arrivals and departures for the last five years. Travel history includes entries made with...more

5/16/2014 - Background Checks Customs and Border Protection ESTA F-1 I-9 Immigrants Visas

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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