Melanie Walker

Melanie Walker

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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: 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 - 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

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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