Scott Bettridge

Scott Bettridge

Akerman LLP

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President Obama Outlines Executive Action on Immigration

President Obama has ambitiously announced several executive actions that have the potential to impact undocumented immigrants, as well as employers, foreign national workers, and their spouses. While these efforts are focused...more

11/24/2014 - Barack Obama DACA Deportation DHS Executive Orders Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Immigration Reform PERM STEM

Opening of the 2016 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program Announced

The State Department has announced that it will accept applications for the FY 2016 "diversity immigrant visa" lottery beginning October 1, 2014. Applicants who are selected and approved may submit their green card...more

10/2/2014 - DIversity Lottery Immigrants Visas

China EB-5 Backlogs Expected during FY2015

On August 23, 2014, the State Department announced that the employment based fifth-preference category (EB-5) is unavailable for Chinese nationals for the remainder of FY2014, through September 30, 2014, due to the large...more

9/2/2014 - China EB-5 Foreign Investment Immigrants Visas

I-9 Compliance In An Era Of Increased Enforcement

I-9 investigations are at an all-time high. Audits of employer I-9 forms increased from 250 in fiscal year 2007 to more than 3,000 in 2012. From fiscal years 2009 to 2012, the total amount of fines grew to nearly $13 million...more

2/19/2014 - Enforcement I-9 ICE Visas

H-1B Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Cap Season Opens on April 1, 2014

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin to accept H-1B cap subject petitions on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Employers should begin to plan immediately as the demand for new H-1B's is expected to be significant. The...more

2/4/2014 - H-1B LCA STEM

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