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How Employers Need to Address New Individuals or Identities in the Workplace

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced an Immigration Accountability Executive Action that, among other things, provides new or expanded immigration benefits to certain unauthorized immigrants. The expanded Deferred...more

Congress Passes One-Week DHS Funding Extension, Averting Agency “Shut Down” Until Midnight March 6

Ten minutes before funding for the Department of Homeland Security ran out at midnight on February 27th, President Obama signed the one-week funding extension passed by Congress late Friday night. ...more

DHS Funded for One More Week; Shutdown Temporarily Averted

Republican leaders and both branches of Congress failed Friday to come to a long-term agreement to provide fiscal year funding for the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and provide confidence that a DHS shutdown will be...more

Cuban Baseball Players Are No Longer Required to Obtain a License to Play Ball

Earlier this month, Major League Baseball eliminated a burdensome requirement that made it difficult for MLB franchises to sign Cuban nationals. Until last month, a Cuban national wanting to sign with a MLB franchise as a...more

Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants May Apply for Employment Authorization

President Obama’s immigration executive order provides an opportunity for certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants to obtain employment authorization. Until now, H-4 nonimmigrants were not permitted to work in the...more

Continued Rollout of Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration

Today, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced that starting May 26, 2015 it will be accepting applications for employment authorization (EAD) for H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants...more

Department of Homeland Security Shutdown 2015: The Effect on Immigration Services

The Senate remains at a stalemate over funding of the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), with funding running out on Friday, February 27. A full budget was passed for the rest of the US government in December. However,...more

Temporary Injunction Issued Against DAPA And Expanded DACA

Judge Andrew Hanen, a federal judge in South Texas, temporarily blocked President Obama’s executive actions on immigration this past Monday, February 16. The lawsuit was brought by 26 states and Judge Hanen ruled that the...more

Federal Judge Enjoins President’s Immigration Action

On Monday, February 16th, a federal judge in Texas ruled in favor of the state of Texas and 25 other states to halt President Obama’s executive action on immigration, which was announced in November 2014. HRLegalist...more

DHS Halts Implementation of DACA Expansion and DAPA

The Obama administration announced on Tuesday, February 17th that it will comply with an injunction temporarily blocking its plan to shield millions of people who are in the United States illegally, suspending applications...more

Implementation Of DACA Expansion And New DAPA Program Delayed

Even before the President’s executive actions on immigration have been implemented, there is a new development. On Monday, a federal district court in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the new...more

Federal Judge Grants Preliminary Injunction to Block Executive Action on Immigration While Related Regulations Proceed

Executive Action on Immigration Halted - On February 16, 2015, Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas ordered a temporary injunction to halt key portions of President...more

Implementation of President Obama’s Immigration Reforms Temporarily Blocked By Federal District Court Preliminary Injunction

Monday, a federal district court in Texas issued a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit filed by 26 states to block the implementation of new immigration programs announced through President Obama’s November 2014 executive...more

USCIS to Begin Accepting Requests for Expanded DACA on February 2015

As previously reported, on November 20, 2014, President Barack Obama announced a series of executive actions to crack down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons not families, and require certain...more

What Happened to Immigration Reform in State of the Union Address?

In the past few months, there have been several positive developments in terms of immigration reform, most notably the President’s executive actions announced last November. As we have discussed, the President expanded...more

USCIS to Run Out of Funds February 27th

On February 4, 2015 the Senate held a vote to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) but the vote failed. This was the second vote on DHS funding, which will run out on February 27, 2015....more

Bipartisan Legislation Seeks to Make the EB-5 Program Permanent

Bipartisan legislation? Does such a thing exist anymore? Well, on January 28, 2015, Congressmen Jared Polis (D-CO) and Mark Amodei (R-NV) introduced The American Entrepreneurship & Investment Act of 2015 in an effort to...more

Polis Bill Reform EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program

With the regional center program set to expire in September 2015, the EB-5 industry has been given new life in the form of the American Entrepreneurship and Investment Act of 2015. The Act was introduced today by Congressmen...more

U.S. Shift in Policy Eases Cuba Sanctions and Opens Door for New Opportunities

The Obama Administration recently announced it will undertake efforts to repair diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba and end decades of political estrangement and economic isolation of the island nation....more

How Immigration Executive Actions Will Play Out in 2015

Last November, President Obama announced several executive actions with respect to immigration. Specifically, the President announced the following immigration executive actions...more

Mayors File Amicus Brief in Support of Obama’s Immigration Executive Order

On January 26th, a coalition of over 30 mayors, along with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and National League of Cities, filed an amicus – or “friend of the court” – brief in the Texas v. United States lawsuit that challenges...more

Immigration Law Update

The filing period for the fiscal year 2016 H-1B visa cap commences on April 1, 2015. It is expected, as has happened the last several years, that there will be a lottery based on submissions received the first week of the...more

Final Rule Extending Work Authorization to H-4 Dependent Spouses Expected Soon

In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama made clear that In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama made clear that he would veto efforts by the Republican-controlled Congress to undo some of...more

Softening of Cuba Sanctions Opens the Way for Some Travel and Trade

As part of a broader, ongoing effort to forge closer relations with Cuba, the Obama administration has enacted a new set of regulations intended to facilitate certain forms of authorized travel to Cuba. The regulations, which...more

Three Things to Know About DAPA

While many of the specific details of President Obama’s Immigration Accountability Executive Actions are still being worked on, one of its most significant components will be the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and...more

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