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More Executive Action on Immigration Reform: Work Authorization For H-4 Spouses

In a new draft rule notable not only for its substantive content but also for the fact that it represents another incremental immigration reform measure undertaken by executive action in lieu of stalled Congressional...more

Significant Changes to South African Immigration

The Critical Skills Work Visa is a newly introduced category which will replace the Quota and Exceptional Skills work permits. The role must be listed on the current Critical Skills list, and the applicant must obtain written...more

H-4 Visa Holders May Soon Be Authorized To Work in the U.S.

On April 7, 2014, the White House made an exciting announcement about a proposal to grant employment authorization to spouses of H-1B workers. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been working on amending its...more

Utah Employment Law Letter - February 2014: WORKPLACE ISSUES: Legalization of same-sex marriage in Utah will affect employers

Traditionally, marriage has been defined in the United States and in the state of Utah as a legal relationship between a man and a woman. In 1996, Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which allowed states to...more

Unpublished BIA Decision: E-2 Spouses Not Required to Obtain EAD

On November 5, 2013, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), issued an unpublished decision reversing the denial of an adjustment application and holding that the respondent was not required to obtain an employment...more

LGBT Workplace Legal Developments - Senate Passes Employment Non-Discrimination Act – What’s Next?

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (“ENDA”) passed the United States Senate on November 7, 2013, but is expected to languish and fail in the House. However, even if ENDA fails, this does not mean that employers need not...more

Windsor & DOMA: Issues for Cross-Border Employers

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in U.S. v. Windsor that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), which defined “marriage” as strictly between opposite-sex couples and “spouse” as referring only to a...more

Annual Diversity Visa Lottery to Start Oct. 1st

Online registration for the DV 2015 lottery will begin on Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) and conclude on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). See the...more

Department of State Releases October 2013 Visa Bulletin

There is no significant movement in cutoff dates in the employment-based categories; spouses and children of permanent resident family-based sponsors no longer remain current. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has...more

Visa Bulletin for September Offers More Good News

Each month the Department of State issues a bulletin summarizing the availability of immigrant numbers for the upcoming month, and its September Visa Bulletin continues August’s trend with more good news....more

Be Careful What You Wish For…

By now, most of our readers are familiar with the Supreme Court’s decision eliminating the Federal government’s ability to define marriage as that between “one man and one woman” from the Defense of Marriage Act or “DOMA”....more

The Supreme Court's DOMA Decision Raises More Questions Than It Answers

With the Supreme Court's decision on the constitutionality of part of the Defense of Marriage Act, P.L. 104-199 (DOMA), Edith Windsor, the plaintiff, joins the likes of Beulah Crane (Crane, 331 U.S 1 (1947)), Mary Archer...more

U.S. Immigration Benefits Available to Same-Sex Spouses

USCIS issues expanded and revised FAQ in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision overturning DOMA. ...more

Immigration Alert: July 2013

I. SCOTUS Holds DOMA Unconstitutional - On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States ("SCOTUS") held that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") was unconstitutional. United States v. Windsor,...more

DOMA Overruled: Milestone for Applicants of Immigration Benefits

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional, allowing for the recognition of same-sex marriages and making way for...more

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

The Supreme Court's Decision Declaring Section 3 Of The Defense Of Marriage Act Unconstitutional Has Far-Reaching Implications For...

On June 26, 2013, in United States v. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of DOMA, holding that it was unconstitutional to discriminate between same-sex and opposite-sex marriages for purposes of...more

Supreme Court Finds DOMA to Be Unconstitutional -- Impact on Employers Explained

On June 26, 2013, a majority of the Supreme Court held in United States v. Windsor that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage for purposes of federal law as the union of a man and a woman, is...more

ICE - New Immigration Detainer Form

Immigration Detainer - ICE may issue a document commonly referred to as a “detainer” to a local jail or correctional facility when it is seeking custody of an individual in that facility for purposes of instituting removal...more

GAY MARRIAGES GET RECOGNITION: CIS OFFICES ACCEPT SAME SEX MARRIAGE GREEN CARD PETITIONS - Whoever said that hell would not freeze...

GAY MARRIAGES GET RECOGNITION: CIS OFFICES ACCEPT SAME SEX MARRIAGE GREEN CARD PETITIONS - Whoever said that hell would not freeze over? There is a great deal of hype on the web that seems to have its genesis in a report...more

Immigration Insights (December 2009)

IN THIS ISSUE: *H-1B Quota for FY2010 Reached *Changes to Prevailing Wage Requests Effective January 1, 2010 *Worldwide Deployment of the DS-160 Visa Application Form *HIV Applicants No Longer Inadmissible and...more

Employment Law Update 2010

It’s that time of year again. In this newsletter edition, Manatt summarizes the new legislation enacted in 2009 that will impact employers in the coming year. Please see full newsletter below for more information....more

Siskind's Immigration Bulletin - March 18, 2009

1. Openers 2. The ABC's Of Immigration, Employer Compliance Series: Part III – Re-verification and Recordkeeping of I-9 Forms 3. Ask Visalaw.com 4. Border and Enforcement News ..Undocumented Immigration Numbers See...more

Siskind's Immigration Bulletin - September 26, 2008

IN THIS ISSUE: 1. Openers 2. ABCs of Immigration: Adopting Foreign Orphans 3. Ask Visalaw.com 4. Border and Enforcement News 5. News From The Courts 6. News Bytes 7. International Roundup 8. Legislative Update 9....more

The ABC's of Immigration: Immigration Options for Gay, Lesbian, and Transgendered Individuals

As the world becomes a smaller place through globalization, more and more individuals are traveling abroad, for pleasure, for school, and for employment. Individuals who are in gay or lesbian relationships face difficulties...more

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