Ronald Shapiro

900 Skokie Boulevard Suite 240
Northbrook, IL 60062, United States

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November 2014 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State has released its November 2014 Visa Bulletin. Each monthly visa bulletin provides the priority cutoff dates for specific countries in order to regulate the flow of visa applications. Foreign nationals are…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

How to Sponsor Same-Sex Spouse for Green Card

Prior to the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor in June 2013, in which the Court struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), same-sex married couples were not allowed to seek a green card on behalf of a…more
| Constitutional Law, Family Law, Immigration Law

Guidance on the President’s Immigration Initiatives

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced a number of executive orders impacting US immigration policy. The Shapiro Law Group stands ready to assist anyone impacted by President Obama’s executive actions with respect to…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

What Employers Need to Know about the New myE-Verify Program

Last month, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the launch of myE-Verify—a new website for employees. Whereas E-Verify is used by employers, the myE-Verify website is intended to be one-stop shop for employees to…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Guidance on the President’s Immigration, Deportation, and Deferred Action Executive Orders

Among other executive actions, on November 20, 2014, the President announced significant changes to removal and deportation policies, as well as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program…more
| Elections & Politics, Immigration Law

Court Holds that USCIS Should Consider “Life Experience” as Part of Specialized Knowledge Requirement for L-1B Visa

The L-1 visa is often used to facilitate intra-company transfers of foreign national employees to work in a U.S. facility. In order to be eligible for the L-1B visa, the sponsored employee must have been employed by the company…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Why Your Company Should Consider Hiring Foreign IT Workers

Many employers look overseas to fill their employment needs. As we recently reported, hiring highly-skilled foreign nationals – particularly for IT jobs – can boost productivity and increase wages for the entire workforce. There…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

How Highly Skilled Foreign Workers Boost Productivity and Wages

An employer’s human resources goals are generally quite simple: attract the best employees to get the job done. But attracting the right employee for the job can sometimes prove to be a more difficult task than expected. This is…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

What Happens If H-1B Worker Changes Work Location?

The H-1B visa is one of the most sought after work visas in the country. Employees sponsored to work in the U.S. on an H-1B work visa are allowed to work in the U.S. for a maximum of six years, but the term can be extended under…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Work Visa Options for Small Businesses and Start-Up Companies

Small businesses and start-up companies make up a large portion of corporate America, with unique hiring and HR needs. In some cases, as a small business or a start-up company looks to expand, it will consider hiring foreign…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Beware of Scam Targeting H-1B Applicants

Visa applicants are often the subject of scams and other fraudulent activity and the immigration lawyers at Shapiro Law Group have become aware of a new scam targeting H1-B visa applicants that arose over the summer. According…more
| Immigration Law

What Employers Need to Know if Laying Off Foreign National Employees

In today’s tenuous economic climate – and any time, for that matter – lay-offs are, unfortunately, an unavoidable part of business operations. As we reported last month, lay-offs are particularly stressful and challenging…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

September 2014 Visa Bulletin Sees More Forward Progress for EB-2 Applicants from India

The Department of State has released its September 2014 Visa Bulletin. Each monthly visa bulletin provides the priority cutoff dates for specific countries in order to regulate the flow of visa applications…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Free Trade Agreement Visa Options

The United States has free trade agreements with a number of countries around the world. Many of these agreements create programs to create additional immigration options for foreign nationals from those countries. For instance,…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, International Law & Trade

Penalties for Hiring Undocumented Workers

Employers have several obligations when it comes to verification of employment immigration status. Under federal immigration laws, an employer is required to verify the employment eligibility of all of its employees; the failure…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law
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