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Changes to the Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program Are Announced

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced changes to the Cuban Family Reunification Parole (CFRP) Program. Currently, no form or fee is required for the CFRP Program. This will no longer be the case. As…more
| Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

USCIS Updates Its List of 68 Countries Eligible to Participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

On December 16, 2014, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), in consultation with Department of State, added five new countries to the list of countries eligible to…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

EB-5: A Creative Financing Option for U.S. Developers and Businesses

In recent years, as raising capital has become more difficult for developers and the waiting time for green cards has increased for immigrants from certain countries, the popularity of the EB-5 Regional Center Program (also…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

"insights" Newsletter - Autumn 2014

In this issue: - Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") - Antitrust and Compliance Programs - Staffing Companies and their Clients - Employment Law Update - Impact of the Windsor Decision…more
| Antitrust & Trade Regulation, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law, Intellectual Property

U.S. & China Extend Visas for Business Travelers, Tourists, and Students

As a reminder, following a meeting with President Xi Jinping from the People’s Republic of China to discuss U.S. and China foreign relations in November of this year, President Obama announced changes to certain visas issued to…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

Deadline to File Form I-924A is December 29, 2014

Regional Centers are reminded of the upcoming December 29, 2014 deadline to file their regional center reports for the 2014 Fiscal Year. As explained in our October 28, 2014 post, USCIS recommends that regional centers complete…more
| Finance & Banking, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

Upcoming E-Verify Record Disposal Date

Beginning January 1, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will start disposing of E-Verify Records that are 10 years old and older…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Failure to Check DMV Records Rendered Search for Defendant Inadequate

In this Home Owners Association (HOA) lien foreclosure case, the Plaintiff was unable to locate the Defendant for service. HOA’s attorney filed an affidavit for service by publication, alleging..…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Residential

Executive Actions on Immigration… Now, what?

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is not currently accepting applications under President Obama’s Executive Actions. This notwisthanding, if you believe you will be eligible to apply for a benefit, you can…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

President Obama Unveils His Proposed Executive Actions on Immigration

Last week, President Obama unveiled his Immigration Accountability Executive Actions in an effort to address the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States. While many of the specific…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone are Awarded Temporary Protected Status Designations

On November 20, 2014, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that he would be designating Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, effective November 21, 2014 through May 20,…more
| Health, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

New Requirements for J-1 Program Mandates Annual Audits and Reports to Department of State

The devil is in the details. J-1 program sponsors need to be aware of upcoming changes by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) to the J-1 program. Specifically, beginning January 5, 2015, J-1 program sponsors will be required to…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

NVC No Longer Accepting Original Civil Documents

As of November 12, 2014, the National Visa Center (NVC) will cease accepting original civil documents in support of immigrant visa applications. Rather, most applicants will now be required to submit photocopies of supporting…more
| Civil Procedure, Immigration Law

Client Alert: Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 - One Of The Strictest Data Breach Statutes in the Nation

If your business stores personal information of Florida Residents, you must be aware of a new Florida statute that has created specific reporting requirements in the case of a data breach. Failure to comply can result in…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Extensions of Visa Validity Periods for Chinese Nationals

This week, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) released additional changes to its Reciprocity Table following President Barack Obama’s announcement of a new, reciprocal 10-year visa policy between the United States and China. The…more
| Education, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law
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