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Visa Waiver Program Changes Announced

On January 21, 2016, the U.S. Department of State announced that the changes made to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (Act) would begin. This…more
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VISA WAIVER PROGRAM RESTRICTIONS COMING SOON

The Omnibus bill is expected to take effect upon enactment (possibly before December 20). The immediate impact appears to apply to both current ESTA registered and future VWP travelers. So, even a VWP traveler with a current…more
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Immigration Reform in a Vacuum

In the ten years post the September 11 acts of terror against the United States (U.S.) and the more recent economic downturn in the U.S., the issue of immigration reform has been basically an anathema to the public and our…more
| Immigration Law

Self Check Via E-Verify - Do We Care?

Today, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the availability of its Self Check employment eligibility confirmation system to residents in an additional 16 states. Back in March of this year,…more
| Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Foreign Investors – A Welcome Mat?

You would think that foreign investors trying to invest money in the U.S. and create jobs might be welcomed with open arms in such difficult economic times, but many investors decide to go to other countries due to the…more
| Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

I-9 Central Resource for Employers Now Live

On May 13, 2011, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the availability of its new resource for employers regarding the completion of the I-9 form for new hires. Please refer to the announcement at:…more
| Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Be Prepared - SSA No Match Letters to Employers On the Way

On April 6, 2011, the Social Security Administration (SSA) Commissioner announced that SSA has resumed sending letters to employers regarding FY 2010 earnings’ records (W-2 Wage and Tax Statement), which appear to reflect an…more
| Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

SSA No Match Letters On the Way

On April 6, 2011, the Social Security Administration (SSA) Commissioner announced that SSA has resumed sending letters to employers regarding FY 2010 earnings’ records (W-2 Wage and Tax Statement), which appear to reflect an…more
| Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

The Mexican Investor and E-2 Survival

This article outlines the challenges regarding U.S. immigration law for investors, especially as to Mexican nationals…more
| Immigration Law

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Releases Revised M-274, The Handbook

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Releases Revised M-274, The Handbook for Employers On January 5, 2011, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a newly revised version of the M-274 Handbook for…more
| Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

H-1B Conundrum - Establishing the Employer/Employee Relationship -

On August 13, 2010, U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia, Gladys Kessler, issued a memorandum opinion in Broadgate Inc. v. USCIS concluding that the memorandum issued on January 8, 2010 regarding the required…more
| Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

Does it Make Sense to Go Electronic for our I-9s?

On July 22, 2010, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule to implement new electronic I-9 regulations effective August 23, 2010. The final rule attempts to clarify certain regulatory provisions through…more
| Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Wage and Hour Audits Increase - I-9 Compliance Challenges

While the June 2010 ICE Strategic Plan reaffirmed the focus of the agency’s resources on the enforcement of I-9 compliance through more aggressive audits and the application of civil and criminal sanctions, the Office of Special…more
| Immigration Law, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law

SENTRI I-94 Expedite Program El Paso CBP Field Office

Expedite I-94 land border issuance program for Sentri card holders in El Paso CBP Field Office…more
| Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

Arizona SB 1070 Partial Injunction

Recent decision by Judge Bolton of Arizona on SB 1070 shows that federal preemption doctrine is still alive as to US immigration law…more
| Immigration Law
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