Immigrants

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Department of State Releases July 2015 Visa Bulletin

Cutoff dates for EB-3 Philippines become unavailable, cutoff dates for EB-2 China advance by four months, and cutoff dates for EB-3 for Mexico and the Rest of the World advance by six weeks. The US Department of State...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Budget Approved by Legislature - Early Wednesday morning the Maine House and Senate...more

The Supreme Court Takes the BIA to Task

Yesterday, in an opinion authored by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the U.S. Supreme Court brought a measure of hope to non-citizens facing deportation on the basis of certain minor criminal convictions. In Mellouli v. Lynch,...more

Illegal Immigrants and DACA: What Is It and Why Is It Important?

In our blog post on November 17, 2014, we summarized the substance of the White House announcement laying out a number of executive actions that President Obama is taking to address the fact that nearly twelve million...more

Changes in California Employment Law for 2015

As Californians get back to business in the new year, we wanted to highlight the following changes to California employment laws for 2015: - Mandatory Paid Sick Leave - Protections Against Discrimination and...more

Court says immigration status does not influence workers’ compensation eligibility

Illinois workers’ compensation law is designed to help all workers who are injured or become ill on the job, regardless of immigration status. Each employer in the state is required to carry appropriate compensation...more

New Employment Laws Affecting California Businesses in 2015

The California Legislature recently enacted a number of new employment laws that will take effect in 2015 that will impact businesses in California. With the New Year quickly approaching, employers should review their...more

Here's How Obama's Immigration Actions Will Affect Employers

When President Obama announced his Executive Actions On Immigration (to take effect in about 90 days), he said that the changes were intended to “make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates and...more

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...more

CAHO Upholds Fine of $329,895 for 300 I-9 Forms

If you have already undergone one I-9 audit by ICE, you may think your business is now safe and off of the government’s radar. You would be wrong. As reaffirmed in a recent decision by the Office of the Chief Administrative...more

Bye Bye Brazil – Considerações Tributárias no Planejamento de Investimento Brasileiro dentro dos Estados Unidos - Parte 1

Sou advogado tributário americano. Me formei na academia militar do exército americano em West Point, Nova Iorque. Me graduei em Espanhol e Português. Meus professores eram um tentente coronel do exercito brasileiro formado...more

I-751 Applications Transferred from Vermont Service Center to California Service Center

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that Forms I-751, Petitions to Remove the Conditions on Residence, filed with the Vermont Service Center have been transferred to the California Center. This was...more

Visa Waiver Travelers to Face Additional Security Screenings

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will tighten screening measures on travelers who use the Visa Waiver Program in response to concerns over Islamist militants who hold U.S. or European passports....more

BIA Holds Form I-9 Is Admissible in Immigration Proceedings

The Form I-9 is used by employers to verify a new hire’s identity and to establish that the worker is authorized to accept employment in the United States. The Form I-9 contains a section in which the employee must attest to...more

TIPS Extended For Nationals of Honduras and Nicaragua

DHS has extended the Temporary Protected Status (TIPS) for 18 months for Honduras and Nicaragua. The extension is from January 5, 2015 through July 5, 2016. TIPS was first designated for these countries in 1999, and has...more

Immigration Issues in the Massachusetts Governor Race

On Tuesday evening, the candidates for Massachusetts governor met in their last debate ahead of Tuesday’s general election. Throughout the campaign season, Massachusetts Gubernatorial candidates Martha Coakley (D) and Charlie...more

USCIS Launches New myE-Verify Service For Employees*

On October 6, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new web-based compliance tool for employees called myE-Verify. The new website will serve as a companion tool to E-Verify, the free...more

Automatic Extension & I-9 Form Verification For Temporary Protected Status in the U.S.

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is available in the United States for individuals from foreign states where the U.S. Attorney General (AG) has determined that conditions in that country would result in a threat to the...more

DC Circuit Reverses Decision that Fogo de Chao Chef Lacks “Specialized Knowledge”

On October 21, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that it was reversible error for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service ("USCIS"), an agency of the Department of...more

Immigration Corner: Time to Play the Lottery, New myE-Verify Website Provides Tools and an Education, Free Webinar on Form I-9 and...

Applications for the 2016 Diversity Visa Lottery are now being accepted and must be submitted electronically by noon, Eastern Standard Time, on Monday, November 3, 2014, to be considered. Each year, the United States...more

Immigration Law Does Not Preempt State Wage and Hour Claims, Says Court

In case there was any question, an Indiana staffing company, Access Therapies, learned late last month that the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) does not absolve employers of their responsibilities under state wage and...more

FICA Payroll Taxes Must Be Withheld From Employees Switching From F-1 To H-1B Status*

As a reminder, employers need to be mindful when foreign national employees change from a nonimmigrant status exempt from Social Security and Medicare withholding under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) to a...more

November 2014 Visa Bulletin Issued

Although there was a slight forward movement in most categories, the EB-2 for Indian nationals regressed significantly from May 1, 2009 to February 15, 2005....more

Visa Bulletin for November 2014: India EB2 Retrogresses to February 2005

The U.S. Department of State has published the monthly “Visa Bulletin” for November 2014. The Visa Bulletin is a government publication, the primary purpose for which is to provide an updated waiting list for immigrants that...more

Department of State Releases November 2014 Visa Bulletin

Bulletin shows severe retrogression of cutoff date in EB-2 India category; meanwhile, the cutoff date in all other employment-based categories will advance. EB-3 China will once again move ahead of EB-2 China....more

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