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India EB-2 Expected to Retrogress

The second preference employment based category for immigrant petitions for Indian nationals is expected to retrogress as early as November. ...more

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: New CBP Joint Declaration Forms

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol issued a new customs declaration form allowing filing joint family declarations. The recent regulation change expanded the definition of family members of arriving U.S. travelers to include...more

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

ICE I-9 Audit Leads to $2 Million Fine Against Hotel

When an employer becomes the subject of an enforcement audit by ICE and I-9 violations are discovered, civil fines for simple paperwork violations – even if no undocumented workers are discovered – will range from $110 to...more

DOS Visa Office Provides Update on EB-2 India Visa Demand and Priority Date Cutoff

New updates and projections regarding demand in the employment-based second preference immigrant visa category for individuals chargeable to India have been provided....more

USCIS 2014 Ombudsman Annual Report Confirms Increased Scrutiny for L-1 Intracompany Transferrees

On June 27, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released its 2014 Ombudsman Annual Report. The Ombudsman Annual Report confirms what employers and immigration attorneys have been experiencing for the past...more

Cap-Subject H-1Bs Will Be Effective October 1

On October 1, 2014, FY 2015 H-1B cap-subject visa petitions will be valid. Individuals in possession of valid H-1B petitions must take appropriate action to demonstrate work authorization for the petitioning employer. For...more

Major Retrogression in the EB-2/India Immigrant Visa Category Expected in the Fall of 2014

The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Visa Bulletin sets out per country priority dates that regulate when an individual may begin the final phase of the “green card” process, either through adjustment of status or consular...more

Settlement Highlights Importance of Compliance with Anti-Discrimination Provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act During...

On August 15, 2014, a California-based staffing company reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), resolving...more

Cap Gap Expiration Approaching: Some Employees' Work Authorization May End on October 1, 2014

Fiscal year 2015 cap-subject H-1B petitions selected and approved by USCIS will be valid starting October 1, 2014. However, as October 1, 2014 approaches, many cap-subject H-1B petitions remain pending at both the California...more

Health Care Provider Personally Liable for $1.1 Million Due to Improper Payroll Deductions from Foreign National Employees

The United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit has found the owner of a medical clinic personally liable for a $1.1 million award for back pay and fines because H-1B visa and J-1 waiver fees were deducted from the pay of...more

OCAHO Significantly Reduces Fine After Finding No Unauthorized Employees

On June 30, 2014, the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), which is responsible for review of penalties imposed by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for I-9 compliance violations,...more

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Corporate Immigration 2014

What are the main sources of immigration law in Germany? -The main source is the German Immigration Act (Zuwanderungsgesetz), which is composed of the German Residence Act (Aufenthaltsgesetz) for non-EU citizens and...more

"H" is Not for Healthcare - Comments on the New Guidance for H-1B Visas for Nursing Occupations

In a recent Policy Memorandum, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services ("the Service") acknowledged some trends and changes in the nursing profession and offered some updated guidance to its officers who review...more

When Hiring a Foreign Employee May Really Be the Only Feasible Option

The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals of the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”), otherwise known as the BALCA, recently issued an employer-friendly decision that contemplates how an employer can demonstrate it is not...more

Change in Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visa Application Fees on September 2014

Nonimmigrant and immigrant visa application fees for certain visa categories will change on September 12, 2014. All visa applicants must pay the fee amounts in effect on the day they pay, with the exception of Immigrant Visa...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission prevailed on summary judgment in an action against a broker which alleged he misappropriated client funds. The agency also filed actions centered on: an audit failure; the EB-5 immigration program; undisclosed...more

Duplicate Biometrics Appointment Notices

There are reports that USCIS is issuing a second biometrics appointment notice after receiving a prior notice over the past several weeks and appearing for biometrics capture. We understand that the American Immigration...more

The SEC Brings Another Case Centered on the EB-5 Immigration Program

The government’s EB-5 program is supposed to be a win win for everyone. For immigrants seeking admission to the United States it is supposed to provide a path to citizenship if the requirements, centered on the investment of...more

How EB-5 Regional Centers and Sponsors Can Evaluate Broker-Dealer, Investment Company and Investment Adviser Registration...

This article is the second in a series of articles on how EB-5 regional centers and sponsors can evaluate broker-dealer, investment company and investment adviser registration requirements under U.S. securities laws....more

China EB-5 Backlogs Expected during FY2015

On August 23, 2014, the State Department announced that the employment based fifth-preference category (EB-5) is unavailable for Chinese nationals for the remainder of FY2014, through September 30, 2014, due to the large...more

EEOC and Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sign National Memorandum of Understanding

Agreement Will Strengthen Collaboration Aimed at Educating Immigrant Workers of Their Rights Under U.S. Anti-Discrimination Laws - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Ministry...more

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...more

DOS Alert: China EB-5 “Unavailable” for Remainder of FY2014

According to the U.S. Department of State, effective Saturday, August 23, 2014, the China Employment Fifth (EB-5) preference category has become "Unavailable" for the remainder of the fiscal year 2014. This action is...more

Illegal Worker Could Bring Discrimination Claim

Ms Hounga, a Nigerian national, lived and worked illegally in the UK. She worked as a live-in nanny and housekeeper for Mrs Allen, who had played a significant part in bringing Ms Hounga illegally into the UK. Mrs Allen...more

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