Immigration and Nationality Act

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BALCA Reverses PERM Denial Based on Infeasibility-to-Train

An important goal of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) is to protect U.S. workers from being displaced in the job market by foreign workers. Certain employment-based permanent residence applications therefore require...more

Justice Department Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced that it had reached an agreement with a Dallas-based company resolving claims that it violated the Immigration and Nationality Act’s (INA) anti-discrimination provision by...more

American Entrepreneurship and Investment Act of 2014

Over the last several months, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has been working closely with lawmakers on important legislation updating and refining the EB-5 program. Late last week, as a result of these efforts, Rep. Jared...more

U.S. Department of Justice Cautions Employers to Ensure that Electronic I-9 Systems Comply with I-9 Requirements

In a recent meeting between the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the OSC cautioned that...more

Bye, Bye Bieber: Canadian Pop-Star of “Extraordinary Ability” Could be in Extraordinary Trouble with U.S. Immigration Law

Famed teen heart throb, Justin Bieber, is in trouble . . . again. On January 23, 2014, Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach, Florida, and charged with a DUI, resisting arrest, and driving with an expired driver’s license....more

BALCA Holds that Link to HotJobs Is Not the Same as Posting the Job on the Employer’s Website

An important goal of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) is to protect U.S. workers from being displaced on the job market by foreign workers. Certain employment-based permanent residence applications therefore require...more

Justice Department Settles Citizenship Status Discrimination Claim

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), through the Civil Rights Division’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), recently settled a claim alleging that the company in question...more

USCIS Issues Memo on Parole in Place for Spouses, Children, and Parents of Members of the Military

On November 15, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Memorandum amending its policy manual to ensure consistent adjudication of “parole in place” requests made for individuals who are present...more

Florida Possession With Intent to Deliver Controlled Substance Not An Aggravated Felony

Convictions of certain types of crimes, referred to as “Aggravated Felonies,” carry severe immigration consequences for foreign nationals seeking permanent residence, citizenship, asylum, and relief from removal. The types...more

Steering Away the Trojan Horse: Lessons from Worksite Enforcement Actions

The estimated number of illegal immigrants in the United States exceeded 11 million as of 2011, and many reports state that number has grown since then. Tying numbers to economic conditions, more recent studies report that...more

BALCA Holds Employer Efforts to Contact U.S. Applicants Lacked Good Faith

An important goal of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) is to protect U.S. workers from being displaced on the job market by foreign workers. Certain employment-based permanent residence applications therefore require...more

OSC Discourages Pre-Populating Section 1 When Using Electronic I-9 Programs

The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices ("OSC") recently issued an opinion letter discouraging the practice of pre-populating Section 1 of the Form I-9 when utilizing electronic I-9...more

Department Of Justice And NLRB Agree To Begin Referring Employee Claims To One Another

In July 2013, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Labor Relations...more

BIA Decision Narrows the Scope of 245(i) Grandfathering for Certain Dependents

Section 245(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) permits adjustment of status for certain grandfathered aliens who are otherwise ineligible because of violations such as entry without inspection, failure to...more

EB-5 Funding: A Possible Financing Option for Commercial Ventures Undertaken by Colleges and Universities

Universities and colleges seeking to start commercial ventures should consider raising capital through the EB-5 program. If you are a university or college and you are considering building a new student union or a stadium as...more

Macy's Fined $175,000 And Ordered To Create $100,000 Back Pay Fund For Violations Of Anti-Discrimination Law In The Form I-9...

In June 2013, Macy’s Retail Holdings and other Macy’s entities (Macy’s) entered into a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices...more

Employers Fined for Immigration Violations

In a recent decision of the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), Anodizing Industries, Inc., a metal-finishing factory in Los Angeles, California was fined $15,600 for failure to timely prepare I-9...more

Supreme Court Decision On DOMA Should Provide Equal Access To Immigration Benefits

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that denied federal benefits to same-sex partners....more

A Temporary Protected Status beneficiary who entered without inspection may be eligible to adjust status.

In a decision dated June 4, 2013 (Flores v. USCIS), .the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuitfound that the plain language of INA §244(f)(4) supports a path to legal permanent residence status under §245 for a...more

Sharing of Form I-9 or E-Verify Data May Be Unlawful

Employers and third-party vendors should identify needs and explore alternatives. On May 30, the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) issued a...more

U.S. Government Remains Firm on “Deferred Action” Despite Suit to Shut It Down

On Monday of this week, U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor held a hearing on a Complaint filed by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (“ICE”) agents who are challenging the federal “deferred action” program...more

Enforcement Increases: Firm to Pay $27,750 for Discriminatory Job Postings

Florida healthcare staffing company, Avant Healthcare Professionals LLC, has agreed to pay $27,750 to resolve charges by the U.S. Department of Justice that the company posted discriminatory job advertisements on the...more

Employer Takes Hit for Favoring Immigrants

A healthcare staffing company based in Florida recently learned the hard way that it is illegal to favor foreign-trained individuals seeking permanent residence or H-1B sponsorship over U.S. workers. Many employers know that...more

DACA Program Raises Questions For Employers In The I-9 Process

Companies must balance countervailing mandates under immigration law: verifying employment eligibility while not discriminating unlawfully. With the recent implementation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)...more

Employers Face Tricky Immigration Law Conundrum

A well-known Illinois company headquartered in Downer Grove - FTD Group, Inc. - learned recently just how hard it is to walk the fine line between compliance with laws that prohibit hiring of illegal aliens and compliance...more

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