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DHS Finalizes Rule to Increase Fees

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) finalized a rule that will increase immigration fees. The proposed rule was issued on May 4, 2016, and the final rule will go into effect on December 23, 2016 (60 days after...more

Where Do the Presidential Candidates Stand on Employment Visas?

While many observers of the 2016 United States presidential campaign have called immigration policy one of the central issues in the election, the implications of that heightened attention to the issue are not equally clear...more

The Advantages of H1B and L Visas

L1 and H1B visas are among the most popular visas for employers and their foreign employees. Available for highly skilled individuals, these visas make it possible for the pursuit of high-paying careers within the United...more

October 2016 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) has issued a Visa Bulletin update for the month of October 2016 and, for the first time since November 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced...more

DHS Announces Changes to Benefit Undocumented Immigrants

On July 29, 2016 the Department of Homeland Security announced a final rule that expands eligibility or a provisional waiver of unlawful presence, (‘‘provisional waiver’’). For readers who are unfamiliar with the provisional...more

Sonhos Interrompidos - Como uma não conformidade tributária pode destruir o Sonho Americano de imigrantes não registrados - Parte...

Panorama - As eleições presidenciais dos EUA entraram em uma fase de disputa com os partidos Republicano e Democrata realizando suas convenções nas próximas duas semanas para escolher Donald Trump e Hillary Clinton como...more

Broken Dreams - How Tax Non-Compliance Can Destroy the American Dream of Undocumented Immigrants - Part 1

Overview - The U.S. Presidential Elections have shifted into overdrive with both the Republican and Democratic holding their conventions over the next two weeks to select Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as their...more

Global Immigration Update: The "BREXIT" Question

On 23 June 2016, the citizens of the United Kingdom voted in favor of leaving the European Union— the so-called "British Exit" or "Brexit". No doubt, you've seen the media coverage of this historical vote, which was primarily...more

Gazing into a crystal ball: Brexit, employment and immigration

Much has been said about Brexit – the number of articles and reports published in the last few weeks has been overwhelming. Some filled with predictions of doom and gloom; others more optimistic. But that's just what they are...more

Several Countries Initiate Online Immigration Processes Immigration ProcessesI

Over the past several years, we've seen more countries take their immigration processes online. Some have instituted online forms, some have automated portions of the adjudication, and some have made the entire visa...more

New Challenges for Immigration Law

A split vote between the eight Supreme Court justices has added to the challenges facing President Obama’s immigration plan. Without a majority vote in favor, it is possible that the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans...more

Changes to the Tier 2 and Tier 5 immigration regime

On 24 March 2016, the government responded to the Migration Advisory Committee's (MAC) review of Tier 2 policy and has announced numerous changes to Tier 2 policy going forward....more

USCIS Announces FY 2017 H-1B Visa Cap Reached

On April 7, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory quota of 65,000 standard H-1B petitions and the cap exemption of...more

Emergency H-2B Processing Available For Another Month

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that it will continue to accept emergency requests until midnight on April 29, 2016, for H-2B applications filed on or between April 2 and April 29, 2016. This extension is due to...more

Changes to Immigration Law Block Journalist’s Entry to the U.S.

A BBC journalist was recently rejected from boarding a plane to the U.S. under new immigration rules rules passed in 2015. Rana Rahimpour, a London based journalist with dual British-Iranian citizenship, was attempting to fly...more

Brexit Broker; UK Leader Strikes a Deal (Maybe)

This policy insight highlights some of the key political issues relating to the United Kingdom’s (UK) imminent referendum to decide whether to withdraw from the European Union (EU). After weeks of discussions and...more

Immigration Update: Trying to Cut the Red Tape: Department of Labor Announces Emergency Procedures for Backlogged H-2B...

The Department of Labor (DOL) has recently been experiencing considerable delays in its processing of applications for H-2B status for temporary nonimmigrant workers. The H-2B program allows U.S. employers to bring foreign...more

Expect the Unexpected – Delays in Processing O and P Petitions

The American Immigration Lawyers Association has sent out an alert that O and P petitions are currently taking approximately eight to ten weeks to be processed, which is much longer than the Vermont and California Service...more

Proposed New Rule May Save the STEM OPT Program

The optional practical training (OPT) program allows students here on an F-1 visa (who have either graduated or been pursuing a degree for 9 months) to work in their chosen field of study for one year. In 2008, the U.S....more

EB-5 Regional Center Program Gets Short-Term Extension from Congress

Congress passed a short-term extension late yesterday to keep the EB-5 Regional Center Program (the EB-5 Program) from expiring. The Continuing Resolution will extend the EB-5 Program (and fund the U.S. government) through...more

Avoiding Immigration Scams

It’s a sad fact, but immigration scams are all too common. People and businesses try to prey on individuals seeking to come to the United States on immigrant or non-immigrant visas, as well as those within the United States...more

My Company Wishes to Hire Foreign National Workers – Now What? Navigating the U.S. Visa Alphabet Soup

Many employers are reluctant to hire foreign national workers because they are intimidated by the difficult and uncertain nature of immigration law. Our clients often find that with proper strategic direction from counsel and...more

Obama Proposal Would Allow More Illegal Aliens to Stay in US While Seeking Legal Status

A proposal by President Barack Obama would expand the number of illegal aliens who are permitted to remain in the United States while applying for legal status. Federal law currently requires aliens who entered the country...more

New Immigrant Application Filing Dates Announced for October

Some hoped-for change is finally here. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) have coordinated a system to allow “early” filing of the final step in the green card process for...more

Payment Process for Immigrant Fees Simplified

In its continuing effort to increase user-friendliness, USCIS has simplified the process for paying the USCIS Immigrant Fee –currently $165 – online in its electronic immigration system. The streamlined process is aimed at...more

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