Immigration Reform

Immigration Reform is a term commonly used to refer to comprehensive efforts to address limitations, deficiencies and inequalities within a country's immigration policies and systems. In the United States,... more +
Immigration Reform is a term commonly used to refer to comprehensive efforts to address limitations, deficiencies and inequalities within a country's immigration policies and systems. In the United States, the term is often used to describe legislative efforts to remedy problems associated with illegal immigration, including protecting undocumented workers, expanding citizenship eligibility, and strengthening border security.   less -
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A Preview of Business Immigration in 2016: H-1B

From proposals to slash the H-1B cap to overhauling the EB-5 investor program, 2016 is already proving to be an interesting year for business immigration. In a series of posts, the Mintz Levin team will provide an overview of...more

US Policy Scan 2016

Virtually the only certain political outcome of 2016 is that voters will select a new president to enter the White House in 2017. Against this backdrop, the legislative and electoral outlook in Washington, DC, remains steeped...more

Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration: An Update to Two Key Initiatives Designed to Enhance the Employment of Highly Skilled...

In November 2014, President Obama issued a number of executive actions designed to make significant changes to the U.S. immigration system. The most controversial initiatives were the deferred action policies aimed at...more

Changes Ahead for Highly Skilled Workers

On December 31, 2015, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register in furtherance of President Obama’s executive action to modernize, improve and clarify certain...more

Supreme Court will hear DACA/ DAPA Appeal

The Supreme Court will hear the Obama administration’s appeal of the 5th Circuit Court’s decision to uphold the nationwide injunction of the expansion of Deferred Action for Children (DACA) and implementation of Deferred...more

DHS Raids Highlight the Need for Immigration Reform

In December, President Obama announced that agents of the Department of Homeland Security were preparing to crack down on illegal immigration from Central American countries. This past week, the Obama administration carried...more

DHS Posts Final Rule to Amend Regulations for H-1B1 and E-3 Nonimmigrant Classifications

On Friday, January 15, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted to the Federal Register the final rule revising regulations affecting highly skilled workers in the nonimmigrant classifications for specialty...more

Breaking News: SCOTUS to Hear DOJ’s Appeal of the Fifth Circuit’s Decision in State of Texas v. U.S.

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would hear the U.S. Department of Justice’s appeal of the Fifth Circuit’s 2-1 ruling upholding the preliminary injunction issued against President Barack Obama’s executive...more

President Obama's Last State of the Union Address

On the evening of January 12, 2016, in his seventh and final State of the Union (SOTU) address, President Barack Obama delivered a look back at what he hopes will be remembered as his legacy accomplishments in office, as well...more

Appeals Court Rejects Obama’s Immigration Plan

A United States Court of Appeals has ruled that President Obama cannot move forward with plans to overhaul immigration rules by providing up to five million people with work permits and protection from deportation. According...more

Labor Shortage: Has Uber Poached All Our Construction Workers?

California’s economy has for the most part rebounded from the Great Recession. The demand for new housing is steadily climbing, and builders are once again buying land and planning new communities. While not to pre-recession...more

Immigration Issues Included in the Omnibus Appropriation Bill

Congress has agreed on the omnibus appropriations bill, which will provide discretionary funding for the government through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2016. The bill includes a number of immigration-related...more

South Carolina Legislative Update

Today’s legislative update will be the last of 2015. We will begin our 2016 weekly updates on the Monday following the convening of the second regular session of the 121st South Carolina General Assembly on January 12, 2016....more

USCIS proposes new changes to Form I-9

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is at it again. On November 24, 2015, USCIS published a notice in the Federal Register of proposed changes to the Form I-9. The publication of the notice initiated a 60 day...more

Legislation Proposed to Reform H-1B and L-1 Visa Programs

In November, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Chairman of Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Assistant Democratic Leader, introduced a new bipartisan legislation seeking to reform and reduce fraud...more

Important Updates for E-Verify Employers

Effective January 1, 2016, E-Verify employers in California face new penalties for misuse of E-Verify. Other updates to E-Verify include a data purge on January 1 as well as system enhancements to assist E-Verify...more

New Speaker Paul Ryan Postponing Talks About Immigration Reform Until 2017

Newly elected speaker, Paul Ryan (R-Wis), is already busy settling into his role and deciding what major policies he wants to tackle first. Excluded from his policy list is immigration reform. Ryan has decided to hold off on...more

Immigration and Nationality Act 50th Anniversary Series: National Origin Quotas to Skills & Family Based Immigration

Political Theater: President Johnson and the Bully Pulpit - Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson gave Representative Michael Feighan (D-OH) his famous “Johnson Treatment”—using his intimidating physicality to...more

The Employment Law Authority - September/October 2015

On October 16, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) concerning new rules for extending the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for international students...more

Immigration Corner: E-Verify Makes History and Help with Hardship Waivers

How long have you been using E-Verify? United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that effective January 1, 2016, all E-Verify transaction records that are more than ten years old will be deleted...more

New STEM OPT Extension Rules to Extend the Program Have Been Proposed

On October 19, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security published eagerly anticipated proposed STEM OPT Extension rules that, if adopted would allow U.S. employers greater flexibility for employing foreign nationals...more

Immigration Judges Retiring Among Surge in Cases

A shortage of immigration judges coupled with underfunding and an enormous backlog of immigration cases has created a bottleneck that has left the average immigration case pending for more than 600 days, according to various...more

Congress Extends EB-5 Regional Center Program

On September 30, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution that includes a temporary extension of the EB-5 Regional Center Program (the “Program”) which was due to sunset on September 30 absent reauthorization. This extension...more

Um recado na parede – a crescente maré de imigrantes: Posições dos candidatos à presidência sobre a reforma imigratória

Panorama - Nos últimos meses a imprensa americana tem feito a cobertura da Campanha Presidencial do Partido Republicano com a mesma intensidade que na Copa do Mundo. Uma das questões políticas que está no centro das...more

Client Alerts Update: Filing Date Retrogression: U.S. Department of State Releases Revised Visa Bulletin for October 2015

On September 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) released a revised Visa Bulletin for October 2015. This bulletin supersedes the October 2015 bulletin originally published on September 9, 2015. Following...more

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