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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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Protecting the Integrity of the EB-5 Investment Market Through the Adoption and Use of Due Diligence Best Practices

EB-5 stakeholders must act to protect the integrity of the EB-5 investment market in the wake of the SEC fraud complaint against the International Regional Center Trust of Chicago, LLC. The EB-5 immigrant investor program...more

Update on California’s New Targeted Employment Area Procedures for EB-5 Immigrant Investor Financing

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development is actively communicating with EB-5 stakeholders to address concerns raised with the new procedures for designating “Targeted Employment Areas.” We met with Brook...more

USCIS Begins Approving Green Card Applications for Same-Sex Married Couples

A California professor was one of the first binational couples to have their marriage recognized by federal immigration officials. Although Tom Knutson and his partner Phan Datthuyawat have been together for more than 20...more

Immigration Alert: October 2013

I. USCIS Instructs on Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses - On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States ("SCOTUS") held that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act ("DOMA") was unconstitutional....more

Immigration Reform: What Will Happen to the “Path to Citizenship” Campaign?

Immigration reform seems to be more uncertain than ever. As we recently reported, proposed legislation seeks to amend the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act to allow a large percentage of...more

Senate Approves Bill Overhauling Immigration Law

Last week the Senate passed its closely watched immigration reform bill, known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, by a vote of 68-32. ...more

The Path to Citizenship in the Senate’s Immigration Reform Bill

Just yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed a “border surge” amendment to the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act,” paving the way for possible cloture and full senate vote on the bill on or...more

U.S. Losing Immigrant Scientists to Canada – Reform Needed Now

For many years now, U.S. employers have increasingly looked to hire immigrant professionals with degrees in the so-called STEM fields: science; technology; engineering; and math. This is not a matter of discrimination against...more

How Will the Immigration Reform Proposals Impact Businesses & Employees?

Much of the debate surrounding immigration reform has centered around providing a pathway to Citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people in the country. While a significant part of the legislation is focused on this...more

Comprehensive Immigration Reform Provides Opportunities for President, Republicans, High-Tech Companies, Labor Unions

With the current Congressional focus on discretionary spending and revenue issues surrounding Sequestration, it may seem like little attention can be paid to other policy reforms. In comprehensive immigration reform,...more

Byzantine Pathways to Legal Immigration Need Reform

A recent post on the Washington Post’s WonkBlog brilliantly illustrates, with a Rube Goldberg style flow chart, just how complex and lengthy the pathways to legal immigration in the U.S. have become. A link to another flow...more

Immigration Reform in the 113th Congress

In 2007, when a bipartisan group of senators and then President Bush tried to pass major immigration reform legislation, vocal opposition to the effort doomed the bill and any real attempt at reform since. The 2012 election...more

Post-Election Immigration Reform - What’s At Issue?

The prospect of comprehensive immigration reform appears to be gaining momentum. In January, a bipartisan group of eight senators announced a broad proposal for immigration reform (“Bipartisan Framework for Comprehensive...more

Immigration Reform: It’s Time for a Course Correction

The first two months of 2013 have seen a flurry of activity relating to immigration reform. President Obama is pushing for comprehensive reform as are powerful factions within both the Senate and the House. And the political...more

The Latest Round in The Push For Immigration Reform – President Obama’s Immigration Reform Proposal

The latest round in the push for Immigration Reform is a recently distributed (or leaked) White House draft immigration bill that would create a new visa for undocumented workers that would allow them to get a green card...more

New Hope for Lasting Immigration Reform

Late last month, the press reported that a bipartisan group of senators had reached agreement on the outline for immigration reform legislation that could provide a lasting solution to multiple long-standing immigration...more

High-Skilled Immigration Reform Measure Promises Beneficial Changes

On January 29, the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 (I-Squared Act) was introduced by a bipartisan group of senators, including Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Chris Coons (D-DE)....more

The Second Obama Term: President Outlines Major Immigration Overhaul

Second term begins with an increased focus on immigration issues; Congress signals bipartisan agreement on similar principles. On January 29, just a few weeks after President Barack Obama reconfirmed his commitment to...more

Immigration Reform: Comparing the Senate Proposal with the White House Proposal

This week, both President Obama and the Senate announced frameworks for comprehensive immigration reform. The following is a comparison of key elements in each of the plans....more

Senators Reach a Bipartisan Agreement for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

A bipartisan group of eight senators has reached an agreement for legislation that could be the beginning of the comprehensive immigration reform we have all been waiting for. The proposal was announced on Monday and...more

Immigration Reform Needed to Alleviate Doctor Shortages

As a spate of recent media reports have noted, patients in the U.S. are waiting longer and longer to get medical care as newer patients gain insurance under state and federal health care reforms....more

What Could Immigration Reform Look Like? Some Likely Immigration Reform Proposals and The Impact of These Proposals To Employers...

Up until recently many thought that Immigration reform was dead, but the 2012 election changed all of this. Now, for the first time in years, both Democratic and Republican legislators are talking about Immigration reform as...more

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