Immigration Reform Visas

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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Employers Must Take Care to Avoid Discrimination When Completing Form I-9

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) requires all US employers fill out Form I-9 upon hiring an employee to verify his or her employment eligibility. Although it may seem straightforward to request that an...more

EB-5 Alert: U.S. House of Representatives Approves Three-Year Extension of EB-5 Regional Center Program and Sends to President for...

EB-5 Program Regional Centers Have Been Re-authorized until 2015. EB-5 Regional Centers play an important role in raising EB-5 financing for new business development, and there has been some concern among investors and...more

Temporary Worker Visa Reforms and Expanded Enforcement Measures

In response to reports of alleged abuses of the H-1B (temporary specialty) and L (international transferee) visa categories, lawmakers in both the House and Senate appear to agree that major reform and increased enforcement...more

Immigration Fraud Whistleblower Likely to receive a $5M Bounty from Infosys’s $34M False Claims Act Settlement: Is Your Business...

On October 30, 2013, Infosys Limited (“Infosys”), an Indian IT company, signed a settlement agreement with the United States in the Eastern District of Texas to resolve allegations that Infosys knowingly presented to...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

President Obama Urges Congress to More Forward with Immigration Reform Legislation

As we recently reported, immigration reform has stalled in recent months and some doubt whether immigration reform will be enacted this year. But with the government shutdown behind us, President Obama is again urging members...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

New Immigration Reform Bill Introduced in United States Legislature

On October 2, 2013, members of the Democratic Political Party in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced H.R. 15, “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act”. H.R. 15 is a comprehensive...more

How Immigration Reform Can Attract Increased Tourism Revenue

The U.S. immigration system often is not conducive to short visits for tourism, making the U.S. a less than attractive vacation destination for international travelers. The State Department, which administers the processes...more

Want To Create American Jobs? Remove American Barriers To Immigration

While America is often called the land of opportunity, immigration law often serves as a barrier for many business owners and foreign entrepreneurs. In an editorial in The Washington Post, Facebook founder and CEO Mark...more

I-9 and E-Verify Developments: Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel’s Activities Provide Roadmap for Employers;...

The Office of Special Counsel Steps in to Address Common I-9 Violations - Retailer Macy’s entered into a settlement agreement with the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC)...more

Visa Bulletin for September Offers More Good News

Each month the Department of State issues a bulletin summarizing the availability of immigrant numbers for the upcoming month, and its September Visa Bulletin continues August’s trend with more good news....more

UK Immigration Law Update

Employers in the UK should be aware of key legal developments, including an increase in unannounced compliance visits and recent updates to the Sponsorship Management System. Over the last few months there have been a...more

China Revises Immigration Laws

China recently implemented the “Exit-Entry Administration Law,” a new law that is intended to standardize the issuance of visas for foreigners, as well as related services and management. Scheduled to take effect on...more

What Comprehensive Immigration Reform May Mean To Your Business

Comprehensive Immigration Reform is a hot topic in Congress and in the news media. While the debate continues to rage over issues pertaining to legal status for undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S., don’t lose sight...more

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: September Visa Bulletin Continues Good News

The Visa Bulletin for September advances many categories and does not “retrogress” the gains from August....more

Comprehensive Immigration Reform

As a senior partner of a New York City immigration law firm I was pleased to see the U.S. Senate pass the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill (S. 744) on June 26, 2013. It is the first bill in a generation aimed at...more

Immigration Updates & Opportunities to Engage

America has always been a nation of immigrants, and throughout the nation’s history, immigrants have kept our workforce vibrant, our businesses on the cutting edge, and helped to build the greatest economy. In addition to...more

New Chinese Immigration Law Changes Residence Permit Procedures for Foreign Nationals

The new Chinese “Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People's Republic of China,” which took effect on July 1, 2013, will result in major changes to the residence permit procedures for foreign nationals who intend to...more

Employment-based Immigration Changes in Federal Reform Package

Senate Bill No. 744, known as the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, was introduced in the Senate on April 16, 2013, is now being considered by the House of Representatives, and will...more

BIA Reverses USCIS Denial of I-130 Petition for Same-Sex Couple in Matter of Zeleniak

In its first decision regarding same-sex immigration benefits since the June 26, 2013, Supreme Court decision United States v. Windsor, which held that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) is unconstitutional,...more

Immigration Alert: July 2013

I. SCOTUS Holds DOMA Unconstitutional - 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. United States v. Windsor,...more

DOMA Overruled: Milestone for Applicants of Immigration Benefits

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Windsor struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional, allowing for the recognition of same-sex marriages and making way for...more

Snapshots of Big Picture and Meaningful Small-Scale Developments in the World of Immigration

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) E-Verify system will now contact employees directly in the event of a Social Security Administration (SSA) or Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Tentative...more

The Sweet Spot of the Mexican Telecom Reform (Part 2/3)

It´s STEM People time. The debate of immigration across the US is being fueled by the lack of STEM professionals (science, technology, engineering and math). The scarcity of STEM people in Silicon Valley has forced the...more

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