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It’s Time to Register for the 2016 Diversity Lottery!

On October 1, 2014, the U.S. Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2016 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2016), also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Lottery Program provides...more

U.S. Diversity Visa Opens October 1, 2014, May Help Workers Obtain Residency More Quickly

The U.S. Department of State has announced that it will open the Diversity Visa lottery registration for FY 2016 on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. The program allows nationals of states with historically low rates of immigration...more

Immigration Client Alert: Diversity Visa ("Green Card Lottery") Registration

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, online registration for the Diversity Visa (DV) 2016 Program will begin. Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of immigrants known as “diversity...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia: Entry To Australia

ENTRY TO AUSTRALIA - Before reading this information, please be aware the information provided is not intended to be legal advice or to be acted upon without further consultation. Because of the complex maze of...more

Beware of Scam Targeting H-1B Applicants

Visa applicants are often the subject of scams and other fraudulent activity and the immigration lawyers at Shapiro Law Group have become aware of a new scam targeting H1-B visa applicants that arose over the summer....more

Eleventh Circuit Says No to Nunc Pro Tunc Stand-Alone 212(h) Waiver

A waiver of certain criminal grounds of inadmissibility under section 212(h) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) is available to individuals applying for a visa, admission or adjustment of status. A lawful permanent...more

2016 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program permits natives from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States to apply for one of 50,000 diversity visas for fiscal year 2016. ...more

Annual Diversity “Green Card” Lottery Registration Period: Oct. 1 to Nov. 3, 2014

Registration for the U.S. Department of State’s electronic Diversity Visa (DV) “green card” lottery for fiscal year 2016 will begin at 12:00 noon U.S. Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. Entries must be...more

U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Dates Announced

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for 2016 opens Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Entries must be submitted electronically at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ between noon on October 1, 2014, and noon on November 3,...more

Immigration Client Alert: Changes in Visa Fees

Effective as of September 12th, 2014, fee adjustments have been made to some Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visas U.S. Department of State (USDOS) has made adjustments to the fees for the following categories...more

I-9 Blues: A Heads Up for Employers in I-9 Document Review

On September 22, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a notice to the public after their blog posting in the Beacon on September 16, 2014. ...more

Effective September 12, 2014: New Fees for Some Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visas

The Department of State (DOS) has revised certain nonimmigrant and immigrant visa fees. DOS has adjusted the visa fees in the following categories...more

Immigration Violations Cost Resort Chain $2.5M – What Is Your Compliance Exposure?

In This Issue: - Timeline - Exposure and Liability - What Should Employers Take Away from This? - For More Information - About Polsinelli’s Immigration Practice - Excerpt from...more

What Employers Need to Know if Laying Off Foreign National Employees

In today’s tenuous economic climate – and any time, for that matter – lay-offs are, unfortunately, an unavoidable part of business operations. As we reported last month, lay-offs are particularly stressful and...more

India EB-2 Expected to Retrogress

The second preference employment based category for immigrant petitions for Indian nationals is expected to retrogress as early as November. ...more

Reminder: USCIS Reviews All Immigration-Related Documentation in Employment-Based Adjustment Cases

Foreign nationals and immigration practitioners often wonder why USCIS requests all immigration status documents ever issued to an applicant when applying for adjustment of status based on employment. There is a long-standing...more

September 2014 Visa Bulletin Sees More Forward Progress for EB-2 Applicants from India

The Department of State has released its September 2014 Visa Bulletin. Each monthly visa bulletin provides the priority cutoff dates for specific countries in order to regulate the flow of visa applications....more

ICE I-9 Audit Leads to $2 Million Fine Against Hotel

When an employer becomes the subject of an enforcement audit by ICE and I-9 violations are discovered, civil fines for simple paperwork violations – even if no undocumented workers are discovered – will range from $110 to...more

DOS Visa Office Provides Update on EB-2 India Visa Demand and Priority Date Cutoff

New updates and projections regarding demand in the employment-based second preference immigrant visa category for individuals chargeable to India have been provided....more

Iowa Immigration Law Blog: Visa Issuance Delays Resolved

The U.S. Department of State has been experiencing technical issues with its passport and visa issuance system since late July 2014. Visa applicants have been experiencing delays in obtaining their visas and in some instances...more

USCIS 2014 Ombudsman Annual Report Confirms Increased Scrutiny for L-1 Intracompany Transferrees

On June 27, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released its 2014 Ombudsman Annual Report. The Ombudsman Annual Report confirms what employers and immigration attorneys have been experiencing for the past...more

Cap-Subject H-1Bs Will Be Effective October 1

On October 1, 2014, FY 2015 H-1B cap-subject visa petitions will be valid. Individuals in possession of valid H-1B petitions must take appropriate action to demonstrate work authorization for the petitioning employer. For...more

Major Retrogression in the EB-2/India Immigrant Visa Category Expected in the Fall of 2014

The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Visa Bulletin sets out per country priority dates that regulate when an individual may begin the final phase of the “green card” process, either through adjustment of status or consular...more

Cap Gap Expiration Approaching: Some Employees' Work Authorization May End on October 1, 2014

Fiscal year 2015 cap-subject H-1B petitions selected and approved by USCIS will be valid starting October 1, 2014. However, as October 1, 2014 approaches, many cap-subject H-1B petitions remain pending at both the California...more

Immigration Corner: Chinese EB-5 Applicants are Beginning to Form a Line, PERM Passwords, Changing Visa Fees

On Saturday, August 23, 2014, the Department of State dramatically announced that EB-5 visas (for immigrant investors) were no longer available for the remainder of the fiscal year for individuals from mainland China. This...more

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