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Employment Authorization for Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders?

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, May 06, 2014 @ 11:06 AM

Today May , 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the publication of two proposed rules, including a rule to extend employment authorization to spouses of certain H-1B workers, and a proposal to enhance opportunities for certain groups of highly-skilled workers by removing obstacles to their remaining in the United States. It is hoped that Together these actions will help attract new businesses and new investment to the U.S. and ensure that the U.S. has the most skilled workforce in the world.

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USCIS ANNOUNCES H1B CAP REACHED FOR NEW H1B VISAS

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Apr 07, 2014 @ 11:40 AM

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2015.  USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U. S. advanced degree exemption.   

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Immigration Reform? Tell the White House What You Want

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Dec 09, 2013 @ 1:52 PM

Record your question about immigration reform via Skype on Bing ASAP.  The questions are to be answered by Vice President Biden and the President's Domestic Policy Advisor, Cecelia Munoz Wednesday.  

The  White House put up a site last week giving people the opportunity to Skype questions about immigration law and immigration reform that will then be viewed and addressed by Vice President and the President's Domestic Policy Advisor on Wednesday. So far there are only a couple questions posted.  It is very important that we get the word out about this and have the pro-immigration community post lots of questions so that the White House knows that immigration should be one of their top priorities.

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DOJ Fines IBM for Discriminatory H1-B Hiring Practices

Posted by Michael Pollak on Thu, Oct 03, 2013 @ 10:48 AM

The Justice Department announced that it reached an agreement yesterday with International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) resolving allegations that the company violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) when it placed online job postings for application and software developers that contained citizenship status preferences for F-1 and H-1B temporary visa holders.  F-1 visas are issued to foreign students studying in the United States, and H-1B visas are issued to foreign nationals with technical expertise in specialized fields.  

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Government Shutdown-What happens to Immigration Services?

Posted by Michael Pollak on Tue, Oct 01, 2013 @ 1:33 PM

CIS Ombudsman: The CIS
Ombudsman's Office will be closed
and will not be accepting any inquiries
through their online case intake system.

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Immigration Reform: How the Bill is Debated in the Senate

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 @ 12:24 PM

 The American Immigration Lawyers Association ("AILA") explains what is happening as S.744 is debated on the Senate Floor:

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Immigration Reform Soon?

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 @ 12:27 PM

White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday alluded that President Obama could present his proposal for immigration reform in his State of the Union address.

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Fifth Circuit Holds Immigrants Can Pursue Cases From Outside the USA

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Oct 01, 2012 @ 5:33 PM

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rejected the government’s ongoing attempt to bar noncitizens from seeking reopening and reconsideration of their cases from outside the United States. Ruling in two companion cases, the court found that the “departure bar”—a regulation barring noncitizens from pursuing their cases after departure or deportation— is unlawful. In so doing, the court adopted arguments offered by the American Immigration Council's Legal Action Center (LAC) and the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) in an amicus brief to the court. These decisions are an important step toward ensuring that all noncitizens are afforded the opportunity to fully present their cases to an immigration judge and the Board of Immigration Appeals.

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DHS Indicts Hotel Owners for Hiring Undocumented Workers

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Sep 14, 2012 @ 10:25 AM
The owners of an Overland Park, Kan., hotel have been indicted on charges of knowingly hiring undocumented aliens who were paid less than other employees, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said today.

Munir Ahmad Chaudary, 51, and his wife, Rhonda R. Bridge, 40, both of Overland Park, are charged with the following crimes:

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Immigration 101: Moving to the US from Europe: A Checklist for Expats

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Sep 13, 2012 @ 10:53 AM

 In today’s world, many of us are psychologically attached to our belongings.  So, what does that mean when we need to move overseas? Do you take everything?

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