When Immigration Matters

USCIS Expands Employment Authorization for Laid-Off Nonimmigrant Workers in the USA

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Wed, Jun 21, 2023 @ 3:22 PM

The recent layoffs in the technology industry have left nonimmigrant employees with limited options to continue working in the US if they do not find alternative employment with an employer willing to sponsor them for a nonimmigrant visa.  This is particularly concerning for H-1B visa holders, who are granted only a 60-day grace period to change or extend their nonimmigrant status following termination. Layoffs disproportionately affect Indian-born H-1B workers subject to the long employment-based green card backlogs, where they face decades-long waits for permanent residency due to per-country limits. Retrogression in the employment-based preferences now affects all countries, but Indian and Chinese citizens are most affected.

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Immigration Reform: What it means for Highly Skilled Foreign Workers

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Dec 01, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

As part of President Obama’s executive action, he has ordered new policies and regulations to be implemented which will benefit highly-skilled foreign workers by enabling businesses to more easily hire and retain these workers and allow them to make natural career progressions with their employers or seek similar opportunities within the United States thereby creating increased career stability for those foreign workers waiting for green cards. 

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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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Immigration Reform Bill is Here!!!

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Wed, Apr 17, 2013 @ 9:50 AM
As a framework for reform, this is closer than we've come in years to meaningful change," said AILA President Laura Lichter

We commends the Senate "Gang of Eight" for introducing its bipartisan immigration reform proposal, allowing the Senate Judiciary Committee to forge ahead on the "markup" process. A proposal like this is a necessary first step in any path forward to create a common-sense immigration system that will meet the needs of the U.S. economy, businesses, and families, and integrate into our society aspiring Americans who work hard and want only a better life for themselves and their families.

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Immigration Innovation Act - Increases to H-1B Cap and Other Changes

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 @ 3:19 PM


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Immigration: USCIS Announces New Employment Authorization Document

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 @ 1:52 PM

As part of USCIS’s ongoing efforts to enhance the integrity of the immigration system, the state-of-the-art technology incorporated into the new documents will deter counterfeiting, obstruct tampering, and facilitate quick and accurate authentication. USCIS begins issuing the new EADs today October 24, 2011 and will begin using the redesigned certificates on Oct. 30. The agency anticipates that more than 1 million people will receive the new documents over the next year. 

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USCIS to Issue Employment Authorization and Advance Parole Card for Adjustment of Status Applicants

Posted by Karen Pollak on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 @ 9:04 AM

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced that it is now issuing employment and travel authorization on a single card for certain applicants filing an Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, Form I-485. This new card represents a significant improvement from the current practice of issuing paper Advance Parole documents.

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Employing International Workers 2010 Edition Available in Book Stores

Posted by Karen Pollak on Thu, Jun 03, 2010 @ 5:13 PM

I was honored to a write a chapter for the 2010 edition of the book Employing International Workers.  Specifically, the chapter I wrote relates to what employers need to know when employing foreign nationals.  It is titled “Key Issues an Employer needs to Understand When Sponsoring an Employee for a Non-Immigrant Visa or Green Card”.   It is really an informative book for those involved in the immigration process.  It is now available in book stores.  

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