ICE Releases Worksite Enforcement FY 2014 Annual Report

ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) released the Worksite Enforcement FY2014 Annual Report that includes information on worksite enforcement investigations, criminal and administrative employee and employer arrests, and the fines assessed and collected each fiscal year.   ICE uses its legal authorities to investigate cri...

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Form I-9: Useful Information on the basics of I-9 completion and employer obligations

When a U.S. citizen or noncitizen is hired by a U.S. employer for employment in the United States, both the employee and employer must fill out Form I-9, which is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals. Form I-9 is available on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)...

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Possible Security Enhancements for VWP travelers after Paris attacks

On Monday, December 7th, the White House announced plans to implement new security measures for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), following the terrorist attacks in Paris last last month. Currently, 38 countries are members of the VWP, which allows nationals from these countries to enter the U.S. as tourists or business visit...

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USCIS Visa statistics for L-1B visa

For the Fiscal year 2015, USCIS has received a total of 13,626 I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant worker for Intracompany Transferee with Specialized Knowledge (L-1B) petitions. Of the 13,626 petitions, approximately 76% (10,368) petitions were approved and approximately 25% were denied. Currently there are 2,116 L-1B petitions still ...

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Why apply for U.S. citizenship?

Gaining U.S. citizenship and the ability to remain in the U.S. is a very present and real concern for foreign nationals.  What is the difference between “naturalization” and “permanent residence”?  Most U.S. born nationals confuse naturalization with U.S. permanent residence.  Naturalization is the pro...

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Security Enhancement Update: House of Representatives Passes Bill to Tighten Visa Waiver Program (VWP)

Previously we wrote that the White House planned to implement new security enhancements for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Recently there have been updates regarding what these security enhancements would entail. With a 407-19 vote, the House passed legislation intended to strengthen the visa waiver program in the aftermath of attac...

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HAPPY NEW YEAR – IMMIGRATION PREDICTIONS FOR 2016

IMMIGRATION PREDICTIONS FOR 2016 There will undoubtedly be an H-1b Lottery in April 2016, for fiscal year 2017. Although President Obama recently signed a bill to increase fees by 50% for companies with at least 50 employees consisting of 50% or more working under L-1 or H1B status, this is not pred...

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Increase in L-1 and H-1B fees

From August 2010 to September 2015, there were additional H-1B and L-1 fees for companies applying for H-1B or L-1 visas if they employ over 50 full-time employees and over 50% of their current employees were in H-1B or L-1 status. On December 18, 2015, due to the 2016 fiscal budget, these additional fees are expected to rise from $2...

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Renewing a Drivers License while on H-1B

In many states, an H-1B employee’s drivers’ license is linked to the validity of their current H-1B expiration date. Often enough an H-1B employee will have an extension filed on his/her behalf without premium processing and realize after a few months while his/her petition is pending that their driver’s license is going to exp...

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Obama’s Immigration Act Reform Bill DAPA to the Supreme Court

In November 2014, the Executive Order that will protect more than 4 million illegal immigrations from deportation was announced. Should this order be carried out, illegal immigrants, specifically parents of U.S. citizens or perma...

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