NEW N-400 FORM IS A MIXED BAG

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

USCIS has released a new form N-400 used to apply for citizenship as part of their continuing initiative to add barcodes to allow the information on the forms submitted to be easily scanned into their systems.  The new form is more than double the length of the prior forms so is surely going to be…

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USCIS Settles Law Suit Over Asylum Work Authorization

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

Today, the Northwest Immigration Justice project along with volunteer attorneys settled a nationwide class action lawsuit that will now allow individuals seeking asylum in the US to receive employment authorization within the 6 month period required by law. Under the flawed system that existed prior to this settlement individuals with cases pending were often found…

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Is your company prepared for Immigration audits?

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USCIS) has begun to target larger companies for the hiring of undocumented workers. Just recently, Chipotle Mexican Grill become the latest target of a U.S. government crackdown on companies that hire undocumented workers. Approximately 60 Chipotle restaurants in Virginia and Washington, D.C. will be audited by federal immigration officials,…

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H-1B Filings Begin April 1st 2010

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

Beginning April 1, 2010, the United State Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions for employment commencing on October 1, 2010. The fiscal year cap for H-1B petitions for FY2011 is 65,000. In addition there are 20,000 H-1B petitions for those with a Masters Degree or higher in the U.S. The…

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Immigration Consequences of Mergers and Acquisitions

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

Many companies and even corporate lawyers fail to perform the necessary due diligence of analyzing the immigration consequences of a merger and acquisition. All of the workers should be analyzed individually, to examine what immigration liabilities and responsibilities the surviving entity will take on. In some cases this may even effect how the deal will…

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H-1B Visa Cap Reached!

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

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) 2010. USCIS is hereby notifying the public that Dec. 21, 2009 is the “final receipt date” for new H-1B specialty occupation petitions requesting an employment start date in…

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A Founders Visa program to stimulate the Economy?

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

Entrepreneur turned academic, Vivek Wadhwa, argues in the latest issue of BusinessWeek for a new visa targeted toward entrepreneurs with great ideas and start up capital to launch new enterprises and create US jobs. Under this founders visa program, investor-backed foreign entrepreneurs would be able to come to the US on a permanent resident visa and take…

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H-1B visas almost gone!!

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

Last count shows that 61,100 of the 65,000 H-1B visas have been used up. Once this cap is reached, then no more H-1B visas will be available until October 1st, 2010. There has been a surge of filings in the last few weeks and we expect the cap to be reached any day now. Companies…

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