CHILE JOINS THE VISA WAIVER PROGRAM

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

Today marks the first day Chilean citizens may travel to the US without first obtaining a visa from the US Consulate.  Chile joins the other 38 countries whose nationals are able to take advantage of this much more convenient form of travel.  Citizens of Visa Waiver Program countries are allowed to complete the simple online…

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J-1 visa program likely to face scrutiny after alleged exploitation of foreign student workers at Hershey’s chocolate distribution center

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

When hundreds of J-1 visa foreign exchange students/workers staged a protest against labor conditions at a Hershey’s chocolate packaging plant two weeks, it was sure to set up a firestorm in the immigration world. Now, labor groups and human rights advocacy groups are pushing for probe into the J-1 visa program and to find out…

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U.S. Supreme Court upholds Arizona law punishing employers who knowingly hire unathorized workers

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

In a 5-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court said that states have the authority to impose sanctions on U.S. employers who hire unauthorized workers. The decision upholds the validity of a 2007 Arizona law that applied only to business licenses. Under the Arizona law, employers found to have violated the law can have their business…

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Released WikiLeaks cables may mean higher scrutiny for H-1B & L-1 visa processing, particularly for aliens from Mexico, Libya and Iceland

Immigration Lawyer Blog San Diego

Newly released WikiLeaks show that U.S. State Department officials have had rising concerns about fraud in H-1B and L-1 visa applications in countries that don’t get much attention for it – Mexico, Libya and Iceland. Typically, countries such as China, India, Philippines, and others receive higher fraud scrutiny but countries such as Iceland were not…

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