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Fee Increase for H-1B and L-1 Visas

August 20, 2010|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

Public Law 111-230, which was signed into law last week by President Obama and is effective immediately, sharply increases the fees for certain H-1B and L-1 petitions.  The new fee structure will apply to any petitions postmarked on August 14, 2010 or later.  For more details on which...

USCIS Publishes Memo Clarifying Validity Period of the O-1 Visa

August 15, 2010|Contributed by: Koby L. Polaski, Esq.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a recent memo to provide guidance on the adjudication of Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, filed on behalf of O nonimmigrants.  The memo focuses on clarifying the appropriate validity period of the O visa when gaps exist...

Do Local Immigration Regulations Boost Local Economies? Study Suggests the Opposite.

August 5, 2010|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

With the controversy surrounding Arizona's SB 1070 and surrounding immigration issues in general, a common topic of conversation has become what role local governments have in enforcing immigration law and which parts must be left to the federal government. Setting aside the arguments about...

State E-Verify Laws Stirring Controversy

August 1, 2010|Contributed by: Koby L. Polaski, Esq.

Although not as prevalent in recent headlines as Arizona's SB1070, the Legal Arizona Worker's Act (LAWA) is also attracting attention and debate.  LAWA requires all businesses in the state to use E-Verify to check the employment eligibility of newly hired employees.  If using E-Verify, an...

Arizona Employers Feel the Heat

August 1, 2010|Contributed by: Joseph Law Firm

While undocumented residents may have gotten a reprieve from Wednesday's ruling blocking much of Arizona's controversial immigration law, employers in the Grand Canyon State and elsewhere around the country still have much to fear. The reason is a statute that already exists on the state books...

Sanctions Shift to Employers

July 23, 2010|Contributed by: Koby L. Polaski, Esq.

Under President Barack Obama's administration, immigration enforcement in the workplace has largely targeted employers rather than workers, a significant shift from the tenure of George W. Bush when fines were scarce and workplace arrests more common. Nationally, Immigration and Customs...

DHS Finalizes I-9 Employment Form Rule

July 22, 2010|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

On July 21, 2010, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Issued a News Release titled "DHS finalizes I-9 employment form rule streamlining efforts to ensure a legal workforce nationwide."  The newly finalized rule is intended to allow employers more flexibility in the manner in which they are...

Utah Business Ignoring E-Verify Law

July 15, 2010|Contributed by: Jeff D. Joseph, Esq.

“Thousands of Utah companies may be breaking state law by hiring employees without using a federal work status verification program, but officials aren’t concerned and there’s no rush for businesses to comply because they face no penalties.” As of July 1, 2010, companies in Utah with more...

ICE Renews Focus on Worksite Enforcement

July 14, 2010|Contributed by: Koby L. Polaski, Esq.

In June, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released its five-year strategic plan for the fiscal years 2010-2014.  Included within the agency’s top priorities is a renewed commitment to the realization of an effective worksite enforcement program.  ICE’s two-prong strategy for worksite...

Homeland Security Extends Designation of El Salvador for Temporary Protected Status

July 14, 2010|Contributed by: Jeff D. Joseph, Esq.

The Secretary of Homeland Security has extended the designation of El Salvador for temporary protected status (TPS) for 18 months from its current expiration date of September 9, 2010, through March 9, 2012.  This TPS Notice  also sets forth procedures necessary for nationals of El Salvador (or...

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