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Approved H-1Bs With October 1st Start Date May Apply for Visas Now

Beneficiaries of approved H-1B petitions with an October 1, 2014 start date may now begin filing their visa applications at U.S. consular posts. According to a State Department regulation: “Posts are authorized to accept H visa petitions and issue visas to qualified applicants up to 90 days in advance of applicants’ beginning of employment status. […]

Immigrants are important to U.S. science and engineering

A recent article by The American Immigration Council discusses two new reports by The National Foundation for American Policy. One report highlights the increasing importance of immigrants to science and engineering in America. Among the report’s various findings are that 42 percent of researchers at the top seven cancer research centers are foreign-born. Additionally, the […]

USCIS Issues Procedure for Extending “Deferred Action Status” of Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson today announced the renewal process for hundreds of thousands of young non-citizens who received a grant of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  Renewal of DACA ensures current DACA holders will continue to be safe from deportation for another two year period. In addition, they will continue to have […]

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Difficulties of Obtaining H-1B Visas for Employees of Small or Start-Up Companies

Two years ago, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an initiative to support small and start-up business to obtain the workers they need.  Most foreign, professional level workers are hired through the H-1B Visa process.  To date, smaller or start-up companies still encounter certain difficulties when applying for H-1B visas: USCIS sometimes claims that there […]

Deportation is Not Automatic for All Crimes

Earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in the case of Moncrieffe V. Holder, that foreign nations cannot be deported for all crimes, but only for serious ones. The case involved a Jamaican citizen who had been in the U.S. legally for many years, but was convicted in Georgia of “possession with intent to […]

Backlogs in Indian and Chinese Immigration Cases

Visa Office Update on Priority Dates and Demand (Updated 11/27/13) During a recent conversation with Roberta Freedman, AILA Students & Scholars Committee member, Charlie Oppenheim of the Department of State’s Visa Office provided the following information and updates regarding demand in the employment-based immigrant visa categories. Please note that these notes are based on Mr. […]

USCIS Reaches FY 2015 H-1B Cap

USCIS announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for FY2015 for both the general category and the advanced degree exemption category, and will close the filing period after today. A random selection “lottery” will occur at a later date.

Carolyn Killea and Morris Deutsch Publish Book Chapter on Employment of International Workers

Morris Deutsch and Carolyn Killea recently published “Employing High-level or Professional International Workers,” the 1st chapter in a book called “Employing International Workers: Leading Lawyers on Complying with Regulations When Hiring International Employees.” Anyone interested may purchase the book on the Thomson Reuters site.

What to Do If You Cannot Get a Birth Certificate

SECONDARY EVIDENCE IN LIEU OF BIRTH CERTIFICATE Review  the State Department’s website for  more information about acceptable birth certificates from your country of birth: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/fees/reciprocity-by-country.html .  A birth certificate must show the following information: full name date of Birth both parents’ names the birth certificate must be the long-form, issued by the appropriate government agency, […]

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