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US Businesses Need Better Immigration Support

Yesterday, I was on Capitol Hill along with many attorney colleagues from the American Immigration Lawyers Association. I was visiting congressional members representing Minnesota and the Dakotas, telling my clients’ stories which illustrate th… Read More
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New F-1 Optional Practical Training Regulation Published

On March 11, 2016, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a new regulation with changes to the extra Optional Practical Training (OPT) available to foreign students on F-1 visas who complete degrees in certain Science, Technology, Engineerin… Read More
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Immigration and Driving While Intoxicated: A Poor Choice of Cocktail

Many countries have strict policies regarding immigration and past convictions for driving while intoxicated (DWI.) Historically, the United States has not been as strict as others. The immigration law in the United States identifies a number of crim… Read More
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It’s Not Too Early To Get an H-1B Ready For Filing!

As in years past, US Citizenship will begin accepting new H-1B petitions on April 1, and it is a certainty that enough applications will be submitted to exhaust the upcoming fiscal year’s supply of H-1B’s. The annual limit, or “cap” on H-1B f… Read More
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Expired Permanent Resident Card Still Valid for I-9

On November 19, 2015, a large fast-food restaurant organization entered into a settlement with the US Department of Justice, and agreed to pay $335,000. The employer had apparently been requesting employees who were lawful permanent residents to prod… Read More
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Revised October Visa Bulletin May Prevent I-485 Adjustment of Status Filings

In what is becoming known as Visagate 2015, Department of State and US Citizenship & Immigration Services have just taken an action which will harm thousands of people. In a recent post, we described the new Department of State Visa Bulletin syst… Read More
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File your I-485 in October!

Recently, Department of State announced new “filing dates” for immigrant visas on its Visa Bulletin, which will enable applicants to file I-485 applications earlier than the dates those visas will be available. US CIS will also accept I-485 adj… Read More
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File I-485 Adjustment of Status Early

In an earlier post, I wrote about why some permanent residence applicants wait many years to complete their immigration processes. The basic problems are not enough permanent visas to meet the demand generally, and per-country limits that do not acco… Read More
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New Rule Authorizes Employment Permission for Some H-4 Spouses

The H-4 dependent status has never permitted employment – that is about to change, at least for some H-4’s. The H-4 is the dependent status for spouses and children under age 21, who are related to someone holding an H-1B, H-1B1, H-2 or H-3 visa… Read More
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President Obama's "executive action" - what's in it for business?

The overwhelming topic of media discussion related to President Obama’s recent announcement on immigration pertains to the policy of deferring deportations of around 5 million people not legally present in the United States, while providing access… Read More
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