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Get Ready For A Very Different H-1B Lottery Season! 1000 559 Josie Gonzalez

Get Ready For A Very Different H-1B Lottery Season!

USCIS will launch a new H-1B registration system beginning March 1 through March 20th.  The goal is to simplify the initial registration process. Only if an employer’s registration is selected in the USCIS lottery will the completed H-1B petition along with the filing fees be submitted.  Due to the simplification of the registration process, we…

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Expertise in Demand – SGG Lawyers As Trusted Thought Leaders 244 302 Lincoln Stone

Expertise in Demand – SGG Lawyers As Trusted Thought Leaders

In August, Amy Prokop Lenhert presented her views on pre-litigation lawyering under the title “H-1Bs: Preparing for District Court at the RFE stage” before an audience of the Orange County Bar Association in Newport Beach Josie Gonzalez presented on the topic of ICE and worksite compliance at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Fall Conference…

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Border Crisis – Take Action! 900 515 Amy Lenhert

Border Crisis – Take Action!

There is indeed a humanitarian crisis at our southern border.  Children continue to be separated from their parents, and to date at least seven children have died while in DHS custody or shortly after release.  Men, women and children alike are held in unsafe conditions in remote facilities in the United States, denied proper healthcare…

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New Rule for EB-5 Targeted Employment Areas Significantly Impacts the EB-5 Industry 4608 3456 Michele Franchett

New Rule for EB-5 Targeted Employment Areas Significantly Impacts the EB-5 Industry

A new USCIS regulation went into effect November 21, 2019, and brings with it significant changes impacting the EB-5 industry.  The regulation eliminates the authority of states to designate high unemployment areas for purposes of targeted employment area (“TEA”) eligibility, significantly narrows the definition of a TEA based on high unemployment, and increases the minimum…

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DACA and the Supremes 1920 1440 Taiyyeba Safri Skomra

DACA and the Supremes

In November, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments for and against continuing the program known as “DACA” — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. DACA was created by Executive Order in June 2012, protecting certain undocumented individuals from deportation.  An estimated 700,000 people have DACA benefits, including the two-year (renewable) work permit the program authorizes.  The…

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USCIS Announces Electronic Pre-registration Process for H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions 1000 559 Yeu Hong

USCIS Announces Electronic Pre-registration Process for H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions

Starting with a registration period commencing March 1, 2020, employers must pre-register any cap-subject H-1B petitions they intend to file for FY 2021 (starting on October 1, 2020).  USCIS announced earlier this month that all employers filing H-1B cap-subject petitions, including those eligible for the advanced degree exemption, must use the electronic pre-registration process which…

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Practicing At The Intersection Of Criminal And Immigration Law (aka”Crim-Imm”) 1920 1440 Helen A. Sklar

Practicing At The Intersection Of Criminal And Immigration Law (aka”Crim-Imm”)

What is crim-imm and why is it so important in the wider field of immigration law? “Crim-imm” refers to the crossover area of criminal law and immigration law, where criminal and immigration law intersect. It is a field of law scholarship and practice that emerged as the traditional boundaries between criminal and immigration law began…

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