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7 September 2017

Detained Immigrants: Less Likely to Hire an Attorney and More Likely to be Deported 

Amy Lenhert

The use of detention in the context of removal proceedings is on the rise.  According to the Center for American Progress, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) detains 400,000 individuals annually.  With the increase of immigrant detention has come an increase in the use of private prisons.  In 2005, 25% ... Read More

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30 May 2017

Recent Judicial Developments Bring Good News for Foreign Nationals

On April 19, 2017 the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit brought by the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers (WashTech, a union representing American workers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, STEM, fields).  WashTech challenged the STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) regulations allowing for ... Read More

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16 January 2017

New Rules Regarding Employment Authorization To Go Into Effect January 17, 2017

Amy Lenhert

On November 18, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published long-awaited regulations regarding employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant visa programs.  But, even if you are applying for a green card based on your marriage, or you are in removal proceedings applying for relief from an Immigration Judge, the new rules ... Read More

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23 November 2016

DHS Final Rule on Retention of Immigrant Workers and Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers

Kathleen Grzegorek

DHS Final Rule on Retention of Immigrant Workers and Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers After 16 years of waiting, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued final rules that will have a significant impact on foreign nationals in employment-based nonimmigrant status, as well as in the long queues ... Read More

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26 August 2016

International Entrepreneurs – A New Proposed Immigration Option Published by USCIS

Michele Franchett

Click here to view the Spanish translation.  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) published a final rule on January 17, 2017, that will – effective July 17, 2017, allow international entrepreneurs who will have an active and central role in the operations of a start-up entity to apply for parole so ... Read More

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28 April 2016

Congress Implements Changes to Visa Waiver Program

Originally published March 29, 2016 The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) permits citizens of 38 countries to travel to the United States for business or tourism for stays of up to 90 days without a visa.  On January 21, 2016, Congress implemented changes to the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist ... Read More

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28 April 2016

New Electronic Visa System for Chinese Visitors

Originally published March 29, 2016 In November 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will implement the Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS), an online system requiring Chinese nationals travelling on a People’s Republic of China passport with a 10-year B visitor visa to update their basic biographic information.  All travelers ... Read More

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27 April 2016

STEM Workers Granted Extended Employment Authorization Period

Josie Gonzalez

Originally published March 18, 2016 On March 11, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a regulation that extends the period of work authorization from its current 17-month period to 24 months for foreign students who will be employed in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) occupations by U.S. ... Read More

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27 April 2016

Employer Alerts – Spring 2016

H-1B Cap Season in Full Swing The H-1B filing window for fiscal year 2017 is set to open on April 1, 2016, much to the delight of many would-be H-1B workers with offers of employment in the United States.  A total of 85,000 H-1B visas are available under the cap; ... Read More

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