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End of Some Deportations

President Obama announced on Friday a two-year policy that would grant young undocumented immigrants the opportunity to stay in the U.S. to pursue education, work and military service.  The policy would affect nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. before the age of 16 and are under the age of 30.  They must also have lived in the U.S. for five continuous years, have no criminal record, and have earned a high […]

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H-1B’s are Going, Going, Gone!

If you have been keeping up with my H-1B cap updates, you know that this year new H-1B Visas have been used up at an accelerated rate.  Just yesterday, USCIS announced that the 65,000 H-1B cap for FY 2013 had been reached and that it would be rejecting all petitions received after June 11.  The 20,000 master’s exemption cap was also reached.  This is a good sign of economy recovery but also a sign that […]

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Colombia – U.S. Free Trade Agreement Finally Takes Effect

On May 15th, the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA) went into effect after five years of negotiations. While the obvious benefits of eliminated duties on most U.S. exports to Colombia dominated the agreement’s media attention, the advantage of U.S. foreign investor protection deserve equal notice. Prior to the CTPA ennactment, U.S. foreign investors whose investments were seized could only seek legal recourse through the Colombian government. Now, these investors have additional protections which encourage safer […]

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