Immigration Blog

Yearly Archives from 2012

Prosecutorial Discretion for Some

  On February 6 of this year, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals published five decisions requesting that the government advise the court on whether “the government intended to exercise prosecutorial discretion”. This request was made in light of ICE Director John Morton’s June 17, 2011 memo regarding the use of prosecutorial discretion to prioritize the agency’s efforts and best utilize its resources.  When ICE favorably exercises its prosecutorial discretion, it means that it will […]

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Arizona Style Bill Passes Mississippi House Committee

The Mississippi House Judiciary Committee voted 15-6 to pass House Bill 488.  The bill seems to closely resemble Arizona’s controversial S.B. 1070. which is currently being challenged before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Mississippi’s bill contains the controversial provision allowing law enforcement officials to check for immigration status when there is “reasonable suspicion” that person is in the country illegally. The bill bars police from considering race, color or national origin when making that decision, although […]

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E-Verify Self-Check Is Now Available Nationwide!

If you’re job hunting, you’ve probably touched up your resume, made a LinkedIn account, and cleaned up your Facebook profile in preparation for potential employers’ review. Now, you can check your work eligibility online before you apply for jobs. With more and more employers using E-Verify to confirm the work eligibility of potential employees, it is important that your data is up to date and showing that you are eligible to work. Self-Check is available […]

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Study Shows Increased Denial of Immigration Cases Without Changes in the Law

The National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) released a study that contains some surprising results regarding the denial and request for evidence (RFE) rate of L-1, H-1B, and O-1A Visas.  Despite no change in the laws or regulations, there has been a sharp increase in the number of denials and RFEs, in the instance of L-1B Visas for example, upwards of 90% of applications are either denied or delayed for RFEs. This prevents skilled immigrants […]

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DOJ Settles Immigration Employment Complaint with University

The Department of Justice reached an agreement with the University of California San Diego Medical Center to resolve a complaint which alleged that the medical center demanded newly hired non-citizens to submit additional documents to verify their employment eligibility but did not require the same of U.S. citizens. As part of the settlement, the medical center agreed to implement new employment eligibility verification policies and procedures; to pay a civil penalty of $115,000; conduct supplemental […]

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The U.S. Department of State has released its February 2012 Visa Bulletin.

DOS Releases February 2012 Visa Bulletin The Bulletin states that all EB-1 categories remain current. EB-2 priority dates remain current for foreign nationals in the EB-2 category from all countries except China and India. USICS has indicated that the rate of new filings of AOS applications in recent months has been extremely low in the EB-2 category, and much lower than in the EB-3 category. For more information on this issue, please click here.

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