Immigration Blog

E-Verify initiatives to improve efficiency and accuracy

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas recently joined forces and introduced three new initiatives to improve efficiency and accuracy of E-Verify. These initiatives are (taken from the USCIS press release): “Streamline the adjudication process in cases of E-Verify misuse and discrimination,” “An informational telephone hotline for employees to provide a more timely, effective and seamless customer experience for workers seeking E-Verify information,” “New training videos focusing on E-Verify procedures and policies, employee rights and […]

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The K-Visa Process: Tips to Navigate the Fiancé Visa

The K-1 Visas are popular family-based visas for foreign national fiancés of U.S. Citizens to obtain legal permanent residence in the United States. The process can be confusing and includes many time-sensitive steps that applicants should understand before beginning the process. Recently, I have had the privilege of assisting several couples from European and Latin American countries through this process, from the filing of the I-129F petition for a K-1 Fiancé Visa to the Adjustment […]

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Supreme Court says attorneys must advise non-citizen of plea consequences

The U.S. Supreme Court held last week in a 7-2 decision that defense counsel must inform a non-citizen client whether his/her plea carries a risk of deportation, a failure to do so violates the Constitution’s Sixth Amendment guarantee of the right to counsel in criminal cases. In Padilla v. Kentucky, the criminal defense attorney representing Mr. Padilla told him that he did not have to worry about the consequences of his guilty plea on his […]

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H-1B updates

Ports of Entry and H-1B If you are an H-1B holder (or holder of another employment-based visa) or if you employ H-1B employees ensure that you, or your employee, keep evidence of current immigration status and employment verification documents on hand when traveling outside the United States. These documents include employment letter confirmation, pay stubs and approval notice. Ports of entry into the U.S. are closely reviewing documentation for those individuals with employment-based visas. Filing […]

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DOS announces increased fees

A new fee structure has been announced by the Department of State for cases that are processed at U.S. embassies and consulates. The current fee is a flat rate of $355 per person plus a machine readable visa fee of $45 (for a total of $400) for employment or family-based Immigrant Visas. In the new four-tiered system, family-based visas would be relatively unchanged at $330 plus $45, but employment-based visa processing would jump to $720 […]

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Identity fraud may be difficult with E-Verify

USCIS released an overview of an independent party’s analysis of the E-Verify system. Key findings in the survey and study, conducted by a third party (Westat), are listed below. One of the major key findings was that identity fraud detection may be difficult with E-Verify when sifting through the unauthorized worker list. Key findings: Overall, 96% of initial E-Verify responses aligned with the work authorization status of the person Of all E-Verify queries, 6.2% are […]

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