Immigration Blog

United States v. Arizona

Citing violations of the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause (which prohibits states from interfering with the federal government’s authority to set national policy), the Department of Justice has filed suit to challenge the state of Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070….Read More. To read an update on the status of immigration reform, click here.

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President Obama on Immigration Reform

President Obama’s recent speech on immigration reform called for bipartisan cooperation in overhauling the current immigration system.  He re-stated the need for comprehensive reform and outlined a plan including:  Stronger border security, Stronger interior enforcement, Clearing the backlog of those awaiting approval of their visa applications, and Earned path to legalization.   Although the demand for immigration reform is high, the earliest we expect to see a comprehensive plan introduced in Congress is 2011.  Check back […]

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E-Verify Makes Significant Changes

The DHS has announced that ongoing changes are in the works for the agency’s E-Verify system.  E-Verify is an internet based employment verification program used by employers and administered by the Department of Homeland Security in conjunction with the Social Security Administration. On June 13th, DHS introduced a redesigned website with enhanced usability and efficiency features aimed at eliminating common errors and facilitating use.  The new features include: a shorter and more dynamic tutorial; a […]

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New Consular Fees for Visa Applicants

The Department of State (DOS) recently started charging increased fees for certain visa applications.  The prior fee was $131 for all nonimmigrant visas.   The affected visas include: Petition-based Nonimmigrant visas (H, L, O, P, Q, and R) – fee raised to $150 K (fiancé / spouse of U.S. Citizen) visa – fee raised to $350 E (investors/traders) visas – fee raised to $390 Non-petition based nonimmigrant visas (B1/B2, F, M and J)  – fee raised to $140 […]

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USCIS Announces Changes to the Employment Authorization Document

Continuing its efforts to prevent immigration fraud, on May 11, USCIS started issuing a revised Employment Authorization Document (EAD) for foreign nationals. The change includes the addition of a machine readable zone on the back of the card. This replaces the two dimensional bar code on previous versions of the EAD. All other existing security features will remain unchanged. USCIS last updated the EAD card in June 2004. Individuals who are temporarily in the U.S., […]

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Update on comprehensive immigration reform

With the nation’s economy still struggling and bank bailout news continuing to make headlines, the Obama administration’s immigration reform plan and bill may not be the next big issue following on the heels of the recent health care reform bill. Even if comprehensive immigration reform takes a “back seat” for a while, individual members of Congress are tackling specific immigration issues and proposing legislation in the process.  For example, Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have laid out a […]

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