Immigration Blog

New Immigration Reform Proposal Could Affect Every Part of Current Policy

A group of U.S. senators led by Sen. Harry Reid, D-NV, has released a detailed outline of a proposed comprehensive immigration reform bill entitled the Real Enforcement with Practical Answers for Immigration Reform (REPAIR). The 26-page plan comes at a time when immigration reform is reaching growing support on both sides of the political spectrum and, if enacted, will affect practically every aspect of current immigration policy. The bill first addresses the need for complete […]

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Arizona’s Newest Law Puts the Spotlight on Immigration

On Friday, April 23, 2010, Arizona governor Jan Brewer signed a new immigration bill into law, sparking protest and once again making immigration reform a hot topic. The highly contested legislation makes it a crime under Arizona law to be in the United States illegally and provides police with the ability to question and detain those they suspect of being illegal immigrants. Individuals unable to produce documentation of their legal status could be fined $2,500 […]

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Proposed legislation for new visa category

Two Senators (John Kerry, D-MA and Richard Lugar, R-IN) recently proposed legislation that would create a new EB-6 visa category for entrepreneurs.  The StartUp Visa Act of 2010 would permit an immigrant entrepreneur with a startup venture or business to secure a two year visa if that entrepreneur proves to have a U.S. investor that is capable of investing at least $250,000. Currently, the EB-5 visa category is the option available to immigrant entrepreneurs and requires either a $500,000 or $1 million […]

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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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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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