News & Resources

Let’s hope it is as easy as pressing 1, 2, or 3!

 USCIS has simplified their 1-800 automated call system. Now instead of listening to and deciding between 10 main menu options, we will be offered 3 options when calling the National Customer Service Center (NCSC).  This change is aimed at preventing misdirected calls and making customer service tools more friendly to you and me, the costumer! The NCSC main number is 1-800-375-5283. See this link for more information.

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USCIS educates public on immigration scams!

USCIS  has introduced a proactive initiative to help educate individuals on how to avoid scams in the immigration law community. All too often those in need of advice and legal assistance seek the help of so called “experts” who are not licensed to practice law, and those individuals in turn suffer heavy consequences. From deportation, to unnecessary fees and processing delays, the pitfalls of these scams are devastating. USCIS has included online educational resources to help recognize these scams and how […]

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USCIS I-9 Central Tool

 Useful I-9 resources for employers! – USCIS has launched a new (and free!) online resource center called “I-9 Central” to help employers navigate the ins and outs of the most frequently downloaded (and possibly most complicated) form on USCIS.gov, the I-9, Employee Eligibility Verification form. The tool includes a step-by-step of how to complete the form, common mistakes, FAQs and customer support. Click the attached link to see I-9 Central. I-9 Central

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USCIS Issues Reminder to Foreign Students

Foreign Students Alert – Students who travel abroad during a cap-gap extension period may not return in F-1 status. They will not be able to return to the U.S. until they obtain an H-1B visa stamp at a consular post abroad. Therefore, the earliest they might reenter is 10 days prior October 1, 2011, and should plan to travel accordingly. For Q&A’s regarding this issue, click on the attached link. USCIS Q&As     

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Considerations When Sending Workers Abroad

I recently gave a presentation on international employment and global talent migration at the African Business Summit, held at the University of North Florida on September 17, 2010.  In that presentation, I addressed the complex issues involved in sending employees to work overseas.  In today’s economy, international assignments are increasing as companies expand their global presence.  Sending employees to work abroad can be expensive and the experience often has a high failure rate.  Poor planning […]

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Tips to Applying for an L Visa

In today’s modern marketplace, businesses are expanding across the globe, often with branches or offices in many different countries.  Employers looking to transfer foreign employees within the company from an office abroad to the United States might wish to take advantage of the L-1A or L-1B visas.  Below are some things you should know as you navigate the L Visa process.  Employees applying for an L-1 visa must have worked for a related company abroad for […]

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