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Monthly Archives from April 2011

Georgia Takes on More Immigration Regulation

Georgia lawmakers have passed an immigration bill that would allow law enforcement to request information about suspects’ immigration status; requires private employers ( those with more than 10 employees) to use E-Verify; and places new burdens on state agencies and local government to ensure compliance. The bill is already facing criticism from President Obama and Georgia’s business and immigrant community. To read the bill, see the link below. GA HB 87

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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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USCIS Reminds Japanese Nationals Affected by Disaster of Immigration Benefits

USCIS has offered several extraordinary benefits to Japanese nationals affected by the earthquakes, tsunami and nuclear disasters that began last month. Extensions of status, certain grants of parole, expedited processing of forms and petitions and assistance to stranded LPRs who have lost their immigration documentation. To see an overview of these benefits, click the link below. USCIS News Release

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E-Verify Could Become Mandatory for All Employers in FL

E-Verify in Florida – The Florida House and Senate Judiciary Committees are working on bills that would require all employers in the state of Florida to verify their employees’ work eligibility status with the online tool E-Verify. An order signed by Governor Scott earlier this year currently requires all federal entities to use the system. The bills would also allow law enforcement to request identification documents during an arrest. To follow these bills, click the […]

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