Immigration Blog

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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Florida Law Enforcement Now Using DHS Fingerprint Database

U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) are sharing a new fingerprint database to identify foreign nationals, documented or otherwise, taken into custody in Florida.  Previously, fingerprints taken from arrestees were only compared against the Department of Justice’s fingerprint database. The program allows local authorities to better identify foreign nationals who have been arrested and if they are deportable under immigration laws.  ICE receives this information and evaluates […]

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Department of Justice Files Suit Against Arizona Immigration Law

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. In a statement dated July 6th, the DOJ says that the law “will place significant burdens on federal agencies, diverting their resources away from high-priority targets,” and “will also result in the harassment and detention of foreign visitors […]

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July 4th Weekend Welcomes New American Citizens

For many, the recent 4th of July holiday meant a time to celebrate with family and friends over hot dogs and fireworks displays.  For another group of people, the weekend was a time to celebrate their new status as naturalized U.S. citizens. Beginning July 1st, in more than 55 ceremonies across the nation, 3,800 individuals were sworn in as American citizens.  The ceremonies are part of a weeklong celebration, hosted by the USCIS, celebrating the […]

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Travel Tips For Foreign Nationals – Tip #1

For many foreign nationals living and working in the United States, the summer is a popular time to travel back to their native countries and renew their visa paperwork.  For these individuals, gaining entry back into the U.S. is growing more and more challenging as the process to attaining an approved visa application is becoming more complicated and the wait times are increasing.  Given the increasing difficulty, foreign nationals should be prepared for their current […]

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Tips to Forming an LLC

Limited Liability Companies, or LLC’s, are a popular option for U.S. Citizens and foreign nationals looking to start a business enterprise.  The business structure allows the owners to have limited personal liability for the debts and actions of the company while enjoying flexible management structures and pass-through taxation.  Before starting your own LLC, here are some things you might want to consider: Weigh the pros and cons.  While there are considerable advantages to operating as […]

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