Immigration Blog

United States Changes Mexican Visa Policy

The Department of State recently decreased the validity of certain U.S. work visas for individuals coming from Mexico from two years down to one year.  The change applies to H1-B, H2-B, E-1, E-2, TN and L-1 visas and will affect Mexican nationals applying as new applicants as well as those seeking visa renewals on or later than February 22, 2010.     For example, typically, a TN applicant receives a three year visa.  However, under the new […]

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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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Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed House Bill 689

On April 14, 2010, Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed House Bill 689 which will raise the level of proof for plaintiffs to win some slip-and-fall lawsuits against Florida businesses.  Click here to read more.

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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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