Immigration Blog

USCIS Revises Application for Naturalization

The new form is significantly different and longer – an increase to 21 pages from 10 pages.  It includes more extensive questions about crimes, other bars to naturalization and the applicant’s parents.  There is a 90-day period to transition to the new form which becomes effective May 5th.  Eligible applicants should apply before the new form becomes effective or plan to spend a significant amount of time gathering information and completing the new application. It is of note, […]

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Update on Immigration Reform

Despite the release of the House’s Principles on Immigration Reform, we don’t expect much meaningful action on this matter until the spring and summer of 2014, when most GOP primaries will be finished.  Thereafter, the released GOP standards for immigration reform are likely to continue to progress.  The proposed step-by-step approach proposed by the House includes: successfully securing borders; the full implementation of an entry-exit system; a ‘zero tolerance’ for those who cross the border illegally […]

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OSC Immigration Related Investigations and Settlements

In January, OSC settled two cases involving allegations of discrimination under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). In these cases, employers imposed additional hiring requirements for non-citizens. One of the cases arose out of a referral to OSC from the USCIS E-Verify Unit. Under the settlement agreements, the employers not only have to pay civil fines but they must also engage in a variety of additional requirements such as: identify and reach non-citizen applicants not considered […]

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It’s Prep Time for New H-1 Petitions

On April 1, 2014, USCIS will begin accepting new H-1B visa petitions for an employment start date of October 1, 2014.  We expect a repeat of 2013, where the H-1B cap was reached during the first week of filing because the demand for these visas exceeded their availability and USCIS conducted a lottery.  Once the cap is reached, employers are unable to file new cap-subject H-1B petitions until April 1, 2015.  We strongly advise clients […]

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Team USA’s Inspiring Foreign-Born Athletes

Have you been watching the incredible and exhilarating Olympics being held in Sochi? As part of our newsletter, we would like to recognize some of the foreign-born athletes that are representing our country: Paul Stastny – Hockey Cam Fowler – Hockey Laurene Ross – Alpine Ski Simon Shnapir – Figure Skater Debbie McCormick – Curler Go Team USA and best wishes to all!

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DHS Recognizes Same Sex Marriage

After many years of resistance, DHS quickly moved to adjudicate same-sex marriage petitions after the U.S. Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Windsor (2013) to strike the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

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