Immigration Blog

USCIS Accepting Same-Sex Married Petitions

In a July 2013 statement, Secretary Napolitano stated,”…effective immediately, I have directed USCIS to review immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of a same-sex spouse in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse.” USCIS provided answers to frequently asked questions same-sex legally married couples may have regarding ensuring the Court’s decision on its implications for securing benefits. To read the FAQ’s click here

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I-Squared Act of 2003 Improving Immigration Options for Professionals

The Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 (a/k/a I2 Act) was introduced by Sen. Rubio, Coons, Hatch and Klobuchar. The bill has four sections which propose: 1) a welcomed demand based increase in the number of new H-1B to a quota from 65,000 to 115,000; 2) an easier immigration path for STEM students; 3) a recapture and “roll-over” of issued but unused immigrant visas; and 4) allocation of visa processing fees to the promotion of STEM […]

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Change in the Family Unity Waiver Process Good for Families of Undocumented

The proposed change which was just published in the Federal Register minimizes the amount of time that U.S. citizens are separated from their immediate relatives (parents, spouses, children) who are undocumented and in the process of applying for permanent resident status.  The updated process allows undocumented individuals, who meet certain criteria including showing that their immediate relative would suffer “extreme hardship” in their absence, to apply for a provisional unlawful presence waiver while in the […]

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USCIS Launches Spanish Version of I-9 Central

On October 4th, USCIS launched a Spanish-language version of I-9 Central, an online resource center providing information and assistance related to the Form I-9, the most frequently accessed form on USCIS.gov. The website provides employers and employees one-click access at no charge to Spanish-language resources, tips, and guidance on properly completing the I-9 and understanding the I-9 process. USCIS also offers both E-Verify Self-Check, a service that allows job seekers to check their own employment […]

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DOJ Settles with Tampa Company Over E-Verify Misuse

On September 27, 2012, the Department of Justice (DOJ) settled a claim against Diversified Maintenance Systems (DMS), a Tampa based company, over allegations of discriminatory employment practices.  DMS terminated an employee after receiving a data mismatch from E-Verify. The employee charged that she was not given proper instructions or paperwork to challenge the mismatch and prove her work eligibility.  DMS refused to reinstate the employee even after the Social Security Administration verified that the employee […]

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Newly Authorized Young Immigrants Seeking Work

About 2 million previously undocumented young immigrants could gain temporary relief from deportation under President Obama’s deportation deferral program which took effect August 15.  What will this mean for employers? How should they deal with existing employees who present new work authorizations along with an admission that they were not previously authorized to work? If an employer chooses to terminate based on the employee’s admission, they could face a potential discrimination claim. Whatever the employer […]

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