Immigration Blog

Outlook for Federal Immigration Reform

With the November elections approaching, the likelihood for comprehensive federal immigration reform is unfortunately minimal to non existent.  For the remainder of the year, and possibly for sometime after, we anticipate immigration reform taking a back seat to other hot button issues.  In the meantime, States continue to introduce their own immigration legislations and the need for a national reform remains high. While a comprehensive immigration reform remains the preferred outcome, a more practical approach […]

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Unauthorized Immigration Down Sharply

The Pew Center for Hispanic Research reported in September that the annual inflow of unauthorized immigrants to the U.S. was down significantly from March 2007 to March 2009 when compared to the same period from 2000 to 2005.  This decrease resulted in an 8% reduction in the number of undocumented foreign nationals living in the U.S. from a peak of 12 million in 2007 to 11.1 million in 2009.  Of the 11.1 million, 60% are […]

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New Rules for I-9 Verifications Involving Puerto Rico Birth Certificates

In July, the Vital Statistics Office of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico began issuing new, more secure certified copies of birth certificates to U.S. citizens born in the territory.  Any certified copies of birth certificates issued prior to July 1, 2010 will become invalid at the end of September and cannot be used to verify employment authorization.  The new law does not affect the citizenship status of individuals born in Puerto Rico. Therefore, through September […]

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ICE I-9 Inspections On The Rise

On September 16, ICE  released a notice of the agency’s intent to issue more than 500 Notices  of Inspections (NOI) to companies throughout the United States in the following week.  According to ICE, the up tick in inspections is due to a growing number of leads on employers allegedly engaging in illegal hiring practices and exploiting workers through unfair wages and other means.    During current audits and inspections, ICE is not only asking for I-9 […]

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September Visa Bulletin Shows Continued Improvement for Priority Dates

Good news for waiting Legal Permanent Resident applicants as the September Visa Bulletin, published by the Department of State, shows another month of improvements.  (Click here to see the August 2010 Visa Bulletin). The September Visa Bulletin published the following priority dates: Family Based Preference Priority Dates Preference Category China India Dominican Republic Mexico The Philippines All other countries 1st Jan. 1, 2006 Jan. 1, 2006 Jan. 1, 2006 Dec. 1, 1992 Jan. 1, 1997 Jan. 1, 2006 2nd […]

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Leaked USCIS Memo Proposes Significant Improvements to Immigration Process

An internal memo leaked by sources at the USCIS reveal the immigration agency to be seeking ways to improve the immigration process, with or without Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR).  The memo, addressed to USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas, outlines at least 18 suggestions for change in administrative policies and practices that could result in dramatic improvements in the immigration process.  It also includes recommendations regarding implementation timeframes and the resources necessary to make the proposed changes.  […]

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