Category Archives: Immigration Law

White House making it easier to get an L-1 visa

The White House has released a memo intended to give clarity over how businesses may use the temporary L-1 work visa, a document derided by critics of the H-1B visa. The memo was previewed on Monday by President Obama who, speaking at an economic development conference, said the changes “could… Read More >>

Pres. Obama is daring Republicans to vote on whether or not his executive actions are legal

Discussing opposition to his executive amnesty orders at an immigration town hall Wednesday, Obama said he would veto the vote because his actions are “the right thing to do”: “So in the short term, if Mr. McConnell, the leader of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House, John Boehner,… Read More >>

What Employers Should Know About E-Verify

Hiring from the legal immigrant community allows employers access to an expanded pool of talent and can be a great boon to any business. However, it is not without risk. Employers bear the burden of ensuring that anyone they hire is legally authorized to work in the United States and… Read More >>

Hiring Discrimination Based on Immigration Status

Federal law prohibits employers from hiring non-resident workers who do not have legal authorization to work in the United States. However, once a worker has such authorization, employers must treat that worker the same as they would anyone else. To do otherwise can be actionable discrimination and a violation of… Read More >>

Traveling Abroad as a Lawful Permanent Resident

A permanent resident visa, or Green Card, confers many rights upon the holder, including the ability to take short trips abroad without fear of being barred from reentry. However, this does not mean that travel is completely worry-free or unrestricted for lawful permanent residents. Those intending to take extended trips… Read More >>

Getting Work Authorization Without a Green Card

Even when a person has obtained legal status through a non-immigrant visa or other program, living in the United States for an extended period without work authorization can be nearly impossible. Fortunately, there are options that can allow certain immigrants to avoid this intolerable situation. In addition to the numerous… Read More >>

Renewal Process Set for Deferred Action Program

Little progress has been forthcoming from Congress in the area of immigration reform, so the time has come for many who had initially registered for participation in the Deferred Action program to renew their status. As we have discussed before, the Deferred Action program that was established by executive… Read More >>

U.S. Supreme Court Set to Rule on Scope of Immigration Law

The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in Mayorkas v. Cuellar de Osorio, a class action concerning the proper statutory construction of Section 1153(h)(3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. This Act was amended by the Child Status Protection Act, which allows children of family immigrant visa applicants who turn… Read More >>

Immigration’s TPS Program and What it Means

U.S. immigration law recognizes that natural disasters and political unrest may make it impractical or unfeasible for some people to return to their home nations once their visas or other authorizations have expired. Among the many special visa and immigration programs offered by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS),… Read More >>
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