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103, 2013

USCIS Implements New Immigrant Visa Processing Fee

By |March 1st, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The USCIS implemented a new Immigrant Visa fee effective February 1, 2013. Applicants for an Immigrant Visa package issued on or after February 1, 2013, at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy abroad (including Canada and [...]

2802, 2013

Fiscal Year 2014: H-1B Filing Date Coming up Quickly.

By |February 28th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The H-1B visa category is used by employers hiring a foreign national in a professional level position (“specialty occupation”) requiring at least a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) [...]

2801, 2013

Who’s creating jobs now? Stall in U.S. Immigrant Entrepreneurship

By |January 28th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

According to a study released last month by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the U.S. is experiencing a steady decline in the percentage of immigrant founded start-ups. Nationwide, the percentage of immigrant founded start-ups declined [...]

2811, 2012

Special Registration and Third-Country Nationals

By |November 28th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

How would you respond if a clients asks, “I am a Canadian citizen, but I was born Iran. Do I need to comply with Special Registration?” The answer is not altogether clear from current immigration [...]

2811, 2012

How to Document your Valid Relationship for Immigration Purposes

By |November 28th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

By: Gary Chodorow (gary@fwhonglaw.com) and Jacqueline Lentini McCullough (jacki@lentinivisas.com) Date: Aug. 20, 2009 Do you have a pending immigration case that will require you to prove the validity of your marital relationship to the U.S. [...]

2811, 2012

Four Ways to Apply for a Green Card

By |November 28th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Legal Permanent Resident (“LPR”) What is a green card? –Allows foreign nationals to work in the US for any employer –Permits self-employment –Cannot vote –Can be deported if commit a crime that would rise to [...]

2806, 2012

Technology Company Agrees to Pay more than $740,000 in Back Wages to 73 H1-B Workers

By |June 28th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

In a recent settlement announced by the Department of Labor (DOL) in June 2012, Semafor Technologies, of Norcross, Georgia, agreed to pay workers $741,288 in back wages. The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division found violations [...]

1906, 2012

Priority Date Retrogression: Visa Office Update

By |June 19th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

On June 19, 2012, Mr. Charlie Oppenheim of the U.S. Department of State’s Visa Office predicted the visa demand in the employment preference categories for fiscal year 2013 and beyond. This month (July 2012) shows [...]

2805, 2012

H-1B’s Still Available!

By |May 28th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The H-1B visa category is used by employers hiring a foreign national in a professional level position (“specialty occupation”) requiring at least a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) [...]

2805, 2012

ARB finds worker’s time to obtain social security card entitled her to back pay

By |May 28th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Administrator, Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor (“ARB”) recently found that the time for which an approved H-1B employee was unavailable to start work while she was waiting for a Social [...]

2803, 2012

Not your Usual Trip Through O’Hare

By |March 28th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

In March 2012, The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the launch of TSA Pre √ at both Chicago O’Hare International (ORD) and Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA) airports. The TSA Pre √ enhances aviation security [...]

2802, 2012

USCIS ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF E-VERIFY SELF CHECK

By |February 28th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced recently that the on-line service E-Verify, allowing workers to check their own employment eligibility, is now available in all 50 states, Washington D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, the [...]

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