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2805, 2014

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Launches ‘I-9 Central’ on USCIS.gov

By |May 28th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Since 1986, U.S. employers have been required to verify the identity and employment authorization of every worker hired, regardless of the employee’s immigration status. To comply with the law, employers must complete form I-9, available [...]

2801, 2014

H-1B Cap Gap Relief

By |January 28th, 2014|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

In April, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) reminded employers that some foreign national employees may qualify for Cap Gap relief. H-1B Cap Gap Relief pertains to F-1 students with pending or approved H-1B [...]

2811, 2013

USCIS CONTINUES TO ACCEPT H-1B PETITIONS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011

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

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) recently announced that it will continue to accept H-1B nonimmigrant petitions for the 2011 fiscal year cap. USCIS will monitor the number of petitions received for both the 65,000 [...]

1111, 2013

Employment Based Preference Categories and Priority Date Retrogression

By |November 11th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Immigration and Nationality Act sets limits on how many green cards or immigrant visas may be issued each Fiscal Year (October 1st through September 30th ) in all visa categories. Every year, the government [...]

3004, 2013

I-94 Card Automation

By |April 30th, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

On April 30, 2013, Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) began automating the issuance of Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record for foreign nationals entering the U.S. by eliminating the paper form I-94. The form I-94 will be [...]

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 [...]

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