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Immigration

DACA: 5 Things Business Owners Should Know

The fate of DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – will be determined by Congress, but since the Trump Administration rescinded the program in September, many business owners are concerned about their employees who have been working legally under DACA. Will employers be able to keep these employees, or

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Non-immigrant Visa

Rising Demand for H-2B Visas

Employers in a number of industries across the U.S. rely on the H-2B visa program. The H-2B visa program allows thousands of foreign laborers from sixty-two nations to enter the U.S. temporarily every year to work in sectors of the economy that include construction, hospitality, landscaping, and food services. While

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Immigrant Visa

Can a Revoked Visa Be Reinstated?

If you hold a U.S. visa, you should be aware that your visa can be revoked or canceled at any time and for a variety of reasons. In this blog we review what impact a revoked visa or a canceled visa has on your immigration status, and how a Dublin

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Immigration

In Some U.S. States, Crime Drops as Immigration Increases

Some ideas that people may have about immigration are based on confusion and fear rather than facts. For example, more immigrants inevitably means more crime, right? Think again. That kind of prejudice is being entirely debunked in 2017. A research study released in June shows that California’s substantial decline in

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Immigrant Visa

Petition for Alien Relative: Bring Family to the U.S.

A top priority for U.S. immigration authorities is keeping families together. When a U.S. citizen submits an I-130 visa petition on behalf of an immediate relative, the system is supposed to let immediate relatives obtain green cards quickly. While the immigration process favors immediate relatives over almost all other immigrants,

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Immigration

Police Chiefs Support Sanctuary Cities Nationwide

A complicated legal battle is about to take place between the Trump Administration and the nation’s “sanctuary” cities, cities that are presumably not in compliance with federal immigration laws. A great deal of the confusion stems from the fact that the term “sanctuary city” was created by the media, so

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H-1B Visa

Where Are the Best Computer Programmers?

Our prosperity in the United States is built on the renegade, risk-taking spirit of innovation and invention. A new business is an expression of belief – the confidence that “we can make it” in the United States. But there seems to be a computer programmer shortage. Historically, wave after wave

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Immigration

U.S. Immigrant Population Reaches All-time High

New data from the Census Bureau is telling us that the number of immigrants entering the United States – both with and without documentation – is not only growing but accelerating. According to a report released in November by the Center for Immigration Studies – an organization that lobbies for lower levels

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Immigration

Immigration and the Flight from El Salvador

Two years ago – in 2014 – thousands of unaccompanied minors poured into the United States from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The U.S. government was unprepared. The young people from Central America and the immigration authorities were caught in what President Obama called at the time an “urgent humanitarian

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Non-immigrant Visa

U.S. Business Visa Interview Best Practices

Several options for immigration are available for business visitors to the United States. There are five categories of “EB” visas (employment-based visas) for immigrants eligible to work in the United States as permanent residents, and employer sponsorship is sometimes required for those business visas. Temporary, non-immigrant visas are also offered

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H-1B Visa

Where Do H-1B Visas Go?

In January 2010, the senior executives at Molina Healthcare, located in Long Beach, California, conducted a staff meeting. Dozens of people in Molina’s IT department would have to be laid off, the executives announced, because the company had done so poorly in the preceding quarter. What the laid-off employees did

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H-1B Visa

April 1 for H-1B Visa Petitions

It’s a deadline that’s approaching fast. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) receives H-1B visa petitions each year beginning on April 1, and with only 65,000 H-1B visas available, April 1 is the date that those applications must be received by USCIS. Across the U.S., employers are right now determining

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Investor Visa

The EB-5 Investor Visa

If you are a knowledgeable international investor, and if you have been seeking to put your resources to work in the United States, you probably already know that attractive investment opportunities are abundant in every region of the country. Through the EB-5 investor visa program, the United States government permits

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Non-immigrant Visa

Temporary Visas for Journalists and Performers

If you want to enter the United States temporarily for employment, the precise work you perform and the precise nature of your employer’s business will determine which temporary work visa is right for you. If you are an international journalist or performer – or if you work with a journalist

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Immigration

Cincinnati and Immigration

Foreign-born Cincinnatians comprise only 3.5 percent of the city’s population, yet they wield $1.5 billion in spending power and contribute over $189 million in state and local taxes annually. Mayor John Cranley says he wants to “make Cincinnati the most immigrant friendly city in the country.” Cranley is just one

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Immigration

Law Compliance for U.S. Employers

U.S. employers are required to pay a legal wage to unskilled immigrants doing agricultural work. If you are a U.S.-based employer who needs help understanding or achieving compliance with immigration laws – or if you’re being cited for a violation – obtain the legal help you need by contacting an

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Immigration

I-9 Compliance for Business Owners

Is the company you own I-9 compliant? If you’re not sure, then it needs to be. An administrative judge imposed a whopping $600,000 fine on one employer recently for improperly handling I-9 forms. The fine (in U.S. v. Hartmann Studios, Inc.) is a timely reminder that every U.S.-based business must

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Immigration

Minnesota: A State with Big Immigration Changes

Immigration is fundamentally changing the United States. Immigrants create businesses and jobs, pay millions of tax dollars, and bring innovative new ideas as well as their own culture and traditions. While everyone perhaps knows that border states like Texas and California are changing dramatically due to immigration, you may not

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Immigration

What an Ohio Immigration Lawyer Does

Law in the United States is a vast and complicated field of knowledge. Attorneys not only specialize – they sub-specialize. From estate planning attorneys who only work with living trusts to malpractice attorneys who only work with brain injury patients, the specializations are many, and there are more developing all

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Immigration

OPT and the STEM Extension

As international students holding F-1 visas prepare to graduate, many apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) to receive employment authorization for a year or more. Who Qualifies for STEM Extension? Although Optional Practical Training for some F-1 students is restricted to 12 months, other international students will qualify for an

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Non-immigrant Visa

Visa Waiver Program for Business and Tourism

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of participating countries to travel to the United States without a visa for stays of ninety days or less for tourism or for business purposes. Transiting or traveling through the United States to Canada or Mexico is generally permitted for VWP travelers. Business

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