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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

Immigrants Keep the USA Running

Many of us in the 21st century spend a big part of our lives “online,” yet even the virtual world still depends on the physical ones, including the labor of those who create, manufacture, and provide the essential goods and services that everyone requires. Many of us connect to this

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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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Immigrant Visa

Infographic: The Wait for Visas to Come to America

Applying for permanent residence in the United States can be quite a complicated process and each year the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) limits the number of visas available. These limits currently stand at 226,000 for family-sponsored visas and 140,000 for employment-related authorizations. Also, each month, the government announces wait

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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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Immigration

EB-1C: The EB-5 Visa Alternative

For international managers and executives seeking lawful permanent residence and – ultimately – naturalized citizenship in the United States, the EB-1C visa is an alternative to the EB-5 visa. What Are the Benefits of EB-1C Visa? This visa provides a green card immediately and without the need to make an

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Immigration

International Students in the U.S.

In 2014, a survey conducted by the University of Pennsylvania named the Brookings Institution as the most influential think tank in the world. Brookings is one of Washington’s oldest and most prestigious “think tanks.” It conducts research and education in economics, foreign policy, and global development with the aims of

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Non-immigrant Visa

TN Nonimmigrant Visa

One result of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is that citizens of Canada and Mexico who wish to work temporarily or conduct temporary business activities in the United States – for up to three years – may apply for a TN nonimmigrant visa. As our NAFTA partners, Canadian

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Immigration

Gender Discrimination and Immigration Law

A federal appeals court has determined that an undocumented immigrant cannot be deported back to Mexico because she identifies as a transgender woman. This brings to light the issue of gender discrimination in immigration law. Gender Discrimination Claim Edin Carey Avendano-Hernandez claims that her gender identification makes her a target

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Immigration

What Do DHS, USCIS, CBP, and ICE Actually Do?

You’ve likely heard of USCIS or received some communication from them, but what is this agency and what does it do? If you have any questions or concerns about immigration, or if you’re involved in any legal dispute over your immigration rights or status, you need to consult at once

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