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Wild Week for Arizona’s New Immigration Statute

The fervor surrounding Arizona’s new immigration statute, Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (Senate Bill 1070), has grown in the days since Governor Jan Brewer signed the Bill into law on April 23, 2010. The Arizona legislature adjourned on April 29, 2010, which means the Act will become effective 90 days later, July … Continue reading Wild Week for Arizona’s New Immigration Statute
May 10, 2010

Arizona Governor Signs Controversial Immigration Bill into Law

Less than two years after the enactment of the Legal Arizona Workers Act (“LAWA”), Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has signed into law the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (Senate Bill 1070). The Act requires law enforcement officials to attempt to determine the immigration status of any person that they believe to be … Continue reading Arizona Governor Signs Controversial Immigration Bill into Law
May 6, 2010

FY 2011 H-1B Petitions Received in First Week: 13,500FY 2011

On April 9, 2010, USCIS announced that in the first week of accepting cap-subject H-1B filings for FY 2011, only 13,500 petitions had been received against the 65,000 regular cap and only 5,600 against the 20,000 master’s cap. New H-1B visas are generally limited to 65,000 per fiscal year, with an extra 20,000 available to … Continue reading FY 2011 H-1B Petitions Received in First Week: 13,500FY 2011
April 26, 2010

Department of Labor to Increase Enforcement Actions

On April 1, 2010, Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced DOL's "We Can Help" campaign in Chicago, where she told an audience of union leaders and community members that the DOL "will not allow anyone to be denied his or her rightful pay -- especially when so many in our nation are working long, hard and often dangerous hours."
April 8, 2010

Jackson Lewis Delivers Immigration Insights to Forbes Readers

Forbes.com recently explored the pitfalls faced by foreign business visitors attempting to enter the United States on short-term trips. Jackson Lewis' Global Immigration practice group Partners Davis Bae and Sean Hanagan were quoted extensively.
April 7, 2010

A Win for “Extraordinary Ability” Immigrant Visa Applicants

The Extraordinary Ability (EB1) immigrant visa category, as the name suggests, is set aside for immigrants who possess extraordinary ability in their fields. Unlike the case of other visa categories, individuals in this category may submit petitions for themselves. It also avoids the backlogs in other visa categories and is commonly used by artists, entertainers and researchers.
March 24, 2010

Bipartisan Bill Supports Job Creation Through Investment in Innovation

  Start-up companies have always been a driving force in the U.S. economy. They are even more important in a down economy, as innovation drives job creation. While there are visa categories for entrepreneurs who invest their own capital, there is a gap in U.S. visa policy when it comes to entrepreneurs with great ideas … Continue reading Bipartisan Bill Supports Job Creation Through Investment in Innovation
March 11, 2010

H-1B Filings for Fiscal Year 2011 can be Filed April 1, 2010

H-1B filing season is upon us again. The most often used work visa for Professional Workers is the H-1B. The H-1B has a limited availability of approximately 58,000 per year. Despite the economy, these visas still are anticipated to be in high demand and become unavailable by the end of 2010.
March 10, 2010

Legislation to Increase I-9 Penalties Introduced in Congress

New legislation that would expand penalties for employers who knowingly hire unauthorized workers has been introduced in the House of Representatives. The “Criminal Penalties for Unauthorized Employment Act of 2010” (H.R. 4627), introduced by Representative Frank Kratovil (D-Md.), would significantly increase imprisonment terms, criminal fines, and civil fines that can be levied against an employer … Continue reading Legislation to Increase I-9 Penalties Introduced in Congress
March 5, 2010

Major Changes in Landscape of H-1B Visa Usage Results from USCIS Memorandum

The USCIS has mandated sweeping changes in the use of H-1B visas, redefining the employer-employee relationship for third-party worksite placements pursuant to H-1B petitions, among other things. The changes, which have alarmed many employers, came in memorandum from the agency’s Associate Director of Service Center Operations, Donald Neufeld, this past January. Although the “Neufeld Memo” … Continue reading Major Changes in Landscape of H-1B Visa Usage Results from USCIS Memorandum
February 25, 2010

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