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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 16, 2018 – On January 25, 2018, the White House issued its framework on immigration reform with provisions to build a massive border wall, provide legal status for DACA beneficiaries, and also make major changes to U.S. family based immigration eligibility and eliminate the diversity lottery program. The outline focuses on deterring illegal immigration through the creation of a $25 billion trust fund for a southern border wall and other border improvements, and increased spending on the enforcement side, including funding additional DHS personnel, ICE attorneys and immigration judges. Sandwiched between the border wall […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 12, 2018 – The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) affects 38 countries whose citizens travel without visas to the United States. The VWP permits citizens of mainly European countries to travel to the United States for up to 90-days. This includes Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Germany, South Korea and the United Kingdom. Citizens must obtain a travel authorization to enter the United States. As of December 2017, there are three new rules in place affecting the level of scrutiny VWP countries now receive. The new rules, introduced by the current administration for security reasons, state that: […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 10, 2018 – Expanded immigration enforcement at courthouses, set in motion by the Trump administration, has had a chilling effect on noncitizens seeking access to justice, according to a report published by The Fund for Modern Courts. The report, published December 5, 2017, details the impact of arrests carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in state courthouses in New York. ICE has begun targeting state courthouses as locations for enforcement actions, leading to an increase in the arrest rate and a significant impact on noncitizens seeking justice, the report says. “While […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 5, 2018 – In order to check to see who is required to register with Selective Service and what exceptions there are it is best to read the information available on the official Selective Service System website at: https://www.sss.gov/Portals/0/PDFs/WhoMustRegisterChart.pdf “What you need to know is that the Selective Service is not the same thing as signing up with the U.S. Armed Services, as Selective Service is not considered to be a part of the Department of Defense (DoD),” said Houston immigration attorney, Annie Banerjee. Selective Service is an autonomous branch of the U.S. government […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2017 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an update to a policy guidance in late October, 2017, which rescinded a 2004 USCIS policy that directed adjudicators to defer to prior determinations of eligibility when processing petition extensions for certain nonimmigrant visa categories. USCIS has instructed its adjudicating officers to use the same scrutiny in extension petitions as it now uses in deciding initial petitions. “Taken together with the president’s April 18, 2017 ‘Buy American, Hire American’ Executive Order, USCIS has given its adjudicators a green light to find reasons to object […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 12, 2017 – The current administration has demonstrated that immigration is one of its central concerns. With plans to build a border wall, executive orders and policies an uncertain future is forming for immigration. Now, a new policy outlines what information the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) department can collect. On September 18, 2017 the Federal Register released a notice, which sparked bewilderment. The notice dealt with what information the government may keep if someone applies for any immigration benefits. It is important to understand that anyone may apply for a benefit and when […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 5, 2017 – Under the Trump administration, immigration legislation changes often. It is best to reach out and connect with an experienced immigration attorney with questions or concerns about work permits or applications in progress. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program gave undocumented immigrants the opportunity to get educated, live and work legally in the United States without fearing deportation. The latest information that affects those under the auspices of the DACA program is that if a work permit is set to expire March 5, 2018, it may be extended another 2-years, […]


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Charlotte, NC (Law Firm Newswire) November 28, 2017 – In conjunction with its 20th anniversary, Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm is excited to announce the launch of a new Charitable Fund (Fund) to promote social justice and to celebrate cultural diversity. This philanthropic initiative marks an innovative step forward in the firm’s long tradition of humanitarian giving. Over the past 20 years, the firm has developed a significant philanthropic outreach platform, contributing to an extensive variety of regional nonprofits including Safe Alliance, Hospitality House, Loaves & Fishes, Crisis Assistance Ministry, Classroom Central, and many others. By setting aside a portion of […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 17, 2017 – The Trump administration released a statement of immigration principles that includes “performance metrics” for judges in immigration cases. As part of a list of immigration policies which the president wants to implement, the administration said it would push to reduce the backlog of pending immigration court cases, including the hiring of 370 additional immigration judges and 1,000 additional U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attorneys, along with support personnel. But the President’s plan would also establish “performance metrics” for judges in immigration cases. The Justice Department, which runs immigration courts through […]


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Charlotte, NC (Law Firm Newswire) October 26, 2017 – Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm, the largest business immigration law firm in Charlotte and one of the largest in the Southeast, marks its 20th anniversary in October. The Firm represents businesses and individuals worldwide, including Fortune 100 companies and other large, mid-sized and small companies in the U.S. and in most countries throughout the world. Managing Partner Steven H. (“Steve”) Garfinkel founded the Firm in 1997. The Firm grew over the years in parallel with Charlotte’s (and the Carolinas’) expansion and development as an international business hub. Garfinkel Immigration provides expert legal […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 10, 2017 – Just recently, Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and David Perdue (R-Georgia), standing alongside President Donald J. Trump, indicated there may possibly be new legislation in the making, the RAISE Act. The Act’s intention is to set limits on legal immigration and use a system that rates skills and merit and not family ties. According to Trump, speaking about the Bill’s possibilities, it could be “the most significant reform to our immigration system in half a century.” The RAISE Act is not likely to positively affect the U.S. economy. What it would likely do […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 6, 2017 – President Trump has taken action to change the H-1B program, which allows U.S. employers to petition for highly skilled foreign workers to work in specialty occupations. The President issued a “Buy American and Hire American” executive order on April 18, 2017, directing the Attorney General and the Secretaries of Labor, State and Homeland Security to make suggestions for changes to the H-1B program that would ensure that H-1B visas go to the most highly paid and highly skilled foreign workers. The stated goal of the “Hire American” portion of the order […]


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Charlotte, NC (Law Firm Newswire) September 11, 2017 – Garfinkel Immigration Law Firm is pleased to welcome Kyle Knapp as a new Partner in the Firm. Kyle joins Steven H. Garfinkel, Meredith W. Barnette, and Hannah F. Little as partners at one of the largest business immigration law firms in the Southeastern U.S. Kyle graduated from The Ohio State University (summa cum laude) and Capital University Law School (magna cum laude). He has practiced immigration law since 1998, first with a large firm in Columbus and then with a boutique firm in Chicago. He represents employers with immigration compliance issues […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 11, 2017 – California’s Attorney General X. Becerra and 19 other states’ attorneys general wrote to President Trump asking him to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects almost 800,000 young immigrants from deportation. The attorneys general urged Trump to keep the program, and offered to help him defend it in court. In their letter to the president, the state officials urged him to ignore a request from Texas and nine other states asking for DACA to be rescinded. The program protects “Dreamers” — people who came to the United […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 1, 2017 – On July 20, 2017, a bipartisan bill to extend the Dream Act was introduced in the Senate. This bill outlines new path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. The current administration is unlikely to support this legislation. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) introduced the bill and are asking the White House to endorse it. While many politicians support making Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program benefits permanent, and have supported previous changes as far back as 2001, any […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2017 – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced new policies to implement executive orders from President Trump on immigration enforcement. A February 21, 2017 memorandum states that Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers will take enforcement action against any removable aliens they come into contact with while executing their normal responsibilities. In adhering to the executive orders, no categories of removable aliens will be exempt from enforcement. In addition, the ICE policy calls for prioritizing the removal of aliens who have been involved in criminal or fraudulent activity. The logistics of […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 10, 2017 – In May 2017, Texas passed Senate Bill 4 (SB4), banning sanctuary cities and prohibiting elected officials from refusing to comply with the ban. The law does not come into effect until September 1, 2017. Senate Bill 4 (SB4) penalizes law enforcement officials, such as constables, sheriffs, police chiefs and other local leaders that do not co-operate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) authorities or ban rank-and-file officers from asking about immigration status. Those in law enforcement have concerns that the bill forces them to focus on immigration violations rather than […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2017 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a list of 116 EB-5 Regional Centers that have had their participation in the Immigrant Investor Program terminated. As of June 5, 2017, there were 859 Regional Centers approved by USCIS. The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program provides a path to permanent residence for certain eligible immigrant investors. To be eligible, immigrant investors must invest $1 million or more in a U.S. business that will eventually employ 10 or more American workers, directly or indirectly. The investment threshold is lowered to $500,000 if the […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 3, 2017 – United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting H1B applications for the 2018 fiscal year beginning April 3, 2017 and ending April 7, 2017. The H1B cap was reached April 7, 2017. On April 11 a computer generated program selected the designated number of petitions to reach the cap. Also on April 3, 2017 announcements were made by USCIS relating to new measures to prevent and report H1B fraud. It is anticipated that the H1B program may become tougher with higher wages and implement quota limits, but nothing has been […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2017 – On May 25, 2017, the Justice Department announced the official filing of federal lawsuits in its controversial pursuit to fight fraud related to the B-5 immigrant visa program. Across the U.S. multiple government investigations are being conducted into potential fraudulent activity associated with purchasing real estate by foreign nationals. The lawsuits allege that in schemes aimed at obtaining “Green Cards” millions of dollars have been collected from foreign investors and later either returned back to them or stolen from them, instead of investing the money in the U.S. economy. These […]


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