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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 18, 2018 – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new mission statement on February 22, 2018 that no longer mentions the provision “services” as part of the mission of the agency. Those seeking services include U.S. Citizens and foreign nationals as petitioners and applicants. The revised statement places emphasis instead on serving “the American people” and ensuring ineligible individuals or those who “would do us harm” are not given immigration benefits. USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna announced the revisions in a letter emailed to agency employees. He claimed that using the […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 9, 2018 – Although the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was set to expire on March 5, DACA recipients, also known as Dreamers, may not be leaving the country just yet. The DACA program has permitted some individuals who came into the United States illegally as minors to apply for a renewable two-year deferred action period protecting them from deportation and allowing them to obtain work permits. In September 2017, President Trump issued an executive order directing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to stop renewing DACA permits, starting March 5, 2018. […]


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Ridgewood, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) March 26, 2015 – Nachman Phulwani Zimovcak Law Group, P.C. (NPZ), received a great honor at the “Companies that Care” Awards Ceremony organized by the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ) and held at “Nanina’s in the Park” in Belleville, New Jersey on the 20th of March 2018. Managing Attorney David H. Nachman accepted the award and was pleased to see many friends and colleagues there supporting this important social-action event. CIANJ is a statewide business advocacy organization which represents more than 900 corporate members from every industry sector. CIANJ asked the business […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2018 – The U.S. Senate failed to pass legislation that would help Dreamers, young immigrants who came to the United States as children. On February 15, 2018, the Senate killed four immigration bills, including a measure backed by President Trump, that would have granted permanent resident status to approximately 1.8 million Dreamers and would have provided funding for a border wall. “President Trump has upped the ante to require that any legislation that he will sign that provides a long term solution for DACA recipients must not only fund a border wall, but […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 19, 2018 – In November 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule meant to modernize and improve regulations relating to employment-based immigration. The final rule’s purpose was to assist U.S. employers to hire and maintain highly skilled workers who are approved employment-based immigrants and are waiting to become permanent residents. The rule also aimed to clarify and improve longstanding Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policies and practices, grace periods and other issues in regard to immigrant business and non-immigrant visas. The rule went into effect on January 17, 2017. […]


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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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