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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 20, 2017 – The Obama Administration and many members of Congress have long sought comprehensive immigration reform to resolve the status of some 11 million undocumented persons now living in the United States. Whether they have an ally in the White House under the Trump Administration remains an open question. President Trump has sent mixed signals, speaking out against the danger of illegal immigration during his address to a joint session of Congress, but suggesting in a private meeting with television anchors that he would be open to a reform bill that provided a […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) April 4, 2017 – The parents of a 14-month-old toddler filed a wrongful lawsuit against an Austin dentist alleging there was no reason their child needed dental work based on x-rays produced for court. According to the medical examiner, the young child died from complications due to the anesthesia given during her treatment. She was at the dental office to have two cavities filled when she lost consciousness and was rushed to the hospital. She died later that day. The child’s parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit naming the anesthesiologist, the dentist, the dental practice […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 3, 2017 – Immigration enforcement, including deportations, is not a new process. Previous administrations and the current Trump administration had the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) implement immigration laws that help enhance public safety and border security. Interestingly, the issue with deportation, aside from the human rights violations, is not solely the act of removing an illegal individual from the United States the instant they are apprehended. If an illegal immigrant is given a bond hearing but does not make bond because they do not have the funds to do so, the United […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 10, 2017 – Lost in the focus generated by the legal challenges filed against President Trump’s executive order affecting individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries are U.S. employers’ real concerns about filling temporary professional positions for upcoming fiscal year 2018 under the H-1B program, under the new Administration. “U.S. employers are again gearing up to prepare for what is expected to be a large volume of H-1B petitions and file them on or shortly after April 1, 2017,” said Stewart Rabinowitz of the Dallas and Frisco law firm of Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “Employers will […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2017 – On January 27, the President issued an executive order banning admission to the United States from seven Muslim majority countries. In summary, the order suspended all refugee admissions for 120-days and cut the total number of refugees permitted to be admitted down to 50,000 for 2017. The number of refugees that were originally to be accepted was set at 110,000. Another section of the executive order suspended Syrian admissions until the President felt that it was in the national interest to reconsider it and that sufficient changes have been made to […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 1, 2017 – The Employment Eligibility Verification form, referred to as Form I-9, has been revised by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Form I-9 requirements were put in place in 1986 when the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) was passed. The Act bans employers from hiring U.S. citizens and others for work in the United States without verifying their employment authorization and identity. The latest revised version of Form I-9 (dated November 14, 2016) must be in place and was to be in use by January 22, 2017. In the meantime, […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2017 – On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump issued a sweeping executive order limiting refugee admissions for the current fiscal year. The order will ban admission to the United States from Muslim majority countries, in addition to making other changes in an effort to stop foreign terrorists from entering the United States. The executive order suspends all refugee admissions for 120 days and cuts the total refugee numbers which the United State will accept for this fiscal year to 50,000 from its previously set number of 110,000. It further suspends Syrian refugee […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2017 – United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published its final rule modernizing and improving aspects of non-immigrant and immigrant employment visa programs. According to the USCIS regulations have been amended allowing U.S. companies to hire/retain some categories of foreign workers — the beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions — waiting to become legal permanent residents. The new rule went into effect on January 17, 2017. Some of the amendments to regulations include: · Better enabling U.S. companies to hire/retain high-skilled individuals who are beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions. […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2017 – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a long-awaited final rule that will benefit many nonimmigrant foreign employees who are highly skilled, and employment-based immigrant workers, as well as their employers. The rule takes effect January 17, 2017. “After more than a decade, USCIS has finally issued regulations interpreting legislation passed in 2001 which assist both highly skilled immigrants and nonimmigrants in a comprehensive way,” said Stewart Rabinowitz, a Dallas immigration attorney with Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “It is a welcome change basing practice advice to clients on regulations, and […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 22, 2016 – Certain Filipino veterans of World War II, their spouses, and unmarried children under 21 may be eligible to be paroled into the United States and wait for a visa number to become available in recognition of their military service to the United States. Ordinarily, an immigrant visa applicant must have a visa number before being admitted to the United States and wait for such a number abroad. The Filipino World War II Veterans Parole (FWVP) program was announced by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and became effective June 8, 2016. […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 1, 2016 – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency has released a statement of the most recent adjustments on immigration petition fees and benefit applications. According to USCIS the adjustments are now not only final, but executory. Because the adjustments are executory, possible questions arise as to whether or not the stated final changes will indeed be final and what remains before they are executed. “The new fees mean an average increase of 21 percent for most petitions and applications,” explained respected Huston immigration attorney, Annie Banerjee. According to USCIS, the increase […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2016 – An arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) can result in the revocation of a nonimmigrant visa. According to the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) of the Department of State (DOS) made public earlier this year, the DOS may prudentially revoke an otherwise valid nonimmigrant visa when it is notified that the visa holder was arrested or convicted of a DUI or similar offense within the previous five years. The new policy reflects a more aggressive approach to addressing concerns over DUI-related offenses based upon information which DOS receives post visa issuance, […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 2, 2016 – Despite the campaign rhetoric on a wide variety of issues not much has been mentioned in relation to business immigration. Even though immigration has been a hot button in the 2016 presidential campaign, not much has been said by the candidates about business-related immigration. At best, company presidents and HR managers can only guess which way either candidate may lean on the matter. Donald Trump pledges to build a wall on the southern U.S. border and deport the 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the country. Whether the deportation criteria would […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2016 – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a proposed rule that would help international founders of startup companies stay in the United States on a temporary basis. The proposal is intended to address a gap in the options available for foreign entrepreneurs who want to start a business in the U.S. The proposed entrepreneur rule would use the mechanism of “parole” – temporary permission to remain in the United States – the authority for which is provided by the Immigration and Nationality Act. DHS may parole a foreign national into […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2016 – It appears that before he leaves office President Obama may yet create a startup visa for immigrant entrepreneurs wanting to launch a business in the United States. The International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) may be put into place soon. According to the White House, the IER would likely be put in place after a 45-day comment period. Choosing to push a “rule” through works around Congress holding immigration legislation up by stalling it until it dies on the floor. It appears the IER is to be linked to the Immigration and Nationality […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 7, 2016 – Although Trump’s proposal to reduce corporate taxes has been met with some quiet cheering, many large corporations though are alarmed about his stated position on trade and immigration. In fact, 145 tech power brokers wrote that Trump would be “a disaster for innovation.” Presidential candidate Donald Trump affects every voter in the United States on both sides of the ticket, in all parties, on all levels. Voters, potential voters and newly registered voters love him, hate him or are teetering in the middle ground over his policies, approach, rhetoric and inflammatory […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 31, 2016 – A coalition of business organizations is urging Congress to extend the EB-5 Regional Center program. The EB-5 investor visa program allows a foreign national to obtain a green card if he or she invests money in the United States which creates jobs in the United States. An individual must invest $1 million, or $500,000 in certain rural or high-unemployment areas, and create or preserve at least 10 U.S. worker jobs. The foreign national can invest directly in his or her own project or in a government approved Regional Center. A Regional […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 15, 2016 – Unaccompanied Central American children face horrendous travails when crossing the U.S. border. Many of the children who attempt to come to the United States and make it across the border are running for their lives. Running from drug cartels, gangs and various situations that make it highly unsafe for them to continue living in their exceedingly dangerous home countries, often El Salvador, Honduras or Guatemala. Young male and female children are used as mules to distribute illegal products. If they refuse, they may face death threats or be raped. Gangs recruit […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 29, 2016 – H.R. 5203, named the Visa Integrity and Security Act of 2016, seeks to enhance security in processing visas, combat immigration fraud and help identify terrorists, according to U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes who introduced the bill. According to critics, the bill is discriminatory and invasive. The bill targets people from certain countries for enhanced security procedures and requires DNA testing of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who sponsor blood-related family members. “While the bill’s purpose is to make us secure, its overkill provisions, such as mandatory DNA testing for immigrants based on […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2016 – Since 2014, over 3 million new immigrants have settled in the United States. According to a report released by the Center for Immigration Studies, 3.1 million immigrants have moved to the United States since 2014. Over 1.1 million are illegal or undocumented immigrants. The overall figures break out to show that 550,000 such immigrants entered in 2014 and in 2015, a figure much higher than the last recorded immigration surge in 2012 and 2013 during which 350,000 entered each year. Despite suggestion by the media that the greatest flow of immigrants […]


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