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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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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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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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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 1, 2016 – While the end may be in sight for presidential campaigning, immigration reform and border control continue to ignite controversy. It is the gift that keeps on fuelling political rhetoric, striking at the foundation of any progress made to date. During the course of his campaign, Donald Trump virtually single-handedly struck fear into the hearts of millions of immigrants who had just become comfortable enough to come out of the shadows. If nothing else, everyone knows where he stands on immigration reform, and it is not in a good place. While many […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2016 – Immigration enforcement just took a turn for the worse. An officer was recently charged with obtaining sex and/or cash from undocumented immigrants while promising protection and working papers. Deportation has been a hot button for a long time, particularly since Obama’s executive orders relating to immigration seemed to be at odds with what federal deportation officers were doing. Says the Economist: “America is deporting immigrants at nine times the rate of 20 years ago; nearly 2 million so far under Barack Obama, easily outpacing any previous president.” And yet, government figures […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 8, 2016 – The H-1B visa program has been coming under attack lately. Ted Cruz wants a moratorium on H-1B visas by stopping the program in the hopes that the problem will go away. Most frauds in the H-1B visa are likely perpetrated by the computer consulting industry. “Is there fraud in the H-1B program? Yes. But the way to stop it is not through a moratorium,” said well-respected Houston immigration attorney, Annie Banerjee. H-1B is the visa classification given to professional workers to work in US Companies. Big computer consulting companies, the end […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2016 – What was once a faint hope began to possibly take shape when the government said the paper forms used by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services would be digitized and put online. It was a good idea while it lasted. In the process of attempting to implement the good idea, the federal government has shelled out over $1 billion to date to get those records and application forms online. That process started 10 years ago and today there is not much to show for it, with the single exception of one […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) Otober 7, 2015 – Immigration reform has many benefits for the country as a whole, including how it would positively affect worker’s wages. However, there is an argument that unskilled immigrants compete with unskilled American workers for jobs. Either way that argument is worked, the issue remains the same. Without immigration reform and the implementation of significant, substantial changes, no one benefits to any great degree and the country remains at a standstill with millions of undocumented immigrants living in the shadows. “This is, at best, a murky area as many American born workers do […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 1, 2015 – In the latest of moves ostensibly aimed at aiding illegal immigrants, the Obama administration is attempting to make it easier for them to come back to the U.S. after returning to their homeland to apply for a visa. “The administration appears to be attempting to promote family unity, but it seems that move has offended the political conservatives who consider it to be another prime example of lax immigration enforcement,” said well-respected Houston, Texas, immigration attorney, Annie Banerjee. Currently, foreigners have to apply at the U.S. Consulate in their home country, […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 19, 2015 – The 2015 Top Lawyers list, published by H Texas Magazine, recognizes top lawyers in their fields as nominated and voted for by their peers. “It is indeed an honor to be recognized by my immigration colleagues for the second year in a row,” said principal attorney, Annie Banerjee, at the Law Office of Annie Bannerjee, Houston, Texas. In 1996, Annie Banerjee graduated from the South Texas College of Law, ranking the third highest in her class and on a full academic scholarship. She made the Dean’s List and worked as Assistant […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 3, 2015 – Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner stated during his recent visit to Ireland that he is going to make immigration reform a top priority. His remarks, given his previous refusals to bring the topic to a vote, may be construed as placating and conciliatory. “Immigration reform has been a gleam in many a politician’s eye since the first attempt at making it happen,” said well-respected Houston immigration attorney, Annie Banerjee. “Due to the nature of politics, though, not much has happened other than quick patches to appease certain […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 14, 2014 – The annual Top Lawyers list, published by H Texas Magazine, recognizes top lawyers in their fields as nominated and voted for by their peers. “I was delighted to be recognized by my immigration colleagues for work in this field,” said Annie Banerjee, principal attorney at the Law Office of Annie Bannerjee, Houston. H Texas Magazine annually recognizes distinguished, high-achieving lawyers. H Texas Magazine mails nominee ballots to local lawyers, extending an invitation for them to vote. Once nominations are received and verified by editorial staff, pertinent background information is double-checked. In […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 9, 2013 – Big tech companies are still clamoring for Congress to boost the cap on H-1B visas to allow them to hire foreign-born employees. Companies need to address the need for developers, engineers and programmers. But even though the Senate has approved the raising of the cap, smaller companies say they are not able to lure the best H-1B employees, nor can they handle the complex paperwork involved, or have the significant funds needed for the legal expenses that are required. “The complex issues surrounding H-1B have really had a cooling effect on […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 4, 2013 – The U.S. Department of State has issued visa updates to embassies around the world on how the U.S. is managing the immigration of same-sex couples. The guidelines include the missive that, beginning immediately, consular officers are to begin reviewing the visa applications which have been filed by a same-sex spouse the same way they review visa applications filed by an opposite-sex spouse. Same-sex marriages are now considered valid for purposes of immigration. “A same-sex marriage is considered valid for all immigration purposes, even if it is determined that the same-sex couple […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 29, 2013 – The President recently said that his hopes for an immigration overhaul would not be met this summer, but will be finalized before the end of this year, though critics believe that may also be an optimistic deadline. The President, interviewed on television on several Spanish-language TV stations, Telemundo and Univsion, in Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles and New York, stated that he was pushing for legislation which included pathway plans for undocumented resident citizenship; he has met with strong resistance from House GOP lawmakers. There are currently more than 11 million undocumented […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2013 – The Department of Homeland Security Office of Immigration Statistics released a new report based on the 2010 U.S. census, estimating the population of undocumented immigrants in the United States. “While we know how many H-1B visas are available and what the application numbers are each year, it can be far less clear to know how many other types of foreign-born workers are in the U.S. at any given time,” stated Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) works with the American Community Survey (ACS) of the U.S. […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2013 – The U.S. Senate has wrapped up extensive debate on the issues of immigration reform and hammering out Bill S.744. Members of the Senate have announced that they have reached an agreement on Bill S.744, rejecting a number of amendments and adding in stricter border security requirements. “It may be that immigration will always be a hot-button topic for the United States,” stated Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. “And compromise from all political parties is the way the country continues to move forward.” Senators Bob Corker and John Hoeven along with the […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2013 – Business leaders are lobbying for H-1B visa amendments. As the Senate Judiciary Committee was preparing to meet to hammer out immigration reform, a number of business groups came together to submit a plea that they consider changes to H-1B visa program. A lobbying letter, which was signed by the National Association of Manufacturers, the Chamber of Commerce and multiple organizations representing technology urged the Committee approve a significant increase in the number of highly-skilled workers allowed under H-1B. “Proponents of updating the H-1B restrictions are hopeful significant changes can be made […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2013 – While lawmakers are debating amendments to the immigration reform proposal, there are a number of politicians who feel it is an unworkable issue. Republican lawmaker Steve Stockman has stated that he believes “a gang of millions” will push back against the current Senate immigration bill crafted by the “Gang of Eight,” a bipartisan group comprised of eight senators. Stockman believes the immigration deal, as it currently stands, will fail, because people do not support it and it is “fundamentally unfair,” both to current immigration laws and to immigrants who came into […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 7, 2013 – The foreign worker H-1B visa applications are now being accepted, and the cap is expected to be quickly met. On April 1, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting H-1B applications for the fiscal year 2014, which would allow employment in the U.S. as of October 1, 2013. Employers recruiting foreign workers for fiscal year 2013 hit the cap on June 11, 2012. This year, the demand is expected to be even higher. Employers interested in H-1B employees are advised to petition early. “The H-1B quota is expected to […]


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