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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 11, 2013 – A new online resource center is available for immigrant entrepreneurs. A team at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) tasked with improving access to work visas for immigrant entrepreneurs recently marked a major milestone by launching an online resource center. The resource center, called Entrepreneur Pathways, is a project of the USCIS Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) initiative. Dallas immigration lawyer Stewart Rabinowitz praised the program in a statement, saying “The Entrepreneurs in Residence initiative is a laudable program seeking to build on the creative spirit of foreign nationals who want to […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2013 – An Arizona policy to deny state driver’s licenses to some people is garnering protest. A coalition of civil rights groups filed suit on November 29, 2012 to block an Arizona policy that denies driver’s licenses to certain foreign nationals who are granted Deferred Action status and deemed temporarily eligible to remain and work in the U.S. by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In a statement on the matter, Dallas immigration attorney Stewart Rabinowitz said, “Beyond mean-spiritedness, it is hard to see what Arizona’s interest is in prohibiting issuance […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 24, 2012 – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has begun a pilot program known as Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI). MAVNI allows non-citizens who have certain critical skills to enlist in the U.S. military and apply immediately for U.S. citizenship without the need to first obtain permanent resident status. “MAVNI offers qualified foreign nationals willing to fight for America the ability to gain U.S. citizenship quickly,” Dallas immigration lawyer Stewart Rabinowitz said in a statement. “What a contrast to an otherwise overly complicated, inefficient U.S. immigration system. With MAVNI, certain […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 20, 2012 – There will be a new fee required for green cards as of early next year. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, USCIS, has advised that a new fee for issuance of a green card to new immigrants will go into effect February 1, 2013. The fee is designed to defray the cost of government processing the issuance of green cards to persons issued immigrant visas abroad upon their admission to the U.S. USCIS announced the fee in its final rule published on September 24, 2010. The $165.00 fee is in […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2012 – A smaller number of people than expected have applied for a new program to allow certain undocumented immigrants to live and work in the U.S. Of 1.7 million people who are potentially eligible for the program, only about 120,000, as of October 1, 2012 have applied. The program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), allows undocumented immigrants 30 years of age or younger, who arrived in the U.S. as children, to avoid deportation and receive a Social Security Number (SSN) and work permit. The program does not provide a green card, […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 15, 2012 – The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced changes to its procedures for obtaining Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs). ITINs are used by foreign nationals who do not have a Social Security Number (SSN), but do have a tax filing requirement. The new policy requires original documentation, such as birth certificates and passports, or certified copies from the issuing agency, rather than notarized copies. In addition, applications will not be accepted from certifying acceptance agents, unless they include the original documentation. The IRS said that the changes “strengthen its procedures,” but the […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 27, 2012 – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that it will eliminate the I-94 form, the Arrival-Departure Record issued to foreign nationals admitted to the United States in non-immigrant status. “Conceptually, one less document issued, such as a Form I-94, is one less document to lose, and a benefit to both the agency and to the foreign national nonimmigrant,” said Dallas immigration attorney Stewart Rabinowitz. “But we have created a domino-like chain where a single document, such as Form I-94, has significance to state motor vehicle bureaus, to universities receiving […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 20, 2012 – On August 15, 2012, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting requests for the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program allows for certain undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children to apply for deferment of any removal action for a period of two years. The decisions are made on a case-by-case basis and are a matter of prosecutorial discretion. Dallas immigration attorney Stewart Rabinowitz offered cautious support for the program. “DACA represents a most significant opportunity for undocumented young people: the chance […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 5, 2012 – Legislation that would keep highly-skilled immigrant workers in the United States was passed overwhelmingly by the house last November, but political maneuvering, including a hold placed on the bill by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), has so far prevented it from becoming law. The bill, H.R. 3012, is known as the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act. Although Grassley reached a compromise to remove his hold on the bill, obstacles remain. Stewart Rabinowitz, a Dallas immigration attorney, suggested that H.R. 3012 would be a step forward for U.S. immigration policy. “H.R. 3012 was […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 30, 2012 – A government investigation revealed that a Boston flight school had been training up to 25 undocumented immigrants, even as security officials testified that steps were being taken to ensure that such situations would not occur in the future. “In a national embarrassment, DHS investigators found a Boston-based flight school populated mainly with foreign students who were visa overstays or simply here without authorization,” said Dallas immigration attorney Stewart Rabinowitz. “ICE now claims to have identified systemic vulnerabilities and implemented changes. I certainly hope so.” According to an audit by the Government […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2012 – The Ombudsman’s Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released its 2011 Annual Report. The independent Ombudsman’s Office assists employers and individuals with difficulties such persons encounter in processing cases with USCIS. The Annual Report recommends ways of resolving problems that the agency faces in serving the public. “The concept of an in-house public assistant to help resolve issues that applicants and petitioners – users of the agency’s services – encounter, is a good one,” said Stewart Rabinowitz, a Dallas immigration lawyer. “Like the agency it is a part […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 09, 2012 – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) introduced an electronic filing system in May 2012. The system, called USCIS ELIS, allows applicants to submit forms electronically, although currently the system can only be used for one form, the I-539, which individuals use to extend or change their nonimmigrant status. “The USCIS long-awaited transformation to the use of electronic filing has gotten off to a slow start,” said Stewart Rabinowitz, a Dallas immigration attorney. “So far, the program covers only a single type of filing: to extend or change nonimmigrant status.” Rabinowitz […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2012 – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed several changes to the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form. This is the form which employers use to verify the identity and employment eligibility of workers. The form facilitates compliance with the Immigration and Nationality Act, which prohibits the knowing employment of undocumented workers. The changes proposed include making the form visually clearer, while lengthening it from one page to two pages, and lengthening the instructions from three pages to six pages. Despite doubling the length of the form and instructions, USCIS estimates […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 6, 2012 – In an unprecedented move, in June, 2012, President Obama announced that his Administration would grant deferred action status for qualifying children of the undocumented, permitting them to remain in the U.S. for two years, while being eligible for employment. The action has drawn praise from the Hispanic community and criticism from Republicans who favor Congressional action to address this issue over a short term executive action. It may benefit upwards of 600,000 persons. In announcing the directive, Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano described deferred action status for this group of low risk […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 31, 2012 – The Congressional Research Service has released a report analyzing the progress of the “Dream Act” proposed legislation, intended to address the status of undocumented immigrants who are also students. Multiple versions of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minor (DREAM) Act have been formulated by Congress, all intended to address the obstacles that undocumented immigrants face in pursuing postsecondary education. While undocumented immigrants have access to free public education through high school, such persons cannot participate in federal student loan programs and cannot be granted “in-state” tuition benefits, traced to […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2012 – A recent report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) provides an instructive analysis of the current state of U.S. immigration policy. The report, “U.S. Immigration Policy on Permanent Admissions,” included the principles that guide current policy, potential for reform, and political obstacles that may prevent such reform. It is frank in its assessment that the progress of legal reform is hampered by the contentious nature of the current political debate on immigration, and critics point out that the resulting political gridlock has real consequences for immigrants striving to create their own […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 22, 2012 – A new report on the naturalization of U.S. citizens has been released by the Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS), an agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The report provides details of citizens naturalized in 2011, including the top countries of origin, and the states that the largest number of immigrants choose as their new home. The year 2011 saw 694,193 people become citizens of the United States through naturalization, the process by which foreign-born citizens gain the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship. Mexico provided the largest number of […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 27, 2012 – Two members of a New York organized crime family pleaded guilty in February 2012 to racketeering and conspiracy charges arising out of their involvement in the recruiting of illegal immigrants to work in strip clubs, according to the Department of Homeland Security. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested and charged Alphonse Truccio and Christopher Colon after an investigation in conjunction with the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Truccio was a captain in the Gambino family and Colon was a member of his crew, or a “soldier,” according to ICE. Truccio, […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 2, 2012 – Foreign nationals who reside in the United States without legal status are barred from receiving most federal benefits, yet the popular perception is that undocumented immigrants are receiving public benefits en masse. Other than a small set of emergency programs and services, undocumented immigrants are not eligible for any federal grants, loans, contracts, professional or commercial licenses, retirement or health benefits, public housing, food assistance, unemployment benefits, or any other services paid for by the United States government. “A ‘hot button’ issue in the immigration debate is the perception that foreign […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2012 – The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) recently announced several new proposals to improve U.S. immigration processing for high skilled immigrant workers, each of which do not require Congressional action. These are part of an overall Administration effort to help U.S. companies and to create jobs as the U.S. strives to remain competitive in the worldwide marketplace. It was about one year ago that the Administration began its White House Startup America Initiative to attract and retain immigrants and business investments in the U.S. One proposed reform would allow professors […]


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