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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 7, 2018 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is planning three potential changes to the H-1B visa lottery system. The planned changes could have significant impact on the way USCIS processes H-1B petitions and result in H-1B petitions for more highly educated beneficiaries winning the H-1B lottery in greater numbers. The three key changes are: a requirement for employers to pre-register prospective H-1B workers, a prioritization of petitions based on compensation and skill, and a switch in the order of the two-part H-1B lottery. The agency has yet to announce a formal proposal […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 27, 2018 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a notice on September 28, 2018, announcing that foreign students previously employed under an F-1 cap-gap extension were no longer authorized to work in the United States as of October 1, 2018. As background, F-1 students who have Optional Practical Training (OPT), and for whom an H-1B employer has filed a FY2019 H-1B petition with an October 1, 2018, start date, and whose H-1B petition won the FY2019 H-1B lottery, and whose OPT expires before October 1, 2018, could continue working until October 1, […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 26, 2018 – For a considerable period of time U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), has been acting against legal immigration by considering President Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” utterance to be policy. Since Trump’s utterance is not considered policy, the decision making process at USCIS has been left up to individual adjudicators and how they choose to adjudicate legal business immigration. As a result, the immigration and visa system is under pressure from the Trump administration. The pressure form the Trump administration is forcing the USCIS office to reinterpret the term “Specialty Occupation” […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 10, 2018 – A group of prominent U.S. business leaders have joined forces to express their concerns regarding the Trump administration’s recent changes to immigration policy and their potentially negative impact on economic growth. The group sent a joint letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on August 23, 2018 denouncing the current treatment of H-1B petitions for highly skilled foreign workers. Sixty CEOs signed the letter addressed to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen highlighting issues that are threatening to harm their company operations and create uncertainty for thousands of highly skilled […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2018 – Under the current administration, most rules regarding immigration visas are changing. One of the areas affected by changes is the STEM optional practical training or STEM OPT. Be aware that the system is being revamped and what may have applied a year ago, may no longer apply. “It would be best to consult with an experienced immigration attorney about STEM OPT extensions,” said respected Houston immigration lawyer, Annie Banerjee. “There are a lot of changes going on, and relying on what you may have done a year ago is not a […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 24, 2018 – In a July 30, 2018, policy memorandum, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the implementation of its June 28, 2018, guidance for the issuance of Notices to Appear (NTA) for removal proceedings is postponed until further notice. “In its June 28, 2018, Policy Guidance on the issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs), USCIS has cast a wide net as to whom it must issue an NTA. An NTA is the first document to place a foreign national in removal proceedings. The new policy will trap those who made innocent errors on their […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 15, 2018 – The Vera Institute of Justice issued a report in June 2018 that said there is no evidence that prosecuting migrants for crossing the United States-Mexico border is an effective deterrent to illegal immigration. “The report challenges the superficial notion that criminal prosecution results in lower apprehensions as if the threat of prison time causes the reduction in the number of illegal entrants,” said Stewart Rabinowitz of the Dallas and Frisco law firm of Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “As the study shows, the predecessor to the Attorney General’s current program of criminally […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2018 – Even though the congressionally-mandated annual non-immigrant visa and the master’s exemption caps have been reached for FY 2019, USCIS continues to accept and process petitions exempt for the cap. Additionally, petitions that were filed for current H-1B employees, previously counted against the cap, but those who still have their cap number, are not to be counted toward the FY2019 H-1B cap. While the immigration system has always been cumbersome, attempts have been made to reform it. Recently, under the Trump administration, USCIS has released new rulings regarding H-1B visas. The current […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 26, 2018 – There have been many modifications made by the Trump administration to practices, regulations and policies in business immigration. Many of the changes are not completely understood yet, as it will take time before the wider ramifications become clear. Some of the initiatives that have been implemented that may affect H-1B visas include: ·US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announces that employment green card applicants are to have in-person interviews starting October 2017. However, according to existing policies, these interviews are usually waived. It is not clear how the existing policies will […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 12, 2018 – The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has proposed new rules under which all visa applicants seeking to enter the United States will be required to submit social media details. The proposal will affect around 14.7 million people who apply for immigrant and nonimmigrant U.S. visas each year. Under the new rules, visa applicants will be asked to provide all the social media handles they have used in the past five years, and to submit the email addresses and phone numbers they have used during that period. The mandatory social media data […]


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San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) July 6, 2018 – Custom Legal Marketing topped a field of over 6,000 entrants to receive a Platinum Hermes Award for design excellence for the new website of McCormack & Erlich, San Francisco employment lawyers. This is the second award Custom Legal Marketing has won for its work on the McCormack & Erlich website, Mcelawfirm.com. Earlier this year, CLM won a Muse Award for inspiring achievement in design and advertising. One highlight of the McCormack & Erlich website is a compelling, interactive presentation of workplace sexual harassment issues. The site walks the fist-time visitor […]


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Wilmington, DE (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2018 – Custom Legal Marketing, an Adviatech company, has opened a strategy center in Wilmington, Delaware, to help attorneys competitively market their firms in an effective and efficient manner. Wilmington, one of the most populous cities in the state, has enormous potential for attorney marketing. As the population continues to increase, competition for legal clients is also bound to get tougher. Custom Legal Marketing’s search engine marketing solutions can help lawyers compete in Wilmington and throughout the State of Delaware. Additionally, Custom Legal Marketing (CLM) offers attorneys a No Competition Guarantee which means […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 15, 2018 – The Trump administration has been vocal on immigration in the United States. With ever changing policies there is much to keep up with in immigration policy. Consider the case of close to 8,600 Vietnamese immigrants now subject to final orders of deportation. A large number of these individuals came to the United States at the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. They became green card holders. Despite the fact that they hold green cards, they may face deportation or detention in the United States indefinitely. Although 7,821 of these immigrants […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 13, 2018 – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a memo on April 17, 2018 announcing the implementation of a pilot program “to facilitate the adjudication and admission process of Canadians traveling to the U.S. as L-1 nonimmigrants” under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The joint six-month pilot program between U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the USCIS California Service Center (CSC) favors advance planning over on-the-spot NAFTA L-1 border adjudications. The program began on April 30, 2018 and is currently in effect only at the Blaine CBP port […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 11, 2018 – The Department of Justice is imposing quotas on immigration judges with the aim of addressing a backlog of more than 650,000 pending immigration cases. The Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) has introduced a new set of metrics that will be directly linked to the immigration judges’ annual performance reviews. “Judges make hard decisions in weighing the merits of each case. Do we want our judges to focus on how little time their decisions took to reach, or on making the right decision in light of the facts and the […]


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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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