» Immigration Law

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 […]


Continue reading full article »

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 […]


Continue reading full article »

Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 13, 2012 – The Secure Communities program was supposed to deport immigrants with serious criminal convictions. It seems that is not happening the way it is supposed to happen. “Typically, when the government institutes a program, you can virtually count on something not being quite right with it largely because they didn’t take the time to consider all the possibilities. Such is the case with the Secure Communities program, which was once lauded for finding immigrants with major criminal convictions and shipping them back home. While that ‘sounds’ good, the program has actually targeted […]


Continue reading full article »

Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 10, 2012 – U.S. State Department data shows that it was a tough year to transfer an employee from India to the United States in 2011. L-1 visas were especially tough to obtain at U.S. posts in India during fiscal year 2011 as 28 percent fewer applications were accepted than were in FY 2010, according to the National Foundation for American Policy. The numbers dropped from 35,896 to 25,898. Meanwhile, the number of L-1 visas granted in the rest of the world went up by about 15 percent. “The denial rates at some of […]


Continue reading full article »

Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 8, 2012 – If political candidates stuck to what they actually believed in, they would likely not get elected. The campaign trail is littered with political flip flops. “It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that a politician will change what they say depending on who they want to vote for them,” said Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with Miami immigration lawyers and Orlando immigration lawyers. “However, it would be nice if they stopped thinking the American public is dimwitted enough to ‘not’ remember […]


Continue reading full article »

Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 1, 2012 – A recent study shows U.S. employment is boosted both by immigrants with advanced degrees and less-skilled workers despite regular claims that immigrants steal American jobs. Researchers found that for every 100 foreign-born workers with an advanced degree from an American university, another 262 jobs were created for U.S. workers. “The data from this research clearly shows that Washington needs to step up and develop legal immigration policies that will boost this country’s economy,” said Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. “I believe in the economic potential of targeted legal immigration reform.” Researchers […]


Continue reading full article »

Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2012 – What the President says versus what he does or does not do is really the 2012 campaign issue. Immigration reform is a part of his marketing and election campaign. “With an election looming, Obama will want to try and get the Hispanic vote on his side. That is going to be a tough when you consider his approach to deportation has caused 5,000 U.S. born kids to be placed in foster homes. Who in their right mind would think those left behind would vote for him and his policies?” asked Larry […]


Continue reading full article »

Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2012 – A bill that could ease restrictions on skilled immigrants trying to work at technology companies in the United States cleared its first hurdle in late November, by a U.S. House vote of 389 to 15. The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2011 strives to change existing law that says skilled workers from any particular country can claim only seven percent of the 140,000 work visas given out each year. By removing the percentage that caps visas per country, lawmakers hope to attract more technology workers to American firms and more […]


Continue reading full article »

Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2012 – As part of its Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) initiative, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is recruiting business experts for a new tactical team to help the organization improve its immigrant entrepreneur policies and practices. President Obama wants to make it easier to start a U.S. company and attract world-class leaders to grow their businesses here, and sees immigrant entrepreneurs as a means to stimulating economic growth and creativity. “It’s a novel challenge – getting government to create policies without a law change – that actually help business through attracting foreign […]


Continue reading full article »

Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 18, 2012 – Immigrants with criminal records seem to make a habit of coming back to the U.S. While it may not happen often, it happens enough to be a concern. “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out there is nothing in place to improve the immigration system, and despite all the promises since Obama was elected, nothing has been done. Period. Will it happen? Who knows? And, in the meantime, there is the issue of illegal immigrants with criminal records making repeat appearances in the U.S. – enough so that they […]


Continue reading full article »

Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 10, 2012 – An Alabama law designed to cut down on illegal immigration has caught two foreign car manufacturing employees under a provision that permits law enforcement to verify the status of anyone at traffic stops. The state has been working for decades to build a reputation as hub of auto manufacturing. Critics of the state’s new strict rules say the car company executives are an unexpected example of how the law hurts the state’s business reputation. A German Mercedes Benz executive was arrested in November when he did not have proper immigration status […]


Continue reading full article »

Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 6, 2012 – A recent study of the role immigration plays in the American job market revealed that incremental changes to the country’s immigration policy could have a profound impact on the economy through U.S. job growth and innovation. The study, prepared by Agnes Scott College economics professor Madeline Zavodny, did a state-by-state comparison looking at where immigrants are and what their impact is on the number of jobs held by U.S. natives. Researchers found that immigrants with advanced degrees from U.S. universities have a large positive impact on the number of jobs for […]


Continue reading full article »

Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2012 – At one time states and municipalities could opt out of this program. Suddenly, it became mandatory, though, and the backlash started hitting the fan. “States that opted out of the Secure Communities program are getting whiplash watching the political shenanigans over this program,” remarked Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with Miami immigration lawyers and Orlando immigration lawyers. “On one hand, the government said states and municipalities could ‘opt out.’ Then in October 2011, the Department of Homeland Security changed its tune, and said […]


Continue reading full article »

Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 23, 2011 – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service’s move to streamline its form processing for citizenship and naturalization forms is earning praise from some who regularly work with the forms. Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee said any move that creates more consistency and reliability in the application process is a good one. “The application process for immigrants to this country has been clogged up with red tape and confusing requirements for too long,” Banerjee said. “The lockbox facilities for processing the paperwork and fees should be a great help.” This fall, USCIS began […]


Continue reading full article »

Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 21, 2011 – Despite what the White House says about immigration reform, it continues to be a flash point in many states. However, there seems to be a tempering of hard line opinions. “It’s not exactly a well-kept secret that more and more states are reversing, or attempting to soften their hard line approach to taking immigration reform into their own hands,” remarked Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with Miami immigration lawyers and Orlando immigration lawyers. “It’s a smart move, as what they were doing was […]


Continue reading full article »

Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 8, 2011 – The U.S. Consulate General in India recently centralized its blanket L category visa processing center in Chennai on the country’s southwestern coast. Blanket L visas are given to executives, specialized professionals or managers who are transferring within a company, according to a release from the Consulate General. Now, companies in India will have to send all of their Blanket L applicants to Chennai for interviews. “Blanket L visas in India can now only be processed in Chennai,” said Houston immigration lawyer Annie Banerjee. “Since Chennai has the honor of being the […]


Continue reading full article »

Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 2, 2011 – A new United States Citizenship and Immigration Service program places entrepreneurs and industry experts together with key USCIS personnel and in a position to help shape American immigration policy regarding immigrant investors, entrepreneurs, and skilled foreign workers within the framework of current immigrant law. USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced the “Entrepreneurs in Residence” Initiative in October 2011 at the White House Jobs Council’s High Growth Entrepreneurship Listening and Action Session in Pittsburgh. According to Director Mayorkas, the initiative will provide opportunities for USCIS to gain much needed insight in areas important […]


Continue reading full article »

Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 29, 2011 – Even though policy reform was announced more than two years ago by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), not much has happened in detention facilities. “Just about two years ago, there was an announcement that made people sit up and take notice; plans for some serious revamping of ICE’s detention system was in the pipeline to make penitentiaries more like civil detention centers. That made sense given that most of those in the cells were classified as administrative immigration detainees,” remarked Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration […]


Continue reading full article »

Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2011 – A recent White House Jobs Council Interim Report issued in October, 2011 calls for more skilled immigrants as a key component to economic recovery in the United States. Citing Google, Intel, Yahoo! and Home Depot as successful American companies started by immigrants that employ hundreds of thousands of U.S. workers, the report queried whether the next great companies will be started by entrepreneurial talent that came to America to study but found a more welcoming business environment in China or South Korea, places that compete with the U.S. It reasoned that […]


Continue reading full article »

Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2011 – Four Texas communities will be served by stronger citizenship preparation initiatives thanks in part to grants through the Department of Defense. Organizations in Pearland, Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin secured funds as part of the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The Adult Reading Center in Pearland, a suburb of Houston, and the Austin Learning Academy’s Family Learning Center both landed grants to aid English language instruction and civics lessons to help immigrants in the naturalization process. Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee said the grants […]


Continue reading full article »