Immigration Law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 15

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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 16, 2011 – It is hard to figure out what the government is doing about immigration reform. They ease deportation policy only to proudly announce they have deported over 1 million illegal immigrants. “The state of immigration reform these days is truly a conundrum,” said Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with Miami immigration lawyers and Orlando immigration lawyers. As of September 12, 2011, the Obama Administration had deported roughly 1.06 million in just 2.5 years, putting him in a good position to deport more than President […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 3, 2011 – NASDAQ CEO Robert Griefeld testified before the U.S. Senate this summer about how bureaucratic red tape prevents many of tomorrow’s entrepreneurs from starting their companies in the United States. “Many of Texas’ technology companies need the talent that too often leaves the country after graduation,” said Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. Griefeld told the Judiciary Committee that Congress’ failure to reform the legal immigration laws is hurting the American economy at a time when the country can least afford it. Thousands of doctoral and masters students graduate and leave the country […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 28, 2011 – Entities that are seeking approval as Regional Centers under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Pilot Program can communicate directly with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) adjudicators to address issues and answer questions as part of the application process, USCIS recently announced. This is the first of a series of USCIS improvements to its EB-5 processing. The goal is part of USCIS’ plan to expedite the EB-5 process to spur new jobs and investments by foreign nationals who want to invest in Regional Center projects. As background, the EB-5 program permits […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 20, 2011 – If the USA ever gets immigration reform passed, E-Verify would need to be a part of that package. “It’s an open secret that about one in every 20 employees in the U.S. labor force is an illegal alien,” explained Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with Miami immigration lawyers and Orlando immigration lawyers. “This figure may be even higher in the construction and agricultural industries. If theory works well in practice, and it sometimes does not, E-Verify would accurately identify the vast majority of […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 19, 2011 – Immigrants are frequently worried about deportation, no matter whether they are legally in the U.S. or not. According to a recent Pew Research Center study, more than 70 percent worry about themselves, family members or friends getting kicked out the United States. The best way to make sure that an individual or family’s legal status is upheld is to get a qualified Houston immigration attorney to proactively file for the appropriate visa and green cards and renew them in a timely manner. “There are many steps to make sure you maintain […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 17, 2011 – An Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation has resulted in a five count indictment of current and former managers of a Houston restaurant chain. Begun as an audit of Houston’s Mambo Seafood restaurants’ I-9 Employment Eligibility documentation, the ICE investigation lead to the detention of 33 undocumented workers and the seizure of numerous corporate documents in 2009. The indictments handed down in June 2011 allege a conspiracy to encourage and induce aliens to reside illegally in the U.S. and to harbor aliens. To bolster its investigation, ICE obtained the cooperation of a […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 4, 2011 – The Texas legislature has introduced proposals to restrict access to education for grade school and university education, but so far none of them have passed. It has been quite a contentious year of immigration reform proposals, but tuition equity laws still remain in place in the state. “There are many benefits to making schooling accessible to citizens and immigrants,” said Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. “Better education makes for a better society and individuals who can contribute to the economy and culture in numerous ways.” The National Immigration Law Center says […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 3, 2011 – Further confusion as to what is happening with immigration reform is hovering on the horizon. Some important changes are even being done very quietly. “If you weren’t looking for this particular news item, or expecting it to happen, you would have missed it,” said Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with Miami immigration lawyers and Orlando immigration lawyers. “Did you realize that the Department of Homeland Security just reversed its stance and said states could not opt out of their highly controversial immigration enforcement […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2011 – In August 2011 the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) abruptly terminated its Memorandum of Agreement with participating states, deciding that an agreement is not necessary to allow the Secure Communities Program to start or to operate in any jurisdiction. ICE determined that when state or local authorities voluntarily submit fingerprint information to the federal authorities after booking a person for a crime, no agreement is legally needed to share it with another government entity. “In a telling reversal, and rather than addressing state and local complaints regarding the Secure Communities […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 22, 2011 – When an alien is arrested without a warrant, immigration officers are not required to advise the person arrested of the right to counsel or the right to remain silent. So holds the Board of Immigration Appeals in Matter of E-R-M-F & A-R-M decided in August 2011. Only after ICE files its Notice to Appear (“NTA”) with the Immigration Court do the customary advisories of the right to remain silent and right to counsel come into play. But an arrest without warrant under this decision leaves statements made in a subsequent interrogation […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 20, 2011 – The Department of Homeland Security’s enhanced worksite enforcement efforts and its electronic I-9 regulations have raised several issues since their inception, but a new lawsuit raises questions about employers’ private data. “Now more than ever, employers considering a software vendor for paperless I-9 and E-Verify processing must perform their due diligence,” said Stewart Rabinowitz, a Dallas immigration attorney with the firm Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz. LexisNexis Screening Solutions, Inc., a background check company, struck a five year deal with USVerify, Inc. in June 2006, where USVerify would provide electronic I-9 and E-Verify […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 14, 2011 – The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (HHCC) recently held their 2011 Immigration Summit Luncheon & Business Expo to show how immigration reform affects area businesses and people. The HHCC has more than 4,000 members that cover every facet of industry – from big business to manufacturing, energy production and construction, to retail and service jobs, and cutting-edge technology and health care businesses. Members discussed and debated the latest immigration policies, including the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, and how they are impacting Houston’s families and economies. The HHCC is the largest Hispanic […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 13, 2011 – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) has released information about its upcoming electronic, account-based system that foreign nationals will use to apply for U.S. immigration benefits. The first release of the new system will occur in December 2011 for those applicants filing standalone applications to extend or change their nonimmigration status. Applicants include those filing to extend, change or reinstate their nonimmigrant B, F, J, or M visa classification. USCIS advises that the program will initially be voluntary, so applicants will be able to choose the existing paper-based system, or […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 1, 2011 – Inner-city neighborhoods and rural areas will benefit with the renewal of the H-1C nurses program. The H-1C temporary visa program attracts foreign nurses to live in the U.S. in exchange for a visa that allows them to live here for three years. The program addresses health care shortages in areas where high-quality nurses are greatly needed. “This program is much needed in areas where employers find it hard to attract nursing talent,” said Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. “The hospital or facility can look outside the U.S. to petition on behalf […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 30, 2011 – It looks like E-Verify is in like Flynn. This could be a good sign for other states. “Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a 2007 Arizona law mandating that all employers in the state use E-Verify for screening illegal aliens and yanking business licenses from firms that hire them anyway. The core of the decision was that the law doesn’t improperly infringe on the federal domain, largely because the Immigration Reform and Control Act has a clause that ‘explicitly’ allows states to use licensing provisions to punish employers,” explained Larry S. […]


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