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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2017 – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a long-awaited final rule that will benefit many nonimmigrant foreign employees who are highly skilled, and employment-based immigrant workers, as well as their employers. The rule takes effect January 17, 2017. “After more than a decade, USCIS has finally issued regulations interpreting legislation passed in 2001 which assist both highly skilled immigrants and nonimmigrants in a comprehensive way,” said Stewart Rabinowitz, a Dallas immigration attorney with Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “It is a welcome change basing practice advice to clients on regulations, and […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 22, 2016 – Certain Filipino veterans of World War II, their spouses, and unmarried children under 21 may be eligible to be paroled into the United States and wait for a visa number to become available in recognition of their military service to the United States. Ordinarily, an immigrant visa applicant must have a visa number before being admitted to the United States and wait for such a number abroad. The Filipino World War II Veterans Parole (FWVP) program was announced by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and became effective June 8, 2016. […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 1, 2016 – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency has released a statement of the most recent adjustments on immigration petition fees and benefit applications. According to USCIS the adjustments are now not only final, but executory. Because the adjustments are executory, possible questions arise as to whether or not the stated final changes will indeed be final and what remains before they are executed. “The new fees mean an average increase of 21 percent for most petitions and applications,” explained respected Huston immigration attorney, Annie Banerjee. According to USCIS, the increase […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2016 – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a proposed rule that would help international founders of startup companies stay in the United States on a temporary basis. The proposal is intended to address a gap in the options available for foreign entrepreneurs who want to start a business in the U.S. The proposed entrepreneur rule would use the mechanism of “parole” – temporary permission to remain in the United States – the authority for which is provided by the Immigration and Nationality Act. DHS may parole a foreign national into […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 27, 2016 – Most immigration filing fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would be increased under a rule change proposed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on May 4, 2016. According to DHS, the fee schedule must be adjusted to maintain adequate service and to recover costs. The agency stated that it conducted a comprehensive fee review and determined that current fees do not recover the full cost of services which it provides. Under the proposed rule, USCIS fees would be increased by a weighted average of 21 percent, with […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 6, 2016 – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that all travelers entering the United States from countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program would be required to have an electronic passport, known as an e-Passport. An e-Passport includes an electronic chip that contains the traveler’s biographical information, which DHS said is a security enhancement and protection against identity theft. The new requirement took effect April 1 and affects travelers from 38 countries. “The requirement that Visa Waiver applicants now must use an e-Passport is a reasonable balance to facilitate added protection against […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 21, 2016 – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has launched the Known Employer Pilot Program (KEPP), to evaluate a new process for employers for employers who want to hire certain foreign national workers in employment-based visa categories. The Known Employer Program would require an employer to pre-qualify first by setting up an online profile in a Web-based Known Employer Document Library. The employer would then upload documents to that library. USCIS would evaluate eligibility requirements and once approved, permit an employer to file foreign national eligibility documents without company supporting evidence. The pilot […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 23, 2015 – A proposed new rule would expand work authorization for F-1 foreign students with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degrees. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the proposed rule Oct. 19, 2015. The proposed rule allows eligible foreign students to extend their F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) for 24 months beyond the usual 12-month OPT period, provided certain requirements are met. This is a change from a 2008 rule that had permitted a 17-month extension. “While the proposed regulations extend STEM employment authorization to 24 months yielding a total […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2015 – Beginning May 26, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for employment authorization from qualifying H-4 spouses of H-1B visa holders. An H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa classification that allows a U.S. employer to temporarily employ a foreign worker in a specialty occupation that requires at minimum a bachelor’s degree and specialized knowledge in a field. H-4 visas are issued to immediate family members of an H-1B visa holder. The change in policy means that an H-4 spouse may apply for employment authorization if their H-1B spouse […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 13, 2015 – The Obama administration has upped legal ante in the wake of friction over its revelation on extended work permits. President Obama’s executive action on immigration has been on hold since a federal district ruling in Texas blocked the administration’s immigration measures. On March 12, the White House elevated the legal battle, asking the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans to issue an emergency stay of the judge’s injunction. The March 12 request could potentially counter intense opposition that has accompanied a complex case and a recent series […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 20, 2015 – In plans to block the president’s executive order on immigration, the House passed a bill that died upon arrival in Democratic Senate. In a largely symbolic gesture, the House of Representatives voted on December 4 to try to prevent President Obama’s executive order on immigration from taking effect. The legislation, which passed the Republican-controlled chamber in a 219 to 197 vote, declared null and void the president’s attempt to exempt more than four million immigrants from deportations. The measure was not taken up by the Democrat-led Senate. Tea Party Republicans have […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 17, 2014 – A nominee for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deputy is still being scrutinized for alleged favoritism in his allocation of visas. Alejandro Mayorkas, an Obama-administration nominee for a top post with the DHS, has been under the cloud of a federal investigation for months. But on December 11, 2013, he took an important step forward toward confirmation when Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved his nomination. Mayorkas, the current director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), has been nominated to serve as deputy to […]


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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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