Qualifying H4 Dependents Can Apply for a Work Permit (EAD) Starting May 26, 2015

Earlier today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued the following release : U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident […]

2015 IMMIGRATION FORUM

Topics to be discussed include: Executive Action on Immigration Employment Based Green Card Process I-9 H-1B and L-1 Compliance Q/A Session This program has been pre-approved of 2.5 General recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR […]

2015 Immigration Forum

Save the date! Tuesday, March 10, 2015 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM San Felipe Plaza 5847 San Felipe This program has been submitted for pre-approval of 2.5 General recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. Your colleagues are welcome to participate as well, please feel free to forward […]

Experiences at the Airport and Ports of Entry

Has your foreign national colleague or employee encountered problems with the Customs and Border Protection at the airport or at the port of entry? How do you deal with a rude, unresponsive and intransient officer? The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) has now embraced the philosophy that “complaints are to be viewed as […]

News Update: Emergent Alert

We have just received information from the American Immigration Lawyers Association that the Consular Consolidated Database, the Department of State system for issuing visas, has encountered significant performance issues, including outages since Saturday, July 19. This computer system is the backbone of the consular processing procedures as it approves, records and prints the visas. Because […]

News Update: L-1 USCIS Site Visits

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently acknowledged that its fraud detection and national security division will be making unannounced pre- and post-adjudication site visits at L-1 intracompany transferee petitioners. I believe the expansion of their verification program is a direct result of the Office of Inspector General’s report published in August 2013 listing many […]

News Update: Governmental Agencies Communicating

The Texas Department of Public Safety recently announced The Texas Department of Public Safety recently announced that before they will be issuing a valid driver’s license to a foreign national they will need verification from the USCIS SAVE verification process program of the individual’s legal status in the U.S. A problem has arisen when the […]

News Update: Encountering L Petition Problems

At the request of a number of senators and congressmen, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has reviewed the L intra-company transferee visas… At the request of a number of senators and congressmen, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has reviewed the L intra-company transferee visas issued over the past 10 years and has found […]

News Update: Reported Phone Scam

Reported USCIS Phone Scam The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently announced that they are aware of a telephone scam where applicants and petitioners are being contacted by phone. Apparently, the scammers have obtained a list of petitioners and applicants and have spoofed the caller ID system so it appears that the […]

News Update: Proposed Increase in Fines

Recently, the U.S. Senate voted out of the Judiciary Committee proposed new legislation which will significantly increase penalties upon employers… Recently, the U.S. Senate voted out of the Judiciary Committee proposed new legislation which will significantly increase penalties upon employers for paperwork violations and for knowingly hiring undocumented workers. The civil fine for knowingly hiring […]