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May 01, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Tips for Surviving Wedding Season: Immigration Issues for Couples and Guests

Individuals may qualify for U.S. permanent resident status (a green card) based on their marriage to a U.S. citizen or a U.S. lawful permanent resident.  This article addresses some general considerations for the foreign national bride or groom or for...

April 23, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Immigration Reform Update: Senate Bill (S. 744) Introduced

On April 15, 2013, a comprehensive immigration reform bill (S. 744, the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act") was introduced by Senators Schumer, McCain, Durbin, Graham, Menendez, Rubio, Bennet, and Flake (the “gang of eight”).  The eight hundred...

April 22, 2013
Beata Leja

Update on H-1B Visa Cap: Employers May Be Waiting for News on Their H-1B Petition

Employers who have filed cap-subject H-1Bs during the first week of April 2013 are eagerly awaiting a Receipt Notice from the USCIS, which would definitively confirm that their H-1B petition was counted towards the annual cap and will be adjudicated....

April 17, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Your Income Tax Return Matters

Whether you are a permanent resident, a temporary worker, or undocumented in the U.S., failure to file taxes or filing taxes incorrectly may have serious immigration implications. As such, please remember that the filing deadline for your 2012 taxes was...

April 10, 2013
Beata Leja

Scam Alert! Reports of Individuals Impersonating USCIS Officers & Other Scams That Prey on Immigrants

In recent days, there have been reports of a new scam that targets foreign nationals in the U.S. According to a report received by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), an individual impersonating an officer of the U.S. Citizenship &...

April 08, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Update: USCIS Received 124,000 FY 2014 Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions, Conducted Lottery on April 7, 2013

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it has conducted the computer-generated random selection process (commonly known as the “H-1B lottery”), to select H-1B petitions for processing to meet the caps of 20,000 for the H-1B U.S....

April 05, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

USCIS Announces FY 2014 H-1B Cap Has Been Met; Lottery to be Conducted

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced this afternoon (Friday, April 5, 2013) that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the H-1B numerical limitation of 65,000 (commonly known as the “H-1B cap”) for fiscal...

April 04, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

H-1B Cap Filings Update

On April 1, 2013, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began receiving H-1B petitions filed by employers for fiscal year 2014. USCIS has announced that it anticipates it may meet the numerical quota between April 1, 2013, and...

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