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September 26, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Opens on October 1, 2013

On Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at noon (EDT), the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, also known as the “Green Card Lottery” or “Diversity Visa Lottery” will begin accepting entries from qualified individuals seeking to become lawful permanent residents of the U.S....

September 16, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

USCIS Begins Customer Identity Verification for Field Office Interviews

On Monday September 9, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) field offices began using a new verification tool, Customer Identity Verification (CIV). This process was originally to be launched in May 2013, but was delayed due to technical difficulties....

September 12, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

USCIS Approves 10,000 U Visas for Fiscal Year 2013; Fourth Straight Year

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) recently announced it has approved 10,000 U visas in fiscal year 2013—the fourth straight year in which the U visa cap has been reached. U visas, which are processed on Form I-918, are special...

September 05, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

I-9 FAQ Series: What if I never completed a Form I-9 for my employee(s)?

One of the basic requirements during the hiring process is for an employer to complete the Form I-9 for all new employees to ensure that they are authorized to work in the U.S. While the process for completing the Form...

August 28, 2013
Stephen Tarnoff

Temporary Work in the U.S. Under a B-1 Visa

Employers should be aware that in certain limited circumstances, foreign nationals employed abroad can enter the U.S. as business visitors (with visas known as B-1 visas) and perform productive work that normally requires a work visa, such as an H-1B....

August 20, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Scam Alert! Reports of individuals impersonating USCIS Officers over the phone and demanding payment

An increasing number of immigrants are receiving scam phone calls from individuals claiming to be part of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In many of these cases, the callers appear legitimate because the telephone number they are calling from...

Possible Issues for Same-Sex Couples at Airports & Ports of Entry to U.S.

To date, no guidance from Customs & Border Protection (CBP) about DOMA decision's effect on protocol As has been widely reported, on June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)...

August 13, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan

Recent Trends in I-601A Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Applications

The I-601A, Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver, allows certain eligible individuals to apply for a waiver in the United States prior to departing for an immigrant visa interview at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad. This differs from a...

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