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October 11, 2013
Beata Leja

Parole in Place for Spouses of U.S. Citizens Active in the Military

In general, and with some limited exceptions, foreign national spouses of U.S. citizens who are present in the U.S. may only apply for permanent residence or a “green card” within the U.S. (i.e. “adjustment of status”) if he or she...

October 02, 2013
Beata Leja

Immigration Implications of Government Shutdown

As of October 1, 2013, many aspects of the United States government have shut down because Congress cannot agree on a budget for continued spending. This means that as of October 1, 2013, many government offices have closed or remain...

October 02, 2013
Beata Leja

House Democrats Introduce Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill

BREAKING:  On October 2, 2013, House Democrats released their own version of a comprehensive immigration reform bill. Democrats Nancy Pelosi, Xavier Becerra, Ruben Hinojosa, Joe Garcia, Joe Crowley, Judy Chu, and others presented the legislation. The text of the bill...

September 26, 2013
Beata Leja

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
Beata Leja

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
Beata Leja

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
Beata Leja

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
Beata Leja

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....

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