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Predicted Economic Benefits Of Obama’s New Regulation

Setting aside political biases against immigration reform and notwithstanding the politically-motivated temporary hold on President Obama's Immigration Executive Actions, the economic benefits of deferred action (DACA and DAPA) are impossible to ignore.  While economic implications are at the center of the controversies, economists and public policy researchers have been able to make a strong case for the predicted long-term positive impact of both comprehensive immigration reform and the President's executive actions. According to a thorough analysis…

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Immigration Globe

Quota Exemptions To H-1b Visa Cap

Amid the flurry and hype over the regular quota for H-1B petitions, it is important to note that there are certain circumstances in which H-1B petitions are not subject to the annual statutory quota or cap.  "Cap-exempt" means that there is no annual numerical limit, no set filing dates, and no set employment start dates. The cap exempt provision of the H-1B visa program allows certain United States companies and organizations to employ an unlimited number…

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Importance Of Filing H-1b Quickly

I would like to inform clients interested in obtaining an H-1B visa that USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) will begin accepting new H-1B quota-based applications starting on April 1, 2015.  The earliest start work date will be October 1, 2015.  USCIS experts are predicting that they will receive more petitions than the H-1B cap during the first few business days of April, suggesting that a lottery is likely. The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant…

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April Hearing Scheduled For Immigration Executive Action Case

Many of our current and prospective immigration clients, eligible for the extended DACA and new DAPA programs, have been asking about the status of President Obama's Immigration Executive Order.  These new programs to which I am referring are among a series of immigration executive actions initiated by Obama on November 20, 2014 which would essentially spare from deportation as many as 5 million people living in the United States illegally and allow them to obtain employment…

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Last Year Microsoft Tapped Immigrant As New CEO

Last Year Microsoft Tapped Immigrant As New CEO

Last year Microsoft chose as its third Chief Executive Officer (CEO), an immigrant, Satya Nadella, who grew up in Mangalore in India. Before being named, he worked for Microsoft for 22 years after being previously employed by Sun Microsystem. He originally came to the United States to study engineering at Wisconsin University in Madison. He is hardly the first immigrant to lead a major technology company. Andrew Grove, the former head of Intel Corporation, emigrated to…

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USCIS Issues Reminder Concerning DACA Renewals

USCIS Issues Reminder Concerning DACA Renewals

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a reminder to individuals with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) permits that certain forms need to be submitted in order to effectuate renewal or to apply initially.  Back in 2012 the agency commenced the process of issuing DACA permits to so-called “Dreamers” who were brought to this country as children by parents who are undocumented immigrants. The original duration of DACA permits was for a period…

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Senate Democrats Demand Clean Homeland Security Bill

Senate Democrats Demand Clean Homeland Security Bill

It did not take long after President Obama made his announcement in November rolling out his executive order concerning before his political opponents began to threaten to stop it. A few wanted to shut down the government. Others wanted to add conditions to a needed budget deal that would invalidate the President’s order. Eventually the budget did pass but it only funded the department charged with overseeing the immigration order for two months instead of a…

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Newly Licensed Immigrant Drivers

Newly-Licensed Immigrant Drivers in Colorado May Lose Privileges

Over the last few years approximately ten states have begun to issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants residing in those states. Having a driver’s license provides the ability and security for these new licensees to travel to work and maintain their employment so they can provide adequately for their families. But in at least one state, this capacity to drive legally may soon be undermined. Since it started issuing driver’s licenses in August of last year,…

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Injunction to Stop AZ Ban on DACA Recipients Getting Driver’s Licenses Made Perm

United States District Court Judge David G. Campbell made permanent an injunction against the enforcement of Arizona’s ban keeping DACA recipients from qualifying for driver’s licenses.  The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was instituted back in 2012 by the Obama administration to allow certain children brought here through no choice of their own by parents who were undocumented immigrants to receive a temporary deferral from deportation and a work permit for that same duration.   Subsequently,…

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DHS Funding

DHS Funding Bill Intending to Block Obama’s Immigration Measures Fails Part Two

The attempt by members of the Republican majority in both houses of Congress to use the annual budget of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a tool to reverse the immigration measures taken by executive action of President Obama last November may be running out of steam. At first House Republicans floated the idea of shutting down the government in December unless provisions which accomplished such action were not part of an omnibus budget bill…

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