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Trump Finally Admits ‘U.S. Needs Immigrants’

While President Trump’s administration seems to be doing damage control with Honduran refugees seeking asylum in the United States, and also trying to get a border wall built, did he have some kind of epiphany about the practicality of accepting certain immigrants? It appears the answer to that question is an unequivocal, YES! President Trump’s [...]

Trump Finally Admits ‘U.S. Needs Immigrants’2018-09-05T17:56:14+00:00

Employers Must Start Using Revised I-9 Form

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) department recently released a revised “Employment Eligibility Verification” version of Form I-9. The newly revised I-9 form (dated 11/14/2016) must be used beginning Jan. 22, 2017, whereas employers can continue using the older version I-9 form dated 03/08/2013 until then. So, What Changes are Coming to Form I-9? [...]

Employers Must Start Using Revised I-9 Form2018-01-30T18:53:26+00:00

SHUT OUT OF THE H-1B “LOTTERY?”

The USCIS’ H-1B lottery had almost as many losers this year as it did winners. In addition to the thousands of individual H-1B workers who failed to make the cut, hundreds of thousands of worker throughout the US will have the bear the brunt of their employers’ inability to meet staffing needs due to USCIS’ [...]

SHUT OUT OF THE H-1B “LOTTERY?”2019-08-20T17:58:13+00:00

Senator Proposes New Permanent Visa Quotas for Graduates of U.S. Schools

An immigration lawyer can explain a range of employment-based visas, including H-1B work visas and L-1 work visas for executives who need to work in the U.S. As controversial as many immigration issues have become in the U.S., most politicians and economists recognize the economic benefits of granting permanent residency to skilled [...]

Senator Proposes New Permanent Visa Quotas for Graduates of U.S. Schools2019-08-20T18:10:18+00:00

Optional Practical Training Now Available For 29 Months

To meet the needs of the technology sector, the USCIS announced a new policy allowing extensions of Optional Practical Training (OPT) for up to 29 months. In an effort to meet the manpower needs of the technology sector, the USCIS announced on April 4, 2008, a new policy allowing extensions of Optional [...]

Optional Practical Training Now Available For 29 Months2019-08-20T18:10:44+00:00

H-1Bs in the 21st Century: FAQs

The following addresses some of the most frequently asked questions ("FAQs") about the new rules for H-1B visas. In keeping with the recent trend to repeal, addend and amend the United States immigration laws, the "American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act" ("AC-21") passed last year has completely revamped the provisions relating [...]

H-1Bs in the 21st Century: FAQs2019-08-20T18:53:11+00:00

DOL Prefers RIR Labor Certification

The DOL's RIR strategy, if successful, will substantially decrease the processing time for labor certification cases. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced some rather encouraging changes last month that may affect thousands of California's immigrants. The DOL has been under much criticism in recent years, due to extreme delays in processing [...]

DOL Prefers RIR Labor Certification2019-08-20T18:52:41+00:00

Clinton Signs H-1B Bills into Law

Pres. Clinton signed S. 2045 and H.R. 5362 into law in October 2000, raising the H-1B cap to 195,000 and raising the INS filing fee by $500. In what might have been his last opportunity to pass important immigration legislation, President Clinton signed S. 2045 and H.R. 5362 into law on Tuesday, [...]

Clinton Signs H-1B Bills into Law2019-08-20T18:56:24+00:00

Revisions to immigration may raise number of H-1B visas

Even in today’s economy there are companies in Los Angeles who cannot fill certain positions. These are often positions that can only be filled by highly skilled workers in specialized fields. It is not that these workers do not exist; the problem is that many of them are not U.S. citizens and are unable to [...]

Revisions to immigration may raise number of H-1B visas2019-08-20T19:39:50+00:00

Immigration bill calls for merit-based visa program

It can be argued that in the past, a person who wished to immigrate to the United States and live in the Los Angeles area might have had an easier chance of doing so if they had family living in the country compared to someone who had no family in the U.S., but who was [...]

Immigration bill calls for merit-based visa program2019-08-20T19:40:29+00:00