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|Executive Action on Immigration|
Davis C. Bae, Minnie Fu, Raazia K. Hall, Sean G. Hanagan, David S. Jones; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
February 26, 2015, previously published on December 11, 2014President Barack Obama has announced he will take executive action to expand the population of currently undocumented individuals who will be allowed to remain and work legally in the U.S. The President also announced expansions of employment-based legal immigration. Many details remain to be...
|Immigration Legislation and Changes to Watch for in 2015|
Sujata Ajmera, Davis C. Bae, Minnie Fu, Raazia K. Hall, Sean G. Hanagan; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
February 26, 2015, previously published on January 20, 2015President Barack Obama’s November 20, 2014, announcement regarding executive actions he will be taking on immigration reform has put into motion a number of changes to U.S. immigration law in 2015 that could be important.
|Brazilian Federal Decree No. 8405/2015: Social Security Agreement Between and Belgium|
Carolina M. Bottino, Roberta P. Caneca, Celso Grisi, Eduardo Maccari Telles, Ivan Tauil; Mayer Brown LLP;
February 26, 2015, previously published on February 19, 2015On 02/12/2015, the Brazilian government’s Official Gazette published Federal Decree No. 8405/2015, enacting the Social Security Agreement entered into between Brazil and Belgium.
The Decree creates the possibility to temporarily assign employees to the other Contracting State while...
|Start-Up Visas Lure Entrepreneurs to Spain|
Robert C. Gabrielski; Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. A Professional Corporation;
February 25, 2015, previously published on December 4, 2014If United States business owners start closing up shop and relocating to Spain, don’t be too surprised. In 2013, the country passed a law that granted a visa for foreign entrepreneurs as long as they had a government-vetted business plan, health insurance, and money to support themselves....
|Final Rule Extending Work Authorization to H-4 Dependent Spouses Expected Soon|
Lowell Sachs; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
February 25, 2015, previously published on January 30, 2015In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama made clear that he would veto efforts by the Republican-controlled Congress to undo some of the work that the administration has advanced on a number of pivotal issues. One issue that President Obama referenced by name was immigration....
|Skilled Immigration Reform: Will 2015 Be the Year?|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
February 25, 2015, previously published on January 14, 2015On January 13, 2015 Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chris Coons (D-DE), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013 into the Senate. This bill, known as S. 169 or “I2”, clearly has bipartisan...
|Holiday Update on USCIS Processing Time for I-526, I-829, and I-924 Petitions|
Ali Brodie; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 25, 2015, previously published on December 29, 2014Earlier this month, USCIS released updated processing times for EB-5 related petitions. The following chart provides the average processing times for cases being adjudicated by the Immigrant Investor Program Office (IPO) as of October 31, 2014:
|Beyond U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents: Are Other Classes of Individuals Legally Authorized to Work Protected from Employment Discrimination?|
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
February 25, 2015, previously published on January 15, 2015In a novel case, a New York federal court judge recently denied an employer’s motion to dismiss a Section 1981 alienage discrimination class action lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company violated that Act by implementing a policy of hiring only U.S....
|President Obama’s Executive Immigration Reform: Shining a Spotlight on Reforming Optional Practical Training “OPT”|
Susan J. Cohen, Cassie M. Ramos; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
February 25, 2015, previously published on December 3, 2014As a part of President Obama’s recent announcement regarding his executive action on immigration, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson issued several memoranda to the directors of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement...
|President Obama’s Recent Immigration Polices and EB-5 Impact|
Laura Foote Reiff; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
February 25, 2015, previously published on December 2, 2014President Obama recently announced proposed changes in immigration policies that impact immigration, with many that may specifically influence the EB-5 Program. The purpose of this article is to outline the measures that could impact EB-5.