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HTMLCBSA Proposes Amendments to NEXUS and Other Trusted Traveler Programs
Henry J. Chang; Blaney McMurtry LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 24, 2016, previously published on August 2016
The Canada Border Services Agency (“CBSA”) recently announced that it was proposing changes to its Trusted Traveller Programs (“TTPs”), which include CANPASS, Free and Secure Trade (“FAST”), and NEXUS. In furtherance of this proposal, CBSA intends to amend the...

 

HTMLDOJ Hikes Fines for Immigration Related Violations
Maria del Carmen Ramos; Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
August 18, 2016, previously published on August 9, 2016
Despite the numerous Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headlines, the last two years have brought a significant decrease in workplace audits: 3.127 audits in 2013 to 435 audits in 2015. Similarly, the fines during this time have dropped from $9.5 million in 2013 to $4.62 million in 2015. To...

 

HTMLDenaturalization
The Law Offices of Grinberg Segal PLLC;
Legal Alert/Article
August 17, 2016, previously published by http://myattorneyusa.com/ on July, 19, 2016
However, citizenship should only be taken away where there is clear, unequivocal and convincing evidence that leaves the issue of illegality free of doubt. Fedorenko v. Us., 449 U.S. 490, 505--06 (J 981). Moreover, a naturalized USC cannot lose citizenship except through a final determination...

 

Adobe PDFHigher Immigration Penalties for I-9 and Other Violations Going Into Effect August 1, 2016
Susan J. Cohen; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 17, 2016, previously published on July 29, 2016
As a result of the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, higher immigration fines and penalties will go into effect on August 1, 2016. The fines and penalties cover Form I-9 paperwork violations, the unlawful employment of immigrant workers, certain temporary...

 

HTMLI-526 Processing Delays Expected to Continue into 2017
Douglas Hauer; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 16, 2016, previously published on August 2, 2016
According to data recently supplied by USCIS, there are more than 20,000 I-526 petitions pending adjudication as of the end of March 2016. This is a massive backlog of cases. What are the implications of this backlog to investors, and will processing times improve?

 

HTMLWhat is Withholding of Removal Status?
Alexander Joseph Segal; The Law Offices of Grinberg & Segal, PLLC;
Legal Alert/Article
August 15, 2016, previously published by http://myattorneyusa.com/ on August 9, 2016
Withholding of removal is a form of relief from removal that prevents an alien against whom a final order of removal has been entered from being removed to a specific country.

 

HTMLSTEM OPT 7-Month Extension Application Deadline Coming Up on Monday, August 8
Maria Fernanda Gandarez, Caroline Tang; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 11, 2016, previously published on August 2, 2016
On March 11, 2016, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a final rule pertaining to optional practical training (OPT) for certain students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). This rule permits employers to retain, for a longer period, the talents...

 

HTMLCanada Immigration: Intra-Company Transfers
Warren L. Creates; Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP/s.r.l.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 10, 2016, previously published on July 18, 2016
Under the International Mobility Program (IMP), companies can temporarily transfer qualified employees to Canada as ‘intra-company transferees’. These intra-company transfers can transfer valuable skills, help improve managerial effectiveness, increase competiveness and sales, expand...

 

HTMLDepartment of State Releases August 2016 Visa Bulletin
Susan J. Cohen; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 6, 2016, previously published on July 12, 2016
The Department of State released the visa bulletin for August 2016 and set cutoff dates for employment-based first preference Chinese and Indian chargeable applicants as well as second preference categories for “all other” nationalities. The setting of dates in these categories reflects...

 

HTMLImmigration Penalties Adjusted for Inflation, Increases to Take Effect August 1
John A. Hill; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
August 5, 2016, previously published on July 21, 2016
On June 30 and July 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) each published separate interim final rules in the Federal Register to increase immigration-related penalties as an adjustment for inflation. The...

 


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