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HTMLDHS Extends Employment Authorization Documents For Certain Dependent Spouses Of H-1B Visa Holders
Cynthia J. Yarbrough; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on February 24, 2015
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will allow H-4 dependent spouses of certain H-1B nonimmigrants to apply for employment authorization.

 

HTMLBrazilian 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;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on February 19, 2015
On 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...

 

HTMLImmigration 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.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on January 20, 2015
President 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.

 

HTMLExecutive Action on Immigration
Davis C. Bae, Minnie Fu, Raazia K. Hall, Sean G. Hanagan, David S. Jones; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on December 11, 2014
President 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...

 

HTMLSkilled Immigration Reform: Will 2015 Be the Year?
Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky Popeo P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 25, 2015, previously published on January 14, 2015
On 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...

 

HTMLBeyond 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.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 25, 2015, previously published on January 15, 2015
In 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....

 

HTMLPresident Obama’s Recent Immigration Polices and EB-5 Impact
Laura Foote Reiff; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 25, 2015, previously published on December 2, 2014
President 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.

 

HTMLHoliday Update on USCIS Processing Time for I-526, I-829, and I-924 Petitions
Ali Brodie; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 25, 2015, previously published on December 29, 2014
Earlier 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:

 

HTMLCBP Designates Preferred Ports of Entry for First-Time Canadian TN and L-1 Applicants
Brian D. Bumgardner; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 25, 2015, previously published on January 30, 2015
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the agency charged with overseeing and facilitating international travel and trade across the borders of the United States. The CBP’s mandate includes responsibility over determining when a traveler, such as a returning U.S. citizen, lawful...

 

HTMLPresident 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.;
Legal Alert/Article
February 25, 2015, previously published on December 3, 2014
As 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...

 


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