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On July 14, 2015, the House Judiciary Committee met to discuss oversight of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Immigration was a major topic alongside border security and global threats of terrorism, domestic terrorism and cyber-security.

FY2016 Cap Petition Return Complete

July 14, 2015 | Blog | By Immigration News Team

USCIS announced today, July 14, 2015, that it completed the return of  rejected fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions. It was previously announced on May 4, 2015, that USCIS completed data entry of all selected cap-subject petitions.

J-1 Training Plan Updates: What Host Companies Should Know

July 8, 2015 | Blog | By Danielle Lifrieri

The Department of State issued an updated Form DS-7002, Training/ Internship Placement Plan for the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a web-based information system maintained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

EB-5 Program Reauthorization: Proposed Legislative Reforms

July 7, 2015 | Blog | By Douglas Hauer, Immigration News Team

An alert by Douglas Hauer, Member, Alexander Hecht, ML Strategies - Vice President of Government Relations, and R. Neal Martin, ML Strategies - Senior Manager of Government Relations, details proposed legislative reforms to the Immigrant Investor Program, more commonly known as the "EB-5 Program."
Yesterday, in an opinion authored by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the U.S. Supreme Court brought a measure of hope to non-citizens facing deportation on the basis of certain minor criminal convictions.

Immigration Policy by Lottery?

April 7, 2015 | Blog | By William Coffman

The diversity visa green card lottery has been an important part of U.S. immigration law for the last 20 years. It allows 55,000 foreign nationals to immigrate each year and was implemented to fulfill the worthy goal of increasing the diversity of immigrants in the U.S.

Mobile Passport Control Expansion

March 10, 2015 | Blog | By Danielle Lifrieri

In its most recent foray into utilizing technology at the border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) expanded Mobile Passport Control ("MPC") to Miami International Airport.

DHS Funded for One More Week; Shutdown Temporarily Averted

February 27, 2015 | Blog | By William Coffman

Republican leaders and both branches of Congress failed Friday to come to a long-term agreement to provide fiscal year funding for the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) and provide confidence that a DHS shutdown will be avoided. A one-week funding extension was passed, and now DHS is poised to run out of money at midnight on March 6th.
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. citizens and lawful permanent residents.
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 support, and aims to broadly reform high skilled immigration.

Immigration Seminar for Start-Ups & Entrepreneurs

December 16, 2014 | Blog | By Immigration News Team

On Thursday, December 18th at 4:30pm, Bill Coffman, Of Counsel in our Boston office, will lead a seminar at the Cambridge Innovation Center. Bill's presentation will cover US work visa options for start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Senate Passes Spending Bill: DHS Only Funded Through February 2015

December 15, 2014 | Blog | By Immigration News Team

In an unusual weekend session, the US Senate passed the “Cromnibus” government funding bill, providing funding for most government agencies through September 2015. However, the Department of Homeland Security, which includes US Citizenship and Immigration Services and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was only funded through February 27, 2015.
It’s a little known fact that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) won’t approve an employment-based visa petition before checking the company information against the Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) database via the Validation Instrument for Business Enterprises (VIBE) system.
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 (ICE).
On Thursday, November 20th, coinciding with President Obama’s announcement regarding his forthcoming executive action on immigration, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson issued a memo to the directors of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) directing the agencies to take action
While the three branches of federal government fire off salvos on immigration reform, states are finding ways to tackle challenges to the federal criminal immigration landscape.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) empowers its Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) officers to make unannounced site visits to employers of H-1B and L-1 workers.

Immigration Issues in the Massachusetts Governor Race

October 30, 2014 | Blog | By Lisa Shapira

On Tuesday evening, the candidates for Massachusetts governor met in their last debate ahead of Tuesday’s general election. Throughout the campaign season, Massachusetts Gubernatorial candidates Martha Coakley (D) and Charlie Baker (R) have outlined contrasting positions on several state-level immigration issues.
On October 28th, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new policy, clarifying the definition of “mother” and “parent” under the Immigration and Nationality Act, to include a gestational mother who (a) gave birth to the child and (b) was the child’s legal mother at the time of birth under the law of the jurisdiction where the child was born.
On Wednesday, October 29th, Doug Hauer, Member in our Boston office, will participate in a panel briefing for Israeli technology entrepreneurs & executives seeking to relocate employees to the U.S. Yael Biran, Managing Director, Mintz Levin Israel Business, will moderate the panel.
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