It’s A Tough Economy – Don’t Violate Immigration Laws When Making Tough Decisions

As our economy enters a period of slow growth, and maybe even the ‘R’ word, employers may look to cut costs to ride out the economic downturn. These costs could include reductions in workforce, pay, or hours worked by company employees. If a company currently has foreign employees, the decision must look beyond basic company economics and consider possible violations of immigration...
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USCIS Delays N-400 Direct Mail Program

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it will delay implementation of the Direct Mail Program for the N-400, Application for Naturalization. A Federal Register notice is scheduled to be published Oct. 10, 2008, announcing this delay.   Last month, USCIS published a notice in the Federal Register, which would have changed the filing address for N-400s from USCIS Service...
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USCIS Increases Period of Stay for TN NAFTA Workers

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has increased the maximum period of time a Trade-NAFTA (TN) professional worker from Canada or Mexico may remain in the United States before seeking readmission or obtaining an extension of stay. This final rule changes the initial period of admission for TN workers from one to three years, making it equal to the initial period of admission given...
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State Department Releases November 2008 Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State released its November 2008 Visa Bulletin.  The bulletin can be accessed at the ‘Processing Times’ link on our home page. With this Visa Bulletin, there is good news.  Employment-Based Two (EB2) category for India and China moved forward a few months.   Employment-Based Three (EB3) category also moved forward for all...
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USCIS Releases FAQ on Intercountry Adoptions

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) issued a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on intercountry adoptions.  This FAQ is related to questions regarding the new Hague intercountry adoption process and the orphan adoption process since the implementation of the Hague Adoption Convention on April 1, 2008.  To read the new USCIS FAQ on intercountry adoptions, please...
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