USCIS Celebrates Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, observed on Sept. 17, and Constitution Week, with nearly 240 naturalization ceremonies across the country. More than 38,000 candidates will become America’s newest citizens during the weeklong observance, being recognized this year from Sept. 16-23. The annual commemoration honors th...
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USCIS Alert: Beware of Imposter Call Scams

USCIS Alert: Beware of Imposter Call Scams The U.S.Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) warns: If someone claiming to be a government official or law enforcement officer calls making threats such as deportation, beware! Hang up and report it! Here’s How it Works A number appears on your caller ID that may look like a legitimate government number. When you answer, the person on the...
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20 Fast Facts Foreign Founders of Start-up Companies Should Know about International Entrepreneur Parole

20 fast facts foreign founders of start-up companies should know about international entrepreneur parole What if foreign born innovators could get special permission to come to the U.S. and start a new business?   The Obama administration believes such a reality would attract investment and create jobs.  That’s why the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently proposed the international e...
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Top 10 Pointers on What to Expect and Do When the Government Shows Up at Your Workplace for an H-1B Site Visit

Top 10 Pointers on What to Expect and Do When the Government Shows Up at  Your Workplace for an H-1B Site Visit You hold an H-1B visa and are going about your usual duties at work when you get a call that a government agent wants to speak with you.  As you descend the elevator to the lobby, your imagination goes wild.  As you meet the agent, he identifies himself as an FDNS inspector and wants to...
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Real Estate Company Fined for Citizens Only Hiring Policy

Company Fined for Citizens Only Hiring Policy The Justice Department recently  reached an agreement  with Hartz Mountain Industries Inc. (Hartz) to resolve the department’s investigation into whether the company discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizen job seekers, in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).  Hartz is a real estate development and management company b...
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Gov’t Offers Some Immigration Assistance to Flood Victims in Louisiana

USCIS recently announced immigration relief measures that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances, such as disasters like the recent severe storms and flooding in Louisiana, such as: Change of nonimmigrant status or extension of nonimmigrant stay for an individual currently in the United States, even if the request is filed after the authorized period of admission has expired...
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Staffing Company Fined $175,000 for Discrimination Against Non-Citizens

Staffing Company Fined $175,000 for Immigration Discrimination The Justice Department reached an agreement today with TEG Staffing Inc., also known as Eastridge Workforce Solutions, a temporary staffing agency headquartered in San Diego, to resolve allegations that their Mira Mesa, California, office discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens in violation of the Immigration and Natio...
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Why Must Some EB-2 Applicants Now Wait Longer to Get Their Green Cards?

Why Must Some EB-2 Applicants Now Wait Longer to Get Their Green Cards? To the surprise of many, the  EB-2 green card category is no longer “current” for anyone. This means some applicants must wait before applying for adjustment of status, the final phase of the green card process.  It also means some with pending adjustment of status applications will have to wait longer for approval than befor...
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What Should You Know About the EB-1 Green Card Backlog for Indian and Chinese Nationals?

What Should You Know About the EB-1 Green Card Backlog for Indian and Chinese Nationals? For the first time in many years, the EB-1 green category is no longer a fast track for all who qualify. At least for now.  Recent predictions of an EB-1 visa retrogression came true when the August 2016 visa bulletin showed a final action cutoff date of January 1, 2010 for EB-1 applicants born in China or In...
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Macy’s Settles Immigration Discrimination Claims

Macy's Settles Immigration Discrimination Claims National retailer, Macy's, agreed to settle the Department of Justice's  allegations that it violated the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by discriminating against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens at its Glendale, California, location. The department’s investigation was based on a charge filed by a lawful permanent resident whose hiring w...
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