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Sep 20, 2018

Immigration Alert: USCIS Increases Premium Processing Fee

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a nearly 15% fee increase for its premium processing service.  The current $1,225 fee will increase to $1,410, effective October 1, 2018.

Premium processing is an optional service USCIS offers to employers that for an additional fee allows for 15-day processing of certain immigrant and non-immigrant employment-based visa petitions.  » Read More

Sep 18, 2018

How to Handle Form I-9 When Hiring and After

Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member with Norris McLaughlin& Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Practice Group, is pleased to present two free seminars for all human resource professionals, business owners, compliance officers, administrators, and management at organizations and companies in every industry of every size. » Read More

Aug 10, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: DACA to Be Reinstated and Large-Scale Employer Raids in the Midwest

Federal Judge Orders Government to Begin Accepting New DACA Applications

Late last week, United States District Judge John Bates, presiding in Washington, D.C., ruled that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must begin accepting all applications for protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which had been suspended since 2017. » Read More

Jul 20, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: Temporary Protected Status Extended for Somalis and Landscaping Companies Hit Hard by Visa Rules

TPS Extended for Somalis in the United States

After a period of uncertainty, the Trump Administration extended Temporary Protected Status, or “TPS,” to certain Somalis living in the United States.  The extension granted them the right to live in the United States until at least March of 2020, at which point the U.S. » Read More

Jul 13, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: Asylum Claims Based on Gang and Domestic Violence Rejected at Border and Microsoft Threatens to Move Employment Abroad

White House instructs border officers to reject all asylum claims based upon gang or domestic violence.

The Trump Administration will start instructing all officers reviewing asylum and refugee applications – including those made at the U.S./Mexico – to summarily reject any claims based upon fear of gang or domestic violence. » Read More

Jun 08, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: ICE Completes Largest Workplace Raid in 10 Years and Paul Ryan Announces Compromise Bill on Immigration

ICE Arrests More Than 100 During Company Raid in Ohio

This week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Officers raided Corso’s Flower and Garden Center in Castalia, Ohio, arresting over 100 company employees who are alleged to be in the United States without documentation.  » Read More

Jun 06, 2018

Breaking: ICE Raids Landscaping Company, 114 Employees Arrested, and Employer Under Investigation

In a surprise morning raid yesterday, hundreds of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents descended upon an Ohio gardening and landscaping company and arrested over 100 of the landscaping company’s employees, who were determined to be employed in the United States without lawful authorization. » Read More

Jun 01, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: Labor Shortages Persist Despite Low Unemployment and White House Plans to End Visa for Foreign Entrepreneurs

Agriculture and Construction Industries are Concerned About Labor Shortages

Despite lower unemployment across the country, agriculture and construction companies continue to face vacant positions, and are arguing for increased immigrant labor.  For example, in the Dallas-Forth Worth area, there is greater demand for construction work, but there are approximately 38,000 unfilled position in the industry.  » Read More

May 25, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: Republicans Spar Over Immigration Policy and Colorado Company Fined More than $31,000 for Immigration Violations

GOP Continues Debate over Immigration

Congressional Republicans broke for the Memorial Day recess amid a heated debate within the party about whether to provide a pathway to citizenship for many immigrants who benefit from DACA, a program that shields from deportation approximately 800,000 people who entered the United States as children. » Read More

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