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Oct 17, 2018

Legal Marijuana “Next Door” in Canada Off Limits Here in the United States

Today, Canada became the second country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana use with the enactment of Canadian House Government Bill C-45. Pretty nice, right? Yes, it is. But citizens of Canada who travel to the United States under employment-based non-immigrant visas, visitor visas, and those seeking lawful permanent residency must be on notice: just because you can legally possess and distribute marijuana in Canada does not excuse you from the archaic and complex Immigration & Nationality Act (the “INA”). » Read More

Oct 05, 2018

Newark, New Jersey, Ranks First in the United States for Integration of New Immigrants

In the first-ever comprehensive review of how each of the 100 largest U.S. cities for how each city welcomes immigrants, Newark, New Jersey, ranked first in its ability to integrate immigrant communities into the “fabric of American life.”

The study, released by the bipartisan research and advocacy thinktank, New American Economy, found Newark to be a city that is “starting to rebound after years of job and population loss that resulted in economic instability.”  In Newark,

immigrants are bringing the much-needed skills and entrepreneurial spirit that can help develop a more stable and educated workforce, encourage new business creation, fill vacant housing, and expand local tax bases. 

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Jul 03, 2018

New Jersey’s Immigrant Population Fifth-Largest in the United States

New Jersey’s immigrant population is booming.  In a recent NJ.com article, Reporter Carla Astudillo analyzes census data from 2005 through 2016 to compare the growth of the New Jersey’s foreign-born population to its native-born.  With 242,000 new immigrants calling New Jersey home, the state’s foreign-born population increased 14.3 percent, when compared to only a .32 percent increase in the state’s native-born population. » Read More

May 07, 2018

Trump Administration Terminates TPS for Honduras: Thousands in New Jersey to Lose Deportation Protection and Work Authorization

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced Friday the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Honduras.  Secretary Nielsen delayed the termination for 18 months to allow those in the United States under TPS to seek and apply for alternative lawful immigration status or, if no alternative exists, to prepare for departure to Honduras.  » Read More

Apr 30, 2018

New Jersey Immigrants Scammed as Fear and Flux Take Control of the American Immigration System

Day after day, potential clients walk into my office with boxes of paper and faces of frustration.  Minutes into our free immigration consultation, I notice a sense of concern and fear.  Soon, I learn that the immigrant has a decades-old immigration problem that was a relatively simple fix long ago.  » Read More

Apr 20, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: Immigration Rises Across America, California Woman Charged with Immigration Fraud, Bipartisan Effort to Pass Immigration Legislation

Immigration on the Rise

In more than 75% of counties in the United States, the number of immigrants moving into a particular county exceeded those who were moving out.  And, four of the top 10 counties with the highest rate of immigrant population growth were in New York and New Jersey. » Read More

Feb 28, 2018

Join us at a Seminar with the GLVCC!

Raymond G. Lahoud, Chair of the Immigration Law Practice Group of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., in conjunction with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to present a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Instructional Seminar, for human resource professionals, business owners, compliance officers, management, and administrators at organizations and companies in every industry, of every size.  » Read More

Feb 26, 2018

Raymond Lahoud Speaks on Asylum Law

Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, presented at the 2018 New York Asylum and Immigration Conference held at New York Law School on February 23.  Intended for new and experienced attorneys, as well as professors, featured topics included an intro to asylum law, ethics in immigration law, the future of immigration, Unicef and UNHCR Statelessness and child migrants, diversity and inclusion, best practices before the Asylum Office, how to prove persecution on account of a protected ground, direct and cross examination, and motions to reopen and reconsider.  » Read More

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