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Sep 07, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Biden to Amend H-1B Visa Requirements; Federal Court Expands Rights to Interpreters in Deportation Proceedings; Afghans Remain in Uncertain Status across the Globe

Biden Administration Announces Planned Changes to H-1B Employment Visas

Earlier this last week, the Biden Administration released a set of policy goals for employment-based immigration that include plans for changes to the H-1B, the visa that permits highly skilled workers to work in the United States for a period of up to six years. » Read More

Jul 15, 2021

Labor Shortage Concerns a Bigger Problem for U.S. Agriculture Sector

The food and agriculture sector of the United States is facing a looming shortage of workers. This was a concern even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the globe, and the shortage of laborers has worsened with time. Routinely, the labor department has noticed a demand for laborers that is higher than the number of visas allotted under the Immigration and Nationality Act. » Read More

Jun 25, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: NJ State Assembly Votes to Ban ICE Detention; Immigration Benefits No Longer Denied for Minor Application Errors; Children Face Harsh Conditions in Immigration Detention

Banning New Prison Contracts with ICE

After being stalled for months, a bill that prohibits entering new Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contracts at private detention centers or renewing existing ICE prison contracts is now advancing through the New Jersey State Legislature. » Read More

Jun 18, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Attorney General Expands Eligibility for Asylum; Employment to Be Authorized for Immigrants Who Are Victims of Crimes; Biden to Continue Family Reunification Efforts

A.G. Rules in Favor of Victims of Domestic and Gang Violence

On Wednesday, Attorney General Merrick Garland rescinded a Trump-era decision that had made it much more difficult for victims of domestic abuse and gang violence to apply for asylum in the United States. » Read More

Jun 17, 2021

U.S. Faces Worker Shortage: Chamber of Commerce Says Ramping Up Immigration Can Resolve This

In March of this year, the U.S. saw a record high of 8.1 million job openings. Many businesses are now struggling to find workers as they reopen and return to their normal operations. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has openly called out to Washington to make way for more foreign workers to enter the country. » Read More

Jun 10, 2021

Ohio-Based Landscaping Company to Pay $36,000 in Back Wages, $40,000 in H-2B Penalties

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that Alvarado Landscaping of Lorain, Ohio, violated a federal requirement of paying their H-2B temporary workers for their international transportation and meal expenses. The DOL said the landscaping company must pay $36,000 in back wages and $40,000 in H-2B penalties. » Read More

Jun 04, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: “Remain in Mexico Policy” Ends; Bipartisan Calls to Protect Afghan Allies; USCIS Softens Unlawful Voter Registration Penalties

White House Terminates “Remain in Mexico” Program

On Tuesday, the Biden administration formally ended the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” program, which had imposed potential asylum seekers to stay in Mexico while their applications for asylum processed in the U.S. immigration court system. » Read More