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March 2015 Archives

While nation struggles with immigration new citizens sworn in

While much of the nation is divided about what immigration reform should look like, it is important that immigrants realize that the discussion has not changed the fact that for those who meet the guidelines, United States citizenship is still an option. This is illustrated by new Americans who recently swore their allegiance to the United States.

H-1B applications for FY2016 accepted starting next week

In our last post we wrote about the effort that many tech companies, including Google, are making to increase the number of highly skilled workers who are granted visas to work in the United States this year. The recent visit of Google’s executive chairman to Washington D.C. was timely as H-1B petitions for fiscal year 2016 will begin to be accepted next week, on April 1. This date is six months before the October 1, 2015 employment start date.

Google goes to congress to make case for immigration reform

Regular readers of this blog are likely aware why immigration reform is so important to businesses in the country. Many businesses that are dependent upon high-skilled workers claim to need visas to be available to fill positions necessary for the success of the business. Accordingly, businesses have been some of the most vocal supporters of immigration reform. Google is one of those businesses. 

Immigration sweep rounds up those convicted of crimes

For many individuals who are in the United States without proper documentation, deportation is a fear. While recent presidential orders have reduced the odds of that happening for some people, the same cannot be said for everyone. A recent sweep by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, illustrates this. Called “Cross Check,” the five-day sweep specifically focused on individuals who were fugitive immigrants with criminal backgrounds. The deputy secretary of Homeland Security characterized them as “the worst of the worst.” This is the fifth sweep of this nature since 2011. 

To avoid penalties businesses must be I-9 compliant

There are unquestionably many things that businesses have to do to keep going. In addition to providing a service or product that consumers are interested in purchasing and hiring a staff to facilitate those purchases, they must follow a variety of rules and regulations. Some of those regulations pertaining to employees involve making sure that the workers are who they say they are and are actually eligible to work in the United States.

What is the difference between the DREAM Act and DACA?

When it comes to immigration matters in the United States it is likely that many immigrants are hoping for the best. Some may have gotten their hopes up when the DREAM Act was first in the news. As time passes and action has not been taken, many may be getting discouraged while others may not understand what the DREAM Act even is. In this post we will provide information that may answer questions immigrants (and others) have regarding the matter.