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Avoid these potential pitfalls when hiring a foreign employee

It goes without saying that hiring a foreign employee is more difficult than hiring someone who is currently a citizen of the United States. While you may run into some challenges along the way, there's a good chance that you realize this is the best decision you can make for your company.

Trump vows to end diversity lottery in wake of terror attack

Florida residents may be aware that President Trump has vowed to end the diversity lottery program in the wake of a terror attack in New York City that claimed eight lives. The 29-year-old man who has been charged in connection with the Oct. 31 truck attack entered the United States in 2010 from Uzbekistan after being awarded a visa under the program. Trump told his cabinet that he plans to ask Congress to scrap the diversity lottery during a Nov.1 meeting at the White house.

Technical glitch drops entrants in visa program lottery

Some immigrants in Florida succeeded in entering the United States through the U.S. Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. This program gives people a chance to win a diversity visa through a lottery managed by the U.S. State Department. People who do not have family members in the country or an employer to sponsor them can enter this drawing.

Victims of abuse and immigration

Some immigrants to the United States who are living in Florida also live in fear of domestic abuse. Many of these individuals may be reluctant to report their abuse or leave their abuser because they are concerned about losing legal status to remain in the United States. However, federal law provides protection for some abuse victims who may be able to achieve permanent resident status independently of their U.S. sponsor.

Theater production imagines life with stricter immigration laws

A new Miami theater production called "Building the Wall" attempts to describe what life could be like in the future, if immigration laws continue to get stricter. The theme of the play could be of interest to anyone seeking to move to the United States, and also to employers looking to bring laborers and professionals into the country.

Hurricanes may make it harder for DACA applicants

Those living in Florida or elsewhere in the United States who qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, had until Oct. 5 to renew their status. Anyone who reapplied by that deadline would generally be afforded the protections it offers for two more years. However, President Trump's decision to phase out the program may leave their futures uncertain if Congress doesn't take action to make DACA permanent.

41,000 immigration court cases pending in Florida

Are you and your family waiting on pending immigration court processes to finalize in Florida? If you are, rest assured that you're certainly not alone. There are tens of thousands of people waiting on their pending immigration proceedings in the state of Florida.

About EB-1-B petitions

People who are residents of other countries and have high levels of achievements may file an EB-1-B petition in order to work at educational or research facilities in Florida and the rest of the United States. Unlike other types of worker immigrant visa petitions, EB-1-B petitions are not subject to review by the United States Labor Department. They are also not affected by factors such as the job market, the hiring of American workers or salary matters.

New interview rule may cause delays for immigrants

Immigrants living in Florida and around the country who want an employment-based green card will now need to complete an in-person interview. The interview requirement went into effect on Oct. 1. In the past, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services generally waived the interview for those applying for such a green card. Many who understand the green card process say that they are unsure why this group was targeted.

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