Monthly Archives: December 2008

ALTERNATIVE TO H-1B EMPLOYEE LAYOFFS

The following is not legal advice and is for general informational purposes only.  Please consult with a qualified immigration lawyer to discuss your unique situation. I received my monthly edition of GQ and although I was surprised by the almost … Continue reading

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HOW LAYOFFS AND UNPAID WAGES AFFECT IMMIGRANT WORKERS

In the current economic climate, many firms are laying off workers and some are unable or unwilling to pay wages owed to these employees.  In the new year, I will be blogging on this issue and will explain the effects … Continue reading

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DHS OMBUDSMAN ISSUES A STUDY AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON NATURALIZATION CEREMONIES

According to a DHS Press Release:  “The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) Ombudsman Michael Dougherty today issued a study and recommendations on naturalization oath ceremonies.”

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BEGINNING JANUARY 2009 CITIZENS OF VISA WAIVER PROGRAM COUNTRIES WILL NEED TO OBTAIN TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION IN ORDER TO TRAVEL TO THE US

  According to the Department of Homeland Security:  “Beginning January 12, 2009, all nationals and citizens of Visa Waiver Program (VWP) countries will be required by law to obtain a travel authorization prior to initiating travel to the United States … Continue reading

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USCIS REVISES DIRECT MAIL PROGRAM FOR APPLICATIONS FOR NATURALIZATION

According to a USCIS Update:  “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it is revising the Direct Mail Program for the Application for Naturalization (Form N-400).”

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USCIS OFFICES CLOSED DECEMBER 25-26

According to a USCIS Press Release:  “Due to the Christmas holiday, and to an Executive Order excusing executive branch non-Postal Service employees from duty on Friday, December 26, 2008, all USCIS offices and Application Support Centers will be closed on … Continue reading

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SPIKE IN NUMBER OF MENTALLY DISABLED IMMIGRANT DETAINEES

According to an article on brownsvilleherald.com:  “The number of mentally and developmentally disabled detainees in South Texas federal immigration detention centers has surged during the past year, according to area attorneys who call the trend ‘alarming.’”

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RECORD SETTLEMENT FOR IMMIGRATION VIOLATIONS

According to an article in cnn.com:  “A company accused of encouraging hundreds to illegally enter the United States and then hiring them using fake Social Security numbers has agreed to pay the largest settlement ever in a workplace immigration bust, … Continue reading

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NOTE TO CONGRESS ON COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM: IF YOU MARK IT UP, CIR WILL COME

According to an article on latimes.com:  “Immigrant advocates said Thursday that long-stalled efforts to legalize millions of illegal migrants, crack down on employers who hire them and win more family visas would be revived next year and could possibly succeed … Continue reading

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FEDERAL TASK FORCE CALLS FOR AN “AMERICANIZATION MOVEMENT”

According  to a USCIS Press Release:  “After more than two years of collaboration and initiatives among 20 federal agencies and a variety of stakeholders, the Task Force on New Americans delivered a report today to President George W. Bush calling for … Continue reading

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