Monthly Archives: January 2009

BLAMING THE “MEDIA”

We live in a 24/7/365 news cycle.  Between the internet and 24 hour news channels, there always has to be something to keep our interest.  Recently, real problems faced by Americans have taken attention away from the “illegal immigrant” problem.  … Continue reading

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WHITE HOUSE DIRECTIVE REQUIRES ICE AGENTS TO OBTAIN HIGH-LEVEL APPROVAL BEFORE ARRESTING FUGITIVES

According to an article on cbsnews.com:  “The government’s Oct. 31 directive was ‘effective immediately and until further notice,’ and required that immigration agents obtain approval from ICE field office directors or deputy directors before arresting fugitives.  An approval would depend … Continue reading

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USCIS DELAYS RULE CHANGING ACCEPTABLE I-9 EMPLOYMENT VERIFICATION DOCUMENTS

According to the USCIS:  “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today it has delayed by 60 days, until April 3, 2009, the implementation of an interim final rule entitled “Documents Acceptable for Employment Eligibility Verification” published in the Federal … Continue reading

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WILL THERE BE A DEMAND FOR H-1Bs IN THIS ECONOMY?

The following is not legal advice and is for general informational purposes only.  For advice on your unique situation, please contact a qualified immigration lawyer.  Despite the dreadful state of the economy, H-1B season is fast-approaching.  Over the past few … Continue reading

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MICHAEL BIANCO, INC. OWNER GETS $2M FINE AND PRISON

According to an article on bostonherald.com:  “A New Bedford manufacturer – the subject of a high-profile immigration raid in March 2007 – was ordered to pay nearly $2 million and its president was sentenced to a year in prison for hiring … Continue reading

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WORKABLE IMMIGRATION SOLUTIONS IN THE MIDST OF A GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS?

President Obama has taken charge, Congress has a majority of Democrats in both the House and the Senate so immigration reform is a sure bet, right?  Not so fast.  Considering that two wars and an economy that many in the media … Continue reading

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VISA BULLETIN FOR FEBRUARY 2009

The US Department of State has released the February 2009 Visa Bulletin.

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HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT AGAINST CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION

If you feel you have been mistreated or abused by a CBP (Customs and Border Protection) officer, the agency has a system set to address traveler complaints.  According to cbp.gov:  “The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) currently has in … Continue reading

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WILL THIRD TIME BE A CHARM FOR COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM?

According to an AFP article:  “After two failed attempts in 2006 and 2007, immigration reform could finally be pushed through both houses of the US Congress starting in September, civil rights activists said.” I think the chances of passage are … Continue reading

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ELECTRONIC TRAVEL AUTHORIZATION REQUIRED AS OF TODAY FOR CITIZENS OF VISA WAIVER COUNTRIES

Starting today, January 12, 2009, International visitors to the U.S. from Visa Waiver Program Countries must apply for travel authorization online using ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization).

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