Are More H1B L1Applicants Being Turned Down?

Immigration experts and legislators in the US and abroad are questioning the apparent rise of rejections of H1B visa applicants and L1 work visa applicants. According to a Congressional hearing, in 2012, there was a 26% rate for requests for additional on H1B petitions and a 17% denial rate for those applications. Legislators and immigration …

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Enforcement Program That Targets Illegal Immigration to be Closed

An immigration enforcement program known as 287(g) is being dismantled by the Obama administration after slowing down over the years. The program authorized local police officers to be deputized in order to function as immigration agents in order to help with immigration issues and enforcement. Under the program, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) worked with …

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For Undocumented People Immigration is a Very Real Issue

Over the past two years, immigration has been a very hot button topic for people from all walks of life. Illegal immigration, especially, is something that is debated in the news and by legislators. Some states, including Alabama, have passed tough new laws that make it easier for law enforcement and immigration officials to find …

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Are Changes to Immigration Law Coming in Alabama

On February 7, 2012, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley delivered a State of the State address at the Capitol in Montgomery, Alabama. While a combined session of the Alabama Legislature listened to the address, which did not address immigration issues, protestors outside voiced concerns about Alabama’s immigration laws. Immigration laws in Alabama have been a source …

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USCIS E-Verify Expansion Update

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) E-Verify system is a way for employers to check the employment authorization of workers and potential employees. The system was created in response to concerns about undocumented workers in the US. In many cases, employers claimed that it was difficult for them to determine who was authorized to …

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Passport Fees and the Value of U.S. Citizenship

Most people are used of the process of inflation pushing consumer prices up, but do people expect the price of US citizenship to go up? New fees posted recently by State Department do just that. The State Department has announced new consular fees through the Federal Register, including fee changes proposed as far back as …

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US Immigration and Eligibility Employment Verification

In the US, employers are only allowed to hire US workers or those non-US workers who have valid authorization to work in the US. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that all workers they hire (both US citizens and non-US citizens) are authorized to work in the US. To make the process easier, and …

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The Importance of Filing Most Current USCIS Form Available

USCIS forms are occasionally updated or changed in order to reflect new laws or in order to reflect new changes to immigration processes. This means that anyone who is applying for immigration petitions or applications must be careful to check the expiry date and the latest versions of their USCIS forms. In some cases, USCIS …

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