Green card interview tip: Expect questions about social media profiles

When I prep employees for their green card interview, I give them a list of do’s and don’ts: dress businesslike, speak clearly, and look the interviewer in the eye; don’t overshare or attempt to answer before you understand the question. A new warning now tops my list: be prepared for questions about social media accounts.
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Trump’s policy on H-4 spouses: A waiting game fewer are willing to play

The Trump administration’s policies toward H-4 spouses—delaying their work authorization while preparing to eliminate their work rights altogether—are disrupting the lives of high-skilled workers and the businesses that employ them. For over a year, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has been working to reverse the 2015 regulation that allows a subset of H-4 spouses to
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Requests for evidence: Should employers expect a curveball this cap season?

Just as barbecue and baseball are sure signs of summer, in the immigration world, decisions on H-1B cap cases are hallmarks of the summer months. While most companies will receive either an approval or rejection, a great many employers will also receive another type of notice: a request for evidence, or RFE. RFEs have surged
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US immigration officials are interested in your employees’ social media activity. Here’s why you should be too.

Employers in today’s workplace regularly review a potential candidate’s online profiles when making a hiring decision. Much like the modern job seeker, visa applicants should now expect the same screening from the U.S. government. Thanks to a new section the State Department has quietly added to the online visa application form (DS-160), the U.S. government is
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Trump’s H-4 Immigration Stance Would Cost the Economy

Issues & Insights (May 18, 2019) – Under the banner of protecting U.S. workers, the Trump administration is working to rescind a regulation that allows certain spouses of high-skilled foreign workers – referred to as H-4 visa holders – to apply for work authorization while they are waiting for their green cards. But why? There is
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Think an I-9 investigation won’t happen to your company? Think again.

All companies, regardless of size, sector or type of workforce, are subject to investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), to verify that their employees are authorized to work and that they have properly completed I-9 forms for all employees hired after Nov. 6, 1986. A company that receives a notice of inspection must be
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Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP CIO Vince DiMascio to Speak at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium

DiMascio to Discuss the Future of Process Automation: Leveraging RPA & AI at the Nation’s Premier CIO Conference San Francisco, CA  – May 9, 2019  – BAL has announced that Vince DiMascio, CIO, will be a featured speaker at the 16th Annual 2019 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, the nation’s premier CIO conference on May 22,
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Will Congress tackle immigration reform?

Former President George W. Bush raised eyebrows last month during a speech at a naturalization ceremony, when he veered into politics and urged legislative reform of the immigration system. “When the laws are outdated and ineffective, they must be rewritten,” he said. “I hope those responsible in Washington can dial down the rhetoric, put politics
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Modernize the H-1B Visa Category

Once again—for the seventh straight year—the H-1B quota was reached in five days, triggering U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to embark on what has become an annual ritual: the random selection of petitions via lottery to fill the Congressionally mandated cap of 65,000 H-1B visas (plus an additional 20,000 for master’s degree candidates). This year,
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After another busy H-1B cap season, will the Trump administration chart a new course on high-skilled immigration?

With another busy H-1B cap filing season completed, U.S. companies are reminded that current policies toward high-skilled immigration remain both challenging and unpredictable. Recent changes this cap season continue to demonstrate a hard line toward the H-1B visa program. Yet, in recent months there has been talk of a possible softening of the administration’s position
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