Will the Supreme Court resurrect DACA? A 73-year old federal law will decide

By Martin Robles-Avila The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Nov. 12 about whether the Trump administration acted lawfully when it terminated Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama-era program that has benefited roughly 700,000 Dreamers. Courts have kept DACA on life support and have required the government to continue accepting renewal applications while the
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Understanding the ebbs and flows of the green card backlog

Your employee’s visa priority date has become current and she has completed her medical exam, background check, fingerprints, and a visa interview. More than a year passes, and she still has not received her green card. What is the hold up? The most likely reason is visa bulletin retrogression. Because of annual green card quotas
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Heading to Burning Man? Don’t light up your immigration case.

This week, tens of thousands of people will flock to the Nevada desert to attend the Burning Man festival—an annual international attraction, drawing visitors from all over the world looking to take in the desert environment, artistic expression, and spectacular costumes. Locally, however, the event is also known for being a venue where the drug
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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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