BREAKING: Immigration Agents Conduct Raids Across New Jersey. Many Arrested.

From the NMM Immigration Newsroom: Hundreds of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents converged on 13 counties throughout New Jersey on Monday, in the largest immigration enforcement action in the state’s history.  Nearly 100 immigrants were arrested in raids conducted in Atlantic, Bergan, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Essex, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Passaic, Union, and Warren counties.  Those arrested were from 28 … [Read more...]

Raymond Lahoud Interviewed by New Jersey Business Magazine

Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of law firm Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, was recently interviewed by New Jersey Business, a publication of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association.  The resulting article, “Immigration Law Issues: Strict enforcement of immigration law is impacting New Jersey employers,” discusses how New Jersey businesses are affected by current issues in immigration law, … [Read more...]

New Jersey Accepts First Financial Aid Applications from Undocumented Immigrant Students

As the ink of New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s signature was still drying on the new law expanding state financial aid to undocumented students, the state’s application website went live.  Within minutes, the first application was submitted. The new law offers state student loans, grants, and scholarships not otherwise available to New Jersey’s undocumented immigrant population, and expands a 2014 New Jersey law that allowed undocumented … [Read more...]

Meghan Markle to Face British Immigration Authorities and Must Wait Years to Become British Citizen

Britain’s newest royal—Meghan Markle—still has a battle ahead of her before she can truly declare herself a Brit: the U.K.’s Immigration System.  In Britain, as in the United States, the path to citizenship through marriage to a British citizen is lengthy, painstaking, and, some have reported, scary.  Meghan Markle will be treated no differently.  At least according to what Kensington Palace said in a statement last year: “Meghan Markle will be … [Read more...]

Breaking: ICE Raids Landscaping Company, 114 Employees Arrested, and Employer Under Investigation

In a surprise morning raid yesterday, hundreds of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents descended upon an Ohio gardening and landscaping company and arrested over 100 of the landscaping company’s employees, who were determined to be employed in the United States without lawful authorization. The Associated Press reported that the “operation was part of the White House’s increasing focus on businesses that hire people in the … [Read more...]

The Weekly Round-Up: ICE Completes Largest Workplace Raid in 10 Years and Paul Ryan Announces Compromise Bill on Immigration

ICE Arrests More Than 100 During Company Raid in Ohio This week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Officers raided Corso’s Flower and Garden Center in Castalia, Ohio, arresting over 100 company employees who are alleged to be in the United States without documentation.  This marked the largest number of ICE arrests in a single event in the last 10 years. ICE reportedly began investigating Corso’s for immigration violations in October … [Read more...]

Breaking EB-5 Alert: EB-5 Regional Center Program Extended

In a late-night vote, the House and Senate passed and sent to the White House a continuing resolution that prevented a government shutdown and extended the EB-5 Regional Center Program until January 19, 2018.  As we reported early this week, the EB-5 Regional Center Program was set to end at the stroke of midnight tonight. This is only a temporary fix, pushing off any long-term resolution to the EB-5 Investor Visa Program for just a few … [Read more...]

NMM Advisory: Immigration May Knock at Your Company’s Front Door Soon. What Do You Do?

With the Administration’s plan to build a huge wall along the United States-Mexican border stalled without funding and with waning support, the White House has increasingly shifted its immigration enforcement to employers.  Most of the 15,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers expected to be hired over the next year and beyond are expected to focus on employer immigration law compliance, including random employer inspections to … [Read more...]

NMM Notice to Employers: Yet Again, USCIS Releases an Updated Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has again changed the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  On July 17, 2017, USCIS published the revised version, which employers are mandated to use effective September 18, 2017.  Until then, employers may continue to use the current Form I-9.  Further, employers must remain compliant with existing Form I-9 storage and retention policies for any previously completed … [Read more...]

NMM: H-1B Premium Processing for Certain Research Organizations, Colleges, Universities, Hospitals, and Other Cap-Exempt Petitioners Resumes

Following the Administration’s March 2017 halt to premium processing for H1-B Premium Processing services, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, effective immediately, premium processing would resume for certain petitions that may be exempt from the H-1B annual cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. Click to Continue to Article … [Read more...]