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  1. Immigration Attorney Raymond Lahoud Discussed Immigration Law and the Real Estate Industry for NAREB

    Yesterday, I was honored to speak before the National Association of Real Estate Broker’s Southern New Jersey Regional Board (NAREB) on the impact of the American immigration system and the current Administration’s enforcement actions on New Jersey’s real estate industry. The food was incredible, the information was plentiful, the interest was intense, and the questions were many–from whether the City of Camden could be designated an EB-5 READ MORE READ MORE

  2. It’s Official: New Jersey Is a Sanctuary State

    On Friday, the New Jersey Immigrant Trust Directive went into effect–essentially ending any cooperation between the State and Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) on immigration enforcement matters. Announced in December of 2018 by New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, the Immigrant Trust Directive effectively declared New Jersey a “sanctuary state.” Effective last Friday, the directive prohibits state, county, and local law enforcement agencies, including police, prosecutors, READ MORE READ MORE

  3. Breaking: Real Housewives of New Jersey Husband is Moving to Immigration Detention Facility

    ABC-7 New York reported yesterday that Joe Giudice–husband of Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice–has been released from federal prison and is on his way to a federal immigration detention facility, where he will await the decision of an appeal of an Immigration Court order deporting Giudice to his native Italy. According to ABC-7 sources, Giudice will “be transferred directly to an immigration detention center, READ MORE READ MORE

  4. Immigration Alert: DHS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

    Yesterday, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it immediately resumed premium processing for all H-1B petitions, following a halt on the service for several months to allow USCIS to bring current applications that were then pending for extended durations. Premium processing is an optional service available for an additional fee of $1,410, which allows for 15-day processing of certain immigrant and non-immigrant employment-based visa petitions. READ MORE READ MORE

  5. Alert: USCIS to Begin Accepting H-1B CAP Petitions on April 1, 2019

    Starting April 1, 2019, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept new H-1B Quota-Based Visa Petitions for the 2020 Fiscal Year, for an employment start date of October 1, 2019. USCIS’ regular H-1B visa cap limits annual H-1B approvals to 65,000 visas, with an additional 20,000 H1-B visas for individuals who earned a master’s degree or higher from a U.S. university or college (advanced degree READ MORE READ MORE