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 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...]

Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release January 25, 2017 Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - ENHANCING PUBLIC SAFETY IN THE INTERIOR OF THE UNITED STATES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act … [Read more...]

Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release January 25, 2017 Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - BORDER SECURITY AND IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT IMPROVEMENTS By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101 … [Read more...]

Is a Child Entitled to an Attorney in Immigration Court?

With discussion of immigration appearing frequently in the news media, and given the tenor of coverage of related issues, it’s no surprise that disagreement and debate have come to encompass nearly every corner of immigration law in some way or another. But an ongoing case that’s playing out in federal court in Seattle may be poised to take the debate surrounding the rights of children in removal proceedings to the next level. The case … [Read more...]

Understanding the Risks of a Plea Bargain

When you are facing criminal charges, the first instinct is often to conclude the ordeal as soon as possible. Facing the legal system in this adversarial manner is often terrifying, and that is especially true if you are not a citizen. One way these matters conclude quickly is through plea bargains or agreeing to a lesser offense in order to avoid stiffer penalties and drawn-out trials. Unfortunately, this easier way out for citizens often … [Read more...]

Voluntary Departure vs. Deportation

In fiscal year 2015, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed 235,413 individuals from the country. Nearly 60 percent of these were convicted criminals. But these numbers don’t tell the whole story of the removal process. Being detained by ICE or picked up by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) does not automatically result in deportation. Many detainees are eventually released and remain in the country. But of … [Read more...]

How Do You Sponsor an Employee for Permanent U.S. Residence?

Employers interested in sponsoring a current employee for permanent resident status in the United States—or hiring an employee who is not a permanent resident—are faced with a difficult and time-consuming process. However, it is not an impossible one. While there are a number of steps involved, as well as a need for accuracy and completeness when filing paperwork, sponsoring a worker for permanent U.S. residency can be made much more … [Read more...]

Know Your Options for Defending Against Deportation

It is a known fact that the process of entering the United States legally is complex and time-consuming. For those individuals who have been designated for removal proceedings, however, the good news is that the process of deportation is also not terribly swift. What’s more, there are numerous ways to defend oneself against deportation and remain in the United States—and the burden of proof lies with the government, rather than with the … [Read more...]