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DHS Finalizes Minor Regulatory Improvements for E, H, L and O Visa Holders

On November 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the final rule, Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers, to take effect on January 17, 2017. The final rule … Continue reading

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New Smart I-9 Form goes Live on USCIS.gov

The New “Smart”I-9 form has gone live on the USCIS.gov site, so employers are able to now use it from the USCIS.gov website.  However, the new form is not required to be used by employers until January 22, 2017.  Below … Continue reading

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Immigrants Have Constitutional Rights No Matter What

President-Elect Donald Trump’s statements about immigration  are causing worry and fear in our immigrant communities.  We don’t know anything about his plans or what Congress will support once he is in office, but what we do know is that immigrants, … Continue reading

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Final EB Job Flexibility Rule Published but doesn’t go Far Enough

On November 17, 2016  USCIS issued a long-awaited final rule to make the waiting periods for employment-based green cards easier to bear for highly-skilled immigrants and their families.  While the law does provide some relief and certainty for employers and employees … Continue reading

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Department of Labor Starts PERM Modernization Project (Wahoo!!!)

The Department of Labor (DOL) has taken a first step in the PERM Modernization Project, mandated by the President’s Executive Action on Immigration announced on November 20, 2015. On January 22, 2015, the DOL will hold a “Public Listening Session” … Continue reading

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Valentine Brown discusses Difficulties of Representing Detained Immigrant Families

In this NPR story by Emma Jacobs, which aired on Hear and Now, November 20, 2014, she investigates the Berks County Family Shelter for Immigrants. Many families wait here for months or even years for an immigration hearing before a … Continue reading

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7500 Comments Received for H-4 Work Authorization Regulation

The comment period for a USCIS regulation which would allow certain H-4 status holders to receive work authorization ended on July 11, 2014. 7,500 comments were received. These will be reviewed and considered by DHS to determine whether the proposal … Continue reading

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