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What Do Recent Travel Bans Mean for Business Immigration Law?

On April 22, 2020, the White House released information regarding an Executive Order signed by President Donald Trump. Proclamation 10014, the Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Present a Risk to the United States Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak, was enacted as an effort to combat the ever-growing […]

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5 Reasons to Consult a Tampa Business Immigration Attorney

Hiring top talent is important in the construction industry. From builders and developers to engineers and architects, you may have qualified and talented applicants with citizenship in other countries. When that is the case, a Tampa employment immigration lawyer can help.  Whether you have hired employees from outside of the U.S. in the past or […]

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U.S. Asylum Agreement Ruled Unconstitutional by Federal Court of Canada

In a landmark ruling released today, the Federal Court of Canada has ruled that it is unconstitutional for the U.S. and Canada to stop potential asylum seekers from attempting to enter either country at official border crossings. In her judgment, Justice Ann MacDonald cited the U.S. government’s treatment of asylum seekers and the Canadian government’s […]

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New Form I-9 Just Released

On January 31, 2020, the new IRS Form I-9 became available for use. Beginning on April 30, 2020, employers will only be allowed to use the new Form I-9, edition 10/21/2019. Between now and then, employers may continue to use the previous version of the Form I-9 (edition 7/17/17). The failure to use the correct […]

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Immigration Corner: Two Strategies to Avoid or Limit Potential E-Verify Liability for Contractors

The E-Verify rule for federal contractors can be a deal breaker for many contractors. The requirements imposed on contractors can expose them to liability with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through its enforcement arm, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In an industry where there is  extremely high turnover and where fraud continues to exist in […]

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Immigration Law: Public Charge Rule

The new public charge rule that was supposed to be implemented by USCIS on October 15, 2019 has been blocked by three U.S. District Court judges. The rule sought to change how the calculation of use of public benefits by an immigrant was made, thereby increasing the number of public benefits that would be considered […]

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The Immigration Corner: The Rules Regarding Public Charge Have Changed

The change has finally come to the rules defining what a public charge is for lawful permanent residence seekers and other temporary immigrants that are seeking to stay in or enter the U.S. In a nutshell, a public charge is a term used in immigration law to describe someone that relies, or will likely rely, […]

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The Immigration Corner: Regional Centers, Why Are They a Good Fit for Foreign Investors?

The Regional Center EB-5 Program is a pilot program created in 1993 to increase foreign investment interest for large scale projects after the Direct EB-5 Program requirements proved to be unable to support larger scale investments. The program was created to further help stimulate foreign investment in the U.S. economy with the creation of “regional […]

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The Immigration Corner: Nonimmigrant Intent and Conduct Inconsistent with Status – Part 2

Two terms that commonly get thrown around with regard to U.S. visas are Nonimmigrant Intent and Conduct Inconsistent with Status. This is particularly true if you have ever attended an interview at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate or if you have been taken to secondary processing when entering the U.S. Both apply to visas issued […]

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The Immigration Corner: Changes to the EB-5 Rules Are Here

On July 24, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) published its final rule (hereinafter referred to as the “Final Rule”) to amend the regulations governing the employment-based, fifth preference immigrant investor classification, more commonly referred to as the EB-5. Upon its effective date, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”), the agency tasked by DHS […]

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