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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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I-9 Compliance Part 2

When it comes to I-9 compliance, employers aren’t afforded much wiggle room. The laws are in place for a reason, and it’s up to contractors to make a good faith effort to follow them. Once a potential hire accepts a job offer, it’s your responsibility to have them fill out Form I-9 and verify that […]

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I-9 Compliance Part 1

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), “Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States.” Every single employer in the United States, regardless of industry, is required to have individuals complete Form I-9 prior to being hired. This includes employers and employees […]

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ICE Raids – What Should an Employer Do if ICE Shows Up at Its Place of Business?

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, commonly referred to as “ICE,” is a law enforcement agency under the Department of Homeland Security and is responsible for the enforcement of immigration laws in the United States. As part of the enforcement responsibilities, ICE prosecutes those who are in violation of the U.S. immigration laws and if […]

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The Immigration Corner: Nonimmigrant Intent and Conduct Inconsistent with Status – Part 1

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: EB-5 Investor Green Card – General Overview

The fifth preference classification for employment-based immigration, more commonly referred to as the EB-5 green card, is an employment-based green card, whereby the immigrant invests a certain amount of money into a business, creates a certain amount of jobs and receives a green card to come to the U.S. to manage the business. The EB-5 […]

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The Immigration Corner: Green Card Sponsors Must Pay Back the Government

On May 23, 2019, President Trump signed a memorandum directing the Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services to enforce the existing immigration law regarding lawful permanent residence sponsor reimbursement. With this enforcement, the federal government will seek reimbursement from lawful permanent residence sponsors where the sponsored immigrant obtains public benefits. For any immigrant […]

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