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How a New Immigration Bill Could Impact Employment

Shortly after his January 20 inauguration, President Biden quickly signed several executive orders and made it known that he plans to overhaul a variety of U.S. laws. Addressing the critical issue of immigration, he sent Congress the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021. The purpose of the bill, per the statement release, is to establish “a […]

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5 Common Immigration Employment Mistakes for Contractors

Hiring top talent is key in the construction industry. Whether it’s hiring engineers or skilled builders, there are plenty of reasons to consider talent from outside the U.S. Unfortunately, there are a few common pitfalls to be aware of in regard to employment immigration.  In this post, a Tampa employment immigration lawyer shares the most […]

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What Contractors Should Know About Florida’s New I-9 Law

By Benjamin Briggs & Elliot Haney If you own a company in Florida, be sure you know the details of a new law that went into effect on January 1, 2021. You and your HR professionals are likely familiar with the Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification required for hiring and onboarding new employees. You may […]

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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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