3 Tips for Successful U.S. Market Entry

By Sang Shin, Attorney Each year, the U.S. Department of Commerce and each of the 50 states court foreign companies from all over the world to encourage and incentivize investment. The Department of Commerce’s flagship event, the Select USA Investment Summit, rolls out the red...

October 2018 Visa Bulletin – Return from Retrogression & Earlier Acceptance of AOS Filings

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for October 2018, which reflected the return from retrogression for the EB-2, EB-3, and Other Workers categories, and forward progress but continued backlog in the EB-1 category. Earlier Dates for Filing AOS...

Government to Expand, Extend Texas Tent Shelter for Children

HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. government will expand its tent shelter for immigrant minors crossing the southwest border to 3,600 beds and keep it open through the end of this year, an agency spokesman said Tuesday. The facility at Tornillo, Texas, which originally opened with a...

REPORT: Immigration Curbs Population Decline in Rural Texas Communities

In over 400 rural Texas areas, the native-born adult population dropped 19 percent while the immigrant population grew 96 percent. Elizabeth Trovall   An influx of immigrants to rural areas is curbing population decline across the country, according to a new report. The study...

Sessions says he plans a 50 percent surge in immigration judges

By HUGH T. FERGUSON Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that he plans to increase the number of immigration judges by 50 percent by the end of the year as he welcomed a new class of such judges on Monday. “Counting you along with existing judges, we currently have the most active...

Under Trump, there’s a growing wait to become a U.S. citizen

By Teo Armus Teo Armus Local reporter Email Bio Follow August 17 The free citizenship class at the Gaithersburg Library usually runs about 12 weeks, but Yeslis Martínez has come back every Tuesday for more than a year. A permanent resident from El Salvador, Martínez filled out an...

The Legalization of Marijuana: Will it have an impact on global mobility?

By Sheryll Young, GMS-T Globally, mobility is at a critical mass with disruptions that will change workforce dynamics. Ten years ago, insights were focused on the next generation of international assignments for 2020. Fast-forward to 2018, and include automation, robotics,...

5 steps businesses can take as U.S. ramps up immigration audits

By Robert Loughran, Partner On July 24, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that Homeland Security Investigations had served notices of inspection on more than 5,200 businesses from January 2018 to the present as part of a nationwide operation to audit employer...

Premium Processing Filing Fee Increases to $1,410

Today U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) published a final rule increasing by 15% the required filing fee for requests for premium processing.  The current premium processing fee is $1,225, and the new fee will be $1,410.  The effective date is October 1, 2018. ...

Law Firm Required To Pay Over $100,000 In Penalties To Settle Discrimination Against Citizens And Authorized Workers

Neetu Chandak | Contributor An international law firm will be required to pay $132,000 in penalties for discriminating based on citizenship, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). Clifford Chance, an international law firm with its U.S. headquarters in New York, restricted...
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