H-2B Visa Increase for Second Consecutive Year

On May 25, 2018, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a temporary rule with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) which was released on May 31, 2018, to increase the number of available H-2B nonimmigrant visas by up to 15,000 through the end of Fiscal Year 2018,...

Former owner and operator of tech staffing company sentenced to prison for wire, visa fraud

PHILADELPHIA – The former owner and operator of Virgo Inc. and Isync Solutions, Inc., was sentenced April 19 following convictions for wire and visa fraud. The sentencing follows a joint investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security...

Owner of schools that illegally allowed foreign nationals to remain in U.S. as “students” sentenced to 15 months in federal prison

LOS ANGELES – The owner of four schools that enrolled hundreds of foreign nationals who fraudulently obtained immigration documents allowing them to remain in the United States as “students” – even though they rarely, if ever, attended classes – was sentenced today to 15 months...

Woman who impersonated attorney to defrauded clients seeking immigration services sentenced to federal prison

LOS ANGELES – A Lynwood woman who stole the identity of a New York attorney and filed immigration petitions on behalf of foreign nationals who believed she was a legitimate lawyer has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison. Jessica Godoy Ramos, 37, was sentenced Wednesday...

TPS Holders Should Review Alternate Immigration Options

On January 8, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation would be terminated for El Salvador on September 9, 2019. Since March 9, 2001, the TPS designation allowed certain Salvadorians with continuous residence in...

Former Dallas-area school district human resources director sentenced to 2 years in federal prison for conspiracy to falsify immigration documents

DALLAS — A Dallas-area school district human resources executive was sentenced Monday before U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey to 24 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $317,482 in restitution for falsifying immigration documents. This sentence was announced by U.S....

Naturalized US citizen living in NM pleads guilty to marriage fraud

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — A naturalized U.S. citizen residing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to a felony marriage fraud charge arising out of a scheme to obtain immigration status for foreign nationals. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE)...

Beware of DHS Hotline Scam

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently warned the public about an apparent scam involving the DHS OIG hotline telephone number. The fraud alert states that scammers have modified their caller IDs to appear as if their calls are...

DHS Funding Passed Through End of Fiscal Year

The U.S. House passed a bill to fund the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the end of the fiscal year, September 30, 2015. The bill passed with little time to spare before March 6th, when the department’s current funding is set to expire. The DHS was not funded...

House Republicans’ Silent War Over Immigration Funding

House Republican leaders and rank-and-file conservatives are engaged in a silent standoff about how to proceed on funding for the Department of Homeland Security. In front of the cameras they are on the same page: Speaker John Boehner and hard-line conservatives alike pin the...
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