Immigration news – New H-1B visa petitions to be accepted on April 1, 2014

As most employers and potential specialty employees will already know, the filing season for new H-1B visas begins on April 1, 2014 for Fiscal Year 2015. "On April 1, 2014, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") will begin…

Individuals with extraordinary ability

U.S. immigration law allows private companies to hire individuals from abroad and bring them to the United States if the potential employees benefit the U.S. and there are no available alternatives in the local labor market to do the same…

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been around since 2012, but because many illegal immigrants might not be aware of its existence, I wanted to post some general information about this benefit. DACA is an executive…

Benefits of U.S. Citizenship

A few weeks ago, The New York Times featured an article discussing Green Card holders who are eligible to apply for U.S. citizenship, but who for various reasons lack a desire to naturalize.  The article, entitled “Making Choice to Halt…

Immigration news – Implementation of the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act

USCIS, July 2, 2013 Statement from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano: “After last week’s decision by the Supreme Court holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, President Obama…