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 accepting new H-1B petitions for employment commencing on October 1, 2014. New H-1B petitions are subject to […]

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 work.  There are different categories of employment-related visas.  Some of them are immigrant and others […]

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 action by President Obama that authorizes the U.S. government to grant legal status to certain immigrants […]

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 at Door of Citizenship,” is based on numerous interviews with immigrants in the U.S. as […]

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 directed federal departments to ensure the decision and its implication for federal benefits for same-sex legally married couples are implemented […]