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5/6/2010
Michael J. Robinson, Associate
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Conceptual Proposal for Immigration Reform: Interior Enforcement

The stated goal of ‘Interior Enforcement’ is to increase our ability to identify, detain, and remove individuals who entered unlawfully or overstayed temporary visas. This is affectionately referred to as “Detection, Apprehension, and Removal of Unlawfully Present Persons in the United States”.

Category: Immigration

5/5/2010
Michael J. Robinson, Associate
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Conceptual Proposal for Immigration Reform: Border Enforcement

A recent press announcement has outlined the “conceptual” proposal for ‘immigration reform’. The proposal touches on 6 major goals: 1. Border Enforcement 2. Interior Enforcement 3. Biometric Identification and Employment Verification 4. Maximization of American Economic Prosperity 5. Registration and Legalization Plan 6. Reforms to Enhance Efficiency and Effectiveness in America’s Immigration System

Category: Immigration

5/3/2010
Michael J. Robinson, Associate
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Thinking About Applying For Naturalization?

Thinking About Applying For Naturalization?

Category: Immigration

4/14/2010
Michael J. Robinson, Associate
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Practice Pointers for Successful EB-1 Extraordinary Ability Petitions

An EB-1 worker of extraordinary ability is a “priority worker’ who has extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics. The worker’s achievements must be publicly recognized and has resulted in a period of sustained national or international acclaim. A further requirement is that the worker’s entry into the United States must substantially benefit the U.S. in the future.

Category: Immigration

4/12/2010
Michael J. Robinson, Associate
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USCIS Continues to Accept FY 2011 H-1B Petitions

On April 12, 2010 the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it will continue to accept H-1B nonimmigrant petitions subject to the Fiscal Year 2011 (FY 2011) cap. USCIS declared that it will monitor the number of petitions received for both the 65,000 general cap and the 20,000 U.S. master’s degree or higher educational exemption.

Category: Immigration

4/9/2010
Michael J. Robinson, Associate
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Extension of Optional Practical Training Program for Qualified Students

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a new rule for F-1 students that hopefully will eliminate the F-1/H-1B “Cap Gap”. The cap is the congressionally-mandated limit on the number of individuals who may be granted H-1B status during each fiscal year. The “Cap-Gap” occurs when an F-1 student’s status and work authorization expire in the current fiscal year before they can start their approved H-1B employment in the next fiscal year beginning on October 1.

Category: Immigration

4/8/2010
Michael J. Robinson, Associate
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Is Immigration Reform On The Horizon? Or Right In front Of U.S.?

According to a recent New York Times article President Obama intends to address comprehensive immigration reform this summer with Congress and proponents of comprehensive immigration reform.

Category: Immigration

4/7/2010
Michael J. Robinson, Associate
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Supreme Court Decision Protects Right to Immigration Advice

In a recent case the United States Supreme Court decided that attorneys representing noncitizens in criminal cases must advise their noncitizen clients about the risk of deportation if they accept a “guilty plea”. The Court seemingly recognized that the Immigration and Nationality Act in some cases imposes mandatory deportation from the United States for the noncitizen criminal defendant.

Category: Immigration