Immigration Policy and Legislative Initiatives

Immigrant Entrepreneurs – Key to Jumpstarting our Economy

In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece yesterday, two private sector CEOs – Mr. Muller and Mr. Zimpleman – came together to make the case for getting rid of rules that discourage entrepreneurs from launching and growing new businesses. They want to find ways to let entrepreneurs “work their magic.” The CEOs put forth what… Read more »

No Opt-Out: Local Police Defacto ICE Agents

Local control out the window as Feds take over Washington has decided to run roughshod over local and state decisions to opt out of ICE’s (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Secure Communities Program whereby local law enforcement officials are required to act like ICE agents and turn anyone in on suspected immigration charges. Up until now,… Read more »

Stop the Reverse Brain Drain!

Last night we had a visit from a young man from India about to begin his PhD in theoretical computer science at a top U.S. university. He told us that he loves math. He had graduated top of his class at the Indian equivalent to our MIT. He also told us that his first three… Read more »

Caveat Employer: DUNS number required for visa petitions

Caveat Employer: Did you know you now need a Dun & Bradstreet number?  That is what USCIS is requiring. As an employer filing for a foreign worker you may have received a Request for Evidence (RFE)  based upon USCIS’s new fraud detection tool, the web-based Validation Instrument for Business Enterprises, or VIBE. Currently USCIS is… Read more »

Another Request for Evidence – Oh No!

Are Requests for Evidence Inevitable? I am afraid so. We and all of our colleagues, despite submitting enormous filings containing evidence on every conceivable point, are seeing Requests for Evidence (RFE) in nearly all of our cases. These days a case that goes through without an RFE is the exception and not the rule. We… Read more »

Start-up Visa for Entrepreneurs?

A NEW START-UP VISA FOR ENTREPRENEURS – TRUE? YES and NO On August 2, 2011, the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano and USCIS Director Mayorkas announced with much fanfare that foreign entrepreneurs could take advantage of the existing non-immigrant and immigrant visa system to gain status and permanent residency. See the DHS press release…. Read more »

Immigration Lessons learned from English Soccer

Immigration Lessons from English Soccer by MICHAEL MORITZ Reprinted from Wall Street Journal, April 4, 2011: San Francisco Here in Silicon Valley, immigrants and first-generation Americans provide the drive and hunger for almost every company worth its salt. But these days protectionism and xenophobia are choking off the supply of H1-B visas for the best… Read more »

International Adoption Alert!

The Hague Adoption Convention went into effect for the U.S. INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION INSTRUCTIONS Post-Hague Adoption Convention Implementation What is the New Hague Adoption Convention? The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention) is an international treaty that provides important new safeguards to protect the welfare of… Read more »

New Social Security Administration “No-Match” Regulation

ATTENTION EMPLOYERS: New Social Security Administration “No-Match” Regulation becomes effective September 14, 2007 On August 15, 2007, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its final ICE “No-Match” regulation, “Safe Harbor Procedures for Employers Who Receive a No-Match Letter.” This final rule will become effective on September 14, 2007. The basic rule regarding employment of… Read more »

Biometrics tip

This posting is in the form of an e-mail to Ann Lipson from a client after a biometrics appointment. Ann, I though that you might be curious about what happened at my visit to get my biometrics — which went smoothly, by the way. It took about one hour, though why so long, I’m not… Read more »