DHS Proposes Filing Fee Increases

On May 5, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed a rule adjusting certain immigration fees charged by U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). The proposed rule comes after USCIS reviewed its finances and determined that maintaining current fee Read More…

President Obama Announces Broader Deferred Action Policy

On November 21, 2014, President Obama announced executive action on immigration. The action includes a number of facets, but among the most notable are measures to ease the deportation risks for certain individuals in the country illegally. President Obama announced Read More…

Immigration Discrimination: Staffing Agency Reaches Settlement with DOJ

A Massachusetts-based staffing agency, has reached an agreement with the Justice Department to resolve allegations of immigration-related discrimination.  On January 23, 2014, the staffing agency agreed to pay lost wares, civil penalties, undergo anti-discrimination training, and subject its E-Verify practices Read More…

2013 Provided Temporary Protected Status Extensions For Nationals From A Number Of Countries

The U.S. has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals from a number of countries.  The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from Read More…

The Supreme Court’s Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will Have Significant Immigration Implications.

On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)—the provision barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages—was unconstitutional. Although U.S. v. Windsor was technically a tax case, the Court’s finding Read More…

Immigration Reform: Impact on Family-Based Immigration

While the Senate’s proposed immigration reform bill expands the opportunities for many individuals to enter the United States (e.g., skilled workers and refugees), it also reduces the opportunities for other types of potential immigrants: siblings and adult children of United Read More…

Dramatic Rise in ICE I-9 Audits: Is Your Business Protected?

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) has dramatically increased the number of businesses it audits each year for evidence of illegal hiring practices. Since a new focus on enforcement was announced in connection with a 2009 program described by ICE Read More…