Despite a long build-up to a debate on an immigration bill in the United States Senate this week, negotiations for comprehensive legislation, as well as a law to help protect DACA recipients, gained no traction in Congress, leaving the future of immigration entirely uncertain.… Read More
Yet again, the House and Senate have passed and sent to the White House a continuing resolution that prevented a government shutdown and extended the EB-5 Regional Center Program until March 23, 2018. Invest in the USA (IIUSA), the national membership-based industry trade association for the EB-5 Regional Center Program, noted in a statement that the continuing resolution provides much-needed time to reach an agreement on a permanent EB-5 program fix:… Read More
ICE Agents Directed to Detain Undocumented Immigrants Attending Court
On Wednesday, January 31, ICE announced a new set of guidelines pertaining to how they will conduct arrests of undocumented immigrants at federal and state courthouses. In response to uncertainty on the issue, ICE stated it will continue to target undocumented immigrants in courthouses, particularly in criminal matters. … Read More
To better combat non-immigrant visa overstays through proactive and preventative enforcement actions, Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has announced the implementation of an “Email Departure Reminder” system. The Reminder system requires certain non-immigrant, temporary travelers to the United States to provide an e-mail address so CBP can send an email notice 10 days prior to the date that the traveler is required to depart the United States, or face dire consequences including deportation from the United States, revocation of any non-immigrant visas, and bans on one’s future ability to lawfully enter the United States.… Read More
Silicon Valley, known around the globe as a technology hub with headquarters for many companies, including Google and Apple, is heavily dependent on foreign skilled employees.
Last year, the Silicon Valley Competitiveness and Innovation Report noted that 57% of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (known as “STEM”) professionals in the region were foreign born. … Read More
Many U.S. owners of foreign companies are surprised to hear that the new repatriation tax not only applies to “repatriated” foreign earnings, but also to foreign earnings that are not repatriated into the U.S. They are even more surprised to learn that the deemed repatriation tax may be due as early as the 2018 tax season. While an election is available to pay the net tax liability over eight annual installments, this new tax comes as a surprising frustration to many business owners of foreign companies.… Read More
The number of applications for H-1B visas – reserved for foreign professionals seeking to work in skilled positions in the United States – is expected to rise this year, and employers need to prepare accordingly.
The law caps the number of available visas at 85,000 (with 20,000 reserved for those with a master’s degree), and the 85,000 recipients are chosen at random through a lottery system. … Read More
Last week over 100 7-Eleven Stores across the United States were raided by Immigration agents in what is being called “the largest operation against an employer under Donald Trump’s presidency” —and a slowdown is nowhere in sight. Immigration officials have promised that all employers will be subject to immigration compliance actions—regardless of size. One mistake—however minimal—can have devastating consequences on the employer, not the employee: millions in fines, loss of federal grants and contracts, forced SEC reporting, loss of franchisee agreements, franchisor sanctions, to years in prison. … Read More