Immigration Matters

Family-Sponsored Immigration: Spouses and Fiancés of United States Citizens

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Families and Young People, Immigration Matters, Visas | 0 comments

United States citizens who marry abroad often assume that their new spouse may enter the U.S. immediately following the marriage. This is generally not true. Rather, there is usually await of several months for the required green card processing to conclude, since the new spouse will need to enter the United States as a permanent resident. Whether abroad or in the United States, the U.S. citizen must file a visa petition for the new spouse. If the couple has married in the U.S., the visa petition should be filed with the foreign spouse’s application for permanent residency. If the couple has married abroad, the visa petition is filed, by itself, in the...

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Family-Sponsored Immigration

Posted by on Jun 5, 2013 in Families and Young People, Immigration Matters | 0 comments

A large majority of persons immigrating annually to the United States are able to do so because of a family relationship. United States Citizens may petition for permanent residency of the following relatives: Spouse and Fiancé Parent Children of all ages Sibling Lawful Permanent Residents (green card holders) may petition for permanent residency of the following relatives: Spouse Unmarried Children of all ages To contact an attorney about family-sponsored immigration to the United States, click here. Spouses, parents and children of United States citizens are known as “immediate relatives.” The number of immediate relatives who may immigrate...

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Visa Processing in Japan: Changes in Processing Non-Immigrant Visas in Tokyo, Osaka and Naha

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in Immigration Matters, Visas | 0 comments

STEP 1: DO YOU NEED A VISA? In my first position as an immigration attorney, I was taught that a visa is simply an “invitation” to knock at the door of the country issuing the visa. Anyone entering a country other than the one of which he or she is a citizen requires such an “invitation,” or they must be legally exempt from needing a visa. However, visas are not the only type of invitation to enter another country: some persons, including citizens of Japan, may use “ESTA,” the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, to enter the United States as visitors – in lieu of a visa. ESTA, formerly known as the Visa Waiver Pilot Program,...

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Do’s and Don’ts of Employer Immigration Compliance

Posted by on Apr 1, 2012 in Immigration Matters | 0 comments

Immigration is a hot topic, one that nearly everyone has an opinion about and has argued over. Most of those arguments are about either “amnesty” or border enforcement. There is, in addition to these topics, a huge body of law relating to the employment of non-U.S. citizens – who, what, where and when they may be employed – and the responsibility of employers to verify the work authorization and identity of all new employees. These employer responsibilities are found in U.S. immigration law. In existence since 1986, the responsibilities have changed over time. Enforcement of them is a focus of the current administration; and Republican contenders for...

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Book Review: Immigration Law in the Workplace

Posted by on Oct 1, 2010 in Immigration Matters | 0 comments

Immigration Law in the Workplace by Charles M. Miller, Marcine A. Seid, and S. Christopher Stowe, Jr. 584 pp.; 2009 Aspen Publishers, 2009 7201 McKinney Circle, Frederick MD 27704 (800) 638-8437 Immigration Law in the Workplace is a useful resource that covers (1) how to meet immigration compliance responsibilities; and (2) how immigration law affects foreign-born employees. According to the authors, the book is not intended to serve as a treatise on immigration, tax, labor, or social security laws. Instead, it was written to “assist readers in issue spotting and policy analysis to allow resolution of compliance-related issues before they result in employer civil...

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Time for Change

Posted by on Apr 1, 2010 in Immigration Matters, Laws and Legislation | 0 comments

Immigration has created serious problems for the United States but not for the reasons that most Americans identify: not because huge numbers of undocumented folks are invading our country and stealing jobs, not because they are abusing our welfare system, not because they don’t pay taxes and not because they commit crimes with abandon. Study after study confirms that the vast majority of “illegal immigrants” lay low. They pay taxes, don’t request government benefits and work hard, usually at jobs that American workers refuse to do. The serious problems created by immigration relate to restrictions that now burden our immigration system, causing many...

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