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Former ICE Leader Julie Myers Wood On What High Court's Arizona Immigration Law Ruling Means

The former head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) gives her analysis of the Supreme Court's opinion in Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting , in which the court upheld key provisions of the Legal Arizona Workers Act. The act authorizes suspension or revocation of business licenses for knowing...

July 15, 2011, Bender's Immigration Bulletin: EOIR Disciplines 41 Attorneys

EOIR recently took disciplinary action against forty-one attorneys for violations of the rules of professional conduct for immigration practitioners. The following twenty-one attorneys were issued orders of immediate suspension: Bradford J. Barneys, suspended based on his disbarments in Maryland...

Duane Morris LLP: February Visa Bulletin, EB-2 for China and India Moves 12 Months and Other Immigration Law Updates

February Visa Bulletin, EB-2 for China and India Moves 12 Months The employment-based second preference category for Indian and Chinese nationals is scheduled for another significant advancement on February 1, 2012. All applicants who have priority dates on or before January 1, 2010, may submit adjustment...

Excerpts From the March 1, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin: ICE Creates Public Advocate Position, more

ICE Creates Public Advocate Position As part of its ongoing detention reform initiative, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced its first Public Advocate, ICE Senior Advisor Andrew Lorenzen-Strait. Mr. Lorenzen-Strait will serve as the point of contact for individuals, including those...

Williams Mullen: Alternative Strategies in the Wake of Meeting the H-1B Cap

By William J. Benos and Reba Mendoza At this time, most are well-aware that the H-1B cap for the 2013 fiscal year was reached on June 11, 2012. [1] The brevity of this cap season, only two and one-half months, is a change from recent years,[2] and it has left employers and immigrant workers searching...

Duane Morris LLP: New E-Verify Requirement For Pennsylvania Public Works Contractors, Beginning Jan. 1, 2013

On July 5, 2012, Pennsylvania Gov. Thomas Corbett signed into law S.B. 637 , requiring state public works contractors and subcontractors involved in projects of more than $25,000 to use E-Verify starting on January 1, 2013, or they will lose their right to contract with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania...

Ballard Spahr LLP: Pennsylvania Contractors Must Use E-Verify To Check Employee Eligibility

By Patrick J. Harvey and Rebecca L. Massimini The recently signed Public Works Employment Verification Act requires contractors and subcontractors on public works projects in Pennsylvania to verify the employment eligibility of newly hired workers using the Department of Homeland Security's E...

Excerpts from the Oct. 1, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin: 2014 Diversity Visas and More

2014 Diversity Visas Online registration for the DV-2014 Program will begin on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at 12 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), and conclude on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at 12:00 noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4). Please see http://travel.state.gov > Visas >...

Excerpts From the Oct. 15, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin: 2014 DV Program Opens, More

2014 DV Program Opens The 2014 Diversity Visa Program registration opened at noon on October 2, 2012, and is scheduled to close at noon on Saturday, November 3, 2012. As in past years, applicants must submit entries electronically during this registration period using the electronic DV entry form...

Excerpts From The Aug. 15, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Washington Supreme Court Bars Certain Uses of Immigration Status On July 10, 2013, the Washington Supreme Court updated its legal ethics rules to prohibit attorneys from referring to an individual’s immigration status to intimidate, coerce, or prevent him or her from participating in a civil...

News Excerpts From the Oct. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

ICE Issues New Guidelines on Use of Solitary Confinement in Immigration Detention Centers: On September 4, 2013, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a directive establishing policy and procedures for the placement of detainees in solitary confinement. Under the new guidelines, detainees...

News Excerpts From The Dec. 15, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Federal Judges Required to Provide Immigration Warnings During Plea Stage | Under changes to the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure that took effect December 1, federal judges are required to advise defendants of potential immigration consequences as part of the standard plea colloquy. The amendment...

News Excerpts From the Nov. 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

California Launches Student Loan Program for DREAMers | In late September, California enacted a bill allowing public universities to provide direct loans to state residents unable to obtain federal loans on account of their immigration status. Known as the “California DREAM Loan Program,”...