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Bender’s Immigration Bulletin – February 1, 2011

Border Security Fees from Employers to Continue into 2015 On the second day of the New Year, President Obama signed the “James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010” into law with no fanfare. The law sets up the World Trade Center Health Program and extends the deadline for...

Bender’s Immigration Bulletin – March 1, 2011

USCIS Issues Combined EAD/Advance Parole Cards USCIS announced that it is now issuing employment and travel authorization on a single card for certain applicants filing for adjustment of status. The new card looks similar to the current Employment Authorization Document, but includes text that...

Bender’s Immigration Bulletin – April 15, 2011

DHS Launches E-Verify Self Check Job seekers can now verify their own employment eligibility before applying for a job in five states and the District of Columbia through the newly launched E-Verify Self Check program. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and USCIS Director Alejandro...

July 1, 2011, Bender's Immigration Bulletin -- National Initiative to Combat Immigration-Services Scams

The Departments of Homeland Security and Justice and the Federal Trade Commission are leading a nationwide, multi-agency initiative to combat immigration services scams. The initiative targets immigration scams involving the unauthorized practice of immigration law that occurs when legal advice or...

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...

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 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...