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January 31, 2017 | Posted by Business Immigration Group | Permalink
On the heels of the controversial executive order barring entry of nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries, President Trump is now about to set his sights on business immigration issues. read more
January 31, 2017 | Posted by Business Immigration Group | Permalink
Last Friday, President Trump signed an executive order banning the entry of foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to the United States for a period of at least 90 days. read more
August 11, 2016 | Posted by Business Immigration Group | Permalink

The U.S. Departments of Labor, Homeland Security and Justice have announced that significantly higher civil fines will be assessed against employers who commit Form I-9 and E-Verify violations.

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April 13, 2012 | Posted by Mark Koestler, Co-Chair, Business Immigration | Permalink
It is fairly common in the entertainment industry for a deal to come together at the very last minute, making the immigration process much more difficult. To better meet the needs and business practices of the entertainment industry, the US government should reduce processing times in each step of the immigration process, while heeding security concerns. read more
November 2, 2011 | Posted by Mark Koestler, Co-Chair, Business Immigration | Permalink

Just a few weeks ago, 15 Russian engineers employed by Boeing’s Moscow Design Center, who were travelling to the United States to perform services for Boeing, were denied entry by Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) at the Seattle Tacoma International Airport.  While all of the facts are not clear, it appears that the engineers were seeking entry pursuant to the “B-1 in lieu of H-1B” category, which permits professionals who are employed abroad to come to the United States for a short period to perform services for a U.S. entity.  These professional visitors must remain on the payroll of their foreign employers and are not permitted to receive any remuneration from any U.S. source. However, they may be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses by the U.S. employer.

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October 5, 2010 | Posted by Business Immigration | Permalink

I. Increased Filing Fees for Certain H‑1B and L Employers

In legislation (H.R. 6080) that was signed by President Obama on August 13, 2010, Congress imposed an additional filing fee and fraud prevention and detection fee on H‑1B and L‑1 petitions filed by employers who have 50 or more U.S. workers, but only if more than 50 percent of their employees are in H‑1B or L status (“50-50 rule”). The new fee, which is in addition to the current $320 for H‑1B and L‑1 petitions, in addition to the $1,500 H‑1B training fee, and in addition to the $500 anti-fraud fee imposed on initial H‑1B and L‑1 petitions, is $2,000 for H‑1B petitions and $2,250 for L petitions.

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