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What the Loss of Spousal Employment Authorizations Could Mean for You

The Shapiro Law Group

Legal challenges threaten to take the right to gain employment in the U.S. away from H-4 visa holders, which could have significant personal and economic effects. Often the spouses of H-1B visa holders, people with H-4 visas were given the ability to obtain work status by the implementation of the H-4 Employment Authorization Document rule in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »


Immigrant Workers: Will Trump Give Farmers a Break?

The Shapiro Law Group

A recent softening of the Trump administration’s stance on undocumented migrant workers may signal some relief for the nation’s farming industry. From dairy farms to vineyards, the agricultural industry in the U.S. largely relies on the labor of migrants who settled in the country and those who cross the border temporarily for work each season. Read the rest of this entry »


Merit-Based Immigration: Here’s What You Need to Know

The Shapiro Law Group

The Trump Administration, through Jared Kushner, recently proposed a new immigration bill to Congress that would completely change the U.S. immigration system by favoring skills-based applicants over family-based immigration. Under the proposal, the U.S. would move to a merit-based immigration system similar to what exists in Australia and Canada. Read the rest of this entry »


Was Your Spouse Deemed Inadmissible?

The Shapiro Law Group

Qualifying Relatives (QR) may be able to get hardship waivers when their foreign national spouses or other family members have been deemed inadmissible under U.S. immigration law. Spouses may be deemed to be inadmissible when certain health concerns, criminal activity including some nonviolent offenses, previous illegal entry into the U.S., dishonesty, or security concerns are at issue. Read the rest of this entry »


New H-1B Rule Effective April 1: Here’s What You Should Know

The Shapiro Law Group

The new H-1B visa rule became effective on April 1 and it contains several changes that businesses and applicants need to understand. The rule was issued by the US Customs and Immigration Service and made changes to the H-1B visa cap and the application process. Read the rest of this entry »


Tech Companies Feeling the Impact of Tightened H-1B Policies

The Shapiro Law Group

Tech companies are suffering the biggest impacts of the tightening of H-1B visas by the Trump administration. The administration’s hardline immigration policies include trying to limit legal immigration and the government has started cracking down on H-1B visas. Read the rest of this entry »


Spouses and Fiances Could Soon Be Facing Another Immigration Hurdle

The Shapiro Law Group

Illinoisans who plan to marry foreign nationals may have a harder time getting fiance visas because the USCIS is planning to close its overseas operations. The overseas USCIS offices process fiance and marriage visa applications for people who are in foreign countries to allow them to join their loved ones in the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »