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Federal Grant Funds Cannot Be Tied to Immigration Enforcement

The Shapiro Law Group

A federal judge on April 2018 issued a nationwide ban against a new policy that showed favoritism for local police departments that work with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on immigration enforcement. In 2017, Attorney General Jefferson Sessions made amendments regarding how scoring would be determined on applications for federal grant funds, Read the rest of this entry »


Will New Immigration Laws Prevent International Nurse Recruitment?

The Shapiro Law Group

The recruitment and professional landscape of Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) are likely to be affected by the new immigration policy that seeks to protect American jobs for native Americans. But this would mostly affect recruitment from countries under the travel ban. As the Trump administration stipulated, the aim of the new immigration laws was creating a lawful migration system, secure the American borders and cancel the visa lottery. Read the rest of this entry »


Americans Want Spouses of H-1B Holders to Work

The Shapiro Law Group

Lawmakers are urging the Department of Homeland Security to not forge ahead with their plans of revoking legislation allowing spouses of H-1B visa holders to be eligible for job opportunities in the U.S. Initially, these spouses could not be legally employed but the Obama administration’s 2015 rule allowed certain H-4 visa holders to be eligible to work in the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »


Trump’s Travel Ban Does Not Include Fiances

The Shapiro Law Group

Hours before the revised travel ban took effect, the Trump administration reversed its decision and is now allowing foreign fiancés to travel to the United States while the ban is in place. Trump’s travel ban on six mainly Muslim countries that took effect on June 29, 2017, provided an exemption for those who have a credible claim of a close familial relationship with someone or an entity in the United States. Read the rest of this entry »


Clarifying the Rules for Certain L-1 Visa Petitions

The Shapiro Law Group

The USCIS published an updated rule clarifying the rules for certain intracompany transferee L1 visa petitions. An employer filing an L-1 visa petition for the intracompany transfer of a foreign employee must substantiate that, at the time of filing the petition, the American company and the foreign company are in a relationship that qualifies for L1 visas. The petitioner must show that the two companies are the same employer, for instance, Read the rest of this entry »


Converting Your H-4 Visa

The Shapiro Law Group

H-4 visa holders may consider converting to other status options to access job opportunities in the U.S and avoid getting blocked from working in the jobs they have already secured. Since many H-4 visa holders are as educated and well-qualified as their spouses, many choose to convert to the H-1B visa. Read the rest of this entry »


Trump Tells Salvadorans: Leave the Country or Adjust Your Legal Status

The Shapiro Law Group

The Trump Administration’s announcement in January that special protections for Salvadoran immigrants will soon end is forcing hundreds of thousands of immigrants to either find alternative ways to obtain legal immigration status in the United States or return to a violent homeland that they haven’t known in years. Read the rest of this entry »