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January 2016 Archives

More opportunities for foreign workers and their employers

Some foreign-born individuals working in California could have an easier time applying for and extending their work visas. The Department of Homeland Security announced some changes to immigration regulations that could benefit citizens of Australia, Chile, Singapore and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. They were announced on Jan. 15 as a final rule published in the Federal Register.

New fees for H-1B and L-1 visas

Many employers in California are able to recruit qualified foreign workers to their companies using H-1B and L-1 employment-based visas. On Dec. 18, a new act was signed into law that has made H-1B and L-1 visas much more expensive for employers. The Consolidated Appropriations Act applies to companies that employ at least 50 workers in the United States, over half of which hold H-1B or L non-immigrant status.

Prosecutorial discretion can stop a deportation

People in California who are targeted for deportation are sometimes allowed to remain in the country. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials may choose to exercise prosecutorial discretion when the removal of an immigrant is not a high priority. Like deferred action, prosecutorial discretion will stop the deportation process.

How a spouse of a citizen may get a green card

When a California U.S. citizen marries a foreign national, it is possible for the foreign spouse to be able to qualify for and receive a green card on the basis of their marriage. The U.S. citizen must file the petition on behalf of their spouse after the marriage has happened.

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of California | California Board of Legal Specialization
  • Avvo
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Irvine Chamber