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July 2016 Archives

H-1B employees must receive proper pay

Economic downswings and tough times are not valid excuses for failing to pay H-1B employees properly, according to a administrative ruling that could set an important precedent for California workers. In July, an administrative law judge for the U.S. Department of Labor held that a Florida employer had to adhere to the wage terms established in its Labor Condition Application.

Foreign-born adoptees eligible for automatic citizenship

Many parents in California have adopted children that were born in foreign countries. Under the Child Citizenship Act of 2000, foreign-born adopted children become U.S. citizens as soon as they enter the U.S. with their adoptive parents. Adoptive parents do not need to apply for citizenship on behalf of their foreign-born adopted children, though they may wish to request a citizenship certificate.

Loophole may be available for some foreign students

Foreign college graduates in California who want to start their own business might be able to obtain an H-1B visa with the help of a university. Usually, the H-1B visa is awarded through a lottery system. Only 85,000 visas are awarded to people who must have bachelor's degrees and skills in math or science. They must also be sponsored by an employer. The odds of winning the lottery are not high. There may be nearly three times as many applicants as there are visas available.

California's law opens up work to many

Unauthorized California immigrants may be wondering how to obtain work permits now that President Obama's immigration plan has been placed in limbo by a deadlocked U.S. Supreme Court. However, some people could begin working thanks to a state law that allows unauthorized immigrants to work as independent contractors.

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