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Employment Immigration Archives

Undocumented workers can file wage and hour lawsuits

A recent court decision underscored the fact that all workers in California are protected under the Fair Labor Standards Act regardless of their immigration status. A New York federal court ruled that immigration-related documents are not discoverable in wage and hour lawsuits because the documents are irrelevant. The judge also stated that requiring immigration documents in such a case could intimidate workers who wish to file complaints against their employers.

Thousands sent work permits by mistake

California residents may be interested to learn that 2,000 people received three-year work permits in the mail by mistake. The work permits were issued to foreign-born individuals under the Obama administration's executive immigration action taken last November. However, the work permits were later found to be erroneous because they were issued after a judge had issued a temporary injunction on the immigration action.

The requirements for an international athletic visa

California promoters who are seeking to bring international athletes into the United States may be interested in the specific visa requirements. Depending on whether the visa is for an individual or a team, the requirements and duration of stay may vary.

Employers miss out on foreign workers due to H-1B visa limit

Some employers in California may be affected by the fact that for fiscal year 2016, almost three times as many applications for H-B1 visas have been made than are available. This type of visa is intended for foreign workers who are skilled in science, engineering and computers, but the government caps it at 85,000. This includes 20,000 set aside for workers who have master's degrees. For the coming year, 233,000 have applied.

L-1A visas for foreign executives and managers

International companies may be able to transfer foreign executives or managers to a U.S. office by helping them to secure an L-1A nonimmigrant visa. If a company does not yet have a U.S. office, the L-1A visa may be used so that a foreign manager or executive can come into the U.S. to help establish a new affiliate office.

A look at the requirements for foreign media immigrant visas

California residents with an interest in issues surrounding temporary visas may want to know more about a certain type of immigration visa. This visa allows those working with foreign media companies to enter the country; however, there are specific requirements that must be met in order to be approved for entry.

Applying for special immigrant religious worker status

Religious workers often find that their work takes them across national borders to California and other areas of the United States. They are often eligible for special visas that allow them to live in the U.S. if they are planning to continue their religious work within the country.

Applying for permanent resident status through job availability

As some California residents who are interested in immigration policies may know, citizens of other countries may apply for permanent residency in the United States based on employment. A backlog exists for certain categories used in this process. An EB-3 applicant's family may apply for admittance as the spouse or child of an employment-based worker.

How to obtain a B-1 visitor visa

All citizens of foreign countries must obtain a visa in order to travel to California or the 49 other states through a national port of entry. If they are not traveling to the United States for pleasure, they will need to get what is called a B-1 visitor visa. These types of visas are to be used for such things as professional conferences, contract negotiations, or educational purposes.

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