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  • America's 20-Year Immigration Crack Down: The Effects of IIRIRA

    This year will mark the 20th anniversary of the enactment of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) of 1996, which fundamentally changed the U.S. immigration system. Signed into law by President Bill Clinton, the new legislation was the product of the newly elected Republican majorities in the House and Senate. As America’s last major immigration reform legislation, it included sweeping revisions of the U.S. immigration system.

  • Provisional Waiver Open to More Applicants Easing Path to Legalization for Undocumented Immigrants

    On Friday, July 29, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published new regulations expanding the “provisional waiver.” Under the new regulations, DHS will now accept applications for the “provisional waiver” from those who have Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR or “green card” holder) spouses or parents.

  • Workers’ Compensation and Immigration Status
      by HG.org

    The United States Department of Homeland Security estimates that 11 million workers who were born in other countries lack documented immigration status. This represents approximately 5 percent of the American workforce.

  • Can I Take the Bar Exam If I Am not a Citizen?
      by HG.org

    Individuals who want to be lawyers generally must pass a bar exam. This test is perceived as one of the most grueling in the country, requiring many individuals to invest an entire legal education and post-graduation months preparing for it. The test is created in such a way that it should indicate whether a person is qualified to practice law in a given jurisdiction.

  • The Current Rhetoric on Immigration Stokes Fear, Ignores Facts

    Baseless, anti-immigrant rhetoric may stir certain segments of the voting bloc, but the facts will trump demagoguery. In reality, immigrants are crucially important to America. Immigrants enrich our culture, increase our productive capacity as a nation, and enhance our influence in the world.

  • How to Acquire a Visa for a Domestic Helper
      by HG.org

    Sometimes when individuals travel to the United States, they will also want their domestic help, such as a maid, housekeeper or nanny to travel with them. In order to accomplish this objective, the traveling individual must petition for a B-1 Visa.

  • The Consequences of a DUI on Citizenship
      by HG.org

    If a legal permanent resident wants to apply for naturalization, his or her conviction of a DUI may impact this decision. However, there are many factors that may be considered.

  • Employment-Based Immigration

    Approximately 140,000 immigrant visas are available each fiscal year for aliens (and their spouses and children) who seek to immigrate based on their job skills. If you have the right combination of skills, education, and/or work experience and are otherwise eligible, you may be able to live permanently in the United States. The five employment-based immigrant visa preferences (categories) are listed below.

  • Employment Immigration Visa Options for Florida Businesses

    Last year, the H-1B filing period lasted only five business days due to the high demand for H-1B visas. In 2015, there are 65,000 H-1B spots set aside for foreign nationals working for U.S. companies that meet the requirement of at least a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and 20,000 spots for those with U.S. master’s degrees. The demand for H-1B visas this year is expected to be even greater than in 2014.

  • 6 Circumstances Where You Need a Florida Immigration Attorney

    Those wishing to enter the U.S. as a legal immigrant or facing deportation often find the U.S. immigration process to be complicated, confusing and even frightening. Hiring an experienced Florida immigration attorney to help you navigate this process can increase the chances of a favorable outcome for your case.


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