For business owners and HR managers, a quick look at three top stories in immigration law: comprehensive immigration reform, the 2014 H1-B visa season, and SEC fraud charges in the E-B Immigrant Investor Program.
For your reference, from immigration and employment lawyers on JD Supra:
1. Immigration reform is poised to become a reality:
“The current mechanisms to admit skilled and unskilled workers are not effective, and make it difficult for U.S. employers to have access to top international talent. Comprehensive immigration reform would: (1) overhaul the U.S. immigration system, while simultaneously securing the nation’s borders and punishing those who assist others in coming to the U.S. unlawfully; (2) address the issue of what to do with the millions of individuals currently in the country without a legal status; and (3) improve the ability of employers to obtain visas for foreign national employees in important market sectors.” (Littler)
- Immigration Reform in 2013 – What U.S. Employers Can Expect – Littler
- High-Skilled Immigration Reform Measure Promises Beneficial Changes – Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
- Immigration Reform May Be on the Horizon, But What Does it Mean to Employers Now? – Jackson Walker
- Comprehensive Immigration Reform – Patton Boggs LLP
- Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Let Me Repeat the Cliché – “The Devil Is in the Details” – Proskauer Rose LLP
- Mandatory E-Verify: Not Too High a Price for Necessary Immigration Reform – Mintz Levin
2. The 2014 H-1B visa season is approaching – and it will likely be short:
“Based on recent years’ trends, it is anticipated that demand for new H-1Bs will be higher than in the past several years, making it more likely that the annual quota will be reached much earlier. In Fiscal Year 2013, the H-1B cap was reached on June 11, 2012.” (Duane Morris)
- Fiscal Year 2014 H-1B Cap Season – Duane Morris LLP
- H-1B Season & Cap are Fast Approaching – Are You Ready? Top 10 Questions and Answers About H-1B Visas – Scott Legal Services, P.C.
- H-1Bs for FY 2014 – Fowler White Boggs P.A.
- It’s That Time Again: H-1B Filing Season for Fiscal Year 2014 – NPZ Law Group, P.C.
- Legal Alert: USCIS Will Accept H-1B Petitions Beginning April 1, 2013 – FordHarrison
- USCIS Will Start Accepting H-1B Petitions on April 1 – Fisher & Phillips LLP
3. Fraud charges in the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program signal increased scrutiny:
“[The Intercontinental Regional Center Trust of Chicago charges are] the first EB-5 enforcement action filed by the SEC. Press reports from September 2012 … indicate that the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General has launched an investigation into fraud in the EB-5 program. The SEC notes in its press release for this action there was close coordination with USCIS in bringing the case. This case confirms that both the SEC and USCIS are paying attention to compliance with securities laws, and USCIS is now monitoring for securities law compliance in its review of visa applications.” (Sheppard Mullin)
- SEC Freezes Assets and Brings Civil Charges against EB-5 Investor Visa Project – Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
- SEC Brings Case Involving EB-5 Investment Program – Brooks Pierce
- Top 6 Questions Clients Ask About the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program – Scott Legal Services, P.C.
- Tax Traps Accompany EB-5 Visas – Sanford Millar
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