Immigration and Firm News

In an interesting case, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Abercrombie & Fitch agreed to a $1,047,110 settlement for I-9 technical violations at Abercrombie & Fitch's Michigan retail stores. The ICE audit began in 2008. The company was not found to have knowingly hired unauthorized immigrants, but its electronic I-9 system was apparently found to have many problems. An ICE representative said: "We are pleased to see Abercrombie working diligently to complete the … [Read more...]

Today, USCIS announced new final regulations increasing by 10% on average the filing fees for immigration benefit applications. Although it did not raise the fee for citizenship applications, USCIS introduced some new fees such as for the EB5 regional pilot program designation ($6230.00!), fees for immigrant visas where USCIS has a role in the process ($165.00), and civil surgeon registration fees ($615.00). The rationale and fee list is posted here. Besides the fee increases, USCIS made … [Read more...]

Anchor Babies - The Myth "Anchor Baby" is a derogatory term and a figment of imagination. Anchor for what? Nativists believe that immigrants come to the US to "drop babies" so they can bestow an immigration benefit upon the parents. This is pure nonsense and not the law or fact! There are no immigration categories in our present system that allow a U.S. born child under 21 to sponsor his or her parents! Under current law, whether the parents entered legally or illegally, they will have to … [Read more...]

On September 7, 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), and Pascal Abidor, a dual French-American citizen, sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) challenging as unconstitutional DHS policy that allows border agents to search electronic media without suspicion or warrants. The case is Abidor, et al v. Napolitano, No. … [Read more...] out of Tennessee reports an August 27, 2010 AP news item indicating that 27 of 820 people scooped up by the state wildlife department for fishing without a license, and who also lacked identification, turned out to be immigrants who were turned over to Davidson County Jail. The Jail then turned them over to US Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE) for deportation. Davidson County is one of many jurisdictions across the country that has signed a "287(g)" agreement with ICE. … [Read more...]

In its efforts to be more transparent, USCIS issued a draft adjudication policy memo for public comment due by September 3, 2010. The draft memo instructs adjudicators how to evaluate evidence in EB-1 and EB-2 creme de la creme employment based visa petitions for permanent residence. The policy memo is a response to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Kazarian v. USCIS, 596 F.3d 1115 (9th Cir. 2010). EB-1 cases include "extraordinary ability" workers in the arts, science, business, … [Read more...]

Two new electronic procedures have been introduced by the U.S. State Department (DOS) concerning visa processing at U.S. Consulates abroad. One is new final rule that allows DOS to require applicants to use a new web-based online DS 260 form. This form will eventually replace the hard copy DS 230 form used for processing immigrant visas. For the last several months, temporary non-immigrants have been using a web-based online DS160 form for non-immigrant visas. While the State Department may … [Read more...]

KIK FOR PC is a social media app founded in 2009 and currently developed by KIK Interactive. It is one of the most comprehensive and feature loaded social media app which leaves its competitors in the dust. KIK For Windows Computer allows people to connect with each other seamlessly without any issues. KIK for PC App is for phones only, but there are some tricks and tips to use it on your computer! Some simple tinkering and know-how can allow you to use the application on your desktop in no … [Read more...]