Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Is ICE Unwittingly Sending Jobs Oversees?

As was widely publicized, Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) issued 650 I-9 audits nation wide in July 2009. These audits were aimed at enforcing IRCA (Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986) by rooting out authorized workers from the nation's workforce. In some cases, the subjects of these audits were garment manufacturers. Work in this sector has historically been done by immigrants. While ICE was successful in eliminating undocumented workers, they often left the manufacturers with many fewer workers. In a down economy, with few orders to fill, this has been managable for the employers. However, we have learned anecdotaly that for those lucky enough to have orders to fill, it has been impossible to find individuals authorized to work. In fact, desperate employers indicate that they can't even find undocumented workers. Clearly, employers wishing to continue operation under these circumstances will have to consider sending the work oversees. One has to wonder whether this is a desired result of the ICE audits.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Let's Pass Immigration Reform

More than 200,000 people marched on Washington this weekend to show their support for comprehensive immigration reform, but that isn't the only way to send a message to our elected leaders -- send a free fax to Congress and tell them we need immigration reform right now!


Friday, March 19, 2010

Orphan Adoptions

On April 1, 2010, USCIS will centralize the adjudication of all new orphan cases (non-Hague conventions cases). These cases will be adjudicated by CIS's specilized adoptions team in Missouri. This step will be taken in order to process applications more efficiently, to streamline and standardize the work processes, offer more consistent service, and benefit parents because the adoption team will have specialized skill and experience.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Immigration Benefits for Chilean Nationals

Given the recent earthquake in Chile, USCIS instituted certain temoporary relief measures for Chilean nationals:

1)the granting of extensions or change of nonimmigrant status applications even in cases where the applicant has overstayed his/her visa,
2)expedited processing of advanced parole applications/extensions,
3)expedited processing of student request for off-campus work authorization based on economic hardship,
4)expedited processing of family-based immigrant petitions for immediate relatives,
5)expedited approval of EAD requests where appropriate, and
6)assistance to LPRs stranded oversees without documents.

More information is available at the USCIS website (www.uscis.gov).