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Do H-1b Visas Take Jobs From American Workers?

October 8th, 2014 Written by: 

Many anti-immigration advocates repeatedly claim that foreign workers on H-1b visas (specialty occupation workers) are stealing skilled jobs from U.S. workers. The logic seems simple enough, if the foreign worker was not hired a U.S. worker would get the job. However, the reality of the situation is much more complicated, especially in the Information Technology (“IT”) field, where the majority of H-1b workers are employed. A recent report by the bipartisan Partnership for a New American

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Obama’s War of Attrition

September 18th, 2014 Written by: 

In Artesia New Mexico, hours from the nearest metropolitan area, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) has set up a prison solely for the purposes of detaining children and their mothers while they await determination of their claims for refugee status in the US.  ICE’s policy is to detain all of the children and their mothers regardless of their individual circumstances.  This policy is a violation of our obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention.  But even more disturbing than the detention

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Justice Delayed – Relief for Mexicans Who Were Tricked into Accepting Voluntary Removal

September 15th, 2014 Written by: 

For many years, attorneys who represent Mexicans in the United States facing deportation have heard the stories from clients and their family members. Someone accepted removal from the country voluntarily based upon advice received from Immigration agents that there was no possibility to obtain relief from removal from a judge. To another, they said that he could fight his case, but he would have to do it from a detention center without the possibility of release on bond, and it

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Update: Top Ten Ways Obama Can Make Positive Steps Towards Immigration Reform Without Waiting for Congress

August 13th, 2014 Written by: 

Over three years ago I created a list of ten ways that President Obama could use his administrative powers to effect positive change in our immigration system without waiting for Congress.  Here’s the link to my article from May, 2011: http://www.immigrateme.com/top-10-ways-obama-can-tackle-immigration-reform-without-congressional-approval/

Well three years later President Obama has implemented some of my recommendations but immigrant rights advocates are still waiting for comprehensive immigration reform.  To be specific he’s granted deferred action to some of the individuals who would have qualified under

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Expedited Naturalization: Not just for military families

August 13th, 2014 Written by: 

Feldman Feldman & Associates is pleased to announce that their Associate Danielle Rosché has achieved a rare type of naturalization for her client, the wife of a US businessman living overseas.  Normally, the spouse of a US citizen must live in the US as a legal permanent resident for three years before they become eligible for US citizenship.  However, under INA 319(b), spouses of US citizens where the citizen works for a US company or the US government overseas can

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Fallen Soldier’s Mother Faces Deportation

July 29th, 2014 Written by: 

Last week, Feldman Feldman & Associates attorney Danielle Rosché had the honor of representing the mother of fallen US service member, Captain Jennifer Moreno. Jennifer died in Afghanistan in October 2013 when her unit was attacked by an IED.  Jennifer was awarded the Bronze Star for Valor due to her actions during the fight when she was killed while trying to rescue an injured army ranger.

On Tuesday, Jennifer’s mother Maria was ironically facing deportation from the country her daughter had

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Obama Announces He Will Use Executive Action to Implement Immigration Reform

July 4th, 2014 Written by: 

In a recent speech to the nation President Barack Obama indicated that he is tired of waiting for  Congress to pass a bill on immigration reform. He indicated that Republicans used the logic, because it is broken, we won’t fix it. Therefore, the President stated he will do whatever he can through Executive action to implement reforms to our immigration system.

As of now it is unclear what reforms he will implement, but we will keep a close eye on it.

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FFA Featured on CNN

June 1st, 2014 Written by: 

In a report on CNN, our immigration law firm was featured as “one of the top immigration law firms” in San Diego, CA. At FFA we are thankful to receive this praise from such a credible source.

As a firm we believe in providing our clients with the most accurate information and advise of all of the possibilities with regards to their immigration cases. Accurate legal knowledge is not enough, as providing legal services is a service based industry. Therefore, we

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Proposed Rule Could Give Certain H-4 Nonimmigrants Work Authorization

May 9th, 2014 Written by: 

The Department of Homeland Security recently proposed a new rule that would extend employment authorization to spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are in the United States in H-4 nonimmigrant status.  Currently there is no such employment authorization for H-4 nonimmigrants.  The rule would apply if: (1) the H-1B principal is the beneficiary of an approved Form I-140; or (2) the H-1B principal has been granted an extension of his/her authorized period of stay under AC21 (which permits H-1B workers seeking

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Options for H-1B Applicants Not Selected in the Lottery

May 2nd, 2014 Written by: 

This year USCIS received approximately  172,000 applications for 85,000 H-1B visas (65,000 in the Bachelor’s cap and 25,000 in the Master’s cap).  Needless to say, the H-1B category is terribly oversubscribed and H-1B applicants not selected in the lottery are often left scrambling to find a suitable option to maintain lawful status in the United States.

Employers should keep in mind the various options if an intended H-1B employee was not selected in the lottery, including:

-E-1 Treaty Trader;

-E-2 Treaty Investor;

-E-3 for

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