NY Rejects DREAM Act for undocumented students

By two votes, the NYS Senate narrowly defeated a bill that would have provided in-state tuition for some undocumented students who live in New York.

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304017604579445883935279014?mg=reno64-wsj

Immigration is an Irish Issue ( and Latino, Asian, Canadian, …)

Click on the link below to read about Irish immigration reform advocates speaking up for those who helped to build our country.

http://www.columbiachronicle.com/metro/article_68bfbf84-ac02-11e3-bd99-001a4bcf6878.html

How does your immigration status affect your eligibility for health insurance?

March 14, 2014 Read the information provided by USCIS on the Affordable Care Act to find out if you are eligible for health insurance and what documents you would need to provide.

From: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services  3/13/2014
Did you know that your immigration status may affect your eligibility for health care benefits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?
Open enrollment ends March 31, 2014. USCIS encourages you to visit www.healthcare.gov to learn more. The website includes helpful resources on:
• The most common immigration documents that you may submit when applying for health insurance;
• Health insurance options for your family;
• How your immigration status affects your eligibility for insurance; and
• How you can verify your citizenship and immigration status.
Go online today to find the information you need to apply for health insurance.

H-1B Season Is Here!

March 13, 2014: The earliest date that employers may file an H-1B petition is April 1, 2014.  We expect that the demand for H-1B visas will be higher than last year, so we strongly advise any employer who is planning to file an H-1B petition to file on April 1st, or as as possible soon after that date. Click on the link below for the USCIS  summary of the issues that H-1B employers face.

http://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/h-1b-specialty-occupations-and-fashion-models/h-1b-fiscal-year-fy-2014-cap-season

 

 

 

Increase in Denials for some Types of Business Visas

March 12, 2014: US businesses with international partners/affiliates/subsidiaries may transfer foreign employees  who have specialized knowledge of their operations to the US with an L-1 visa.  From 2007 to 2013 the denial rate for L-1 visas increased from 7% to 34%.  Employers should look at all the options before making a decision on L-1 sponsorship.  See the  USA Today article below for more details.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/03/11/immigration-visa-denials-increase/6301869/