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Diversity Lottery 2018 now open with new countries eligible

Diversity Visa Program for 2018: Eligibility and Application Process The US Department of State will accept applications for the Diversity Visa program on October 4, 2016 The Diversity Visa program provides 50,000 visas for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. Eligibility […]

Refugees Coming to the US Already Undergo Thorough Screening

Refugees traveling to the United States are some of the most thoroughly vetted people to enter the United States. There has been much discussion in the news recently about admitting Syrian refugees to the United States. However, many people do not know the process refugees must endure before they may enter this country. Entrance is not immediate […]

Are You an Independent Contractor or an Employee?

The Difference is Important to Your Paycheck Businesses across numerous industries use independent contractors to fill crucial roles in their workforce.  Construction, trucking, nursing, and IT are just a few of the industry sectors that commonly hire independent contractors. Companies chose the independent contractor relationship in large part to avoid the costs associated with hiring […]

Technology Makes Old Immigration Quota Limits Obsolete

New Technology Makes Old Immigration Quota Limits Obsolete United States immigration policies have not changed much since 1990. However, technology has since changed the world to the point of making the current quota system obsolete. In 1990, when the current immigration system was set up, the Internet was available to technicians only, and it was not known how […]

Employers Should Consider Light Duty For Pregnant Employees

The Supreme Court Rules on Pregnancy Discrimination On March 25, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Young v. UPS, a pregnancy discrimination case regarding failure to accommodate light-duty restrictions. Plaintiff Young was a part-time driver for UPS when she became pregnant in 2006. While drivers were required to lift up to 70 pounds, […]

Time to Apply for 2017 Visa Lottery!

Diversity Visa Program for 2017: Eligibility and Application Process The US Department of State began accepting applications for the Diversity Visa program on October 1, 2015. The Diversity Visa program provides 50,000 visas for a class of immigrants known as “diversity immigrants” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. Eligibility […]

TPS designated for Yemen

On September 3, 2015, the US Department of Homeland Security has designated the Republic of Yemen for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the period of September 3, 2015 through March 3, 2017. This designation allows nationals of Yemen (and aliens who have no nationality but who last habitually resided in Yemen) who have continuously resided […]

How Legal Gay Marriage Changes the Employment Relationship

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that same-sex couples have the right to enter into a legal marriage.  The Court determined that, by banning such marriages, States were violating the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution (the Equal Protection clause) and thus, struck down those bans on same-sex marriage. Obviously, this decision has […]

Time to Register for TPS for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone Extended

Today the Department of Homeland Security announced that it has extended the initial registration period deadline until August 18, 2015. This registration deadline applies to nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. (Previously, the deadline for nationals of Guinea was May 27, 2015.) TPS was established for nationals of these countries because of the Ebola […]

TPS desiganted for Nepal

Nepali citizens who are in the United States as of June 24, 2015 are eligible to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Today, the Department of Homeland Security announced that Nepali citizens may be granted up to 18 months of TPS if they satisfy all eligibility criteria.. This includes demonstrating that they have been both […]

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