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Monthly Archives: March 2014

Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela Temporarily Suspends Issuing B-1/B-2 Visitor Visas to New Applicants

As of March 23, 2014, the US Consulate in Caracas, Venezuela announced that it is temporarily unable to schedule appointment for first-time B-1/B-2 visitor visas applicants. The consulate stated that because it is short of staff, it will only offer appointments for B-1/B-2 visas on an emergency basis. Those people who already have an appointment are […]

Religious dress and grooming in the workplace

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has published new guidelines that discuss the how federal employment discrimination law (Title VII of the Civil Rights Act) applies to religious dress and grooming practices in the workplace.  Religious dress and grooming practices include wearing religious clothing or articles (such as a Muslim hijab, a Sikh turban, or […]

Pre-Litigation Settlement in a “Wrongful Discharge” Case

As I continue my series of Posts intended to explain the process of pursuing a “wrongful discharge” case, today’s subject is Pre-Litigation Settlement.  (See my February 28th Post for Step 1 in the process.) STEP 2:  PRE-LITIGATION SETTLEMENT. After identifying possible legal claims in a wrongful discharge case, I usually prepare a letter to the […]

Visa Waiver Program expands to include Chile

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that Chile will be added to the Visa Waiver Program  (VWP) starting May 1, 2014. This means that eligible Chilean passport holders with an approved Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) and an E-passport will be able to visit the US without obtaining a non-immigrant B1/B2 visa […]

How to resolve I-94 mistakes

The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has automated the I-94 and I-94W process at US ports of entry.  When a nonimmigrant arrives in the US, the CBP inspector at the US port of entry does not issue a paper I-94 card. Instead, CBP stamps the passport with an admission stamp giving the date of entry, […]

Can a city pass a local ordinance related to enforcement of immigration law ?

Can a city pass a local ordinance related to enforcement of immigration laws? The US Supreme Court has yet to speak definitively on this subject. However, today, the US Supreme Court left intact other federal court rulings that say such city ordinances are trumped by federal law. The Supreme Court refused to hear appeals that were […]

New EB-5 Regional Center serving Columbus, Ohio approved

Last week, USCIS approved a new EB-5 Regional Center which will allow petitions for EB-5 green cards. General information about the RC can be obtained at www.cloudseedfund.com . The geographic area currently includes the following Counties in Ohio: Delaware, Franklin, Madison, Pickaway, Fairfield, Licking, Morrow, and Union. However, per the latest USCIS memo, it can expand […]

Fired For Wearing A Cross

Cecilia Hanson, a former employee of a maternity clothes specialty store, recently filed suit against Destination Maternity Corporation, claiming religious discrimination. Hanson alleges that she began working at the Gretna, Louisiana store approximately two years ago. After one year, the store manager, Tracy Jefferson, directed Hanson to stop wearing her cross in the store. Jefferson […]

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