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Maria del Carmen Ramos Appointed to Florida Bar Committee

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos, partner in the Tampa office, has been appointed to a three-year term on The Florida Bar’s Judicial Administration and Evaluations Committee, which is concerned with obtaining and retaining qualified judicial officers, as well as making judicial offices more attractive to qualified attorneys. (more…)

Maria del Carmen Ramos Speaks at Labor Migration and Migrant Adaption Program

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos, an immigration partner in our Tampa office, was invited by the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) to speak to a delegation of distinguished visitors from Russia as part of the Labor Migration and Migrant Adaptation Program. (more…)

Mechelle Zarou Presented to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Texas Chapter

Mechelle Zarou

Mechelle Zarou

Mechelle Zarou, partner in the Toledo office, spoke at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) Texas Chapter Spring Conference on “Best Practices for L-1 Visas.”  The AILA Texas Chapter encompasses the states of Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.  The conference was held April 23-25, 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. (more…)

Stay on Order Affecting H-2B Program is Extended by One Month

Mechelle Zarou

Mechelle Zarou

On Wednesday, the Florida federal court in Perez v. Perez, No. 3:14-cv-682, extended the stay on its March 4, 2015 order vacating the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) 2008 H-2B regulations order by one month through May 15, 2015. DOL will continue to process temporary labor certification applications under its H-2B regulations until this date. (more…)

EB-5 Retrogresses By Two Years in May 2015 for Nationals of China

Mechelle Zarou

Mechelle Zarou

The Department of State has released its Visa Bulletin for May 2015 and, as predicted back in October 2014 by Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, Charles Oppenheim, the EB-5 category will retrogress for nationals of China.  The cut-off for processing will be May 1, 2013.  The cut-off date for a foreign national is established by the filing date of the I-526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur and is shown on the receipt notice in the “Priority Date” box.  As such, Chinese nationals who wish to adjust their status to legal permanent resident in May 2015 must have a priority date of May 1, 2013 or earlier. (more…)