As previously reported, a group of former employees of Southern California Edison (who claim they were laid off and replaced by H-1B workers) filed a lawsuit in the United States District for the District of Columbia against the administration challenging the H-4 final rule on the grounds that the rule exceeds DHS’s authority and directly contradicts certain provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, as amended, in Save Jobs USA vs. U.S. Dep’t. of Homeland Security, Civil Action No. 1:15-cv-615. Continue reading “Alert: Preliminary Injunction is Denied–H-4 EAD Program Moves Forward”
Now that summer is here, hopefully most of us are planning our vacations. Although most summers, I return to my native Puerto Rico to visit family and spend some time at the beach, I’m always reading the newspaper (digitally these days) to look for new places to travel. If you’ve been reading the news over the past several months, there have been quite a few articles about a new Caribbean destination for travelers: Cuba. Continue reading “Cuba: La Perla de las Antillas”
U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced yesterday that it will temporarily suspend premium processing of Petitions for H-1B extensions beginning on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. USCIS will continue to process H-1B extensions that were received prior to May 26. USCIS will refund the premium processing fee for H-1B extensions filed prior to May 26, 2015, but not processed within the 15-calendar-day period. Continue reading “USCIS Suspends Premium Processing of Petitions for H-1B Extension”
Beautiful weather and golfing for a worthy cause makes for a fantastic Friday! Today is the Third Annual Hispanic Business Initiative Fund (HBIF) golf tournament in Tampa, Florida. In addition to Shumaker’s sponsorship, I was happy to sponsor a foursome. Proceeds from this event will be used for services that help create and retain jobs in Florida. Some of the other event sponsors include Bank of America, Chase, PNC, Wells Fargo, Walt Disney World Resort, Suncoast Credit Union, Impact Industrial Supplies, Telemundo and UPS.
HBIF was first established in 1991 in Tampa, by community leaders and government officials who identified the need for bilingual technical assistance and support for Hispanic entrepreneurs in the area. Today, HBIF is recognized as the state’s leading nonprofit, economic development organization specializing in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs. In order to increase the number of viable, fiscally sustainable businesses, create jobs, and help the community prosper, HBIF offers a variety of services to Hispanics who wish to start or grow their business in Florida. With offices in the West Coast, Central and South Florida regions, all HBIF services to clients are free thanks to corporate donations, government grants and special fundraising events. In the last five fiscal years, HBIF has helped clients create and retain 5,287 jobs in Florida.
While the lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive action continues to garner headlines, an additional lawsuit has been filed contesting another part of the executive actions that DHS is attempting to implement. This time the lawsuit is challenging the administration’s authority to give work authorization to the H-4 dependent spouses of certain H-1B nonimmigrants. Currently, H-4 spouses are not authorized to engage in employment unless the spouse has his/her own work visa. Continue reading “DHS Asks Court to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging H-4 Work Authorization”
In a Thursday midnight filing, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers disclosed that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued about 2,000 three-year work permits (as opposed to the currently authorized two-year permits) to illegal immigrants granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Technically, the issuance of the three-year work permits — an aspect of President Obama’s November 20 executive actions which expanded DACA — was in violation of U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s February 16 injunction issued in the case of State of Texas v. United States. Continue reading “2000 Three Year Work Permits Were Issued by DHS in Violation of Injunction”
Maria del Carmen Ramos, partner in the Tampa office, was selected to be a part of Class III of The Florida Bar Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy (“Academy”) as an Academy Fellow. The Academy’s mission is to identify, nurture, and inspire effective leadership within the Florida Bar and the legal community. Continue reading “Maria del Carmen Ramos Selected to be a Fellow of the Florida Bar Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy”
This week the U.S. Departments of Labor and Homeland Security announced an interim final rule to reinstate and make improvements to the H-2B Visa program, and a final rule to establish the prevailing wage methodology to be utilized for the H-2B program. Continue reading “DOL and DHS Release Joint New Rules for H-2B Visa Program”