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I-9 Update: Green Cards Do Not Always Have a Signature

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”) recently released an alert advising employers that green cards do not always have a signature. For example, USCIS will waive the signature requirement for children under the age of consent or individuals who are physically unable to provide a signature. (more…)

Update on Temporary Protected Status

Mechelle Zarou

Mechelle Zarou

On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, the Department of Homeland security designated Nepal for Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for a period of 18 months, effective June 24, 2015 through December 24, 2016, based on the conditions resulting from the devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, and the subsequent aftershocks. As a result, eligible nationals of Nepal residing in the United States may apply for TPS with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”).   (more…)

Client Alert: Visa and Passport Delays Expected to Continue Through Next Week

Mechelle Zarou

Mechelle Zarou

On June 12, 2015, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (the “Bureau”) first announced that a hardware failure on June 9 had led to technical problems with overseas passport and visa systems. The hardware failure had halted the flow of security clearance requests from the overseas posts to the State Department’s Consular Consolidated Database (“CCD”). (more…)

Maria del Carmen Ramos Comments on Recent Immigration Ruling

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos, partner in Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick’s Tampa office, recently commented to Law360 on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Kerry v. Din.  Maria observed that the decision is sure to disappoint most immigration practitioners: (more…)

When Is Paying an Honorarium Permissible?

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Determining when is appropriate to pay an honorarium to a foreign national on a visitor’s visa often presents a conundrum. Our immigration system is nothing short of complicated with its alphabet soup of visas, but paying a foreign national also presents tax implications. (more…)