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Increase in Asylum Applications

The Los Angeles Times reported that the number of immigrants asking for asylum after illegally entering the United States nearly tripled this year, sending asylum claims to their highest level in two decades and raising concerns that border crossers and members of drug cartels may be
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Immigration Reform and the Housing Market

The Hill reported that a s Congress restarts conversations about the federal budget and deficit reduction, the immigration reform debate is still front and center for many. As that debate unfolds, it is important to put some hard facts on the table.  What are the costs and benefits of
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New York’s Highest Court Says that Noncitizens Must Be Warned of Deportation Risk Before Pleading Guilty

The American Immigration Council reported that the highest court in New York ruled on Tuesday that due process compels state court judges to warn defendants in criminal proceedings who are not U.S. citizens that pleading guilty to a felony may result in their deportation. The court no
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Foreign Students Add Billions to US Economy

The American Immigration Council reported that a record number of international students studying in the U.S. contributed billions to the U.S. economy during the 2012-2013 academic year, according to an economic analysis by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Over the acade
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USCIS Approves Statutory Maximum Number of U Visas for FY 2013

USCIS alert that it has approved the statutory maximum of 10,000 petitions for U nonimmigrant status for FY2013. USCIS will continue to accept U visa petitions and process them in the order in which they are received, and will resume issuing U visas on 10/1/13, the first day of FY2014
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IMMIGRATION AND SAME-SEX MARRIAGE FAQ

Thanks to the Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Windsor, which ended DOMA, gay and lesbian immigrants in New York and around the country can apply for green cards through their U.S. citizen or green-card holding spouses.  Here are the answers to some common questions regarding the imm
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U.S. says visas from gay spouses will get equal treatment

Reuters reported that The United States will immediately begin considering visa applications of gay and lesbian spouses in the same manner as heterosexual couples, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday. Kerry made the announcement at the U.S. Embassy in London. “When
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L-1B Specialized Knowledge Worker Petition Approved

Our law firm with offices in New York represented a New Jersey Company with a wholly owned subsidiary in India in the process of sponsoring an individual for an L-1B specialized knowledge visa.  There was a substantial shared financial interest and business relationship between the tw
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Technology Firms to Benefit from Immigration Reform

The Associated Press reported that more than any other group, the high-tech industry got big wins in an immigration bill approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, thanks to a concerted lobbying effort, an ideally positioned Senate ally and relatively weak opposition. The r
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