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What the Citizenship of the U.S. Men’s 2014 World Cup Team Says About the State of American Soccer

Eight out of the 23 players representing the U.S. in the 2014 World Cup team hold dual-citizenship with the U.S. and another country. The manner in which these eight dual-citizens obtained U.S. citizenship confirms a strong stature for the United States men’s national soccer team (“USMNT”) within the global soccer landscape; it also confirms a […]

By | June 16th, 2014|Athletes and Entertainers|

What the Citizenship of the U.S. Men’s 2014 World Cup Team Says About the State of American Soccer

Eight out of the 23 players representing the U.S. in the 2014 World Cup team hold dual-citizenship with the U.S. and another country. The manner in which these eight dual-citizens obtained U.S. citizenship confirms a strong stature for the United States men’s national soccer team (“USMNT”) within the global soccer landscape; it also confirms a […]

By | June 16th, 2014|Athletes and Entertainers, Blog|

L-1 Site Visits Revisited: USCIS Gives Notice to Employers Requesting L-1A Extension

L-1A site visits will begin this quarter at job locations where a U.S. employer obtained an extension of an employee’s L-1A status, as confirmed by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) unit in a stakeholder call on Thursday, April 24. USCIS will randomly select approved L-1A visa petitions […]

By | May 16th, 2014|Blog, I-9 and Compliance|

When Does an Individual Athlete Need a Visa to Compete in the U.S.?

When does an individual athlete need a visa to come to the U.S. and compete? For purposes of this blog, we will use Professional Triathletes as the example of individual athletes. Professional triathletes, like many other individual professional athletes, start coming to the U.S. to compete in occasional events. As they progress in their careers, […]

By | May 9th, 2014|Athletes and Entertainers, Blog|

Student Visas, PART 5: H-1B “Cap Gap” Protection

What happens when an F-1 student is working pursuant to optional practice training (OPT) and it expires while a cap-subject H-1B visa petition is pending and before the approved H-1B start date of October 1?

The H-1B Cap: Congress has allocated 65,000 H-1B visa numbers available every fiscal year. It has also allocated an additional 20,000 […]

By | April 11th, 2014|Blog, Employment Visas, Student Visas|

DHS Comes Knocking – How to Prepare For L-1 Site Visits

Employers with foreign national employees working in L-1 visa status should prepare for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) site visits. The purpose of these site visits is to pursue and deter immigration fraud, and also ensure that immigration benefits are not granted to foreign nationals who might threaten U.S. national security. Last October we blogged about […]

By | April 9th, 2014|Blog, Employment Visas, I-9 and Compliance|

Reentry Permits, LPRS, and Children Born Abroad

“Congratulations on the birth of your new baby!”

Recently when I read a similar comment in the Sunday bulletin at my church, it reminded me of a small but important law in the U.S. immigration regulations about reentry permits for parents in U.S. lawful permanent resident (“LPR” or “green card”) status who give birth to a […]

By | March 25th, 2014|Blog, Family Visas|

Reverification Best Practices for I-9 Compliance

While companies are generally diligent in completing I-9s for their new employees within three business days, they are not always as careful to reverify the I-9 when an employee’s work status changes. This most often comes up for those employees who are foreign nationals. Here is some information on when an I-9 needs to be […]

By | March 6th, 2014|Blog, Employment Visas|

Employer’s Seven Deadly (PERM) Sins

Too often I read BALCA (The Department of Labor’s (DOL) administrative court) decisions and see PERM denials based on an employer’s mistakes during the PERM process.  There are numerous possible failures along the PERM road that could lead to a denial.  I could blog all day on mistakes made by attorneys during the PERM process.  But there […]

By | February 6th, 2014|Blog, Employment Visas, I-9 and Compliance|

Family in ’14: Immigration and family-based green card cases

If you are a lawful permanent resident (LPR or green card holder) or U.S. citizen 21 years of age or older with relatives abroad, one of your 2014 New Year’s resolutions may be to sponsor them for a green card.  Trow & Rahal can help you navigate through the application process!

Here is some basic but […]

By | January 23rd, 2014|Blog, Family Visas|