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Section Newsletter Articles on Immigration Law

Follow-up on H-1B TARP By Sonya Som Administrative Law, April 2009 On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“ARRA” or the “the Act”), a massive bill that allocates $789.5 billion in federal funds and tax cuts for a variety of initiatives in an effort to stimulate the economy.
Form I-9: Delay of another Interim Rule By Maryann Bullion International and Immigration Law, April 2009 All employers, whether they are individuals, corporations, government entities, or a small family business, have an affirmative duty to ensure they are not hiring aliens who are unauthorized to work in the United States.
Former Attorney General overturns 20 years of board precedent in last days of office By Shannon M. Shepherd International and Immigration Law, April 2009 Former attorney General Michael Mukasey issued an order in the Matter of Compean, Bangaly, and J-E-C-, 24 I&N Dec. 710 (A.G. 2009), which purports to overturn Matter of Lozada and its progeny.
You’ve got to play to win: Employers and the H-1B visa lottery By Sonya Som Administrative Law, March 2009 Due to the statutory limits placed on issuance of new H-1B visas each fiscal year, businesses that want to take advantage of this option must be prepared to enter the annual H-1B visa lottery.
ICE raids and regulations By Eileen Momblanco and Morgan Russell Administrative Law, December 2008 In April 2006, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) announced a more aggressive immigration enforcement campaign to hold employers more strictly accountable for employing undocumented workers.
To admonish or not to admonish… That is the question By Hon. Bradley T. Paisley Bench and Bar, December 2008 There is a split in authority over whether trial courts must admonish defendants regarding immigration consequences that may result from a criminal conviction.
The 7th Circuit considers the Immigration Nursing Relief Act By Anne M. Skallerup International and Immigration Law, August 2008 The Court of Appeals in the Seventh Circuit affirmed the district court’s holding that a private complaint is not necessary for the Secretary of Labor to initiate an investigation under the Immigration Nursing Relief Act, and that if foreign nurses are not paid the same wage as domestic registered nurses similarly employed in a facility, then they are entitled to back pay for their entire H-1A visa work period.
Navigating the Employment Eligibility Verification Process (Form 1-9) By Kevin Raica International and Immigration Law, July 2008 For over two decades, employers have been required to verify that the people they hire are legally authorized to work in the United States.
Immigration-related raids: Employer rights and lawful responses By Kristin Lopez Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, June 2008 The key to minimizing civil penalties and criminal prosecution in connection with immigration raids is knowing how to respond and knowing what rights an employer has. This information is intended to give general guidelines about employer rights when faced with an unannounced immigration raid and is not a substitute for legal advice.
If the U.S. detains foreign visitors arriving at the airport, is consular notice required? By Cindy G. Buys and Mark E. Wojcik International and Immigration Law, May 2008 The issue of consular notice is presently before the U.S. Supreme Court in Medellin v. Texas, No. 06-984. 
Navigating the Employment Eligibility Verification Process (Form I-9) By Kevin Raica Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, May 2008 This article clarifies the I-9 process and provides you with a step-by-step guide to I-9 completion.
New employment-based immigration regulations cause controversy By Tahani Afaneh International and Immigration Law, May 2008 The Bush Administration recently implemented controversial changes to employment-based immigration regulations.
Immigration Service attempts to resurrect social security no-match regulation By Grant Sovern, Lisa Duran, and Benjamin Kurten Corporate Law Departments, April 2008 The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency “ICE” will issue a proposed final regulation in the Federal Register.
Diversity Visas for FY ’08 and FY ‘09—What are they and how can they be obtained? By Scott D. Pollock International and Immigration Law, February 2008 Each year since the 1995,2 up to 55,000 immigrants per year have been admitted to the U.S. as “diversity immigrants” as natives of countries with low rates of immigration.
Diversity visas for 2009: Top five questions asked by clients By Shannon M. Shepherd International and Immigration Law, January 2008 The Diversity Visa (DV) lottery program for fiscal year 2009 had open registration from October 3, 2007, until midnight on December 2, 2007.
The irony of blasphemy laws in a democratic nation such as Pakistan and its ramifications for immigration lawyers in the U.S. By Farrah Qazi International and Immigration Law, January 2008 With Pakistan in the news constantly, it’s a fine time to examine its justice system and human rights record.
Financial access and insurance: A preliminary description of factors that affect immigrants By Robin Newberger International and Immigration Law, December 2007 Providing financial services to immigrants is a growing business for bankers, and a growing area of study for policymakers and researchers.
Immigration Court International and Immigration Law, November 2007 Jefferson Mok of the National Immigrant Justice Center has pointed out to the readers of The Globe that the Office of Chief Counsel for the Chicago Immigration Court has changed its phone number.
Immigration law update: Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery now open for Fiscal Year 2009 By Grant Sovern, Lisa Duran, and Eric Ledbetter Corporate Law Departments, November 2007 Each year the U.S. Congress makes 55,000 immigrant visas (i.e., “green cards”) available to applicants from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States through the Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program.
Local immigration ordinances are likely unconstitutional By Anthony E. Rothert International and Immigration Law, November 2007 Several municipalities across the country have recently adopted laws that attempt to regulate immigration.
Local immigration ordinances are likely unconstitutional By Anthony E. Rothert Local Government Law, November 2007 Several municipalities across the country have recently adopted laws that attempt to regulate immigration.
Local immigration ordinances are likely unconstitutional By Anthony E. Rothert Human Rights, September 2007 Several municipalities across the country have recently adopted laws that attempt to regulate immigration.
Choosing (and using) a mental health expert witness for immigration cases By Phyllis Gould International and Immigration Law, April 2007 The work of a mental health expert witness in immigration cases can be compared to that of a journalist: it’s the expert’s job to tell the client’s story in as interesting, detailed, and moving way as possible.
CLE covers immigration issues for family lawyers By Tahani Afaneh International and Immigration Law, April 2007 The Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education hosted the 6th Annual Family Law Conference in March, 2007. Daniel Azulay of Azulay, Horn & Seiden, LLC, presented a segment about Immigration Law for Family Lawyers.
Admonitions in the criminal trial court: Waiver of Counsel, Jury Demand, and Noncitizen Guilty Pleas By Patrick M. Kinnally International and Immigration Law, March 2007 In January 2004 the Illinois General Assembly passed a law (725 ILCS 5/113-8) which says:
Book drive for immigration detainees By Cindy G. Buys International and Immigration Law, March 2007 For the past two years, students and faculty from Southern Illinois University (SIU) have been visiting immigration detainees held at the Tri-County Justice and Detention Center (Tri-County) in Ullin, IL to conduct “Know Your Rights” presentations and to assess whether the legal needs of the immigration detainees are being met.
Now is the time for employers to prepare to beat the fiscal year 2008 H-1B cap By Scott D. Pollock and Fatima G. Mohyuddin International and Immigration Law, January 2007 The H-1B visa cap is once again in the forefront of business immigration practice and Congressional debate.
Immigration Consultation Corner1 #4—The B-2 overstay dilemma: Issue spotting and wise counsel when there are limited options By Scott D. Pollock International and Immigration Law, November 2006 By providing a sympathetic and knowledgeable consultation, the client without good options will still appreciate your candor and seek you out in the future as her trusted advisor if there is a change of circumstances.
Immigration strategies: Getting the U.S. off the dime By John T. Baun International and Immigration Law, November 2006 In a recent National Law Journal article, reporter Sheri Quarters detailed a tack of how an immigration lawyer may get bureaucracy off the dime when immigration application processing is delayed or non-existent.
One plus one equals three or in an immigration context applying for a waiver By Y. Judd Azulay International and Immigration Law, November 2006 Over the years, practicing in the immigration field has gone from a “gentlemen’s” practice where everyone knew each other, respected each other and generally knew “who & what was on first,” to an adversarial practice having all the surprises, deceit, unpredictability and intrigue of the Perry Mason TV show.