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Immigration Risks Arising from Vendor Relationships

Federal regulatory and enforcement agencies are applying increased immigration scrutiny to the relationships between large corporations and their key service providers. The scrutiny is highest with respect to vendors of IT services to large corporations – particularly when the vendor is...

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Department of Labor (DOL)

Changes Are Afoot: Modernization is coming to the permanent labor certification program

As a prelude to my column this month, please allow me to thank Metropolitan Corporate Counsel and all of you who have read my column over the past six years. I am retiring at the end of July. It has been a pleasure. Employers are likely to soon see changes to the permanent labor certification...

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Energy | Maritime | Oil & Gas

Joining the Client’s Journey – On the Land and On the Sea: The challenges are literally everywhere when it comes to meeting the immigration needs of global energy companies

Many firms say they’re unique. Fragomen is unique. A global immigration powerhouse, the firm works hard to understand its clients’ needs and meet them – anywhere on the land or on the sea. For Kelly Cobb, Shawn Orme and Diego Archer, who work with the firm’s Energy Maritime...

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Temporary Status as an Interim Solution: Employers look to TPS to expand their pool of foreign nationals authorized for work

The Supreme Court is currently deciding whether the president’s executive action granting Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) is constitutional. If the Supreme Court finds in favor of DAPA, it would provide a three-year reprieve from deportation for...

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Immigration Compass- Business Travelers Face New Restrictions: Changes to the Visa Waiver Program establish “countries of concern,” possibly affecting participation eligibility

This past December, in the wake of the tragic terrorist events in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif., Congress passed new security enhancements to the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) via the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015. While the Act’s key objective is...

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Facilitate, Don’t Obstruct, Foreign Skilled Workers: The proposed Durbin-Grassley restrictions to the H-1B and L-1 visa programs could further inhibit employers

Immigration Compass Historically, skilled foreign workers, such as those admitted under the H-1B and L-1 programs, have supplemented the U.S. workforce and been beneficial to the U.S. economy. Recently, the dialogue surrounding these programs has become increasingly negative. Specifically, a series...

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Immigration Essentials: With each case there is a very human story to consider

Dr. David Crawford and Audrea Golding traveled widely different paths toward immigration law, converging at Fragomen, a firm of immigration specialists. Their remarks on the issues facing Canadian immigrants and their employers have been edited for length and style.   MCC: You each took an...

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