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  • The State of Immigration Affairs After Trump’s First 100 Days (5/1/2017) - By TL Loke Walsh Whether you are an immigrant or not, it’s been an anxiety-ridden 100 days under the Trump Administration. Here’s our summary of what has happened in the last 100 days — updates on travel, visa applications and
  • Know Your Rights! (11/18/2016) - By Rahul Soni, Esq. On Friday, January 20, 2017, President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in as President of the United States on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. The presidential transition has already begun to lay its foundation; but
  • Will the 2016 Election Have an Immediate Impact on U.S. Immigration? (11/11/2016) - By TL Loke Walsh The results of Tuesday’s elections in the United States caught the entire nation by surprise. The election of President-elect, Donald Trump has generated fear, worry and uncertainty for many immigrants. However, it is unlikely that this
  • Top 10 Things You Need To Know About the FY 2018 Green Card Lottery (9/19/2016) - By Tien-Li Loke Walsh Yes, DV Lottery really exists! The government has 50,000 diversity immigrant visas available for FY 2018 (i.e. October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018). Why should you do it? It’s free – you just complete your
  • The (Annual) H-1B Silly Season (1/29/2016) - By Tien-Li Loke Walsh The H-1B season starts on April 1, 2016 when the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) begins accepting H-1B visa petitions for FY 2017-2018 (i.e. an October 1, 2016 start-date). For the last 3 years, USCIS reached
  • Top 10 Things Every F-1 Student Should Know (7/11/2014) - By Tien-Li Loke Walsh In 1993, I came to the United States on an Exchange Abroad Program (EAP) as an F-1 student from the University of Sydney, Australia. Originally from Malaysia and after ten years in Australia, I arrived in
  • The H-1B Silly Season is Upon Us! (2/12/2014) - By Tien-Li Loke Walsh The H-1B season starts on April 1, 2014 when USCIS begins accepting H-1B visa petitions for FY 2015-2016 (i.e. an October 1, 2014 start-date). Last year, for the first time since 2008, USCIS reached the cap within
  • Government Shutdown: Hiring a Foreign National Without a Social Security Number (10/3/2013) - Have a new foreign national hire that can’t obtain a SSN because of the federal government shutdown? Wondering how to put your new hire on payroll? The Social Security Administration (SSA) is just one of the many federal agencies that
  • Legal Permanent Residents in CA May Soon Be Allowed to Serve as Jurors (8/23/2013) - AB 1401 (http://goo.gl/3lgWEY), a bill that could make California the first state to allow “lawful permanent immigrants” to serve in the jury, clears the assembly floor (by a vote of 48-28), and heads to the Governor’s desk for signature.  
  • The Demise of DOMA: USCIS Now Granting Green Cards to Same-Sex Married Couples (7/8/2013) - By Rahul Soni Within two days of the monumental Supreme Court 5-4 ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) Section 3, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas announced that it will grant green cards
  • The Politics of ‘Discharge Petition’ (6/29/2013) - By Tien-Li Loke Walsh Despite the Senate’s passage of the the immigration reform bill, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) made it clear that he will not bring up the bill to a vote without that majority support of House Republicans. This Washington
  • Impact of Proposed Wage Increase Requirement for H-1B Professionals (6/27/2013) - By Tien-Li Loke Walsh A report entitled Analysis: A Minimum Wage of $128,000? The Impact of Immigration Legislation on Salaries and U.S. Competitiveness was released by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP).  It examines the provisions on pending bills
  • Immigration This Week: The Week Before The Senate (6/5/2013) - By Tien-Li Loke Walsh On Monday, the bipartisan Senate immigration bill, S.744 will be up for debate on the full Senate floor.While some senators, including one of the bill’s author, Sen. Marco Rubio, do not believe that it will get
  • Senate Judiciary Committee Moves Immigration Reform Bill to Senate Floor (5/22/2013) - By Tien-Li Loke Walsh After debating over 200 of the 300 proposed amendments to S. 744, “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” the Senate Judiciary Committee finally clears the Gang of Eight’s immigration reform bill for full Senate
  • Travel Tips For F-1s During Cap-Gap Extension (5/15/2013) - By Tien-Li Loke Walsh and AILA Students & Scholars Committee (Reposted. Original article by +AILA National) Now that USCIS has completed the H-1B lottery, many F-1 students who filed H-1B petitions and were accepted as part of the lottery are eligible for cap-gap
  • Immigration Reform Bill Markup – Day 2 (5/15/2013) - By Tien-Li Loke Walsh “[T]he most controversial measure is a proposal to expand the visa program for highly trained workers, known as the H-1B program. The provision would raise the annual cap on H-1B visas from 65,000 to 110,000, with
  • Top 10 Practice Pointers for the I-9 Process (1/25/2013) - By Tien-Li Loke Walsh   1. Use the Right Version of the Form The current version of Form I-9 has an expiration date of 3/31/2016 in the upper right corner and a revision date of (Rev.03/08/13) on the lower left
  • Remote Employees: An Increasingly Challenging I-9 Verification Dilemma (1/15/2013) - By Tien-Li Loke Walsh U.S. employers face a logistical nightmare when it comes to complying with Form I-9 employment verification for remote employees. The problem is becoming increasingly challenging as more employers rely on telecommuters and remote employees across all
  • Is The H-1B Madness Back? (5/25/2012) - By Tien-Li Loke Walsh USCIS announced that as of May 18,2012, it has receipted approximately 42,000 “general cap” petitions and 16,000 “Masters-cap” petitions. H-1B usage has been surprisingly strong this year in comparison to previous years. In FY 2010 (April