President Obama Pushes for Multinational Companies to Invest in the United States

Posted on May 20, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

According to a news release on bizjournals.com, President Obama has announced that SelectUSA - a project aimed at attracting multinational companies to set up their businesses in the United States -will have its second summit next year. The goal is to have foreign companies who might choose to open new facilities or establish new operations anywhere to come to the United States to take advantage of a skilled labor force, low energy costs, and relatively simple exporting procedures. According to Jason Furman, chairman of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, these so-called “Globally mobile investments” benefit the U.S. economy by creating jobs with above-average wages. However, these companies often need their executives and specially-trained workers to be able to come to the United States to ensure the proper establishment and operation of the company. In recent months, USCIS has scrutinized the transfer of employees of multinational companies into the United States more than in previous years, leaving many companies without authorization to move key employees and managers into their U.S. offices as needed.

Huffington Post on a Veteran Whose Citizenship is Suddenly in Question after 49 years

Posted on May 19, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

The Huffington Post is reporting on a a veteran whose citizenship suddenly came into question almost 50 years after he arrived in the U.S. as a child. The story indicates that U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is reviewing his case. The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for veterans to apply for expedited naturalization in some circumstances, and if this individual's parents naturalized when he was under the age of 18 he may have derived citizenship from them.

Department of State Releases June 2014 Visa Bulletin

Posted on May 10, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

The Department of State has released the June 2014 Visa Bulletin. Some changes include:

Kathryn Karam in Houston Oil Patch Magazine

Posted on May 06, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

Read the article explaining why You Don't Have to be an Expert - You Just Have to Know One!

Obama Administration Proposes Rules to Help Professional Visa Holders

Posted on May 06, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

According to a report in USA Today, Alejandro Mayorkas, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, announced today that the Obama administration is proposing changes intended to help professional workers and their families. One of the two proposed measures would allow H-4 visa holders whose spouses are in the process of seeking permanent residence to apply for work authorization. The other proposed change would expand the ability of Australians, Chileans, Singaporeans, and those from the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands to remain in the United States.

USCIS Comments on Travel During F-1 Cap-Gap OPT period

Posted on May 05, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

Members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recently noted at a USCIS headquarters meeting that the Q & A on Post-Completion Optional Practical Training and F-1 Status for Eligible Students under the H-1B Cap-Gap Regulations available on the USCIS website states that a student granted a cap-gap extension who elects to travel outside the United States during the cap-gap extension period, will not be able to return in F-1 status. However, AILA members noted that this statement conflicts with the regulations on this subject, which indicate that an F-1 student who is the Beneficiary of an H-1B petition filed for change of status and a valid post-completion OPT EAD may travel and return to the U.S. after a temporary absence and resume OPT employment if the student has a valid F-1 visa stamp, a properly endorsed I-20, and an EAD card which has been automatically extended under 8 CFR §214.2(f)(5)(vi)(A), provided the student is otherwise admissible.

New Article in Lebanon Times Magazine's May Edition

Posted on May 02, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

See p. 55 of the May edition of of Lebanon Times magazine for Kathryn Karam's latest article .

CBP's I-94 Retrieval Website Now Allows Nonimmigrants to Access Last 5 Years' Entry and Exit Records

Posted on May 01, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that its Automated I-94 System (available here) now allows nonimmigrant visitors to the U.S. to retrieve their arrival records for the past five years. In the past, the system only allowed nonimmigrants to retrieve their entry records for the last two years.

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