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Pinnix Cited as A North Carolina Business "Mover and Shaker"

North Carolina Business Leader magazine has recognized Allen and Pinnix’s Jack Pinnix as one of it’s 2010 NC’s Movers & Shakers. According to the publisher North Carolina Movers & Shakers are leaders who have positive impact on their organizations and also play a significant role in improving their communities. Pinnix’s selection was among members of  Read more→

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Surge Family Immigration Continues; Work Visas Remain Backlogged

Family-based immigrant visa availability, as reported in the Department of State’s Visa Bulletin, took a major step forward in fiscal year 2010 (October 1, 2009 – September 31, 2010) and continues for FY2011. The collective result is that wait times across the board have been significantly reduced compared with this time last year. All family-based  Read more→

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Abercrombie & Fitch Fined Over $1 Million in I-9 Violations

The Obama Administration’s beefed-up enforcement initiatives show no sign of abating anytime soon. The Administration has set records for deportations in 2009 and is on track to deport more than 400,000 individuals in calendar year 2010. Enforcement continues to focus on two prongs: employers who knowingly hire undocumented workers and stepped-up enforcement against gang-related violence  Read more→

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23 Arrested in New York Following Major Worksite Investigation

On October 7 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) announced charges against 26 individuals for operating an international alien smuggling ring, 23 of whom were taken in custody. The defendants allegedly participated in various facets of the alien smuggling industry, including: transportation of illegal aliens from China to the  Read more→

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USCIS To Host Open Houses Nationwide

Yesterday the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)announced that it will be inviting community stakeholders and the general public to open houses at its offices across the country to meet USCIS personnel and learn more about the agency’s programs. The effort is designed to enhance USCIS’s presence in the community and strengthen its partnership with  Read more→

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2012 Visa Lottery Filing Starts

Entries for the DV-2012 Program must be received between 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST (GMT-4) Tuesday, October 5, 2010 and 12:00 p.m. (noon) EST (GMT-5) Wednesday, November 3, 2010. Entries received before or after these dates and times will be disqualified. For DV-2012, natives of the following countries are NOT ELIGIBLE to apply: BRAZIL, CANADA, CHINA  Read more→

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California Attorneys & Interpreter Sentenced For Asylum Fraud; Hundreds Of Cases Under Review

Three attorneys for a northern California law firm and their contract interpreter were sentenced to lengthy prison terms Friday following their conviction on charges stemming from an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) that revealed they orchestrated a scheme to file hundreds of false asylum claims. Jagprit  Read more→

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U.S. Issues Terrorism Alert for Travel to Europe

The New York Times reports that the State Department issued an alert on Sunday urging Americans traveling to Europe to be vigilant about possible terrorist attacks. A travel alert urges extra caution during a specific time and does not discourage Americans from visiting Europe. The decision to caution travelers comes as counterterrorism officials in Europe  Read more→

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AILA Supports the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010

This afternoon the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) issued the following statement in support of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010 (S. 3932): The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) views the introduction of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010 (S. 3932) by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NY) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) as an important  Read more→

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USCIS Attempts to Reduce H-1B Processing Time; 60 Day Target

The USCIS has advised the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) that the Vermont Service Center and the California Service Center have begun devoting additional resources to the adjudication of pending cap-subject H-1B petitions in an attempt to bring their processing times within 60 days as soon as possible. Cases will continue to be adjudicated in  Read more→

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