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Immigration Law Changes Will Benefit Agriculture Based Industries

The New York’s Farm Bureau reports that fruit and vegetable growers and dairy farmers have been suffering from a shortage of agricultural labor. “Vineyards and orchards had crops left on the vine or fruit left on the tree because of … Continue reading

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How Immigration Reforms Affect Business Owners

Business owners want to know how the 2013 immigration reforms will affect business. Let’s look at some of the issues and how they will trickle down to middle America and small business, especially high tech start-ups, restaurants and agribusinesses (wineries … Continue reading

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Foreign inventors may qualify for an EB-5 Visa if they expand business operations to the US and create jobs

Inventors and foreign companies with patent technology may wish to manufacture or sell in the US. For some, this is a path to a visa, especially for persons from countries that typically have lengthy waits to get permission to live … Continue reading

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Traffic tickets lead to deportation for illegal aliens

U.S. Immigration has announced a priority effort on immigration enforcement. This has resulted in significantly more deportations for criminal infractions. In fact, the fiscal year 2012 target of 210,000 was exceeded by 15,390 as the total number of ICE deportations … Continue reading

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Naturalization/Green Card Affirmation

Business owners, officers and managers have to show proof of citizenship or permanent residency. In addition to a copy of a legible copy of a naturalization certificate or green card the applicant should also an attorney’s affirmation stating the copy … Continue reading

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Terminating out-of-status employees

The termination of employees who have H-1B visas is permitted, but it requires employers to take additional steps. The employer should write a certified letter to USCIS providing the date of termination and asking to revoke the H-1B petition. In … Continue reading

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Problems for illegal immigrant attorneys

I read an article in the January 2013 ABA Journal about the “Dream Bar,” law school graduates who are illegal immigrants and seek to be admitted to practice as attorneys in various states. I am conflicted on this issue. On … Continue reading

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Citizenship Requirements for SLA Annual Permits

New York Alcohol and Beverage Control law prohibits the traffic in alcoholic beverages to all except citizens of the United States or a reciprocal treaty country. This restriction applies only to those annual permits which authorize traffic in alcoholic beverages. … Continue reading

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Citizenship Requirements for NYS Alcohol License Applicants

Often the ownership of stock of the corporation by non-citizens is a bar to approval of an application for a liquor license. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Law provides that a corporation may be licensed to sell alcohol if each of … Continue reading

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