Posted: April 19th, 2011 | Author: Chris Jaensch | Filed under: Investor Visas, National News | 1 Comment »
Jaensch would like to share some important information with E2 Investor clients, received from the Immigration Law Offices of Lisa Krueger Khan:
The E2 Reform Group is trying to bring legislative reform to the E2 Treaty Investor Visa, so that it will be possible to apply for a Green Card, after reaching certain criteria.
We are trying to reach as many E2 Visa Holders as possible, all over the US, to show Congress how much the E2 community does for their country and how making our futures more secure would only be a good thing – more investment and more job creation.
If you have any E2 Visa clients, please could you let them know about us and maybe suggest they contact us.
We have a website – www.E2VisaReform.org – and there are contact details on there, as well as a interactive Map that they can add their details to. The direct link to the Map is – www.E2VisaHolder.com
We have had bills in Congress – HR1162 (last) and HR2310 (110th) – and are moving closer to having a new Bill in this 112th Congress. We have some good contacts on the Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement and hope that this could give us the edge in this Congress.
If you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Zoe Adams on 863 709 9555 or E2Reform@hotmail.com.
Lisa Khan, Chair- AILA Central Fla Chapter
Immigration Law Offices of Lisa Krueger Khan, P.A.
7932 West Sand Lake Road
Orlando, FL 32819
Posted: April 13th, 2011 | Author: Chris Jaensch | Filed under: Investor Visas | No Comments »
As you probably know, the Florida Legislature is moving quickly to enact a law which is similar to Arizona’s anti-immigration law. Florida Senate Bill 2040 has already passed the Judiciary Committee, is scheduled to be heard by the Budget Committee today and may soon head for the full Senate floor. Click here for a synopsis of S.B. 2040. An even more stringent anti-immigration Bill that mirrors the Arizona law is being debated in the State’s House Judiciary Committee (the Florida Immigration Enforcement Act)
Whatever comes out of both committees is likely to be changed for the worse once it goes to the full legislature, where many Republican lawmakers are known to support stringent anti-immigration enforcement laws.
The House Immigration Bill would make being undocumented a crime, allow law enforcement to establish a person’s immigration status during a lawful stop and allows law enforcement to make an unwarranted arrest of an undocumented person.
Although a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Monday, which upheld a preliminary injunction against Arizona’s S.B. 1070 Immigration-Enforcement Law, could impact immigration Bills moving through the Florida legislature, it is nevertheless critical that we speak out against this proposed legislation.
Please contact your Florida legislators now. If you do not know who they are, go to http://www.flsenate.gov/senators/results.cfm, fill in your address, and the name of your Florida Representative and Senator will come up. Please let them know that you oppose S.B. 2040 and the Florida Immigration Enforcement Act.
Posted: April 8th, 2011 | Author: Chris Jaensch | Filed under: National News | No Comments »
As Congress continues its budgetary deadlock, the possibility of a government shutdown looms larger by the minute. If Congress is unable to reach accord on Friday, the government will close at midnight, Saturday April 9.
In general, if the government shuts for budgetary reasons, all but “essential” government are furloughed and not allowed to work. So what does this mean for immigration agencies?
USCIS: Update: USCIS has confirmed to AILA Liaison that it will be operating, except for E-Verify, if the government does shut down.
A couple of shutdown threats back, a USCIS official stated at a stakeholder engagement that USCIS (other than the human touches on E-Verify) would not need to shut down, since all of the agency, other than E-Verify, is funded by fees. However, it is not clear that this is the case, and at least one local office has indicated that it is working on its shutdown plan. We will update as we get more information.
DOS: If there is a shutdown, the result for DOS will likely be the same as it was in the 1996 government closing. Then, the only visa issuance being done was for some diplomats and for “life or death” situations. As DOS is wont to say “a really, really important business meeting is not life or death.”
CBP: Inspection and law enforcement are considered “essential personnel,” though staffing may be more limited than usual. The borders will be open, and CBP is unsure of how the shutdown will affect the processing of applications filed at the border.
EOIR: EOIR has been advised to “put its shutdown plans in place.” As with other agencies, personnel who are not considered “essential” will be furloughed. EOIR has indicated that the detained docket would likely be considered an essential function and would therefore be able to continue in operation.
DOL: DOL is making plans for a possible shutdown. If there is a shutdown, DOL personnel will not be available to respond to e-mail or other inquiries. We do not know at this point whether iCERT/PERM would continue to function. However, because the systems require funding to run, practitioners should assume that they would not be available.
Other agencies will be added, and the above updated, as we obtain more information.