Monthly Archives: December 2014

President’s Immigration Reform Renews Focus on Passing the DREAM Act

By Peek & Toland on December 22, 2014

The Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, or DREAM Act, struggled to collect sponsors and receive recognition in the U.S. House and Senate.  However, one of the proposals on immigration reform made by the White House recently, recommends that Congress renew its focus on passing this piece of immigration legislation.

The DREAM Act seeks to make it easier for young undocumented immigrants to go to college, get jobs, or start their own businesses.  The most recent version of the bill made it easier for high school graduates and GED recipients to receive conditional lawful permanent resident status, which allows students to work, go to school, or join the military.  Full legal permanent resident status would be granted after six years if the student had completed two years in a college bachelor’s degree program, had served in the military for at least two years, or both. Read the rest »

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Immigration Reform Creates Changes for DACA

By Peek & Toland on December 11, 2014

One of the biggest immigration changes proposed by the White House in recent months is a change to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  DACA is one of the main ways in which undocumented individuals brought to the U.S. as children can defer deportation in order to work or go to school while staying with their families and communities in the United States.

In November, the President issued an executive order making several changes to immigration policies and procedures.  Included in the order were changes to DACA. Read the rest »

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President Obama Addresses the Nation on Immigration Reform

By Peek & Toland on December 9, 2014

Texas Immigration Law FirmIn a recent speech, President Barack Obama discussed a number of immigration reforms his office plans to encourage or implement in the coming months. These changes may affect thousands of individuals seeking U.S. citizenship and will certainly keep experienced Austin, Texas immigration attorneys busy for the foreseeable future.

During the speech, the President discussed a number of planned steps to change immigration laws and procedures.  He noted that, until Congress passes a bill, the White House will take steps to act on immigration by implementing the following reforms: Read the rest »

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H-1B Visa 2016: Getting Ready

By Peek & Toland on December 3, 2014

USCIS will accept H1B Visa petitions starting from April 1st of 2015. We recommend companies start planning now for recruitment and salary negotiations as early as December 1, 2014 for the government’s H-1B fiscal year 2016. The H-1B nonimmigrant visa classification allows employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in the U.S. in specialty occupations. A specialty occupation requires the theoretical and practical application of a body of specialized knowledge and a bachelor an employee who has previously received an H1B visa, or been granted H1B status is generally exempt from the numerical limitations. Read the rest »

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