December 13, 2013 § Leave a comment
GoffWilson partner John Wilson will participate in the panel on Immigration from Canada and its Impact on Economic Development in New England on Tuesday, December 17 at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anslem College.
The event, sponsored by Comcast Business, will take place in the New Hampshire Institute of Politics Auditorium from 8:00-9:45 a.m. To register online, click here.
The economic effect of Canadian firms making their way into New Hampshire and Vermont is an increasingly important issue for New England. During this panel, participants will address a range of questions, including:
- Who can participate in the job-creating benefits of the EB-5 program?
- Does the H1B visa fee hinder the development of STEM programs for New England youth?
- Will relaxing the rules for H1B visas help grow the local economy?
- Does the sharing of immigration information make it easier for Canadian companies to invest in New England?
The proposed panel of speakers includes experts with a range of relevant expertise, including:
- John Wilson, Commercial Consul to France, GoffWilson
- Jeff Rose, Commissioner, NH Department of Resources & Economic Development
- Brent Raymond, Executive Director of International Trade & Foreign Investment Vermont EB-5 Regional Ctr., Vermont Global Trade Partnership
The panel will be covered by Fox Business Channel and moderated by Mike Nikitas, New England Cable News (NECN) anchor and host of “This Week in Business.”
We hope to see you there!
December 4, 2013 § Leave a comment
If so, the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) program may suit them. Today, about 24,000 non-citizens serve on active duty, and about 5,000 legal permanent residents (LPR) enlist for active duty each year.
Recently, the Pentagon resumed a unique program to encourage non-citizen enrollment that had been suspended in 2009. The focus of The Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) recruitment pilot is to recruit certain legal aliens whose skills are considered to be vital to the national interest, specifically those holding skills in languages and medicine.
Looking for physicians, nurses, and experts in language with associated cultural backgrounds, this pilot program hopes to recruit up to 1,500 people through May 15, 2014. The big advantage to this program is that, those so recruited will be given an expedited path to US citizenship. For accepted recruits, naturalization can occur right after basic training, or in about 10 weeks, as opposed to waiting 5 years for the right to apply for US citizenship.
To be eligible for MAVNI, applicants must meet the following criteria:
1) The applicant must be in a nonimmigrant visa category or an asylee, refugee, Temporary Protected Status (TPS);
2) The applicant must have been in valid status in one of these categories for at least two years immediately prior to the enlistment date;
3) The applicant must not have had any single absence from the United States of more than 90 days during the two-year period immediately preceding the date of enlistment.
It should also be noted that an applicant is still eligible even if they have an application for adjustment of status to lawful permanent residence pending.
Historically, non-citizens have long served in the US military. During the founding days of this country, many individuals embraced this vision, fighting for this belief during the Revolutionary War. Since then, the US Government has passed a series of acts and agreements, such as the Lodge Act of 1950 and the Military Bases Agreement of 1947, allowing non-citizens to serve in the US military.
If you have any questions on this topic or other immigration matters, contact us! We would love to hear from you, let us know how we’re doing and hope we can help.
November 20, 2013 § Leave a comment
Time after time we are reminded of the devastating impact of natural disasters.
Along with physical destruction and loss of life, these disasters impact a variety of different people and businesses. Typhoon Haiyan (referred to as “Yolanda” by Philippine authorities) formed off of the coast of the Federated States of Micronesia on November 2, 2013 and passed through the Philippines on November 8, 2013.
Recorded as one of the strongest storms on the planet, Typhoon Haiyan left a wake of destruction leaving thousands in precarious situations.
On November 15, 2013, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a statement reminding Filipino nationals of possible immigration relief measures, if requested. Understanding that natural disasters sometimes make establishing and maintaining a lawful immigration status difficult, USCIS has issued the following measures to ease the process for people affected from this disaster:
- Change or extension of nonimmigrant status for an individual currently in the United States, even when the request is filed after the authorized period of admission has expired;
- Extension of certain grants of parole made by USCIS;
- Extension of certain grants of advance parole, and expedited processing of advance parole requests;
- Expedited adjudication and approval, where possible, of requests for off-campus employment authorization for F-1 students experiencing severe economic hardship;
- Expedited processing of immigrant petitions for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs);
- Expedited adjudication of employment authorization application, where appropriate; and
- Assistance to LRPs stranded overseas without immigration or travel documents, such as Permanent Resident Cards (Green Cards).
If you, a family member, or someone you know is experiencing immigration difficulties from Typhoon Haiyan, or have questions on what we can do, please give GoffWilson a call; we are ready to help!
August 1, 2013 § Leave a comment
The automation of Form I-94 is complete! Have you tried to print one yet?
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has fully implemented its program to automate Form I-94 at all air and sea ports, first reported here in April.
Here are some tips on locating and printing the I-94 at www.cbp.gov/I94. We advise all employers and clients to print the I-94 as soon as possible on arrival for their records.
– Print the I-94 each time the foreigner arrives in the US.
– Always verify that the information is correct as this Form is essential for all future immigration applications, I-9s, social security, driver’s license and so on.
If you receive a “Not Found” message, it is likely that the Form is already in the system but the data has been entered differently than what you have entered. Here are some suggestions on locating the missing record:
- Enter the name as it is written in the passport, visa, or other form.
- Enter the first name AND middle name in the “First Name” field together – even if it is not listed on the passport.
- Switch the order of the names when entering the information on the website. It may be incorrectly recorded in the CBP system.
- Try entering multiple names (either first or last) without using any spaces between them, (e.g. Maria Clara – type as Mariaclara).
- If there are multiple passport numbers, try entering the number listed on the visa as the passport number.
- If all else fails, call the Deferred Inspection Office to explain the problem. Their number can be found on the website listed above.
- If you have other questions, Click Here to access the FAQs from the CBP website.
Contact us with any problems in obtaining the I-94 form for your employee or for your own records. It’s what we do and we are happy to assist!
May 8, 2013 § Leave a comment
Registration for our new 2013 I-9 Form is closing in just one week! You’re probably not up to speed on the changes coming with this latest I-9 iteration, but our seminar is a golden opportunity for you to learn quickly. You can register online here. These seminars always sell out so we urge you to register today if you have not.
The training seminar, “The Brand New I-9 Form: How to Complete it & E- Verify for 2013” is Thursday, May 16 at the Delta Dental Auditorium in Concord, NH. During the seminar, you’ll learn how to complete the new required I-9 form without errors utilizing our proprietary workbook and hands-on training approach.
For example, here are some things you may not know but should with the new I-9 Form:
- There is no “grace period” for using the new form. Continuing to use the old I-9 Form will be considered a “technical violation” by ICE in an audit. Avoid that by learning all about the new form now.
- CBP now issues an electronic I-94 card for entry in to the US. Learn what to do with that information on a new employee’s I -9 Form;
- Do you give the employee instructions for the I-9? Find out the answer!
- What do you write if there is information that doesn’t fit your situation?
You’ll find out the answers to these and all your I-9 questions on May 16. Sign up here before it’s too late!