The short answer to this question is, “yes,” but immigration law is never simple. If you are seeking residency in the United States, your criminal record could come into play, depending on the type of charge you faced and the outcome of your case. If you already have a visa or green card, a criminal conviction could initiate removal proceedings (deportation). A violation of immigration law can lead to deportation, but this isn’t the only deportable offense. More specifically, you could lose your legal status in the U.S. for committing a “crime of moral turpitude.” According to Merriam-Webster®, the word… Read More
On Thursday, December 22, 2011, the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration issued a notice to announce the new wage rates for temporary and seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers in the U.S. under the H-2A visa program. These wage rates, known as the Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs), provide guidance regarding the minimum amount that foreign seasonal workers here on the H-2A visa program must be paid for their work so that the wages of similarly employed U.S. citizens will not be adversely affected. The notice took effect on December 22; wage rates can be seen at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-22/pdf/2011-32842.pdf.
The Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification is reminding petitioners of the holiday schedule for United Parcel Service (UPS). UPS will not be providing delivery or pick-up services on Friday, December 23, 2011. All petitioners, DOL states, should make sure they submit their correspondence in a timely fashion to the Chicago National Processing Center to ensure UPS pick-up scheduling over the holiday week. The Chicago National Processing Center will work hard to ensure that all H-2A and H-2B deadlines for December 23 and 26, 2011, are met by December 22, 2011. It is important that petitions and other… Read More