Month: November 2015

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16 Countries Added to H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

The H-2A and H-2B visa programs have been expanded to include Andorra, Belgium, Brunei, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, Singapore, Taiwan, and Timor-Leste. This update also resulted in Moldova being removed from the H-2B program list. H-2A and H-2B visas allow U.S. employers to petition for foreign nationals who will come to the United States to work in seasonal positions or temporary agricultural and nonagricultural jobs.  For more information on H-2A or H-2B visas please contact a Stern & Curray attorney.



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Court of Appeals Denies Obama’s DAPA and Expanded DACA Programs

In a divided decision the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the injunction stopping President Obama’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and Expanded DACA programs from being implemented.  These programs, which were first introduced by the President approximately a year ago, would have granted temporary relief from removal to as many as 5 million non-citizens present in the United States without permission.  This ruling upholding the injunction means that these programs permanently will not be implemented unless the Obama Administration requests that the United States Supreme Court hear the arguments in this case. As of today, the Obama Administration has not confirmed whether or not they plan to appeal this decision.

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Revised Welcome Guide for New Immigrants Available from USCIS

US Citizenship and Immigration Services recently released a revised guidance book titled “Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants.”  This publication can be downloaded for free at:

The updated guidebook is available in 14 languages and provides information such as how to get a social security number, paying taxes, and information about health insurance, education, and the United States’ system of government.