Marcela “Marcy” Stras Joins Caplan & Earnest

BOULDER, CO. (June 26, 2018) – Boulder, Colo.-based Caplan & Earnest LLC announced today that Marcela “Marcy” Stras has joined the firm’s immigration practice group and will start a new international trade practice. Stras has more than 25 years of experience as a port of entry lawyer counseling clients on business immigration, customs, export licensing, anti-boycott compliance, trade sanctions, dumping [...]

By |2018-06-21T14:51:41-06:00June 21, 2018|

Impact of the New Updated Memorandum’s on Nonimmigrant Students and Exchange Visitors

Immigration law changes often and can be complicated and overwhelming for students studying in this country, exchange visitors, and for families of those students. Earlier this month, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted an updated memorandum changing how the agency will calculate unlawful presence for students and exchange visitors in F, J, and M nonimmigrant status. This includes [...]

By |2018-05-22T14:42:23-06:00May 22, 2018|

The H1-B Cap Has Been Met – What Happens Next?

Last week, the USCIS confirmed that they had received enough applications to meet the 85,000 H-1B cap for the fiscal year. The USCIS has not announced how many applications have been received, but it is likely to be well above the 85,000 visa allocation. This announcement was widely expected, and means that USCIS will take all H-1B applications submitted between [...]

By |2018-04-09T16:05:44-06:00April 9, 2018|

Caplan and Earnest LLC Makes “Best Law Firms” List

BOULDER—Nov. 1, 2017—Caplan and Earnest LLC was named to the prestigious 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms" list. The firm was recognized nationally for its health law practice and within Colorado for its administrative and regulatory law, health law, immigration law and real estate law practices. In Colorado, the firm received the highest possible ranking for administrative and regulatory [...]

By |2017-11-01T13:52:14-06:00November 1, 2017|

RAISE Act Would Bring Major Immigration Changes if Passed

A newly proposed bill — the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act — aims to reduce the number of immigrants legally entering the United States through a merit, point-based system that would favor highly-skilled workers who are proficient in English. If passed, the bill could cut the number of immigrants who legally enter the Unites States each year [...]

By |2017-08-28T16:08:42-06:00August 29, 2017|

DOL and DHS Promise to Detect Fraud in Worker Visa Programs

A number of technology companies rely heavily on foreign workers — and the H-1B program — to fill positions requiring specialized, highly trained employees. However, a recent executive order asking for an overhaul of the H-1B program is beginning to take effect, and it could become increasingly difficult for tech companies to easily and affordably obtain a skilled workforce. Moreover, [...]

By |2017-08-02T10:46:55-06:00August 2, 2017|

Attorney General Sessions Orders a “Renewed Commitment” to Criminal Immigration Enforcement

This article originally appeared in Law Week Colorado. Following a tour of our Southern border and an animated speech encouraging increased immigration enforcement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo asking United States Attorneys to intensify efforts in criminally prosecuting immigration violations. In a memo released on April 11, Attorney General Sessions, focusing largely on non-violent crimes, reaffirmed the commitment [...]

By |2017-05-09T16:08:07-06:00May 4, 2017|

H-1B Cap Random Selection Completed for FY 2018

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced this week that the agency has completed its selection process for the H-1B petitions it received for Fiscal Year 2018. The lottery, a computer-generated random selection process, was completed on April 11 after the agency received approximately 199,000 H-1B petitions during its filing period, which began on April 3. The agency received well [...]

By |2017-06-19T14:05:40-06:00April 20, 2017|

President Trump Issues New Executive Order on Travel

On March 6, President Trump approved a new executive order that will go into effect on March 16 limiting travel to the United States for certain people from six Middle Eastern countries — a revision to his earlier executive order issued in January. The order bars entry to certain nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 [...]

By |2017-03-17T08:55:54-06:00March 13, 2017|

In 4-4 deadlock, SCOTUS turns back DAPA

The Supreme Court announced that it had deadlocked in a case challenging President Obama’s immigration plan. As a result, as many as five million undocumented immigrants will not be shielded from deportation or allowed to legally work in the United States while awaiting Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform. The 4-4 deadlock left in place an appeals court ruling blocking the plan. The [...]

By |2016-12-27T11:06:20-06:00June 24, 2016|