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Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC
Author: Henry J. Chang; Blaney McMurty (Ontario, Canada)
On February 11, 2014, the Government of Canada announced its intention to terminate the Federal Immigrant Investor Program (“IIP”) and Federal Entrepreneur Program (“EP”) and eliminate the large backlog of applications. These immigration-related announcements were contained in the Canadian Government’s 2014 Budget (the “Economic Action Plan 2014”).
Contact: Evelyn M. Suarez, Williams Mullen (North Carolina & Virginia, USA)
On January 21, 2014, the White House announced the first U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC to take place on August 5 and 6, 2014. President Obama invited leaders from across the African continent with the aim of strengthening ties with one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest-growing regions. Six of the world’s ten fastest growing economies of the past decade are in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the White House Press Release, “[t]he Summit will build on the progress made since the President’s trip to Africa last summer, advance the Administration’s focus on trade and investment in Africa, and highlight America’s commitment to Africa’s security, its democratic development, and its people.”
Contact: MARY E. PIVEC AND REBA M. MENDOZA; Williams Mullen (North Carolina & Virginia, USA)
In Greater Missouri Medical Pro-Care Providers, Inc., ARB Case No. 12-015, ALJ Case No. 2008-LCA-26 (2014), a divided U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) Administrative Review Board (the “Board”) partially reversed the decision of the Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) and held that the DOL Wage and Hour Administrator has authority to investigate alleged INA violations involving H-1B workers who have not filed an H-1B complaint with the DOL on the basis of a single aggrieved party complaint, but the Administrator is statutorily limited from investigating any H-1B violations that occurred more than twelve (12) months prior to the filing of an aggrieved party complaint, on the basis of such complaint.
Contact: Janet Cheetham, Joel Paget & Marsha Mavunkel; Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC (Washington, USA)
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Contact: Mary E. Pivec, ESQ.; Williams Mullen (North Carolina & Virginia, USA)
Infosys Limited’s recent $34 million settlement with the U.S. Government resolved the threat of criminal charges against the company based on allegations of visa fraud. During the course of the investigation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) audited the company’s Form I-9 files and reported that more than 80% of the company’s Forms I-9 contained “substantive” errors meriting civil money penalties. Using the company’s reported U.S. headcount and turnover rate, this translates to roughly over 13,500 violations and total potential civil money penalties of over $12.6 M at a base penalty rate of $935 per violation according to the ICE fine-setting matrix.
- CIC Announces Changes to the Canadian Experience Class
- Immigration Fees
- Immigration Fraud Whistleblower Likely to receive a $5M Bounty from Infosys’s $34M False Claims Act Settlement: Is Your Business Immigration Program Prepared for a Similar Whistleblower Attack?
- USCIS Guidance on E-Verify Issues Post Resolution of Federal Government Shutdown