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Camiel Becker to Consult with DACA Entrepreneurs at the Festival of Undoculnnovation

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, Becker & Lee Partner Camiel Becker will provide consultations to DACA entrepreneurs at the upcoming Festival of Undoculnnvoation, where entrepreneurial DREAMers from around the country will meet in Sausalito, California to share their projects and look for funding and support. Read more about DACA entrepreneurs here. Trump’s recent DACA announcement


Founding Partner Christina H. Lee to Discuss the Basics of Mandatory Detention

Founding Partner Christina H. Lee and The Honorable Mimi E. Tsankov (personal capacity) will discuss the basics of mandatory detention with a focus on practice before the Executive Office of Immigration Review during the Federal Bar Association webinar, which will take place on September 26th, 2017 at 9 am PT/12 pm EST. This webinar is


Camiel Becker Speaks to Business Owners at SF Small Business Week Conference

Camiel Becker and Emily Wages will speak at the San Francisco Small Business Conference on May 17, 2017. The conference is hosted at the SBA Entrepreneur Center in San Francisco.  In a presentation titled “Immigration Law in the Employment Context,” Mr. Becker and Ms. Wages will speak about the overall employment-based immigration process, I-9 compliance


Heightened Screening and Vetting Could Mean More Visa Delays and Denials

On March 17, 2017, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a diplomatic cable instructing consular officials around the world to immediately increase the screening of applicants for all types of visas to the United States. The cable is the first step in implementing President Trump’s “Presidential Memorandum on Implementing Heightened Screening and Vetting of Applications


USCIS to Halt Premium Processing of H1-B Visas for Up to Six Months

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it will suspend expedited processing of visas for skilled workers in specialty occupations.  The suspension will start on April 3, 2017, and last up to six months.  Premium processing allows for an H1-B visa petition to be adjudicated within 15 days of filing, for a fee