The Good Guys Win Another One!

The Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas has overturned the denial of an I-140 petition filed under the EB-1 Extraordinary Ability category. The Court’s reasoning also applies to the I-140s filed under the EB-1(2) Outstanding Professors and Researchers. Although the case, Eguchi v. Kelly (N.D. Tex. 3:16-CV-1286-D) involves a professional bull rider under[…]

Immigration Service Investigating I-9 Forms from Past Employers for Current Adjustment of Status Applicants

With the start of the Employer’s Sanctions program in 1985, and the requirement that all employees complete form I-9 when starting new employment, the ways of “getting around” the I-9 form’s requirements have been numerous and creative. Now it seems the most obvious ways to gain employment with false information on the I-9 will be[…]

FY 2014 H-1B Cap reached within 1st week

Friday, April 5 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the FY 2014 H-1B Cap was reached and they had received approximately 124,000 petitions during that filing period. On Sunday, April 7, USCIS announced they will use a random selection “lottery” process to allocate the 65,000 visas for the general category and 20,000 visas[…]

Incoming visitors will no longer need to fill out Form I-94

On April 2, 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that it is eliminating the paper Form I-94 “Arrival/Departure Record upon arrival to the U.S. by air or sea”. The electronic rollout begins April 30 to allow for the collection of arrival/departure information electronically to streamline the arrival and inspection process for travelers. This[…]

Our 35th Anniversary

HAPPY 35TH BIRTHDAY TO THE OLDEST IMMIGRATION LAW FIRM IN NORTH TEXAS Dallas, TX – On March 31, 2013 the oldest immigration law firm in North Texas will celebrate its 35th anniversary. The law firm of Tidwell, Swaim & Associates, P.C. (“TSA”) was founded on March 31, 1978 by Samuel M. Tidwell, a former Border Patrol[…]

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

As of June 15, 2012, President Obama authorized the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). It applies to certain young people brought to the United States as children are eligible to request deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and may be eligible for employment authorization. For complete guidelines and[…]