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November 2011 Archives

USCIS says 2012 H-1B visa cap reached

Each year the U.S. government allocates a limited number of H-1B visas for certain immigrant workers. In late September, this blog reported that the demand for H-1B visas has been high in recent years. The H-1B visa program is a professional employment visa for immigrants with at least a bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience in specialty occupations. The H-1B visa program allows immigrant workers in such filed as engineering, science and computer programming to work in the United States.

Florida residents: Take caution when frying a holiday turkey

Frying a turkey over Thanksgiving can be fun and help provide a family with a tasty and bountiful meal. Especially when the weather is nice, as it is in Florida, families may want to spend time outdoors -- frying a turkey can help families enjoy being outside while still preparing the meal.

Mercedes-Benz manager arrested under Alabama immigration law

In October, this blog discussed employment-based visas for Florida businesses. Many Miami and South Florida businesses rely on the immigrant and non-immigrant employment visas available under U.S. immigration law to hire foreign nationals. However, as most Americans know, we live in a global economy in the 21st century. Occasionally, foreign nationals visit the United States on business. That was the situation last week underlying an immigration status arrest of a German national in Florida's neighboring state.

Entertainment company sued for wrongful death of Michael Jackson

The death of the famous male pop singer Michael Jackson is now being blamed on his entertainment company, Anschutz Entertainment Group. The family of the late pop singer has filed a wrongful death suit against the entertainment industry giant.

Man lies to get deported in unusual alleged scheme

An unusual wrinkle in the nation's apparent obsession with deportations recently hit the news. This blog has reported that removal proceedings resulted in a record number of deportations last year. Many deportations involve undocumented immigrants who have been convicted of a crime. Typically, a person convicted of a crime is required to serve their prison sentence before being turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation.

Apple Inc. announces potentially harmful battery in certain iPods

The electronics and software giant Apple Inc. is known for a number of different reasons. But one reason their name has become a household name is because of the digital music player, the iPod.

ICE touts new employment verification program

This blog has previously reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has conducted several waves of audits of businesses in Florida, and nationwide, concerning I-9 compliance records. Employment eligibility verification is required of Florida businesses, even amidst the national public debate about the use of the federal E-Verify system.

StartUp Visa Act gets renewed interest in Congress

Immigration reform ideas keep making headlines. This blog has reported a variety of ideas that have surfaced in recent months, from real estate investment visas to streamlined rules regarding EB-5 visas. Investment visas and employment visa programs are often referred to in many news reports. Studies have shown that immigration can help to fuel an economic recovery.

Florida pet owners suing veterinarians for medical malpractice

When a doctor makes a mistake and a patient suffers an injury, the patient can file a medical malpractice claim against the doctor. But some may be surprised to hear that medical malpractice suits against veterinarians are on the rise as pet medical treatments become more sophisticated and expensive.

And the challenges to state immigration laws continue

It is not exactly a new twist, but 16 Latin American nations have asked to join a federal lawsuit that seeks to block the state immigration law in South Carolina. Why isn't it a new twist? Mexico asked to join a lawsuit seeking to challenge the Arizona immigration law last June. This time the number of nations is much larger.

Eleven injured in South Florida train crossing accident

Two years ago, a fatal accident occurred when a car was struck by a train. The car had gotten between the two guardrails and was unable to get out of the way of a train traveling 60 mph. Then this past weekend, another crash occurred in the same spot.

ICE detention complicates couple's marriage plans

An East Coast couple had a storybook romance. The woman got a flat tire and the knight in shining armor who repaired the car became her fiancée after a romance. The couple made their wedding plans and two years after meeting were on the doorstep of being husband and wife.

Miami naturalization ceremony includes 205 new citizens

More than 200 immigrants participated in a naturalization ceremony in Miami last week. The number of immigrants who took their oath of allegiance and became U.S. citizens in South Florida reflected what appears to be happening around the country in recent years. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials say the last two years have seen an increase in citizenship applications.

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