Mark Koestler and Ted Ruthizer of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel write that the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, the comprehensive immigration bill recently passed by the Senate and facing an uncertain fate in the House, would make many significant changes to the H-1B category affecting all employers who rely on the H-1B visa status to bring talented professionals to the United States.
Phillips Nizer's Michael W. Galligan and Ira C. Olshin write that the concept of "U.S. residence" is of critical importance to both U.S. immigration law and U.S. tax law, but the meaning of U.S. residence (and the correlative consequences of not being a U.S. resident) under each area of law can be significantly different. These differences present both potential traps for the unwary and potential planning opportunities for the informed.
Proskauer Rose's David Grunblatt and Praveena Swanson write: It is not only same sex couples who face impediments when seeking visas to live and work in the United States. The current immigration system even makes it difficult for spouses, children, and household members accompanying their family or partner to the United States.
Laura E. Neish and Keisha Stanford of Zuckerman Spaeder write that a recent U.S. Supreme Court provides some clarity on the immigration consequences of minor drug convictions, but does not resolve the uneasy overlap between the INA and state criminal statutes.