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Global Immigration Alerts: November 1, 2019

At Chugh, LLP, we deliver powerful global immigration support in the places where you do business. Our worldwide team speaks over 20 languages and operates in more than 120 countries and 24 time zones.

With a strong history of over 400,000 global work permit applications for diverse clientele, Chugh offers expert end-to-end global immigration services to meet your unique challenges.

Pet Custody Rights in California

Most US states classify pets as property, which means that judges can force individuals in any dispute to sell their pet and split the proceeds. California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed legislation that treats a shared pet as a child in the case of a dispute. This means that custody arrangements may be granted, to the relief of many Californians.

USCIS Increases Premium Processing Fee

USCIS announced that starting on December 2, 2019, the premium processing fee will increase to $1,440.00 and will be required when requesting premium processing for Nonimmigrant Worker Petitions (Form I-129) and Immigrant Worker Petitions (Form I-140).

Employee or Independent Contractor? Answer is as easy as ABC!

Terminating an employee is never easy. Though most states have “at-will” employment laws, whereby employers can terminate employees at any time for any non-discriminatory reason, employers still face the risk of unlawful termination lawsuits. To minimize this risk, it is important for employers to carefully establish a termination procedure.

CALIFORNIA EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE

Terminating an employee is never easy. Though most states have “at-will” employment laws, whereby employers can terminate employees at any time for any non-discriminatory reason, employers still face the risk of unlawful termination lawsuits. To minimize this risk, it is important for employers to carefully establish a termination procedure.

Corporations Moving Foreign Workers Outside of the United States

United States immigration has been increasingly less friendly to many large, medium, and small businesses due to increasing delays, Requests for Evidence (RFE), and visa rejections. Many companies are transferring their skilled workers to nearshore operations in countries like Canada and Mexico to service clients in the US. Indian nationals still factor in at 70% of the US work permits issued to technology professionals.

THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY & USCIS ARE ENJOINED FROM IMPLEMENTING NEW PUBLIC CHARGE GROUND OF INADMISSIBILITY

When an H-1B petition is denied by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the decision is not necessarily final. Applicants or petitioners can still appeal the decision or request that their H-1B case be reconsidered. An experienced attorney can help you determine the best course of action in the event of an H-1B visa denial, and they can help make a strong case for your petition.

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