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U.S. Regulations: Truck Driver’s Guide

Federal agencies that regulate the trucking industry Transportation regulations are issued by three different organizations: the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA). New rules for truck drivers might come from any of these three agencies each year. States may also issue their own regulations.

Hours of Service

Truck drivers are only allowed to drive so many hours before taking a break or getting some sleep. The term “Hours of Service” refers to the maximum amount of time drivers are permitted […]

By |2022-11-22T18:32:25+00:00November 22nd, 2022|Dept of Labor|0 Comments

Final Rule: Modifications to the Regulation of Temporary Agricultural Employment of H-2A Non Immigrants

The U.S. Department of Labor (“Department” or “DOL”) published its final rule on October 12, 2022: “Temporary Agricultural Employment of H-2A Non immigrants in the United States”, effective on November 14, 2022.

This final rule amends the standards and policies by which the DOL grants certification of agricultural labor or services to be performed by H-2A workers on a seasonal or temporary basis, and enforcement of the contractual obligations applicable to employers of H-2A workers.

What changes does the Final Rule bring for employers and H2A workers?

The main provisions […]

By |2022-11-03T19:20:14+00:00November 2nd, 2022|Dept of Labor, H2-A|1 Comment

Jose Ageo Luna Vanegas v. Signet Builders Inc. No. 21-2644 (7th Cir. 2022)

Jose Ageo Luna Vanegas, a Mexican citizen, was employed by Signet Builders Inc., a nationwide construction company, to work in the U.S. on an H-2A visa, to execute agricultural work in the U.S. on a temporary basis. Vanegas was assigned to build livestock structures on farms in Wisconsin and Indiana. He commonly worked more than 40 hours a week, and yet Signet did not pay him extra for his overtime hours.

Vanegas filed a complaint under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and moved for conditional certification of a collective action on behalf […]

By |2022-10-17T16:39:47+00:00October 15th, 2022|H2-A|0 Comments

What Do the Election Results Mean for Immigration?

The US will have a new President on January 20, 2021

The US will have a new President on January 20, 2021Following the last day of voting on November 4 and an extensive counting session that ran through the night for many days in many states, the votes have been tallied enough to state that the US will have a new President on January 20, 2021. Regardless of political party affiliation, everyone can agree that President Joe Biden will make changes to immigration policy and […]

By |2020-12-02T16:32:47+00:00December 2nd, 2020|Governments|0 Comments

Covid Travel Restrictions

Covid Travel Restrictions

Can I Travel in the Time of Covid?

The uncertainty and upheaval in the times of Covid-19 has spilled over to the realm of immigration.  The President has issued several proclamations concerning the virus and restricting different visas types and travel from certain countries.  In addition, travel has been complicated for many non-US citizens, because many US consulates abroad are operating at reduced capacity, if at all, so appointments may not available.

Geographic Restrictions in Place

In the first half of the […]

By |2020-11-09T18:23:45+00:00November 9th, 2020|Travel|0 Comments

Immigration Fee Change and Public Charge

Non-Immigrant Visas

Visa Processing Fee Changes

In August, USCIS published a rule significantly increasing the fees for various visa applications.  The proposal also imposed charges for some applications (like asylum) that had never before had a fee associated with them and limited the ability to waive the fee for applicants who could not afford to pay an application fee.  The greatest fee increases were proposed for non-immigrant employment-based visas, adjustment of status to receive a green card, applications for cancellation of removal, and applications for waivers […]

By |2022-07-20T12:43:01+00:00November 8th, 2020|Immigration Fees|0 Comments
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