MHB attorney Lola Zakharova offered insight on how President Trump’s immigration crackdown might affect Northwest employers seeking highly skilled workers. American firms might lose talent to employers in Canada and Europe, Zakharova said in this article in GeekWire.
Lola Zakharova, Immigration Attorney with MacDonald, Hoague & Bayless spoke at a Trade Development Alliance event titled “Disrupting Innovation” on Thursday, February 9, 2017. The talk focused on recent events resulting from an executive order signed by the president and the role of immigration in Greater Seattle’s innovation-driven, high tech economy. To view a recording of the panel discussion, click this link: http://kcts9.org/programs/borders-heritage/live-stream-immigrant-life-in-uncertain-times
On Saturday, January 28, 2017, Joe Shaeffer, Andrew Chan and David Whedbee from MacDonald, Hoague and Bayless assisted efforts to keep two men from being deported. The results gained the release of the two individuals who were detained at Sea-Tac Airport after an executive order that was signed by the president on Friday essentially closed the United States borders for immigrant travelers from selected countries. The Northwest Immigrant Rights Project released this statement: “Two clients represented by Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, the ACLU of Washington and collaborating attorneys from MacDonald Hoague and Bayless and Pacifica Law Group have been released from the custody of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at SeaTac airport. One of the clients is an engineer originally from Sudan but now residing in the United Arab Emirates and was attending an engineering conference in the U.S. The other individual who was detained by CBP is a Yemeni citizen who was born in Saudi Arabia and was coming to visit family here in the U.S. Both clients expressed their gratitude for the support of so many Americans. While in the custody of CBP, they were able to watch coverage of the protests at the airport and they both expressed gratitude for those expressions of solidarity. We are grateful to the many political leaders who urged their release.”
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MH&B immigration attorney Ester Greenfield was interviewed on KUOW public radio on February 25, 2015, to explain the new federal regulation allowing certain spouses of H-1B workers to apply for work permits. Under the new rule, spouses of H-1B employees may apply for an employment authorization document (EAD) if the employer has taken significant steps to sponsor the H-1B employee for a green card. The H-1B employee must be the beneficiary of an approved I-140 immigrant visa petition. Spouses will also be eligible to apply for an EAD if the H-1B employee received an “AC-21” extension of H-1B status beyond the normal six-year time limit. This extension is only available if the employer filed a PERM labor certification application before the end of the fifth year of H-1B status. The new rule goes into effect in late May, 2015 and will help many in Washington State. H-1B visas are available to a limited number of specialty occupation workers, often in tech industries, and their spouses were not previously allowed to work.