2018

Blog Posts in 2018

  • Sessions Orders Border Prosecutors to Adopt "Zero-Tolerance" Policy on Immigration

    Last week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions order federal prosecutors on the southwest border to adopt a “zero-tolerance” policy against those who illegally enter, or attempts to illegally enter, the country. He warns that illegally entering the United States will be “met with the full prosecutorial powers of the Department of Justice (DOJ).” This directive instructs all border prosecutors to ...
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  • The Harsh Reality of Immigration Courts

    “I think most people would be incredulous at what really happens in immigration court and which sometimes passes for due process,” said Paul Schmidt, a former immigration judge for the Arlington Immigration Court. “Our courts today are dysfunctional,” stated John F. Gossart, Jr., a former judge for the Baltimore Immigration Court. “In essence, we’re doing death penalty cases in a traffic court ...
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  • USCIS Reaches FY 2019 H-1B Cap

    United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 6, 2018 that the annual H-1B quota for the regular 65,000 Bachelor’s Degree Cap and the 20,000 U.S. Master’s Degree Cap has been met for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. As per the regulations, all H-1B applications received within the first five days of the Cap have to be counted towards the lottery. USCIS has not yet announced ...
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  • USCIS Removes "Nation of Immigrants" from Its Mission Statement

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the federal agency responsible for granting citizenship to those in the process of becoming Americans, is removing a passage from its mission statement which refers to the United States as a “nation of immigrants.” The agency’s new statement as it appears on their website reads: “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services administers the ...
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  • Federal Government Sues California Over Immigration Laws

    Yesterday, the Trump Administration announced that it will target three California laws it argues interfere with federal immigration enforcement, thus filing a lawsuit in federal court against state officials. This morning, Attorney General Jeff Sessions launched a vociferous defense of the administration’s legal challenge. "There is no nullification; there is no secession," Sessions said in a ...
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  • USCIS Issues New Policy Memorandum Regarding Requirements for H-1B Petitions Involving Third-Party Worksites

    USCIS recently issued a new policy memorandum entitled “Contracts and Itineraries Requirements for H-1B Petitions Involving Third-Party Worksites”. This memorandum summarized the primary requirements for establishing eligibility for an H-1B petition involving a third-party worksite, or end-client worksite, namely: The beneficiary will be employed in a specialty occupation and The employer will ...
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  • Trump Unlikely to Extend Looming Immigration Deadline

    Last year, President Trump scrapped the Obama-era program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that protects roughly 700,000 undocumented immigrants in the United States. He then set an expiry date of March 5, 2018, and called on Congress to come up with a solution. Over the past several months, lawmakers have been working toward reaching a deal to protect DACA recipients before ...
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  • USCIS to Address Asylum Backlog with Action

    Last week, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that they will schedule asylum interviews for recent applications ahead of older filings, in an effort to curb the growth of the agency’s asylum backlog. The agency is in charge of overseeing the country’s legal immigration system, such as adjudicating asylum claims. Considered to be at a crisis level, USCIS currently faces ...
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  • Introduction of "I-Squared" Bill and proposed H-1B reform

    On January 25, 2018, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) introduced the Immigration Innovation Act of 2018. The bill aims to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to authorize additional visas for well-educated aliens to live and work in the United States. If enacted, the bill, known as “I-Squared,” would make significant changes to the U.S. employment-based immigration system. ...
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  • What's Happening with H-1B Visas?

    USCIS Not Considering H-1B Visa Rule Changes President Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” initiative aims to stop hundreds of thousands of foreign workers, predominantly Indian IT professionals, from keeping their H-1B visas while their green card applications are pending. The goal is to impose new restrictions to prevent abuse and misuse of H-1B visas, aside from ending the provision of ...
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  • White House Says No Deal on DACA Yet

    The White House said that no deal has been reached to protect nearly 800,000 DACA recipients. “There has not been a deal reached yet,” said White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “We still think we can get there, and we are very focused trying to make sure that it happens.” However, six bipartisan senators announced they reached a deal in principle on legislation that would shield ...
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  • Temporary vs. Permanent Work Visas: What’s the Difference?

    The United States attracts immigrants from all sorts of professional backgrounds. Researchers, artists, religious workers, scientists and even athletes seek employment in the U.S. However, to enter and work in the country, immigrant workers will need to have a visa. There are two categories of employment visas for workers: temporary and permanent . In this blog, we explain what the differences are ...
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  • Deportation FAQs

    With the tough stance that the Trump Administration has taken on U.S. immigration, it is important to become informed about deportation practices you might have to face. Trump’s “Enforcement Priorities,” which is contained in “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” replaces the Obama era enforcement priorities. These new priorities are now in effect and will likely sweep ...
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