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Supreme Court Won’t Hear Immigration Enforcement Case

The Supreme Court is refusing to hear a Maryland immigration enforcement dispute. The Court announced it won't hear Frederick County’s appeal of a ruling last August by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The dispute now...more

Second Circuit Vacates Conviction After Counsel Misstated Deportation Consequences

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently vacated the 1999 conviction of an Australian national living in the United States for misprision of felony. The court granted a writ of error after Stephen...more

USCIS to Reopen All I-601A Waiver Applications Denied before January 24, 2014 Based on a Criminal Offense

On March 18, 2014, USCIS announced that it would be reopening all I-601A waiver applications that were denied prior to January 24, 2014, if the denials were based solely because of a prior criminal offense committed by the...more

UPDATE: Developments in the Ukraine and Impact on Investments

On Sunday, Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine. The EU and U.S., which consider Sunday’s referendum in Crimea to be illegal, retaliated with sanctions. The nature of these is set out below as a further update to the Alert...more

How a Reluctance to Deport Pop Stars Strengthens US Immigration Policy  [Video]

Mar. 13, 2014 -- Lenni Benson, professor at New York Law School and Director of the Safe Passage Project, talks about the general reluctance within the American immigration system to deport sports and entertainment...more

Deportation Coming Up in Season 6 of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”: Real Immigration Problems for Celebs Teresa and Giuseppe...

On March 4, 2013, two of the stars of the Bravo Network television show, “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” pleaded guilty to several counts of fraud and other charges in a federal court in Newark, New Jersey. Teresa and...more

Weekly Recap Ethics News and Trends – March 3, 2014

Public servants with the utmost integrity also need to be aware of what is happening ethically around the state. In today’s climate, every public agency’s image is impacted by the missteps or misconduct of others. Below...more

Immigration Alert: January 2014

I. H-1B Nonimmigrant Season Opens on April 1, 2014, for Fiscal Year 2015 - As most H-1B employers know, there is an annual quota on the number of new H-1B petitions that can be approved each federal fiscal year. The...more

USCIS Issues Guidance Clarifying “Reason to Believe” Standard for I-601A Waivers

On January 24, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Policy Memorandum clarifying the “reason to believe” standard for denying I-601A provisional unlawful presence waiver applications involving...more

US-India Relationship is Rocky Over Handling of Alleged Visa Fraud

The arrest, strip-search and brief incarceration of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade last month sparked international outrage, including widespread protests in India, and created tension between U.S.-India relations. A...more

Bye, Bye Bieber: Canadian Pop-Star of “Extraordinary Ability” Could be in Extraordinary Trouble with U.S. Immigration Law

Famed teen heart throb, Justin Bieber, is in trouble . . . again. On January 23, 2014, Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach, Florida, and charged with a DUI, resisting arrest, and driving with an expired driver’s license....more

Infosys I-9 Audit Results Likely to Trigger ICE Audits of Computer Consulting Firms

Infosys Limited’s recent $34 million settlement with the U.S. Government resolved the threat of criminal charges against the company based on allegations of visa fraud. During the course of the investigation, U.S. Immigration...more

Misuse Of Visas Lands Tech Giant In Hot Water

Infosys, an Indian technology outsourcing company, has agreed to pay a fine of $34 million after an extensive investigation by federal prosecutors in Texas. The investigation alleged that the tech giant misused the B-1...more

ICE Seizes Counterfeit Domain Names

On December 2, U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations announced in a press release that 706 domain names set up to “dupe” consumers into buying counterfeit goods had been seized by...more

When New Supreme Court Rulings Do Not Apply Retroactively

In Padilla v. Kentucky, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that an ineffective assistance of counsel claim under the Sixth Amendment could be based on a defense attorney’s failure to apprise a criminal defendant of the immigration...more

Holding of Padilla v. Kentucky to be Incorporated Into Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure

In 2010, the Supreme Court of the United States, in the case of Padilla v. Kentucky, held that a defense attorney’s failure to advise the defendant concerning the risk of removal fell below the objective standard of...more

Immigration Fraud Whistleblower Likely to receive a $5M Bounty from Infosys’s $34M False Claims Act Settlement: Is Your Business...

On October 30, 2013, Infosys Limited (“Infosys”), an Indian IT company, signed a settlement agreement with the United States in the Eastern District of Texas to resolve allegations that Infosys knowingly presented to...more

Immigration Corner - November 13, 2013

Snapshots of both big picture and meaningful small-scale developments in the world of immigration. This month: a technology giant's hefty immigration fine and its implications, an improved interactive website for...more

Florida Possession With Intent to Deliver Controlled Substance Not An Aggravated Felony

Convictions of certain types of crimes, referred to as “Aggravated Felonies,” carry severe immigration consequences for foreign nationals seeking permanent residence, citizenship, asylum, and relief from removal. The types...more

Immigration Consequences Of A Guilty Plea

When someone who’s not a U.S. citizen is accused of a crime, that person’s immigration status is in jeopardy. A noncitizen can be removed from the United States by deportation or denied entry by inadmissibility....more

Convention Against Torture As Relief From Removal Based On Cooperation With Law Enforcement Agencies

Generally, noncitizens convicted of crimes defined as aggravated felonies under federal immigration law are automatically disqualified from most forms of relief from deportation. The term “aggravated felony” is a term of...more

Settlement Of HB 56 Lawsuit Means Permanent Injunction Against Some Provisions Of Alabama’s Immigration Law

On October 29, 2013, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) published a settlement agreement reached with the State of Alabama to end its challenge of HB 56, Alabama’s immigration law in exchange for a court order permanently...more

Eight Lawmakers Arrested in Immigration Rally

A massive immigration rally held last week resulted in the arrests of approximately 200 people, among them eight members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The protesters assembled outside the nation’s Capitol on October 8...more

U Visas: Turning Violent Crime into a Blessing in Disguise

While no one wants to be the victim of violent crime, it is becoming increasingly easier for certain immigrants to see the silver lining in an otherwise daunting experience. Specifically, the Victims of Trafficking and...more

California Extends Deadline to Consider Early Prison Release for Immigration Law Offenders

California is currently considering a number of possible solutions to its prison overcrowding problems – one of which is an early release of immigration offenders. Last month, a three-judge panel agreed to extend until...more

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