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New Jersey Immigrants Scammed as Fear and Flux Take Control of the American Immigration System

Day after day, potential clients walk into my office with boxes of paper and faces of frustration. Minutes into our free immigration consultation, I notice a sense of concern and fear. Soon, I learn that the immigrant has a...more

USCIS Starts To Require Signature for Delivery of Some Crucial Benefit-Conferring Immigration Documents

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On Friday, April 27, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that as of April 30th it will begin phasing in use of the U.S. Postal Service’s (“USPS”) Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery...more

Federal Court Orders Restoration of Additional DACA Provisions

by Mintz Levin on

On Tuesday, April 24, 2018, a District of Columbia federal District Court judge issued an order vacating the decision to rescind the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program and requiring the Department of...more

USCIS Green Card Processing Time Information Poor, Inspector General Reports, And USCIS Agrees

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Since 2011, government processing of green card applications has taken longer and longer. Concerns expressed by lawmakers, immigration advocates, and the public prompted Senator and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on...more

OIG Finds USCIS Green Card Processing Time Information Unclear and Unrealistic

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report on March 9, 2018 entitled: “USCIS Has Unclear Website Information and Unrealistic Time Goals for Adjudication Green Card...more

Nearly 20% of Fiance Visas Come from this Country

by Ronald Shapiro on

Nearly one-fifth of all fiance visas that were issued in 2016 went to citizens of the Philippines and about 24 percent of minors brought to the U.S. on K-2 visas were issued to children from this country as well. The total...more

Third Time’s Not the Charm for Trump’s Travel Ban

The Fourth Circuit ruled earlier this month that the Trump Administration’s third attempt at an immigration and travel ban, imposed on eight predominately Muslim countries, was likely to violate the Establishment Clause....more

Does the SUCCEED Act Miss the Mark?

by Ronald Shapiro on

There are several notable shortcomings that make the SUCCEED Act inadequate compared to other potential legislation. While the Act aims to provide an opportunity for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S at a young age...more

Indian and Chinese Nationals Likely First to Be Affected by H-1B-Related Changes

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

After months of anticipation, it appears the first major H-1B program-related change will be the recession of employment authorization for certain H-4 spouses. The change should have the largest effect on Chinese and Indian...more

Stopgap Bill to End Government Shutdown passes Congress, extends EB-5 Program 3 weeks

by Cozen O'Connor on

The federal government shutdown came to an end as the House and the Senate passed a Continuing Resolution (the “CR”) which extended the Federal budget until February 8, 2018. The President signed the bill late Monday night. ...more

Amid Potential Changes, Employers Prepare for H-1B Filing Season 2018

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

With changes in late 2017, many employers are gearing up for H-1B season on April 1, 2018. The H-1B visa allows foreign nationals to work in occupations that require at least a U.S. Bachelor’s Degree (or foreign equivalent)...more

What A Government Shutdown Would Mean For Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

If Congress cannot approve a budget by this Friday at midnight, the federal government will shut down. What will this mean for employers across the country? A look back at the most recent government shutdown will provide...more

Five Immigration To-Do’s for Employers in 2018

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The White House and Department of Homeland Security have announced plans to change the legal immigration system in ways that could significantly impact employers with foreign workers who are managers, executives,...more

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: White House Immigration Meeting Ends in Expletives, Visa Extensions for Skilled Immigrants Expected...

After a holiday break, the Weekly Round-Up is back, and just in time for a week in which immigration news filled the headlines. White House Immigration Meeting Ends in Vulgarity - On Thursday, Congressional Democrats...more

USCIS Clarifies Position on AC21 H-1B Extensions

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Last week, USCIS clarified that it is not considering changing its interpretation of the H-1B extension of status provisions offered in the American Competitiveness in the Twenty First Century Act (AC21)....more

School Districts Gearing Up for 2018-2019 Hires with Special H-1B Rule

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

While students across the country are heading back to finish the school year, school districts are already preparing to hire teachers for the next academic term. Districts are suffering from a nationwide teaching shortage and...more

Chain Migration is What? It’s the Longest Family Tree Ever, and Keeps Growing and Growing.

The Administration, time and again, has made clear that any comprehensive immigration reform must address the border wall and border security, the diversity visa program, and what President Trump refers to as “chain...more

The Uncertainty of the Future of H-1B Visas Deepens

by Williams Mullen on

As part of President Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” initiative, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is reportedly considering new regulations that would eliminate the ability of certain H-1B workers who are in...more

Department of Homeland Security Plans to End Employment Eligibility of Spouses of Highly Skilled Foreign Workers

For years, the spouses of highly skilled foreign workers holding visas under the H-1B program weren’t authorized to work in the United States, absent separate approval through a separate program. However, in 2015, the...more

Update on News Reports of H-1B Changes

by Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP on

Hello, clients and friends of the firm. Happy New Year! It looks like 2018 will be another very interesting year for immigration lawyers....more

Are Changes Coming to the H-1B Program?

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

The H-1B temporary work visa program has been the focus of much speculation lately. Recent news reports have claimed that the Trump Administration is planning major changes to the program in 2018. ...more

There Are Two Paths to Marriage for Immigrants

by Ronald Shapiro on

When a U.S. citizen or permanent resident decides to marry a non-citizen immigrant or foreign national, a fiancé visa or marriage-based green card helps ensure that the couple can build a life together as a married couple in...more

USCIS to Rescind Work Authorization Rule for H-4 Spouses

On December 14, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it is preparing proposed regulations eliminating United States work authorization for certain holders of H-4 visas, a derivative visa classification...more

H-1B Cap: Start Planning Today for "Buy American, Hire American"

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Although we are still officially in the year 2017, it is a good time for employers to start preparing for the H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY2019). H-1B cases must be filed between April 2, 2018 and April 7, 2018 to be...more

More Than Mere Loose Ends: Immigration Compliance During Mergers and Acquisitions

by Vedder Price on

Mergers and acquisitions are often complex transactions involving numerous parties and myriad moving parts. While the parties are understandably focused primarily on the economic aspects of the deal, immigration compliance is...more

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