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Immigration Reform is a term commonly used to refer to comprehensive efforts to address limitations, deficiencies and inequalities within a country's immigration policies and systems. In the United States,... more +
Immigration Reform is a term commonly used to refer to comprehensive efforts to address limitations, deficiencies and inequalities within a country's immigration policies and systems. In the United States, the term is often used to describe legislative efforts to remedy problems associated with illegal immigration, including protecting undocumented workers, expanding citizenship eligibility, and strengthening border security.   less -

Dream On: DACA Extensions Still Possible

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program, introduced by President Obama in 2012 to provide relief from deportation for certain undocumented individuals who had been brought to the U.S. as children, was...more

The Weekly Round-Up: White House Imposes Case Quotas on Immigration Judges, JPMorgan CEO Urges Immigration Reform, and Proctor &...

In a week jam-packed with immigration news and events, here are some of the highlights... White House requires Immigration Judges to complete 700 cases per year - This week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a...more

Immigration newsletter - Spring 2018

by Hogan Lovells on

Read our Spring 2018 issue of the Immigration newsletter to learn about the following topics: - Visa sanctions on Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone - CBP introduces policies and procedures for searching...more

USCIS Suspends Premium Processing For Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions Beginning April 2, 2018

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: USCIS recently announced that the agency will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 cap beginning on April 2, 2018. ...more

USCIS to Suspend Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Cap Filings

On March 20, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) did an about-face and announced that beginning on April 2 it will suspend Premium Processing of all fiscal year (FY) 2019 H-1B cap filings. This comes after prior...more

Employers Relying On H-4 Dependent Spouse Visas Better Move Fast as April 1 Lottery Looms

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Proposed changes to the rule authorizing employment for H-4 status holders could spell an increase in H-1B petitions this upcoming fiscal year, and ultimately, increased sponsorship costs for employers. ...more

USCIS: Are Your Signatures Valid?

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Starting March 18, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will require individuals who are submitting an application, petition, request, or other documents to provide a "valid" signature on forms filed with the...more

U.S. Cracks Down On Birth Tourism Industry

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Travelling to another country for medical procedures, or medical tourism, is a growth industry both as an export and an import. U.S. citizens may travel for medical treatments that are less expensive and patients with means...more

Proposed Changes To Family-Based Immigration Under President Trump: Would Your Family Be Affected?

President Trump has communicated his desire to cut down on family-based immigration, or what he calls "chain migration,” a longstanding pillar of the American immigration system that enables citizens and permanent residents...more

What Is Chain Migration?

by Ronald Shapiro on

When United States citizens or lawful permanent residents sponsor their family members to enable them to move to the U.S., this family reunification process is often referred to as chain migration. Although family-based...more

Travel Ban Case At The U.S. Supreme Court, But DACA Will Wait

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Supreme Court is now in the middle of two high-profile immigration cases: Travel Ban 3.0 and the DACA rescission. The Court let President Donald Trump’s travel ban go in effect while litigation challenging the ban is...more

Breaking Immigration Update: Supreme Court Declines to Expedite DACA Rescission Litigation & USCIS is Still Accepting DACA...

This morning, the Supreme Court declined to hear the Trump Administration’s request to review the decision of a Federal District Court in California stating the rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for...more

A Dream Come True: DACA Will Stay In Effect A While Longer

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will stay in effect until further notice. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to immediately review an injunction that blocked the termination of DACA from taking...more

Beat The RAISE Act: File Immigrant Petitions For Family Members Now.

President Trump endorses the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act, which would reduce the levels of legal immigrants (particularly, family-based immigrants) and dramatically change existing immigration...more

Immigration Issues on Capitol Hill – Will Anything Get Done?

It appears that the Republican controlled Congress and the Trump Administration cannot get anything done on the contentious issues of immigration. Right now, a slight bi-partisan majority in the Senate wants to provide a...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

Employment Law 2017 Year in Review

by Barley Snyder on

While the buzz and publicity on the issue has been mainly contained to the worlds of politics, media and entertainment, with recognizable names such as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Louis C.K. all facing...more

Second Federal Court Injunction Issued To Keep DACA In Place, Fate Remains Uncertain

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Following January’s ruling by Judge William Alsup in San Francisco, a second federal court has issued a nationwide injunction ordering the government to keep DACA in place. Judge Nicolas G. Garaufis of the US District Court...more

IBIC Pushes for Solutions As the Clock Continues to Tick

by Ronald Shapiro on

The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC) and other business leaders are currently working against President Trump’s difficult immigration policies, and are asking for Congress’s assistance. The IBIC consistent with...more

What Would Jesus Do? Exploring the Biblical Perspective on Immigration

by Gerald Nowotny on

Overview - In this era of great bipartisan divide, the Democrats and Republicans would most likely not be able to agree on where to have a holiday celebration and what to have on the menu. In the Culture War many...more

Streamlined, Bipartisan Immigration Bill Offered To Resolve DACA Dilemma

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

With the February 8th deadline for debate on DACA imminent and the March 5th DACA termination deadline approaching, legislators have been introducing bills to resolve the long-standing “Dreamer” issue. Senators John McCain...more

President Trump’s Four Pillars for Immigration Reform

In his first State of the Union address on Tuesday January 30, 2018, President Donald Trump highlighted his plan for immigration reform, which consists of four pillars: (1) creating a path to citizenship for DREAMers, (2)...more

The Weekly Round-Up: ICE Clarifies Policy on Detention, State of the Union Highlights Immigration, and Twins are Born, but Only...

ICE Agents Directed to Detain Undocumented Immigrants Attending Court - On Wednesday, January 31, ICE announced a new set of guidelines pertaining to how they will conduct arrests of undocumented immigrants at federal and...more

How Do These DACA Replacement Bills Measure Up?

by Ronald Shapiro on

Congress is currently considering several bills that would affect the nearly 700,000 individuals currently residing in the US under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) implemented under President Obama...more

[Webinar] US Immigration - A One Year Look Back - February 14th, 1:00pm CT

Following President Trump’s Executive Orders promising to toughen US immigration policy, the executive agencies that administer US immigration laws have issued new policy statements and are promulgating new regulations that...more

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