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Refugee Wars

I drove along I-35 South from San Antonio to Dilley, TX, to spend a week with 30 other volunteers, advising intending refugees from Central America how to navigate the U.S. asylum system. We were headed to the South Texas Family Residential Center (STFRC), the largest immigrant detention center in the United States. Over the next […]

Administration Proposes Changes to H-1B Process

On December 3, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a proposed change to its H-1B regulations.  H-1B visas are temporary permissions for foreign professionals to come to the U.S. to work in positions known as “specialty occupations.”  These positions normally require a bachelor or higher-level degree, therefore highly specialized knowledge, to perform.  If the […]

Court Blocks Administration’s Asylum Rule Changes

Invoking emergency national-security measures, the Administration has continued its attack on our Asylum laws, which are based on international obligations and adopting U.S. laws more than 50 years old.  Changes to the laws, described below, would eviscerate US asylum law if upheld and, as expected, are under challenge in the U.S. courts. On November 9, […]

Expediting Your Delayed Immigration Case – VIDEO

Sometimes an immigration case takes way too long, or seems to have disappeared into a “black hole.” Our Immigration Law firm can determine how best to address the problem. Occasionally, we advise a client to do nothing, since a delay might be advantageous. For example, if the immigration application you filed is permitting you to […]

New Rule for Same-Sex Partners of Diplomats and International Organization Employees

The United States Department of State announced that diplomats (A-1 and A-2) and international organization employees (G-1, G-2 and G-3) will henceforth be required to prove they are legally married to their same-sex partners in order for the partners to obtain derivative visas to come to the United States. The new rule applies to foreign […]

Immigration Issues for Graduating Foreign Students – VIDEO

Deutsch Killea and Eapen, Immigration Law Firm, advises many foreign students how to remain in the United States after they complete their studies. A good immigration attorney can advise on the pathway to permanent residence. There are 2 main issues to deal with: First, how does a graduating student become a permanent resident?, and Second, […]

Maintaining Permanent Residence – VIDEO

Congratulations, you have become a permanent resident of the United States. The slang way to say it is you have a “green card.” Now that you are a permanent resident, you need to maintain the status until you can become a U.S. citizen. Most people are eligible to apply for citizenship 5 years after becoming […]

Changes to “Public Charge” Rule Coming

Update 9/20/2018 The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced proposed changes to the public charge rule—a rule intended to determine whether an immigrant is likely to become dependent on the government for subsistence. According to DHS estimates, the rule change will impact about 382,000 people annually. What are the changes? As expected, the proposed rule greatly expands the […]

Obtaining Permanent Residence Through Work – VIDEO

Deutsch Killea and Eapen, Immigration Law Firm, advises many American employers and their foreign employees on how to obtain permanent residence through work. The typical case duration can be anywhere from a few months to many years, depending upon the immigration category used and the sponsored employee’s nationality. The most common case category is “permanent […]

Update on Premium Processing for 2018/19 H-1B Cap Petitions

UPDATE – August 28, 2018 USCIS announced is extending the previously-announced temporary suspension of premium processing for cap‐subject H‐1B petitions and, beginning Sept. 11, 2018, will be expanding this temporary suspension to include certain additional H‐1B petitions. USCIS expects these suspensions to last until February 19, 2019. The expanded temporary suspension applies to all H‐1B petitions […]

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