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Tag Archives: immigration general

“Extreme Vetting” – Supplemental Questions to be asked of Visa Applicants

DHS notice of request for emergency OMB approval and public comment on a new Form DS-5535, Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants, to collect information from visa applicants who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with terrorism or other national security-related visa ineligibilities. Comments are due 5/18/17. If granted, the emergency approval is […]

Government Plans Restrictions and Tightening on H-1B Visas

The Trump administration is stating that it will toughen regulatory enforcement of the H-1B visa program, which allows U.S. businesses to employ foreign professional workers temporarily. Monday, April 4th,  was the beginning of H-1B “cap season,” when employers filed applications for a limited number of H-1B visas. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) marked the […]

Alert – Warning About Travel to Certain Countries

Below is an alert received from American Immigration Lawyers Association.  This points out the risk of travel abroad for persons who are from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen, and possibly other countries. More to follow when a final Executive Order is signed. Fee free to contact one of the immigration attorneys at […]

President Obama’s Immigration Legacy

As noted in a recent article by the American Immigration Council, one of the defining characteristics of President Barack Obama’s eight years in office will be how he enforced immigration laws.  The strongest indicator is how many individuals he has actually removed and returned out of the country. Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) […]

Government Clarifies Standard for Obtaining National Interest Waiver

In a precedent decision, the USCIS Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) has revised the analytical framework for assessing eligibility for National Interest Waivers, a permanent residence category frequently used by experts in science, business and other fields.  The case is Matter of Dhanasar, 26 I&N Dec. 884 (AAO 2016). This means that USCIS may now grant […]

DHS Ends Discriminatory Post-9/11 Registration and Tracking Program for Muslim Males in the U.S.

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officially ended a Bush-era registry created after 9/11 to track men from predominantly Muslim countries who were not U.S. citizens. The registry, known as the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), was shown to be ineffective and had not been used for years.  Nonetheless, the NSEERS structure remained […]

Immigration Lawyers See Caseloads Surge as Anxious Clients Brace for Trump

The Washington Post reports that immigration attorneys in the Washington area and across the country say they have seen a surge in calls, consultations and clients since Election Day, a growth fueled by Trump’s anti-immigrant campaign rhetoric and the across-the-board gains of Republicans with hard-line views on border issues.  Not only undocumented persons are concerned: […]

Senators Graham and Durbin Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Protect DREAMers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) welcomed the introduction of the “Bar Removal of Immigrants who Dream and Grow the Economy” or BRIDGE Act, a bipartisan bill authored by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin (D-IL). William A. Stock, AILA President, noted, “The BRIDGE Act is designed to protect the […]

USCIS Revises Form I-9 (Verification of Employment Eligibility)

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. By January 22, 2017, employers must use only the new version, dated 11/14/2016. Until then, they can continue to use either the version dated 03/08/2013 or the new version. Among the changes in the new version, Section 1 […]

Split Supreme Court Decision Blocks President Obama’s Immigration Plan

In a one-sentence 4-4 split decision on June 24, 2016, U.S. v. Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand lower court rulings that block the Obama administration’s plan, known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA), to allow approximately 4 million parents of U.S. citizen children to remain in the United States and obtain […]

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