New Regulation on Advance Parole Processing
February 13, 2019
DACA Relief Still Available... For Now.
February 12, 2019The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take action on DACA during this session. The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take action on DACA during this session. Click here for full post.
The United States Department of Homeland Security Announces Changes for H-1B Cap Season
February 1, 2019This past Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released for official publication on January 31, 2019, a final rule changing how it will select H-1B cap-subject petitions in years when there are more petitions filed than visas available. Click here for full post.
The United States Department of Homeland Security announces new policy to force asylum seekers apprehended at the southern border to remain in Mexico until their asylum hearing
January 29, 2019The United States Department of Homeland Security announced last week that it now intends to return certain people apprehended at or near the U.S.-Mexico border who are not eligible to enter the U.S. to Mexico until their removal hearing. Click here for full post.
Trends in USCIS and Department of State Visa Decisions and How To Get Good Legal Advice and Help
January 23, 2019
Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Deportable Aliens
January 17, 2019Highlights from the June 29, 2018 Policy Memorandum Titled: “Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Deportable Aliens." Click here for full post.
Warning on "Fake Date" Notices to Appear
January 15, 2019U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued certain Notices to Appear (NTAs) with “fake” hearing dates and times. Click here for full post.
BAHA, USMCA and TN Visas
January 14, 2019In the area of employment-based immigration, the laws have not changed, but there have been actions at the executive level that make it more difficult for United States businesses who have international workers. Click here for full post.
Federal government shutdown & immigration services
January 11, 2019As the Federal government shutdown nears the end of its third week... Click here for full post.
Proposed changes to H-1B program
December 4, 2018U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued a new proposed regulation. Click here for full post.
New policy memo from the Executive Office of Immigration Review
November 30, 2018Asylum applications received by the Executive Office of Immigration Review have more than tripled since 2014 and currently, there are more than 350,000 cases in immigration proceedings with an asylum application pending. Click here for full post.
Great news for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders
November 28, 2018Thousands of Salvadorans, Sudanese, Haitians and Nicaraguans, whom the Trump administration has been eager to remove from the US, have been given a reprieve by a federal court. For now. Click here for full post.
United States immigration policy after Sessions' departure
November 14, 2018In the wake of (now former) Attorney General Jeff Sessions' termination, a great deal of speculation with regards to the future of United States immigration policy has arisen. Click here for full post.
An immigration lawyer responds to a humanitarian crisis
November 12, 2018I'm writing this in the San Antonio airport after a week of pro bono legal work for detained asylum seekers in Dilley, Texas. Sitting across from me are a young mother and her four and two year-old children - just released from the detention center. Click here for full post.
Can President Trump end birthright citizenship by executive order?
November 9, 2018One of the President’s most recent statements on immigration is a pledge to end birthright citizenship to children born to undocumented immigrants through an executive order. However, it is extremely unlikely that such an executive order would survive a legal challenge. Click here for full post.
USCIS Now Says It Is Not Considering Changes to Post-Six Year H-1B Extensions
January 11, 2018According to recent media reports USCIS has now backed off its proposal to change the H-1B program. Click here for full post.
DHS Considers Restricting Ability of H-1B Workers to Seek Post-Six Year Extensions of Status While They Pursue Employment-Based Immigration Process
January 9, 2018H-1B workers have long benefitted from provisions in the American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act (also known as the AC21 Act) ... Click here for full post.
Iraqi Nationals with Final Removal Orders
December 15, 2017In June, ICE officials began arresting Iraqi nationals with final removal orders who, for years, could not be deported to Iraq due to Iraq's reistance to repatriating individuals from the United States. Click here for full post.
DV-2019 Filing Period Will End November 22, 2017
November 3, 2017After a false start to this year's Diversity Visa Lottery Program earlier this month, the State Department announced a new filing period that started October 18th and will end on Wednesday, November 22 at Noon, Eastern Standard Time. Click here for full post.
Budget Fight May Lead to Deal for "Dreamers"
October 10, 2017As Congress attempts to pass a budget by December, the President's difficulties finding Republican votes for his budget plan may force him to make a deal with Democrats... Click here for full post.