TPS Extended Another 9 Months for Certain Countries, While Calls for Expanding Protection Increase

TPS Extended Another 9 Months for Certain Countries, While Calls for Expanding Protection Increase

Members of Haitian women for Haitian refugees organization rally for restoration of TPS and permanent status for refugees from Haiti on Ocean Avenue. – New York, NY – November 8, 2020 (Shutterstock) By Jennifer Ibanez Whitlock, Immigration Impact The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an important announcement on December 9 about the Temporary Protective […]

USCIS Updates Guidance for Schedule A Occupations

USCIS Updates Guidance for Schedule A Occupations

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced updated guidance for adjudicating EB-2 and EB-3 Schedule A petitions for registered nurses, physical therapists, and aliens of exceptional ability. The update does not change any policy, but does clarify how USCIS adjudicators should apply Department of Homeland Security and Department of Labor (DOL) regulations when deciding these […]

Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration H-1B Rules

Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration H-1B Rules

WASHINGTON, DC — Judge Jeffrey S. White of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order blocking two H-1B regulations proposed by the Trump Administration to restrict the ability of U.S. companies to hire foreign-born employees on H-1B visas. The Department of Homeland Security Interim Final Rule was set […]

Can a DUI Get You Deported?

Can a DUI Get You Deported?

By Mary Campbell ‘Tis the season: The season of holiday parties, family get-togethers and celebrations galore. There is one common factor with all these activities: alcohol. Some persons are smart enough that if they drink to have a designated driver or simply take a cab. In the age of Uber, Lyft and so forth, it […]

USCIS Adds Hurdle for Refugees and Asylees to Reunite With Family

USCIS Adds Hurdle for Refugees and Asylees to Reunite With Family

A father and child hold a protest sign to demand the closure of detention camps at the U.S.-Mexico border. – Philadelphia, PA / USA – July 12, 2019 (Shutterstock) Washington D.C. – United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a new memorandum that will require in-person interviews for most asylees and refugees who petition for […]

State AGs Decry Proposed Limits On Student, Journalist Visas

State AGs Decry Proposed Limits On Student, Journalist Visas

By Sarah Martinson, Law360 Twenty-two state attorneys general have urged the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to toss a proposed rule limiting the time that international students and journalists can live in the U.S., arguing the rule is unlawful and would hurt local economies. In a letter to DHS and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, attorneys […]

Record Low Refugee Cap Goes Into Effect, Sparking Outcry

Record Low Refugee Cap Goes Into Effect, Sparking Outcry

 Activists participating in the Refugees Welcome protest rally on the steps of the US Capitol, wearing life preservers. They were each later arrested. – WASHINGTON – October 15 2019 (Shutterstock) By Alyssa Aquino, Law360 President Donald Trump on Wednesday formally committed the U.S. to accept up to 15,000 refugees this fiscal year, crystallizing a historically […]

DHS Looks To Ditch H-1B Visa Lottery For Salary Ranking

DHS Looks To Ditch H-1B Visa Lottery For Salary Ranking

By Suzanne Monyak, Law360 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is planning to replace the H-1B specialty occupation visa lottery, in which foreign citizens with college degrees compete for limited slots, with a wage-based selection process prioritizing higher salaries, the department said Wednesday. Under the proposal, DHS would no longer conduct a random selection process […]

The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security Publish Final Rule to Restrict Certain Criminal Aliens’ Eligibility for Asylum

The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security Publish Final Rule to Restrict Certain Criminal Aliens’ Eligibility for Asylum

Migrants from Central America cross the US-Mexico border to seek asylum in the United States. – El Paso, Texas USA / Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico – May 30, 2019 (Shutterstock) By justice.gov New Mandatory Bars Prevent Convicted Felons, Drunk Drivers, Gang Members, and Other Criminal Aliens from Receiving Asylum Today, the Department of Justice and […]

USCIS’ Changes to ‘Affidavit of Support’ Make It Harder for Americans to Sponsor Immigrant Family Members

USCIS’ Changes to ‘Affidavit of Support’ Make It Harder for Americans to Sponsor Immigrant Family Members

By Walter Ewing, Immigration Impact The Department of Homeland Security has proposed a rule that would make it much more difficult for U.S. citizens and legal immigrants—especially those experiencing financial hardship—to sponsor family members for green cards. If the rule goes into effect, the process of family-based immigration will become even more cumbersome and restrictive. […]