USCIS Releases Statement Regarding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Much uncertainty has surrounded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, since Trump’s presidential candidacy began. His campaign promises included many controversial changes to immigration policies, particularly the removal of…
H-1B visas

“Buy American, Hire American,” Policy Now Affecting the H-1B Visa Process

Update:  After this post was published, the McClatchy DC news service reported that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has stated that it is not considering a regulatory change to the H-1B extension rules as had previously…
immigrants

Trump Administration Adds More Red Tape for Immigrants

An official email from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) states that the Trump administration is proposing new requirements for immigrants that will make it more difficult for congressional offices to assist their…
L1 visa

Entrepreneur Parole Program (updated)

Recent update (May 30, 2018) : DHS plans to rescind the program As of the December 14th announcement by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), applications are now being accepted for parole under the International…
Travel ban

Supreme Court Decision Allows Travel Ban to be Fully Enforced

In a surprising move on Monday, the Supreme Court granted President Trump’s request to fully enforce another version of his highly disputed travel ban. Legal challenges continue in lower courts regarding the travel ban, which applies to residents…
DUI

Immigrants Face Increased Risks Involving DUI Convictions

The consequences of a DUI conviction are often life-changing. This is even more concerning for those without citizenship. A citizen found guilty of a DUI may face jail time, loss of driver’s license and expensive fines. For non-citizens,…
Immigration Court

The U.S. Department of Justice Lays Out Plan to Cut in Half Backlogged Cases at Immigration Courts

According to a Department of Justice official, the DOJ is planning to cut immigration court cases in half by 2020.  The plan includes adding more immigration judges, upgrading technology, and refusing to postpone case hearings.  These efforts…
USCIS

USCIS Takes a Drastic Approach to the H-1B Program

As you might know, the H-1B visa program is created by the U.S. government to assist U.S. companies with recruiting highly-skilled foreign workers when they cannot find qualified U.S employees in the country.  Two-thirds of visas under the…
Travel ban

Travel Ban Halted by Two Federal Judges

On Wednesday, March 15, federal judge Benjamin Watson of Hawai’i issued an order blocking President Trump's revised travel ban.  The ban was set to take effect the following day.  The revised travel ban, much like the President's first…
Sanctuary policies

The Sanctuary Policies and Sanctuary Cities

Sanctuary policies refer to a class of policies aimed at tailoring a city, county or state’s resources to provide adequately and safely for all residents, including immigrants of varying immigration statuses.  These policies range from municipalities…