The following essay by Ms F. H. Hamidi is the 2017 winner of the Law Office of Givi Kutidze Immigration Law Scholarship.  The views expressed in the essay are Ms. Hamidi’s and do not reflect my own position or opinion on the issues discussed. Immigration is a frequently visited topic within the Hamidi household. After […]

USCIS

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 H-1B program are used by tech companies and 70% of the applicants are Indian nationals. Today, April […]

Travel ban

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 attempt, would primarily have affected travelers from the predominantly Muslim countries of Iran, Somalia, Libya, Syria, and Yemen. […]

Sanctuary policies

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 providing identification documents to all residents, to training local law enforcement on the impacts of convictions on an individual’s […]

There are leaked memos circulating on the internet.  One is titled Implementing the President’s Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements Policies and the other is titled Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest.  The content of the memos is not officially confirmed and therefore is not reliable yet.  However, here is a summary of the […]

Over 600 individuals (across approximately 11 states) were arrested by Federal immigration officials last week. According to law enforcement agents, of the 600 people arrested, 40 were detained in the New York City area. It is unknown whether the measures taken by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials were a part of ongoing work to round […]

Even if you are an undocumented immigrant, you still have rights under the law. The following slides will give you information on what you should and should not do when you encounter federal or local authorities. If you are arrested, ask for a lawyer and do not say or sign anything until after you have […]

Today, January 25, 2017, Donald Trump signed two executive orders to initiate enforcement of his promised immigration efforts.  The first executive order is an initial step to commence building the wall between Mexico and the United States at its Southern border.  The second executive order, among other things, purports to strip federal funding from sanctuary […]

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently published a new rule, effective July 17, 2017, which adds new provisions regarding the use of parole on a case-by-case basis with respect to entrepreneurs of start-up entities who can demonstrate that they will provide a significant public benefit to the United States. In the U.S. immigration […]

Business immigration to the United States is frequently associated with the EB-5 investor visa program, which allows foreign investors to obtain a Green Card by investing at least $1 million (or $500,000 in highly unemployed or rural areas) in U.S. commercial enterprises linked with regional centers approved by USCIS.   While the EB-5 investor visa might […]