A couple of days ago, the Huffington Post reported that the Pentagon had approved a new plan that would allow a limited number of young undocumented immigrants to enlist themselves in the army and obtain U.S. citizenship in an expedited manner. The Pentagon’s current program, which is called Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest […]

On May 6, 2014, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published proposed rules that would allow spouses of certain H-1B visa holders to obtain work authorization.   According to the DHS announcement, the main goal of the initiative is to promote the growth of the U.S. economy by bringing more high-skilled workers to U.S. businesses.  […]

The New York Times reported last week that court-ordered deportations have declined by 43 percent within the last five years. New deportation cases brought by the Obama administration in the nation’s immigration courts have been declining steadily since 2009, and judges have increasingly ruled against deportations, leading to a 43 percent drop in the number of deportations through the courts in the last […]

Today The New York Times featured an interesting article on the deportation practices during the Obama administration.  Based on an analysis of 3.2 million deportation cases covering the last 10 years, the Times concluded that: Two-thirds of the nearly two million deportation cases since President Obama took office involve people who had committed minor infractions, […]

As previously noted on this blog, USCIS will begin accepting H-1B visa petitions for the 2015 fiscal  year on April 1, 2014.  Yesterday USCIS issued the following official announcement: WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2015 cap on April 1, 2014. Cases will be considered accepted […]

Based on the studies conducted by National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), denial rates for L-1B petitions have been dramatically increased in recent years. In FY 2012 and 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) increased its already historically high rate of denials for L-1B petitions, a visa category used by employers to transfer highly […]

U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has completed assessment of Optional Practical Training (OPT) – related practices and identified potential risks and noncompliance with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regulations. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has not identified or assessed fraud or noncompliance risks posed by […]

News today from USCIS: USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the first half of Fiscal Year (FY) 2014. March 14, 2014 is the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before April 1, 2014. How We Determine the Final […]

The New York Times reports that President Obama has ordered a review of how the government handles deportation cases, and that the White House is considering ways the President “could curb the number of deportations, perhaps by exempting the parents of children who were brought to the United States when they were very young.” “WASHINGTON — President Obama said […]

As most employers and potential specialty employees will already know, the filing season for new H-1B visas begins on April 1, 2014 for Fiscal Year 2015. “On April 1, 2014, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will begin accepting new H-1B petitions for employment commencing on October 1, 2014. New H-1B petitions are subject to […]