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President Trump’s First 100 Days: DACA Rescinded and Muslims Banned from Visiting U.S.

May 5, 2016|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

Against all expectations at the start of the primary process, Donald J. Trump has now sealed up the Republican nomination for President of the United States. He will face the Democratic nominee, likely Hillary Clinton, in the general election in November. Trump has long been promising to solve...

The H1B Hunger Games: May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor:

May 4, 2016|Contributed by: Jeff D. Joseph, Esq.

Every year, on April 1st, when our office files our H-1B applications, I am reminded of the scene from Hunger Games where Effie Trinket, the escort for the District 12 Tributes, draws the names of the Tributes at the annual reaping. Those Tributes will go on to participate in the Hunger Games and,...

USCIS Addresses Processing Delays

May 4, 2016|Contributed by: Jennaweh Hondrogiannis, Esq.

On April 28, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a statement to address concerns regarding case processing delays. USCIS cited staffing shortages and an increasing workload as culprits of the backlog. USCIS stated that in an effort to minimize delays, it reviews the...

DACA Recipients Sue Georgia Officials Seeking In-State Tuition

April 28, 2016|Contributed by: Courtney E. Butler, Esq.

On April 26, 2016, ten students in Georgia filed a lawsuit seeking in-state tuition rates based on their status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Georgia’s university system requires those seeking in-state tuition rates to demonstrate “lawful presence” in the...

U Visa Backlog Reaches All-Time High

April 21, 2016|Contributed by: Koby L. Polaski, Esq.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced this month that, as of the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, it had 108,623 U visa applications pending. This number indicates that USCIS currently has more U visas pending than it did in all of fiscal year 2015. The governing regulations...

Electronic Passports Now Required for Waiver Travelers

April 19, 2016|Contributed by: Linda Shindler

Effective April 1, 2016, individuals who are eligible for admission to the United States on the Visa Waiver Program have been required to have an electronic passport, or e-Passport.  All others will be required to apply for a visa to enter the United States. An e-Passport has in it a chip...

Potential Outcomes After Supreme Court Oral Argument on DAPA: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

April 19, 2016|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

What’s at Stake? On Monday, April 18, the United States Supreme Court heard oral argument in United States v. Texas, the case which will decide whether the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and the expansions of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. ...

Donald Trump’s Modeling Agency Broke Federal Immigration Laws

April 13, 2016|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, DONALD TRUMP PLEDGES TO END RAMPANT H-1B PROGRAM ABUSE DESPITE THE FACT THAT TRUMP’S MODELING AGENC Y PROFITED FROM THIS PROGRAM BY EXPLOITING FOREIGN WORKERS. The H1-B program has become a lightning rod during the 2016 presidential campaign. Donald Trump, the...

The Debate Continues over the Issuance of Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants in Colorado

April 4, 2016|Contributed by: Jennaweh Hondrogiannis, Esq.

In 2013, Colorado passed the “Colorado Road and Community Safety Act,” which permits undocumented immigrants who live and pay taxes in Colorado to obtain a driver’s license. The purpose of the Act is to make Colorado roads and communities safer by ensuring that all drivers are properly...

Undocumented Immigrants Pay Substantial State and Local Taxes

March 31, 2016|Contributed by: Courtney E. Butler, Esq.

On February 24, 2016, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy released a 50-state study titled “Undocumented Immigrants’ State and Local Tax Contributions.” The study found that the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States pay $11.64 billion in state and...

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