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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...

Don’t Be Played for an April Fool!

March 30, 2016|Contributed by: Aaron C. Hall, Esq.

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reports that immigrants around the country are currently being victimized by phone scams. According to USCIS: Scammers pretend to be a government official and call immigrants saying there is a problem with their immigration record....

DHS Final Rule for STEM Students and Cap-Gap Relief

March 22, 2016|Contributed by: Koby L. Polaski, Esq.

Following much anticipation, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is issuing a final rule that will allow certain foreign students with science, technology, math, or engineering (STEM) degrees to extend their optional practical training or “OPT” period by two years. The rule will take...

Trump’s Racist Rhetoric Spurs Many Lawful Permanent Residents to Apply for Naturalization to Vote Against Him

March 21, 2016|Contributed by: Alexander D. McShiras, Esq.

Say what you will about Donald Trump’s campaign for the president of the United States. To call it controversial would be an understatement. After he called Mexicans “rapists” and “drug traffickers” and has spewed other derogatory comments against immigrants, many in the immigrant...

The Wrong Help is No Help

March 16, 2016|Contributed by: Linda Shindler

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) warns foreign nationals in need of immigration assistance to be wary of whom they trust with their cases.  While there are many individuals and businesses who offer help – for a fee – not all are qualified to do so.  Some are  sincere and...

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