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Lawsuit Filed on Visa Bulletin Retrogression

October 2nd, 2015 Written by: 

On September 9th the Department of State issued a new visa bulletin, which indicated many beneficiaries of employment based immigrant visa petitions could now file the final stage of the green card process. Unfortunately, 2 weeks later on September 25th, the Department of State came out with a new Visa Bulletin. This Bulletin superseded the old one. Now many people who thought they can finally file adjust their status to permanent residents could not. Many of these individuals spent

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Visa Bulletin Revamped

September 10th, 2015 Written by: 

The Department of State and USCIS announced on September 9th, 2015 that they are implementing new procedures to allow people who are stuck in the visa backlogs to start their immigrant visa paperwork. Most notably, there are now two priority dates for each category in the visa bulletin.

The first date listed is the final action date. This provides a rough idea of what dates USCIS will be processing.

The second date is a filing date. This is the newly released date

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Are You “Extraordinary”?

August 31st, 2015 Written by: 

Throughout all my years of immigration, I am partial (and maybe a bit bias) to the EB-1, Alien of Extraordinary Ability category.  Quite simply – I love this category.  I truly believe it is a perfect example of why immigration is so vital to both the U.S. economy, as well as medical research institutions and universities.  The proof is in the name – “Extraordinary”.  We must demonstrate through specific criteria, that an individual has achieved extraordinary ability in

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Lawsuit Puts DACA Expansion On Hold

February 20th, 2015 Written by: 

26 states filed a lawsuit over the DACA program. As a result on February 17th, a federal judge granted an preliminary injunction on the expansion of the DACA program and the upcoming DAPA program. This temporarily halts the planned expansion of the program which was supposed to take effect on February 18th. The injunction does not mean that the Obama administration actions were improper, but it prevents the Department of Homeland Security from implementing them until the

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FY 2016 H-1b Lottery: Predictions

January 24th, 2015 Written by: 

USCIS will begin to accept H-1b visa applications on April 1st, 2015 for an October 1st 2015 start date. USCIS usually accepts petitions for the entire first week and then counts them to see if an H-1b lottery is needed. If USCIS receives more petitions than there are slots, they will conduct a lottery to see who gets their petition adjudicated.  Even though the filing and adjudication takes place in 2015, these applications are considered part

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Largest Immigration Detention Center in the U.S. to Open

December 16th, 2014 Written by: 

The Obama administration just announced they are opening a new, permanent detention center in Dilley, Texas (85 miles northeast of Laredo). This facility can hold up to 2,400 individuals, making it the largest immigration detention center in the U.S. by a large margin.  According to the New York Times, the next largest permanent facility can only hold 100 people.

This sends a strong message that immigration enforcement through detention and deportation is a major part

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The Basics: I’m Undocumented Do I Qualify Under The Expansion of Deferred Action Just Announced?

November 20th, 2014 Written by: 

In his November 20th announcement President Obama expanded his policy of providing deferred action and work authorization to long-term residents of the US. From the little we know so far, the expansion includes individuals who’ve been residing in the US since 1/1/2010 if they fall into either of two categories:
1. Are the parent of a US citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident of any age,
2. People of any age who entered the US before they were 16 and graduated

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Obama to Announce Executive Action on Immigration Tomorrow Evening

November 19th, 2014 Written by: 

Tomorrow night at 5:00 PM Pacific time President Obama will address the nation and outline the executive actions he will take “to fix our broken immigration system”. The broadcast will be shown live on

The White House Blog states:

This is a step forward in the President’s plan to work with Congress on passing common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform. He laid out his principles for that reform two years ago in Del Sol High School in Las Vegas — and that’s

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Obama’s Immigration Proposal

November 18th, 2014 Written by: 

While overseas in Myanmar President Obama announced that he plans to use his executive authority to institute immigraiton reform. Frustrated by Congress’ inability to pass an immigration bill, Obama believes this is his only option for immigration reform.

As a result the media is buzzing and the Republican party is already planning how to denounce the reforms and fight back. Meanwhile millions of undocumented foreign nationals eagerly await Obama’s immigration proposal. So, what will he do? The truth is we

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Do H-1b Visas Take Jobs From American Workers?

October 8th, 2014 Written by: 

Many anti-immigration advocates repeatedly claim that foreign workers on H-1b visas (specialty occupation workers) are stealing skilled jobs from U.S. workers. The logic seems simple enough, if the foreign worker was not hired a U.S. worker would get the job. However, the reality of the situation is much more complicated, especially in the Information Technology (“IT”) field, where the majority of H-1b workers are employed. A recent report by the bipartisan Partnership for a New

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