Pakistani woman pleads guilty in Texas to marriage fraud scheme

DALLAS — A woman from Pakistan pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud. The conviction was announced by U.S. Attorney John Parker, Northern District of Texas. This investigation was led by U.S. Immigration and Customs...

President Trump Reveals Immigration Principles and Priorities

On Sunday, October 8, 2017, President Trump revealed and sent to Congress a list of immigration principles and priorities.  According to a statement issued by Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elain Duke, many of these principles originated with recommendations...

Approval Notices with I-94 Cards Now Have Two Different Validity Periods for Certain Nonimmigrant Classifications

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) recently began issuing Form I-797A Approval Notices with two different validity periods for certain nonimmigrant classifications, including H-1B.   The expiration date at the top of the Approval Notice reflects the validity date...

U.S. Department of State Revises Guidance on “Misrepresentation” in Visa Context

When applying for a visa or otherwise seeking admission to the United States, an applicant must demonstrate that he or she is eligible for the requested visa classification and that no ground of inadmissibility applies.  One potential ground of inadmissibility is “fraud or...

New EAD Application Form Includes Optional Request for SSN Card Issuance

On Monday, October 2, 2017, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced that applicants for employment authorization will be able to request issuance of a Social Security Number (SSN) card when filing the Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.   The...

Immigrant Woman

By Liliana Kottwitz Immigrant woman your blood carries your father’s struggle, and your mother’s dreams, You will never wane before adversity, you walk forward; you are a warrior with strong giant strides. Woman, although your skin is tattooed with the immigrant’s stigma you know...

Venezuelan immigrants in the US are affected by the lack of passports

by Liliana Kottwitz, Attorney Even from afar Venezuelans suffer daily the deterioration of their country in all aspects of life including the loss of institutionality, the decadent economy and the constant violation of human rights. Nevertheless beyond the emotional impact,...

CIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions on October 3

On Wednesday, September 27th, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) announced the return of premium processing for all H-1B petitions, effective October 3rd.  This includes H-1B petitions seeking a change of status, change of employer, or amendment to current status. ...

MEXICO – Temporary Suspension of In-Country Processing of Immigration Filings

On September 25, 2017, the Mexican government announced the suspension from September 25th to 29th of all activities by the Mexican Ministry of the Interior.  This includes the National Immigration Institute (INM), which processes immigration filings in Mexico.  The government...

Police policy change allows officers to ask about immigration status

By Mark Wilson – American-Statesman Staff Interim Police Chief Brian Manley said the Austin Police Department will now allow officers to ask detainees about their immigration status. The policy changes come a day after a federal court ruling allowed portions of Senate Bill...
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