Improved Security Procedures for Refugees Entering the United States

New measure announced by the White House will raise the bar for national security, plug potential security gaps. WASHINGTON – Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the implementation of improved security procedures for refugees entering the United States. These new measures...

Big Takeaways From The New L-1 Visa Petition Data

By Allissa Wickham – Law360 In its latest data release in support of President Donald Trump’s “hire American” push, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has revealed which companies are using the L-1 visa program to transfer employees to the U.S. Here are insights from...

Poll finds most Texans think DACA program should be extended

By Jonathan Tilove – American-Statesman Staff Nearly 60 percent of Texans want to extend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects from deportation some 124,000 Texans who arrived as children and remained in the country illegally, according to...

November 2017 Visa Bulletin – Modest Forward Advancement

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for November 2017, showing modest forward advancement in all employment-based categories except for EB-1, which remains current for all countries. The EB-2 category continues to be current for applicants born...

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,...
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