Immigrants Are Waiting 46% Longer For Visas And Other Petitions

Millions of people are waiting months longer for green cards and other approvals. Some immigration lawyers are calling these delays evidence of an “invisible wall”. Since Trump took office, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has increased processing times by 46%,...

Undocumented Workers Lose Their Jobs at Yet Another Trump Property

President Trump’s family business has employed undocumented workers more broadly than it was previously believed, with multiple workers losing their jobs last month at a Trump golf club in southern New Jersey. The club in Pine Hill, N.J., known as the Trump National Golf Club...

ICE Courthouse Arrests In New York Have Increased 1,700 Percent Under Trump, According To A New Report

In the two years since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the country’s immigration enforcement policy has expanded: Where once Immigration and Customs Enforcement focused on removing undocumented immigrants with criminal records, ICE officers have now expanded...

4 Crucial Steps to Prepare for H-1B Filing Season

By Delisa Bressler, Partner It’s late-January, and now it’s time to turn our attention to the upcoming H-1B filing season. Each year new H-1B visas are limited by quota to 65,000, plus an additional 20,000 for candidates who hold advanced degrees from U.S. universities. Because...

U.S. Embassy in Venezuela to Suspend Non-Emergency Visa Services

On Wednesday, January 23, 2019, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced the cessation of diplomatic ties with the United States and gave all U.S. Department of State (DOS) personnel located at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, 72 hours to leave the country of...

February 2019 Visa Bulletin – Minor Forward Progress Across Most Backlogged Preference Categories

Click here to view 2019 February Visa Bulletin. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for February 2019, showing minor forward progress in EB-1 for all chargeability areas as well as EB-2 for China and India, EB-3 and Other Workers China, India,...

Government Shutdown Leads To A Spike In Canceled Immigration Hearings

Almost 43,000 immigration court hearings have been canceled as a result of the partial government shutdown, freezing an already heavily backlogged system, according to a report by researchers tracking immigration data. Another 20,000 hearings will be canceled for every additional...

Ongoing Effect of Prolonged U.S. Government Shutdown on Immigration

The partial government shutdown is now well into its 3rd week with no clear end in sight. While most immigration related government functions remain operational, a prolonged shutdown may have broad impact on immigration related matters. Because various U.S. government departments...

Trump Stalks Out of Shutdown Talks With Dems, Says ‘Bye-Bye’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump walked out of his negotiating meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday — “I said bye-bye,” he tweeted— as efforts to end the 19-day partial government shutdown fell into deeper disarray over his demand for billions of dollars to...

HISD helps immigrant students realize college dreams

Cristian Aguilar wrote four words when asked to describe who he is: immigrant, past, present and future. He’s eager to escape his past and the man who tried to attack him multiple times and who forced him to flee his native Honduras two years ago. He’s thrown himself into his...
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