Members of Congress Fight to Save Work Authorization for H-4 Visa Holders

Members of Congress Fight to Save Work Authorization for H-4 Visa Holders By Kalpana Peddibhotla and Roujin Mozaffarimehr Last month, 15 members of Congress from California signed a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen urging her to reconsider the agency’s proposal to revoke work authorization for certain H-4 visa holders. Key signatories included…

Asylum Activist Maleeha Haq Joins MPLG

Asylum Activist Maleeha Haq Joins MPLG Maleeha Haq, who has fought for the rights of asylum seekers throughout the world, has joined MPLG as an of counsel attorney. After graduating in 2007 from the University of Michigan Law School, Haq was awarded a fellowship with Human Rights Watch, to work with the organization’s refugee policy…

USCIS Issues Policy Memorandum Confirming Stricter Evidence Requirements for H-1B Petitions Involving 3rd-Party Worksites

USCIS Issues Policy Memorandum Confirming Stricter Evidence Requirements for H-1B Petitions Involving 3rd-Party Worksites On Thursday February 22nd, The USCIS issued its latest Policy Memorandum, “Contracts and Itineraries Requirements for H-1B Petitions Involving Third-Party Worksites.” The Memorandum largely confirms our firm’s warnings over the last year regarding the stricter adjudication of H-1B petitions involving 3rd party…

MPLG Founder Kalpana Peddibhotla Honored With Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award from Tahirih Justice Center

MPLG Founder Kalpana Peddibhotla Honored With Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award from Tahirih Justice Center Kalpana Peddibhotla, founder of the Mathews & Peddibhotla Law Group, will receive the Tahirih Justice Center’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award at its inaugural San Francisco Bay Area gala March 8th. The Tahirih Justice Center is…

Entrepreneur Parole Rule as of December 14, 2017

Entrepreneur Parole Rule as of December 14, 2017 On December 14, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would start accepting applications for parole under the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) in compliance with National Venture Capital Association v. Duke. Entrepreneurs should be cautiously optimistic since USCIS also stated in the same announcement that it is…

H-4 EAD in Jeopardy

H-4 EAD in Jeopardy Since May 2015, certain H-4 spouses of H-1B principals who have an approved I-140 have been able to apply for employment authorization pursuant to the Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses rule. This rule has since been under attack through a legal challenge in the Courts. We have recently learned…

Trump Administration Backs Down After H-1B New Years’ Eve Scare

Trump Administration Backs Down After H-1B New Years’ Eve Scare On December 30, 2017, the McClatchy DC Bureau reported that the Trump Administration was seeking to restrict H-1B visa extensions beyond the six-year limitation through a re-interpretation of the AC21 rules. After an apparent realization that such a move was ill-conceived, subject to strong reactions from the…