The Department of State Revises the Foreign Affair Manual to Provide Consular Officers Guidance in light of Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order

The Department of State Revises the Foreign Affair Manual to Provide Consular Officers Guidance in light of Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order By Roujin Mozaffarimehr As of August 2017, the Department of State (DOS) has updated its Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM), which details the policies and procedures by which Consular Officers are…

USCIS Expands In-Person Interview Requirements for Adjustment of Status Applications for Employment and Refugee/Asylee Relative Petitions

USCIS Expands In-Person Interview Requirements for Adjustment of Status Applications for Employment and Refugee/Asylee Relative Petitions By Roujin Mozaffarimehr On August 28, 2017, The USCIS announced that in-person interviews will now be required for applicants with adjustment of status applications based on employment (I-140 petitions), as well as Refugee/asylee relative petitions (I-730 petitions). This new…

Dream Act

Dream Act MPLG welcomes the relief that would come with the approval and implementation of these bills. However, we remain cautious of their outcomes based upon the current Administration’s conservative stance on immigration. 2017 DREAM ACT The Senate and House each introduced new bills, S. 1615: Dream Act of 2017 and H.R. 3440: Dream Act…

The January 2017 Rule

The January 2017 Rule On January 17, 2017, the final rule published by the Department of Homeland Security took effect, codifying many sections of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act of 2000 (AC21), as well as many other laws relating to the employment of foreign workers. We are providing the details of the new rule…

USCIS Site Visit Initiative for H-1B Dependent Employers and Consulting Companies

USCIS Site Visit Initiative for H-1B Dependent Employers and Consulting Companies On July 19, 2017, MPLG attorneys attended a USCIS hosted Employment Visa Engagement event at the USPTO in San Jose, CA. Representatives from the USCIS, Western Regional, Fraud Detection & National Security (FDNS) Unit spoke at this event. They discussed their new targeted site…

Executive Action: H-4 Employment Authorization

Executive Action: H-4 Employment Authorization President Obama announced that employment authorization would be given to certain H-4 dependent spouses. USCIS first proposed Federal rule on May 12, 2014 allowing for employment authorization of H-4 dependent spouses. The public comment period on that rule was held until July 11, 2014. Immigration advocates, including the American Immigration…