Roujin Mozaffarimehr manages MPLG's H-1B practice. She works with start-ups and entrepreneurs, scientists, international students, and small to mid-size companies. She is the Chapter Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Santa Clara Valley Chapter.

DOL Wages Revised Through Interim Final Rule on October 8, 2020

by Roujin Mozaffarimehr On October 7, 2020, the Department of Labor published an interim final rule (IFR) (85 FR 63918) that dramatically changes the calculation methodology of the prevailing wage for OES-based wage levels for all occupations. This new rule took effect immediately on October 8, 2020 and impacts wage rates for H-1Bs, H-1B1s, and…

USCIS and DOL Sign Memorandum of Agreement to Share Immigration Data

By Roujin Mozaffarimehr On Friday July 31st, The Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The MOA will allow the two departments to share immigrant and nonimmigrant petition records and data. This includes data within the Office of Foreign…

DOS PROVIDES ADDITIONAL DETAILS ON NATIONAL INTEREST EXCEPTION REQUIREMENTS FOR THOSE SUBJECT TO THE JUNE 22ND PROCLAMATION

By Roujin Mozaffarimehr As we reported back in June, on June 22, 2020, President Donald Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation suspending the entry of H-1B and H-2B visas and accompanying dependents, certain J visas, and L visas and accompanying dependents, and extending the April 2020 suspension on certain immigrants.  banning visa issuance through December 31, 2020. The…

DISTRICT COURT INJUNCTION ON PUBLIC CHARGE RULE LIMITED IN SCOPE—ONLY APPLIES TO NEW YORK, CONNECTICUT, AND VERMONT

By Roujin Mozaffarimehr On Wednesday August 12th, The United State Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an order limiting the scope of the nationwide injunction on the Public Charge rule that took effect earlier this year. Last month, we reported that the United States District Court, Southern District of New York issued two…

USCIS Announces Final Rule to Be Published on Fee Increases

By Roujin Mozaffarimehr Today, USCIS announced that it plans to publish its final rule in the Federal Register on Monday, August 3rd, 2020 to increase fees across the board for immigration-related filings. A copy of the rule for public inspection can be found here. Notable changes include: I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card (online…

District Court in New York Issues Injunctions on Public Charge Rule During COVID Pandemic

By Roujin Mozaffarimehr On July 29th, The United States District Court, Southern District of New York issued two decisions to temporarily enjoin the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State from implementing the recent Public Charge Rule that took effect earlier in February 2020.[1] Below, we discuss the recent changes to the Public…

USCIS Issues Policy Memorandum in Reconsideration of DACA

By Roujin Mozaffarimehr On July 28th, Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf issued a Policy Memorandum titled, “Reconsideration of the June 15, 2020 Memorandum Entitled ‘Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children.”[1] This new memorandum was issued after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on June 18th which determined…

DOS Clarifies June 22nd Proclamation— Additional Details on National Interest Exception Requirements

By Roujin Mozaffarimehr As we reported last month, on June 22, 2020, President Donald Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation suspending the entry of H-1B and H-2B visas and accompanying dependents, certain J visas, and L visas and accompanying dependents, and extending the April 2020 suspension on certain immigrants.  banning visa issuance through December 31, 2020.…

Trump takes aim at Non-immigrant workers in his latest Proclamation

By Roujin Mozaffarimehr and Kalpana Peddibhotla   On June 22, 2020, President Donald Trump signed a Presidential Proclamation intended to suspend the entry of certain nonimmigrants purportedly present a risk to the U.S. labor market in the period of economic recovery following the COVID-19 outbreak.[1][2] The suspension is set to take effect at 12:01 AM…