Immigration Blog

NTA Memo Postponed Indefinitely

NTA Memo Postponed Indefinitely By: Roujin Mozaffarimehr On Monday July 30th, 2018, the USCIS issued an announcement on the implementation of the Notice to Appear (“NTA”) Policy Memorandum (Policy Memorandum 602-0050.1), confirming that it is postponing the implementation of this memorandum until further notice. As we reported last month, on June 28, 2018, the USCIS issued a…

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On August 17, 2018, USCIS Acknowledged that STEM OPT Is Possible for Third-Party Placement

On August 17, 2018, USCIS Acknowledged that STEM OPT Is Possible for Third-Party Placement By: Roujin Mozaffarimehr On August 17, 2018, the USCIS issued an announcement clarifying and revising two points with regard to reporting responsibilities and worksite locations for Optional Practical Training for STEM Students (STEM OPT). Reporting obligations: Employers are now required to…

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USCIS Issues Updated Policy Memorandum Giving Officers Full Discretion to Deny Cases Without RFE or NOID

USCIS Issues Updated Policy Memorandum Giving Officers Full Discretion to Deny Cases Without RFE or NOID By Roujin Mozaffarimehr On Friday, July 13, 2018, the USCIS announced its rescission of the long-standing policy memorandum (PM), “Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny” (2013 PM) which detailed the parameters surrounding an officer’s discretion to…

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USCIS Issues New Policy Memorandum Requiring the Issuance of NTAs Following Certain Case Denials

USCIS Issues New Policy Memorandum Requiring the Issuance of NTAs Following Certain Case Denials By Roujin Mozaffarimehr Although the immigration court backlog has exceeded 700,000 cases as of May 2018[1], on June 28, 2018, the USCIS issued a guidance regarding Notices to Appear (NTAs), the charging document issued by DHS that schedules a foreign national…

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Litigation Blog

Company Acquisition Strategies for a Smooth Transition

Company Acquisition Strategies for a Smooth Transition There are many ways to grow your business. One is organically, simply by reaching more customers, selling more products, increasing your profits. Another is by acquiring other businesses. This second option can be incredibly impactful, but it’s seldom without its challenges. From integrating financial systems to synthesizing disparate…

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Family Immigration Blog

USCIS Issues Updated Policy Memorandum Giving Officers Full Discretion to Deny Cases Without RFE or NOID

USCIS Issues Updated Policy Memorandum Giving Officers Full Discretion to Deny Cases Without RFE or NOID By Roujin Mozaffarimehr On Friday, July 13, 2018, the USCIS announced its rescission of the long-standing policy memorandum (PM), “Requests for Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny” (2013 PM) which detailed the parameters surrounding an officer’s discretion to…

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Asylum & Deportation Blog

Memo Evaluating Sessions Position on Gender Based Asylum Claims and Impact on Particular Social Group

Memo Evaluating Sessions Position on Gender Based Asylum Claims and Impact on Particular Social Group By Chloe Thomlinson and Kalpana Peddibhotla Introduction On June 11, 2018 the Attorney General issued a disheartening decision over-ruling the Matter of A-R-C-G-, 26 I&N Dec. 338 (BIA 2014) stating that, “generally, claims by aliens pertaining to domestic violence  perpetrated by non-governmental…

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Travel Ban Blog

Travel Ban Waiver Criterion Receive Scrutiny After Supreme Court Upholds Visa Ban

Travel Ban Waiver Criterion Receive Scrutiny After Supreme Court Upholds Visa Ban By Ameer Shaikh On September 24, 2017, President Trump announced Presidential Proclamation 9645, commonly known as the third version of the “Muslim Ban” or “Travel Ban.” In it, nationals from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia were restricted from traveling to…

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