Immigration Blog

Premium Processing Suspended for Almost All H-1B Petitions Filed at The California And Vermont Service Centers Until February 2019

Premium Processing Suspended for Almost All H-1B Petitions Filed at The California And Vermont Service Centers Until February 2019 By: Roujin Mozaffarimehr The USCIS announced on August 28th, 2018 that, beginning on September 11, 2018, premium processing will be suspended for all H-1B petitions filed at Both California and Vermont Service Centers (excluding cap-exempt filings). This suspension is…

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September 2018 Visa Bulletin Update – EB-1 Retrogression & Employment Based Adjustments Can Only Use Final Action Dates

September 2018 Visa Bulletin Update – EB-1 Retrogression & Employment Based Adjustments Can Only Use Final Action Dates The Visa Bulletin began showing a retrogression for the Employment Based First Preference Category (EB-1) back in the August 2018 Visa Bulletin with a final action date of 2012 for China and India, and 2016 for all…

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Latest Attorney General Decision Underscores Need for Judicial Independence

Latest Attorney General Decision Underscores Need for Judicial Independence By: Maleeha Haq Attorney General’s latest decision further highlights the need for immigration court to be independent of the Department of Justice. Because the country’s immigration court and their appellate body, the Board of Immigration Appeal, all fall under the purview of the Department of Justice,…

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Introducing New Series: Dispatches from the Land of RFE: Deemed Universities in India

Introducing New Series: Dispatches from the Land of RFE: Deemed Universities in India By: Ameer Shaikh As immigration practitioners and beneficiaries well know, you do not always get an approval upon filing. Sometimes the USCIS issues a “Request for Evidence” aka RFE. While many of the RFE types are well-known (and even infamous: looking at…

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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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Program that offered a quick path to Citizenship to foreign nationals through Military Service may not be delivering on that promise

Program that offered a quick path to Citizenship to foreign nationals through Military Service may not be delivering on that promise MAVNI (Military Accessions Vital to National Interest), is a program that was created in 2009 by the Defense Department in order recruit foreign nationals that possess specific skills that are considered valuable to the…

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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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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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BREAKING NEWS: DACA is Back, Trump is Thwarted Again – This Time By a Republican Appointed Judge

BREAKING NEWS: DACA is Back, Trump is Thwarted Again – This Time By a Republican Appointed Judge On April 24, 2018, Federal Judge John D. Bates for the District of Columbia ruled DACA must remain in place and that the government must resume accepting new applications. Judge Bates had concluded that the Trump Administration’s decision…

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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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Travel Ban 3.0 – Who Can Come and Who Has Been Left Out.

Travel Ban 3.0 – Who Can Come and Who Has Been Left Out. On September 24, 2017, President Trump announced new travel restrictions following his initial travel ban earlier this year through the Presidential Proclamation, “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats.” President…

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