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Jan 19, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: H-1B Visa Applications Expected to Surge, DACA Fight Continues Potentially Forcing Government Shutdown, and States and Federal Government at Odds Over Immigration Enforcement

H-1B Visas

The number of applications for H-1B visas – reserved for foreign professionals seeking to work in skilled positions in the United States – is expected to rise this year, and employers need to prepare accordingly.

The law caps the number of available visas at 85,000 (with 20,000 reserved for those with a master’s degree), and the 85,000 recipients are chosen at random through a lottery system. … Read More

Jan 15, 2018

Is DACA Really Back? Yes, DACA is Back! Immediate Action is Necessary to Preserve DACA Privileges. 

Following last week’s temporary federal court order stopping the Trump Administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) pending the outcome of the underlying litigation, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the DACA program “will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on September 5, 2017,” until further notice.  This means: DACA is back…at least for now.… Read More

Dec 08, 2017

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Immigration Arrests Rise, Senate Bill Ties DACA to Increased Border Enforcement, and Higher Scrutiny for Skilled Labor Visas

Immigration Arrests Increase While Deportations Decrease

On Tuesday, December 5, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released their year-end immigration enforcement numbers.  Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers made just over 143,000 arrests of noncitizens within the United States, a 25% increase from 2016.  The arrests did not focus solely on those with criminal records, as the arrests of non-criminals nearly doubled from 2016 to 2017, from under 20,000 to approximately 38,000. … Read More

Nov 17, 2017

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Reconsideration of DACA Applications, Immigration Status in Court, and ICE Enforcement in Disaster Zones

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to Reconsider Delayed DACA Applications

When the Trump Administration announced in September that DACA would be ending, and that the final applications would be accepted no later October 5, 2017, many DACA recipients and their attorneys quickly worked to send out renewal applications.  Recently, the New York Times reported that a little over 100 DACA recipients had mailed their applications well in advance of the October 5 deadline, but their applications had arrived after that date and had been rejected by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. … Read More

Nov 09, 2017

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: New Jersey’s New Governor, Federal Court Challenges to Immigration Enforcement, and Global Increase in Business Immigration

New Jersey’s New Governor

On Tuesday, Democrat Phil Murphy defeated Republican Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno to become the next governor of the State of New Jersey.  Throughout the campaign, Murphy stressed his desire to protect the immigrants of New Jersey, including the so-called “Dreamers” who entered the United States at young ages and have been going to school and working in the United States. … Read More

Oct 09, 2017

President Trump Sets Showdown on Federal Budget and DACA, Seeks Much Stricter Immigration Enforcement

In a letter provided to Congress on Sunday, the White House set out a list of immigration policies and programs that it wants put into place in order to make a deal on extending DACA, the program that allows undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children to the remain in the country.  These policies would mark a fundamental shift in immigration laws and enforcement in America.… Read More

Sep 14, 2017

NEWS UPDATE: Top Democrats Say a Deal Has Been Reached with Trump Regarding DACA and Border Security

Following a Wednesday night meeting with President Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Chuck Schumer now say they have reached a deal with the White House to quickly pass legislation protecting DACA recipients, also known as “Dreamers,” from deportation, alongside a budget package for border security measures.  This announcement comes only eight days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the DACA program, instituted by Obama to halt deportations of people who came to the United States as children, would be coming to an end.… Read More

Sep 13, 2017

Following DACA, Trump Administration Weighs Ending Temporary Protected Status

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has stated that it will issue a notice shortly regarding the fate of Temporary Protected Status, better known as “TPS,” for several countries in the Caribbean, Central America, and Africa, potentially putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk of deportation.  This comes in the wake of the decision by the Trump Administration to end DACA, a program that protected people who entered as children from deportation.… Read More

Sep 12, 2017

Current DACA Holders: Renew Your DACA Status Now

As we recently reported, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is ending the DACA program effective March 5, 2018.  DHS will not accept any applications for first-time DACA applicants that were submitted on or after September 5, 2017.  Any first-time DACA applicants who submitted their initial applications on or after September 5 should anticipate DHS will return the filed DACA applications.… Read More

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