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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& Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the DACA program “will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on September 5, 2017,” until further notice.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 29, 2017

Immigration in 2018: Unknowns…

One thing is known about immigration law in 2018: it will bring many unknowns.  Since the current administration assumed power in January of 2017, we have reported countless (nearly daily) changes to immigration policies, from quadrupling the number of immigration officers with a mission to audit every American employer, to the instituting multiple travel bans, ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. 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 30, 2017

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: McDonald’s Supplier Loses Millions of Dollars Following Immigration Raid, Actor Reveals Undocumented Status, and Citizenship Applications Soar

McDonald’s Bakery Supplier Reeling After Raid by Immigration Officers

Three months ago, the Cloverhill Bakery on the west side of Chicago, a major supplier of hamburger buns to McDonald’s located, was raided by immigration officers for employing undocumented immigrants.  One-third of the workforce – some 800 employees – was arrested in the raid.  As reported in Bloomberg and Eater Chicago, the bakery stated that it had used a staffing agency to fill open positions and had not verified the immigration documents of many employees.… 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 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

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