Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Practice Group, was recently interviewed on La Mega Radio by Morning Show Hosts Alfa Lopez and VJ Bar to discuss current immigration enforcement against individuals and employers, the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS), immigrant rights, and the need to be proactive in addressing immigration issues.
Los Angeles Federal Court Bars White House From Punishing Sanctuary Cities
On Wednesday, United States District Court Judge Manuel Real ruled that the Department of Justice could not give special treatment to cities that cooperated with immigration enforcement when issuing a particular federal grant. » Read More
Raymond G. Lahoud, will present the “Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Instructional Seminar” sponsored by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.
This free seminar is for human resource professionals, business owners, compliance officers, management, and administrators at organizations and companies in every industry, and of every size. » Read More
The Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) recently launched the Online International Student Visa Portal for foreign students in the United States under the F-1 Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) and M-1 Practical Training programs. The portal was developed to assist international students in the United States on student visas meet federal immigration information reporting requirements. » Read More
New Jersey’s Superior Court Appellate Division recently addressed a growing family law concern in New Jersey’s immigrant communities: Is a parent’s immigration status relevant in child custody proceedings?
The child—Oliver—was born in Guatemala in 1999. Oliver’s childhood in Guatemala was far from one where he was able to enjoy sports, parks, fun, computers, reading, and games, or receive an education—it was the very opposite. » Read More
In April 2003, Leo came to the United States from Liberia. He landed at JFK International Airport in New York and when walking through Customs & Border Protection (CBP), his passport was stamped, with a notation that he may only visit the United States and must leave before the end of October 2003. » Read More
President Trump Proposal Severely Limits Government Benefits for Immigrants
A leaked proposed rule from the White House, if instituted, would deny almost all public benefits for non-American citizens, including certain tax deductions, potentially affected millions of immigrants and foreigners seeking to come to the United States. » Read More
Last week, the American Immigration Counsel reported a sharp, one-year decline in the number of F-1 Student Visas issued to international students seeking to study in US colleges and universities. According to the Counsel, the State Department “only issued 393,573 international student (F-1) visas last year, representing a 17 percent drop from 2016 and a near-40 percent decrease from the peak year of 2015.” The reason: “school officials are reporting that international students are facing higher scrutiny from the State Department before being granted a visa.” The result: “American universities [are] less diverse and financially solvent.”
Colleges and universities throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York are already feeling the impact, as international students constitute a significant source of annual revenue. » Read More
On Friday, President Donald Trump reluctantly signed into law the Omnibus Appropriations Act for the 2018 Fiscal Year. The law, which funds the US Government until September 30, 2018, also extends several immigration programs. These include the E-Verify Employee Immigration Verification System, Conrad 30 (foreign medical graduates and doctors), Special Immigrant Visa for Religious Workers, and EB-5 Investor Visa Program. » Read More