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Mar 28, 2018

Inadequate and Incorrect Visa Applications, Increased State Department Scrutiny Lead to 17% Drop in Granted F-1 Student Visa Application

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

Mar 26, 2018

EB-5 Investor, Religious, and Conrad Visa Programs Extended to September 30

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

Mar 22, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: Spending Bill Leaves Unanswered Questions on Immigration, Premium Processing Suspended for H-1B Visas, and ICE Director to Testify on Sanctuary City Issue

Proposed Budget Leaves Much Unanswered on Immigration

Congress released a proposed omnibus budget on Wednesday that addresses certain immigration issues but leaves many of the most important issues unaddressed.

What the Bill Does: In a compromise, the bill adds funding for an additional 328 Customs and Border Patrol Officers for border security, but at the same time, requires Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to reduce the number of immigrants in detention facilities.  » Read More

Mar 16, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: ICE Spokesperson Resigns, Citing “Falsehoods;” H-2B Seasonal Worker Program Receives Increased Scrutiny; and Massachusetts Advocates Seek to Stop Immigration Arrests at Courthouses

Justice Department Sues California

On Monday, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesperson, James Schwab, announced his resignation, stating that he did not “want to perpetuate misleading facts” posited by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other government officials.

Schwab’s resignation was sparked by statements from the Department of Justice, which claimed about 800 undocumented immigrants evaded ICE sweeps because the Mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf, announced the raids the day before they were set to begin.  » Read More

Mar 09, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: Department of Justice Sues California Over “Sanctuary Cities,” USCIS Likely to Suspend Speedy Processing for Skilled Foreign Professionals, and Employees, Employers, and Congress Discuss Visas for Farm Workers

Justice Department Sues California

On Tuesday night, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against the State of California, as well as Governor Jerry Brown and Attorney General of the State Xavier Becerra, asserting that California’s “sanctuary city” laws improperly interfere with federal immigration enforcement. » Read More

Mar 08, 2018

New Jersey County Withdraws from Controversial Federal Immigration Enforcement Program

Last week, Hudson County, New Jersey, officials announced the county’s withdrawal from a controversial immigration enforcement agreement with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), known as the “287(g) Program.”  Under the 287(g) Program, corrections officers at the Hudson County jail in Kearny, New Jersey, were deputized as federal immigration agents, allowing them to investigate immigration violations, ask questions of inmates related to their immigration status, conduct immigration arrests, and initiate deportation proceedings. » Read More

Feb 28, 2018

Join us at a Seminar with the GLVCC!

Raymond G. Lahoud, Chair of the Immigration Law Practice Group of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., in conjunction with the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to present a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification Instructional Seminar, for human resource professionals, business owners, compliance officers, management, and administrators at organizations and companies in every industry, of every size.  » Read More

Feb 26, 2018

Breaking Immigration Update: Supreme Court Declines to Expedite DACA Rescission Litigation & USCIS is Still Accepting DACA Renewals

This morning, the Supreme Court declined to hear the Trump Administration’s request to review the decision of a Federal District Court in California stating the rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for individuals who already are or were previously protected from deportation through the DACA program.  » Read More

Feb 26, 2018

Raymond Lahoud Speaks on Asylum Law

Raymond G. Lahoud, a Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Practice, presented at the 2018 New York Asylum and Immigration Conference held at New York Law School on February 23.  Intended for new and experienced attorneys, as well as professors, featured topics included an intro to asylum law, ethics in immigration law, the future of immigration, Unicef and UNHCR Statelessness and child migrants, diversity and inclusion, best practices before the Asylum Office, how to prove persecution on account of a protected ground, direct and cross examination, and motions to reopen and reconsider.  » Read More

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