Immigration and Firm News

The Trump Administration is cracking down on fraud and misrepresentation. The US Department of State (DOS) has updated its guidelines or policy in the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) concerning what activities are inconsistent with visa status that could give rise to a finding of fraud or misrepresentation in light of when those activities occur. Previously, the DOS used the "30/60/90-day rule." This rule said that there would be a presumption of fraud or misrepresentation if a person entered the … [Read more...]

On September 5, 2017, a day of infamy, and in an act of extreme cowardice, President Trump failed to keep his word when he terminated the DACA program for DREAMERS. After indicating he would have “heart” and that he "loves the DREAMERS," his lies were shown for what they are. He cowardly outsourced his announcement to terminate the program to his anti-DACA in chief, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose speech was filled with lies about the program and its recipients. With no notice at all, the … [Read more...]

Update 9/3/17 pm - No sooner did I post the article below, then rumors started coming out in the press that President Trump will end DACA in six months.  I will post more when there is a formal announcement and we know the details for sure. Nonetheless, my tips for being prepared below and continuing to fight remain the same. Don't panic! Your calls and emails to Congress are essential and urgent. ----------------- President Trump has said he will make an announcement on Tuesday, September … [Read more...]

In light of the terrible devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and elsewhere, USCIS has posted a list of options available to preserve immigration status. These include: Using the "extraordinary circumstances beyond your control" regulation for delayed filings of change of status or extensions of nonimmigrant stay for an individual currently in the United States; Seeking re-parole of individuals previously granted parole by USCIS; Requesting expedited processing of advance … [Read more...]

USCIS has announced it will now require interviews of applicants for permanent residence (I-485 applicants)  in the employment based categories. Until now, most of these cases have been decided by mail. Some people are interviewed when there are issues in a case, where there is a recent spouse tagging along as a dependent applicant, or for quality control. Now, it looks like everyone will be interviewed, grinding the process to a very slow trickle unless USCIS also staffs up for these … [Read more...]

Over the last few days, there have been reports about ICE raids or "enforcement actions" in several states, but pinning down fact from rumor has been somewhat difficult.  The American Immigration Lawyers Association reports the following: AILA has received information that ICE has once again commenced targeted enforcement actions by re-instituting "Operation Cross Check." The operation is focused on three populations: Fugitives - Anyone with an outstanding order of removal; … [Read more...]

On January 27, 2017, President Trump issued another Executive Orders on immigration. This one, though, entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” basically bans from entry people "from" seven countries, suspends refugee admissions temporarily, and reduces overall refugee admissions for FY2017.  The Executive Order (EO) also imposes ideological vetting, and provides some exceptions only for non-Muslim refugees.  More Executive Orders are expected to be … [Read more...]

On January 25, 2017, President Trump issued two Executive Orders on immigration, both of which are focused on enforcement at the border and the interior and address some issues concerning visas and refugees. More Executive Orders are expected to be forthcoming addressing legal immigration and other topics. It is important to note that much of this is political in nature and intended to appeal to his voter base. The orders clearly have their origin from the 79 Stroke of a Pen playbook from the … [Read more...]

On January 25, 2017, President Trump issued two Executive Orders on immigration, both of which are focused on enforcement at the border and the interior and address some issues concerning visas and refugees. More Executive Orders are expected to be forthcoming addressing legal immigration and other topics. It is important to note that much of this is political in nature and intended to appeal to his voter base. The orders clearly have their origin from the 79 Stroke of a Pen playbook from the … [Read more...]

I am pleased to report that I was quoted in Bloomberg Law, Daily Labor Report in an article about the new USCIS final rule on Entrepreneur Parole that was issued on January 17, 2017.  The rule goes into effect July 17, 2017 assuming the new Administration decides to keep the regulation.  The article in full is here. … [Read more...]