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Foreign nationals who want to start a life in the United States face a variety of challenges when certain visas suddenly became available. They suddenly face obstacles, if not outright barriers, in an immigration process that is complex and hard to navigate and understand. Business organizations were quick to express their opposition to last year’s ban on H-1B visas for skilled professionals in the technology industry, the initial focus of the ban. A controversial, pandemic-driven decision Good news finally came recently, thanks to President Biden’s decision to not renew the ban. A prior ban on foreign work visas ordered by…
Deportation has divided families. The Urban Policy Institute and Migration Policy Institute report that many removals leave parents and their children on opposite sides of the border. The ongoing problem needs a lasting solution. The House and Senate are about to debate two bills that would focus on uniting families once divided by immigration policy. Specifics of the legislation include: Providing judges with more discretion in deportation cases Empowering the Secretary of Homeland Security and Attorney General to waive deportation orders Allowing once-removed parents to reunite with their children in the United States Current immigration law removes lawful permanent residents…
The EB-5 visa allows investors and immediate family members living in other countries to realize their own American dream. The program provides them permanent resident status without a sponsoring U.S. employer. Instead, they make a qualifying investment to build a business that helps the overall economy and by each investor creating ten full-time jobs for U.S. workers. The one constant in pursuing any type of visa is the lengthy process applicants have to endure due to the significant backlog of applications waiting for adjudication. The EB-5 program is not immune to the burdensome bureaucracy. In fact, over the last few…
This post is an update to our earlier posts on the Public Charge Rule. Our last post on the Public Charge Rule, before the post below, can be read here.)  March 9, 2021 marked the official end of the 2019 Public Charge Rule of Inadmissibility when a US court order vacated the rule and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) immediately stopped applying the rule. Now, DHS has gone back to the 1999 rules that were in place prior to the 2019 Public Charge Rule. You should consult with your licensed immigration attorney if you have questions about…
  On February 18, 2021, President Biden’s immigration reform bill was introduced in Congress this week by Senator Bob Menendez and Congresswoman Linda Sánchez. The legislation is called the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 and it includes the main tenants that President Biden announced during his first days in office. The legislation is co-sponsored by several Senators and Representatives and the focal point of the legislation is an 8-year path to citizenship for many of the 11 million people who currently live in the United States without lawful immigration status. The legislation also includes reforms to family-based immigration and employment-based…
Many students from around the world come to the U.S. in order to study in an American university. These students must go through the process required for a student visa (usually an F-1 visa). If your dream is to leave your country for a few years to study in the United States, you might have looked at the requirements for obtaining a student visa, and you might feel overwhelmed by how long and complex the process is. Luckily, with the help of experienced professionals, qualifying for a student visa is not as hard as it may seem. Requirements for qualifying…
  On February 17, 2021, DHP Attorney Megan Guzman presented at the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA) Southern California’s Webinar on Federal Immigration Litigation 101. Megan presented to other immigration attorneys alongside Attorneys Brian S. Green and Jennifer Rozdzielski. Megan was able to share her experience handling tough and unique immigration litigation cases in federal court. Helping her clients through court proceedings over the years have provided her with the experience necessary to best strategize and help her clients win their immigration litigation cases. If you have questions about your immigration case that may be taking a very long time,…
  This year’s (Fiscal Year 2022) initial H-1B cap registration will start online at 12:00 pm Eastern (9:00 am Pacific) on March 9, 2021. This registration period will run for 16 days and end at 12:00 pm Eastern (9:00 am Pacific) on March 25, 2021. All H-1B registrations are to be completed online and each registration has a $10 fee. If enough registrations are received by March 25, USCIS will complete the random selection process and send online selection notices by March 31, 2021. Read more about the H-1B visa here. More information about the H-1B Electronic Registration Process…
  On February 2, 2021, Alejandro Mayorkas was confirmed by the US Senate and sworn in by Vice President Kamala Harris as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”). Secretary Mayorkas previously served as Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security under the Obama administration. After Secretary Mayorkas was confirmed and sworn in, President Biden issued three executive orders on immigration issues. First, President Biden signed an order to reunite separated families as a result of the Trump administration’s “Zero Tolerance” border policy. The help to these families will also include trauma…