Leslie Dellon

Leslie K. Dellon is a Staff Attorney (Business Immigration) at the American Immigration Council where she works to change agency practices that impede the intended use of employment-based visa categories. She encourages business immigration lawyers to consider litigation as another tool to serve their clients, engages in impact litigation and represents amicus curiae before courts and agencies. She has more than 20 years of experience advising small to multinational businesses about immigration strategies. In addition to her extensive business immigration law experience, she previously handled general commercial and corporate matters, including civil litigation. She also was a Trial Attorney in the Federal Programs Branch, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice. She is a past Chair of the AILA Washington DC Chapter and has served on AILA National and DC Chapter Committees. Leslie has a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.

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Students and Exchange Visitors at Risk of Being Barred from U.S. Under New USCIS Policy

Written by on August 15, 2018 in Business & the Workforce, Economics with 0 Comments
Students and Exchange Visitors at Risk of Being Barred from U.S. Under New USCIS Policy

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a revised, final policy memorandum on August 9, 2018 that radically changes how the agency will determine when a foreign student or exchange visitor is “unlawfully present” in the United States. “Unlawful presence” is a legal term used to describe any time spent in the United States after […]

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New USCIS Policy Places Certain Students and Exchange Visitors at Serious Risk of Being Barred from the United States

New USCIS Policy Places Certain Students and Exchange Visitors at Serious Risk of Being Barred from the United States

In another attempt to restrict legal immigration, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a policy change to the way foreign students and exchange visitors accrue unlawful presence—a legal term used to describe any time spent in the United States after a foreign national’s period of authorized stay has ended. Effective August 9, 2018, this […]

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Is USCIS Exceeding Its Authority as It Attempts to Restrict “Specialty Occupation” Workers?

Is USCIS Exceeding Its Authority as It Attempts to Restrict “Specialty Occupation” Workers?

As U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) begins adjudicating H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 “cap,”—the annual limit on the number of visas that will be made available for newly-hired foreign workers in “specialty occupations”—employers can expect attacks on this popular category to continue. Congress has defined a “specialty occupation” as requiring […]

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H-1B Cap Has Been Reached in First Week for Sixth Consecutive Year, USCIS Announces

H-1B Cap Has Been Reached in First Week for Sixth Consecutive Year, USCIS Announces

Demonstrating a critical demand for educated foreign workers in the United States, the annual H-1B cap has been reached within 5 business days. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting H-1B petitions on April 2, and on April 6, USCIS announced that it had received more petitions than the entire H-1B cap for Fiscal […]

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Judge Rules That Foreign Entrepreneurs Can Come to the United States to Grow Their Businesses

Judge Rules That Foreign Entrepreneurs Can Come to the United States to Grow Their Businesses

Foreign entrepreneurs who want to build innovative companies in the United States received good news on Friday, when federal judge James E. Boasberg of the U.S. District Court ruled in favor of a lawsuit brought by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), entrepreneurs, and startup companies on September 19, 2017. Represented by the American Immigration […]

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New USCIS Policy Creates Obstacles for Employers and Foreign Workers

Written by on October 26, 2017 in Business & the Workforce, Employment Based with 0 Comments
New USCIS Policy Creates Obstacles for Employers and Foreign Workers

In a major reversal of longstanding policy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has created new and unnecessary hurdles for employers and foreign employees temporarily working in the United States. In the past, USCIS followed a streamlined approach when employers filed petition extensions. Now, USCIS officers will be encouraged to redetermine every petition extension as […]

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Foreign Entrepreneurs Would Have Benefited From This Rule—The Trump Administration Wants to Rescind It, So We Sued

Foreign Entrepreneurs Would Have Benefited From This Rule—The Trump Administration Wants to Rescind It, So We Sued

The Trump administration has repeatedly promised to create jobs in the United States, and yet it has delayed a policy that would have fostered the growth of innovative companies and guaranteed thousands of jobs for American workers. The “problem” for the administration appears clear: though this policy would allow the United States to capitalize on […]

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Rule Delay Threatens New Program for International Entrepreneurs

Rule Delay Threatens New Program for International Entrepreneurs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has abruptly delayed the effective date of an important new program which would have allowed international entrepreneurs to develop their start-up companies in the United States. In the last days of the Obama administration, DHS issued the international entrepreneur rule (IER). The long-awaited rule was intended to begin to […]

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Training for U.S.-Educated Noncitizens Withstands Another Restrictionist Attack

Written by on May 12, 2017 in Business & the Workforce, High Skilled with 1 Comment
Training for U.S.-Educated Noncitizens Withstands Another Restrictionist Attack

Some foreign students complete their stay in the United States by gaining professional experience in their field of study. Immigration restrictionists want to end that opportunity. For the second time, a court has ruled against a group that has repeatedly tried to stop foreign students in F-1 status from gaining post-graduation practical experience. A federal […]

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H-1B Annual Cap Reached in First Week for Fifth Consecutive Year

Written by on April 7, 2017 in Business & the Workforce, High Skilled with 0 Comments
H-1B Annual Cap Reached in First Week for Fifth Consecutive Year

U.S. employers are vying for the chance to hire skilled foreign workers, but once again, the annual H-1B cap has been reached within five business days. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting H-1B petitions on April 3, 2017 and, on April 7, USCIS announced that it had received more petitions than the entire […]

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