Leslie Dellon

Leslie K. Dellon is the Business Litigation Fellow at the American Immigration Council. 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. Since August 2011, she has represented clients in her own firm, L. Dellon Immigration Law, LLC. She also has experience as 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. She has a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.

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Halt to Premium Processing of H-1B Visa Petitions Hurts Workers, Business and USCIS

Written by on March 7, 2017 in Business & the Workforce, High Skilled with 0 Comments
Halt to Premium Processing of H-1B Visa Petitions Hurts Workers, Business and USCIS

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced it will halt premium processing of H-1B visa petitions on April 3, for up to six months. Through the H-1B visa category, employers can petition for highly educated professionals to work in “specialty occupations” that require at least a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. This decision […]

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Change to National Interest Waiver Standard Gives More Entrepreneurs a Path to Permanent Residence

Change to National Interest Waiver Standard Gives More Entrepreneurs a Path to Permanent Residence

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), recently issued Matter of Dhanasar, which changes the standard that USCIS officers must follow when deciding whether to approve a “national interest waiver” for an immigrant visa petition. This waiver is granted when the foreign national’s work is determined to be in the “national […]

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Department of Justice Issues Final Rule About Unfair Immigration-Related Employment Practices

Written by on January 5, 2017 in Business & the Workforce, Employment Based with 0 Comments
Department of Justice Issues Final Rule About Unfair Immigration-Related Employment Practices

The U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division recently issued a final rule, effective January 18, to update regulations that the agency uses to enforce employment-related anti-discrimination provisions that Congress included in the “unfair immigration-related employment practices” section of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).  The agency maintains that the update clarifies the procedures […]

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Administration’s Proposal Unlikely to Encourage Foreign Entrepreneurs to Choose the United States

Written by on November 3, 2016 in Entrepreneurship/Innovation with 1 Comment
Administration’s Proposal Unlikely to Encourage Foreign Entrepreneurs to Choose the United States

The U.S. has long been the beneficiary of the new ideas and energy generated by immigrants, yet today’s U.S. immigration system does a poor job of accommodating foreign entrepreneurs who want to turn their ideas into a viable business. Recognizing the competitive disadvantage to the U.S., the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson directed […]

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Lawsuit Against DHS and USCIS Seeks Transparency in H-1B Lottery Process

Written by on May 23, 2016 in Due Process & the Courts, High Skilled with 1 Comment
Lawsuit Against DHS and USCIS Seeks Transparency in H-1B Lottery Process

Each year, U.S. employers seeking highly skilled foreign professional workers submit petitions on the first business day of April to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for the limited pool of H-1B nonimmigrant visa numbers available for the coming fiscal year, which are capped at 65,000 for new hires and 20,000 for those who graduate […]

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New Rule Improves Learning Experience for International Students With STEM Degrees

Written by on March 21, 2016 in Business & the Workforce, High Skilled with 0 Comments
New Rule Improves Learning Experience for International Students With STEM Degrees

This month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule which will allow international students in certain science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields to maximize their educational experience in the United States. The rule accomplishes this by preserving an extension of the period of time during which they may take part in […]

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Second Circuit Requires Government to Notify Affected Parties Prior to Visa Petition Revocation

Second Circuit Requires Government to Notify Affected Parties Prior to Visa Petition Revocation

In a breakthrough decision issued at the end of last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which sits in New York City, ruled that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must provide notice of its intent to revoke an immigrant visa petition to those who actually will be affected by the […]

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Visa Bulletin Change Fails to Deliver

Written by on October 15, 2015 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
Visa Bulletin Change Fails to Deliver

A grave error was made last month by the Departments of State (DOS) and Homeland Security (DHS) when they dashed the hopes of thousands of would-be permanent resident applicants who had expected to apply to adjust their status in October, but became ineligible after DOS reissued the monthly Visa Bulletin. When a second Visa Bulletin […]

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Visa Bulletin “Do-Over” Undercuts Visa Modernization

Visa Bulletin “Do-Over” Undercuts Visa Modernization

Earlier this month, the immigration agencies took a positive step forward in implementing the executive action promise to reform the visa system when they issued the October Visa Bulletin, informing the public about who would be eligible to apply for lawful permanent resident status in October. But now the agencies have stepped back from that […]

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First Step in Visa Modernization: Making the Wait More Palatable

Written by on September 11, 2015 in Uncategorized with 0 Comments
First Step in Visa Modernization: Making the Wait More Palatable

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has taken a positive step, together with the U.S. Department of State (DOS), to encourage noncitizens to “stay the course” as they endure long waits for permanent residence. Beginning in October, more people who are waiting in the United States for an immigrant visa to be available to them […]

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