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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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. USCIS began accepting H-1B petitions on April 3, 2017 and, on April 7, USCIS announced that it had received more petitions than the entire H-1B cap for Fiscal Year […]

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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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