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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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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Restrictionists Continue to Attack H-4 Work Authorization

Restrictionists Continue to Attack H-4 Work Authorization

Save Jobs USA—an organization comprised of IT workers who claim they lost their jobs to H-1B workers—still wants to overturn the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule that allows certain H-4 spouses (i.e., spouses of H-1B workers) to apply for work authorization. Although Save Jobs was unsuccessful in stopping the rule before USCIS began accepting […]

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Court Issues Decision in Washtech, Case Challenging Training for U.S.-Educated Noncitizens

Written by on August 14, 2015 in Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
Court Issues Decision in Washtech, Case Challenging Training for U.S.-Educated Noncitizens

This week, a federal district court issued a decision in Washtech (Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. DHS), a lawsuit brought, in part, by the Immigration Reform Law Institute, to prevent foreign students from having an opportunity to gain meaningful practical experience in the United States. The court invalidated the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) […]

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White House Report on Improving Our Legal Immigration System: Too Little Too Late?

White House Report on Improving Our Legal Immigration System: Too Little Too Late?

As part of November 2014’s Executive Action announcement, the President issued a memorandum directing the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security to recommend improvements to the immigration system. After seeking public input and receiving roughly 1,650 responses, the agencies submitted their recommendations to the White House and on July 15, the White House released its […]

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Court Rejects Restrictionists’ Attempts to Derail Work Authorization for H-4 Spouses

Court Rejects Restrictionists’ Attempts to Derail Work Authorization for H-4 Spouses

Despite immigration restrictionists’ efforts to derail implementation, a new rule went into effect this week allowing certain H-4 spouses (i.e., spouses of H-1B workers) to apply for work authorization. This new policy, announced as part of the Administration’s package of Executive Actions on immigration, permits H-4s to obtain work authorization where the H-1B spouse is […]

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Immigration Action Provides Certain H-4 Spouses Work Authorization

Immigration Action Provides Certain H-4 Spouses Work Authorization

As part of the package of executive actions announced in November 2014, the secretary of Homeland Security directed the immigration agencies to implement new policies and regulations intended to support U.S. high-skilled businesses and workers. Last week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued the first of these new regulations: effective May 26, 2015, spouses […]

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Supreme Court Hears Argument on Whether Government Must Justify Its Visa Denial

Written by on February 25, 2015 in Federal Courts/Jurisdiction with 1 Comment
Supreme Court Hears Argument on Whether Government Must Justify Its Visa Denial

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument Monday in a case pitting a U.S. citizen who wants to live in the United States with her foreign national spouse against the U.S. government, which is intent on preventing even a modest level of court review when an immigrant visa is denied. Regardless which side prevails, the […]

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U.S. Education of Foreign Students is Under Attack

Written by on January 20, 2015 in Immigration Courts with 0 Comments
U.S. Education of Foreign Students is Under Attack

Under the guise of protecting American workers, immigration restrictionists are trying again to prevent foreign students from having an opportunity to gain meaningful practical experience in the United States through a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security filed in March 2014 and brought, in part, by the Immigration Reform Law Institute. Currently students who […]

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How USCIS Tried to Keep Out a Skilled Brazilian Steakhouse Worker

Written by on October 28, 2014 in Immigration Courts with 1 Comment
How USCIS Tried to Keep Out a Skilled Brazilian Steakhouse Worker

When a U.S. multinational company wants to bring a talented employee from overseas to work in the U.S. for a fixed period, it typically pursues what’s called an “L-1 visa” for transferring employees between related entities. There are two L-1 categories—the L-1A, which is reserved for executives and managers; and the L-1B, which is available […]

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