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Restrictionists Continue to Attack H-4 Work Authorization

Written by on September 2, 2015 in Courts, Department of Homeland Security, Visas with 0 Comments
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 Courts, Department of Homeland Security, Visas 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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The Fortunes of H-1B Workers and Their Native-Born Colleagues Rise and Fall Together

Written by on August 3, 2015 in Visas with 0 Comments
The Fortunes of H-1B Workers and Their Native-Born Colleagues Rise and Fall Together

There is no denying that the granting of H-1B visas for highly skilled professionals from abroad is a politically charged topic. However, the recurring controversies over H-1Bs should not obscure a well-documented fact about H-1B workers: on average, they tend to create jobs and give a wage boost to native-born workers. This is because H-1Bs […]

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H1-B Cap Filled in a Flash, Underscores Need for Immigration Reform

Written by on April 7, 2015 in News Flash, USCIS, Visas with 0 Comments
H1-B Cap Filled in a Flash, Underscores Need for Immigration Reform

Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that USCIS reached the “H-1B cap” for fiscal year 2016—meaning that in seven days, U.S. employers filed more petitions for an H1-B visa to hire a skilled foreign worker than the entire year’s allocation of visas available under current law. Every year, U.S. employers seeking highly skilled […]

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Senate Hearing Examines Proposals to Increase Guest Workers

Written by on March 27, 2015 in Hearings, Visas with 1 Comment
Senate Hearing Examines Proposals to Increase Guest Workers

This week, the Senate Homeland Security committee examined various immigrant guest worker proposals. This was the Committee’s third “Securing the Border” hearing this week, after Tuesday’s hearing on transnational crime, and Wednesday’s hearing on root causes of Central American migration. The witnesses all agreed that increasing legal immigration would decrease unlawful immigration across the border—especially […]

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Immigration Agency Issues Long-Awaited Guidance on L-1B Visa Petitions

Written by on March 26, 2015 in USCIS, Visas with 0 Comments
Immigration Agency Issues Long-Awaited Guidance on L-1B Visa Petitions

This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) took another crucial step toward administrative reform of our immigration laws. The agency issued for public comment long-awaited policy guidance on its adjudication of L-1B “specialized knowledge” visa petitions. The L-1 category allows a U.S. multinational company to transfer talented employees, who have worked for a related […]

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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 Supreme Court, Visas 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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After Years of Bipartisan Advocacy, DHS Will Expedite Haitian Family Reunification

Written by on October 24, 2014 in Department of Homeland Security, Visas with 0 Comments
After Years of Bipartisan Advocacy, DHS Will Expedite Haitian Family Reunification

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week announced a new Haitian Family Reunification Parole program to allow certain Haitians facing years-long waits for visas to come early and work in the United States. The program responds to bipartisan requests from legislators since the devastating Haitian earthquake of January 2010. More than 100,000 Haitians have […]

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How an Investor Visa Program Helps Stimulate Economic Growth

Written by on September 30, 2014 in Business, Economics, Visas with 0 Comments
How an Investor Visa Program Helps Stimulate Economic Growth

The State Department recently announced that, for the first time ever, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program has reached its cap of 10,000 visas, largely due to an increase in Chinese investors. Although the EB-5 program—employment-based, fifth preference (or category)—has been around since 1990, the growth in its popularity as an investment tool has risen during […]

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