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H-1B Visa Cap Reached in Five Days for Fourth Consecutive Year

Written by on April 8, 2016 in High Skilled with 0 Comments
H-1B Visa Cap Reached in Five Days for Fourth Consecutive Year

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7 that the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2017 was reached—meaning that in five business days, U.S. employers filed more petitions for an H-1B visa to hire a skilled foreign worker than the entire year’s allocation of visas available under current law. This means that USCIS […]

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Letter to DHS Outlines Problematic Practices That Undermine Due Process Protections for Asylum Seekers

Letter to DHS Outlines Problematic Practices That Undermine Due Process Protections for Asylum Seekers

Even before the recent ICE raids on Central American families began last week, there were serious signs that the government was undermining due process and not providing asylum-seekers a meaningful opportunity to make their cases. Many of the violations were brought to the attention of the immigration agencies by the CARA Project and Human Rights […]

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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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Recognizing the Vital Contributions Foreign Born Veterans Make to the U.S. Military

Written by on November 11, 2015 in Integration with 0 Comments
Recognizing the Vital Contributions Foreign Born Veterans Make to the U.S. Military

Immigrants bring tremendous skills, talents, and energy to our country – including to our military forces. Veterans Day allows us the opportunity to not only honor those who made the pledge to protect the United States but to also reflect on how the U.S. military is strengthened by diversity in its ranks. There are over […]

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Why Congress Should Eliminate the Term “Alien” from Federal Law

Written by on October 27, 2015 in Legislation with 3 Comments
Why Congress Should Eliminate the Term “Alien” from Federal Law

Last week, Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) introduced legislation to remove derogatory language describing noncitizens as “aliens” from federal law. The bill, known as the Correcting Hurtful and Alienating Names in Government Expression (CHANGE) Act, eliminates the use of this terminology in U.S. code and federal agencies’ materials and documentation.

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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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Will the Guidance on Extreme Hardship Waivers Allow More Individuals to Become Permanent Residents?

Will the Guidance on Extreme Hardship Waivers Allow More Individuals to Become Permanent Residents?

This week, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued draft guidance on what constitutes “extreme hardship” for purposes of an immigration waiver. The much anticipated guidance is a component of the Administration’s executive actions on immigration announced in November 2014. Many had hoped that the guidance, and its potential to make waivers available to more […]

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Refugee Security Process is Already Robust, Senate Hearing Shows

Written by on October 2, 2015 in Humanitarian Protection, Refugee Status with 0 Comments
Refugee Security Process is Already Robust, Senate Hearing Shows

The United States plays an important role in protecting thousands of the world’s most vulnerable people fleeing persecution in their home countries. At no point in U.S. history has this role been more crucial—the violence and devastation in Syria has led to the largest number of refugees since World War II. But at a hearing […]

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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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