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  • Article: The Shifting U.S. Policy on Asylum By George Bruno

    Article: The Shifting U.S. Policy on Asylum By George Bruno

    The Shifting U.S. Policy on Asylum by George Bruno “We are going to build a big, fat, beautiful wall, and Mexico is going to pay for it.” Whether meant as a promise or a threat, we have heard this refrain repeated many times by President Donald J. Trump since 2015. The intended purpose of his wall, according to the President, is to prevent rapists, criminals, and drug traffickers from entering the United States through our southern border. But what about the children, women and men who are non...
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  • Article: Questions Arising from Foreign Entity Changes after an L-1 Petition is Approved By Cyrus Mehta and Rebekah Kim

    Questions Arising from Foreign Entity Changes after an L-1 Petition is Approved by Cyrus Mehta and Rebekah Kim An L-1 visa may be issued to a foreign national employee who has worked abroad for at least one continuous year within the last three years for a qualifying, related business entity (e.g., parent, subsidiary, or affiliate) in an executive, managerial, or specialized knowledge capacity, and who is being transferred to the U.S. to work for the same employer or a parent, subsidiary,...
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  • Article: ‘What’s Next? Drinking Water?’ Government Cuts English Classes, Recreation for Immigrant Children in Shelters By Aaron Reichlin-Melnick for Immigration Impact

    ‘What’s Next? Drinking Water?’ Government Cuts English Classes, Recreation for Immigrant Children in Shelters by Aaron Reichlin-Melnick for Immigration Impact The Trump administration is cutting funds for educational programs, recreation, and legal services for unaccompanied children who are waiting to be placed with a sponsor in the United States. The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), which contracts with shelters around the country to hold unaccompanied immigrant childre...
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  • Article: Sink OR Swim: Strategies for Outstanding Researcher Success By Feige Grundman and Liam Jordan

    Sink OR Swim: Strategies for Outstanding Researcher Success by Feige Grundman and Liam Jordan In the stormy seas of EB-1, even after meeting the minimum required regulatory criteria for Outstanding Researcher (OR) classification, a petition can still fall flat when the adjudicator makes their final merits assessment of whether or not the applicant is internationally recognized and rises to the level of accomplishment intended for the classification. With an 80% sustained denial rat...
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  • Article: 5 Things to Know About USCIS’ New Policy on Expedite Criteria By Joseph Barnett and Afshan Randera

    5 Things to Know About USCIS’ New Policy on Expedite Criteria by Joseph Barnett and Afshan Randera On May 10, 2019, USCIS updated its policy on Expedite Requests , effective immediately. We previously blogged about expedite processing requests in the context of EB-5 applications, but this new policy applies to the adjudication of an application or petition for an immigration benefit by USCIS, though some exceptions apply. Here are five things to know about requesting an expe...
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  • Article: Recruiting, Retaining, and Capitalizing on International Students at U.S. Universities By Matthew La Corte

    Recruiting, Retaining, and Capitalizing on International Students at U.S. Universities by Matthew La Corte If you are having difficulty viewing this document please click here. About The Author Matthew La Corteis the immigration policy analyst at the Niskanen Center. He leads the immigration department’s legislative outreach efforts, focusing on DACA, work visas, and refugee resettlement. His writing has been published in many outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, USA...
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  • Article: Trump’s Tariffs Will Hurt US and Mexico Economies, Not Manage Central American Migration By Walter Ewing for Immigration Impact

    Trump’s Tariffs Will Hurt US and Mexico Economies, Not Manage Central American Migration by Walter Ewing for Immigration Impact The Trump administration’s threat to impose tariffs on Mexican goods unless the Mexican government somehow reduces undocumented migration from Central America is devoid of logic. Tariffs could backfire on the United States economically—as experts from the world-renowned Wilson Institute point out—and they won’t address the root causes of Central A...
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  • Article: Unique H-1B Issues that Face IT Consulting Firms this RFE Season By Sheila Danzig

    Unique H-1B Issues that Face IT Consulting Firms this RFE Season by Sheila Danzig Recently a lawsuit was filed against USCIS by ITServe Alliance. This is a organization of US IT service companies that had previously petitioned USCIS against new changes to H-1B adjudication rules. The new rules state that for IT consulting companies that contract H-1B employees to work off-site to meet H-1B requirements, they had to prove the H-1B employee would have “Guaranteed specific and no...
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  • Article: The Trump Administration Continues to Attack Low-Income Immigrants By American Immigration Council Legal Staff for Immigration Impact

    The Trump Administration Continues to Attack Low-Income Immigrants by American Immigration Council Legal Staff for Immigration Impact President Trump signed a memorandum last week that will place additional and unwarranted pressure on sponsors—usually family members—who accept financial responsibility for immigrants living in the United States. The Trump administration says the memo is meant to direct federal agencies to develop new “procedures and guidance” to ensure that i...
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  • Article: Longer EB-5 Adjudication Delays… Is USCIS on a Leave of Absence? By Mona Shah, Esq.

    Longer EB-5 Adjudication Delays… Is USCIS on a Leave of Absence? by Mona Shah, Esq. What a difference a week can make, especially in the world of USCIS adjudications! Yesterday, without any warning, USCIS announced dramatic changes in adjudication times for petitions [1] from 21 to 29 months for an I-526 petition to 29 to 45 months. Whilst bloggers deliberate over possible causes for the delays, suggesting the increase in litigation or possible impending new regulations, the ca...
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