Comment: Americans Support Immigration The Atlantic reports that a poll of 40,000 people reveals that roughly three-quarters of Americans support the goals behind President Obama's executive action on immigration:
When asked to identify the best approach for dealing with immigrants who are living in the country illegally, six in 10 Americans say there should be a way for such immigrants to become citizens provided they meet certain requirements, while 17 percent say they should be allowed to become permanent legal residents but not citizens, and 19 percent say they should be identified and deported. Similarly, Americans hold fairly positive assessments of the economic impact of immigrants, with 55 percent saying that immigrants strengthen the country because of their hard work and talents, while only 36 percent say that immigrants are a burden on the country because they take jobs, housing, and healthcare.
The actual support for immigration in America is stronger than what the politics of immigrations might suggest. Please let us know your thoughts by writing to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Focus: The Nurse Immigration Book
The table of contents of this definitive work edited by Joseph Curran and Daniel Berger is as follows:
FOREWORD: Why A Nurse Immigration Book? By William Stock
PREPARING AN IMMIGRATION CASE: H-1 Visas For Nurses By Greg Siskind and Esther Fridman; TN Status For Nurses By Christopher Wendt; Practice Pointers for Presenting TN Applications By Leslie Holman; An Outline Of A Typical Nurse Case, Including Consular Processing By Joseph Curran; Adjustment Of Status For Professional Nurses By Sylvia Boecker; Building International Bridges By Commission
Monday, March 9, 2015, is the deadline for current El Salvador Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries to re-register for the 18-month extension of TPS that runs from March 10, 2015, through Sept. 9, 2016. The law requires USCIS to withdraw TPS for failure to re-register without good cause. Therefore, if you fail to re-register by this deadline, you may lose your TPS and your work authorization.
You can find details and procedures for re-registering for TPS on the USCIS website and in the Federal Register notice announcing the extension of TPS for El Salvador.
Eligible El Salvador TPS beneficiaries who re-register during the registration
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 argument certainly showcased the tensions that can arise when the government抯 interest in promoting family unity collides with its interest in preserving national security.
Fazia Din filed an immigrant visa petition for her husband, an Afghan citizen, so that he could come to live with her in the United States. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services approved the petition, but months later, the embassy in Turkey that interviewed him denied the husband抯 visa application. The embassy indicated only that it was denying the visa under a section of the immigration law that lists a wide range of activities making a foreign national inadmissible for 搕errorist activities.?The embassy also indicated it was unable to say more, citing another provision that eliminates the general notice requirement
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Le髇 Rodr韌uez announced this week that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-1B dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants. The rule will go into effect on May 26, 2015 and will provide work permits upon application for H-4 spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are on the pathway to permanent residence, but who cannot yet apply for their green cards due to backlogs.
Starting on May 26, 2015, certain H-4 spouses will be eligible to apply for an unrestricted work permit if:
The H-1B spouse is the principal beneficiary of an approved I-140 petition; or
The H-1B spouse is the beneficiary of an approved H-1B
Comment: EB5 Enforcement Begins
For the last several months, Immigration Daily has reported on increased enforcement of securities statutes by SEC in the EB-5 field. In our view, prior actions such as the mid-western fraud by Los Angeles-area attorneys, the Chicago convention center, etc., were not really feared enforcement actions, because they were aimed at outright fraud, and not at systemic practices in the EB-5 field which are contrary to proper securities practices in USA. At long last it appears that SEC is poised to take action against some of the bad systemic practices. This is multiple step, multiple year, process which will result in a near-total overhaul of the EB-5 field. We expect that this process will culminate in:
More than half of industry players today to exit the field;
The entrance of large US-based financial and real estate enterprises as the only central players in EB-5;
Marginalization of Chinese migration agents to the periphery of EB-5 ecosystem.
Accomplishment of the above will not happen in a few months but in a few years.
Two enforcement actions by SEC are likely within the next few weeks:
SEC will announce that approximately twenty immigration law firms have disgorged finder's fees to the tune of $1 million per law firm along with interest and penalties.
SEC will announce that securities sanctions have been applied to several Regional Centers engaged in a pattern and practice of paying finder's fees to immigration attorneys.
This is the beginning, not the end, of enforcement activity. We believe that USCIS enforcement of immigration consequences of securities non-compliance will follow. This field is about to become a gold mine for securities plaintiff's lawyers.
We believe that this industry-wide misbehavior is directly traceable not to human greed in the US, but to Chinese business practices, which, while perfectly valid in the Chinese cultural context, are corrosive and corrupt in the US business context. EB-5 is an American program and must follow American custom, not Chinese custom. Imminently anticipated SEC enforcement begins the process of returning EB-5 to its American roots.