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  • Article: How the Biden Administration Should Respond to the Arrival of Unaccompanied Children by Katy Murdza for Immigration Impact

    How the Biden Administration Should Respond to the Arrival of Unaccompanied Children by Katy Murdza for Immigration Impact Since 2013, the government has struggled to respond to increasing numbers of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. After disastrous Trump administration policies left unaccompanied children detained at the border for weeks at a time, the Biden administration is facing its own challenges to accommodate an increasingly large number of arrivals at the south...
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  • Article: The Wrong Answer to the Right Question:  How to Address the Failure of Protection for Gender-Based Claims? by Professor Karen Musalo

    The Wrong Answer to the Right Question: How to Address the Failure of Protection for Gender-Based Claims? by Professor Karen Musalo The Wrong Answer to the Right Question: How to Address the Failure of Protection for Gender-Based Claims? By Professor Karen Musalo, Bank of America Professor of International Law, Director of the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, UC Hastings In 1996 I was honored to litigate the first case at the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), Matter of Kasinga,[1]...
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  • Article: Trump’s Citizenship Test Scrapped by USCIS Over Politicization and Complexity Concerns by Melissa Cruz for Immigration Impact

    Trump’s Citizenship Test Scrapped by USCIS Over Politicization and Complexity Concerns by Melissa Cruz for Immigration Impact Individuals hoping to become a naturalized American citizen will take a different civics test beginning this week, as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reverts back to a previous version of the test. USCIS has scrapped a 2020 version of the U.S. citizenship test implemented during the final months of the Trump administration. The test applied...
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  • Article: President Biden Must Reject Trump Era H-1B Lottery Rule and Work Visa Travel Ban by Cyrus D. Mehta and Kaitlyn Box

    President Biden Must Reject Trump Era H-1B Lottery Rule and Work Visa Travel Ban by Cyrus D. Mehta & Kaitlyn Box On March 3, 2021, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin and Republican Charles Grassley submitted a letter to new DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas urging the DHS to implement the Trump administration’s H-1B lottery final rule entitled “Modification of Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking to File Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions”, which was published in the Federa...
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  • Article: Abcs of H-1bs (This Is Part V of an Viii Part Series): Does My Master's Degree Qualify for the H-1b Master's Cap? by David H. Nachman,Ludka Zimovcak, and Snehal Batra 

    ABCs OF H-1Bs (THIS IS PART V OF AN VIII PART SERIES): DOES MY MASTER'S DEGREE QUALIFY FOR THE H-1B MASTER'S CAP? by David H. Nachman,Ludka Zimovcak, and Snehal Batra Many F-1 visa holders, particularly those who are engaged in OPT change their immigration status to become professional and specialty workers (H-1B workers). The H-1B cap is the Congressionally-mandated limit on the number of individuals who may be granted H-1B status during each fiscal year. Most foreign nationals seeking H-1B ...
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  • Article: ABCs OF H-1Bs by David H. Nachman, Ludka Zimovcak, and Snehal Batra

    Article: ABCs OF H-1Bs by David H. Nachman, Ludka Zimovcak, and Snehal Batra

    ABCs OF H-1Bs (THIS IS PART IV OF AN VIII PART SERIES): THE WHYS AND HOWS OF EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE EVALUATIONS IN THE CONTEXT OF H-1B VISA PREPARATION AND FILING. by David H. Nachman, Ludka Zimovcak, and Snehal Batra The threshold question for an H-1B nonimmigrant work visa is whether the intending H-1B nonimmigrant has the equivalence of a U.S. Bachelor’s Degree in a specific field. Most of the prospective H-1B employees and H-1B employers begin with either of the following two though...
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  • Article: The Pitfalls Of An EB-5 Project With Friends & Family by Christina Dilbone, Esq.

    The Pitfalls Of An EB-5 Project With Friends & Family by Christina Dilbone, Esq. “It’s not personal, Sonny. It’s strictly business.” These words echo through history from the 1972 cinematic masterpiece The Godfather directed by Francis Ford Coppola, but ring true in all instances of business. In American culture, it is long believed that when in business with family or friends, actions taken in the best interest of the business should not be taken personally. But how realist...
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  • Article: How to Challenge Immigration Policy Guidance Issued by Acting Officers by Hun Lee and Stephen Yale-Loehr

    How to Challenge Immigration Policy Guidance Issued by Acting Officers by Hun Lee and Stephen Yale-Loehr Introduction The Trump administration saw many acting officers fill vacancies in important offices like the Attorney General, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), and the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”). Litigation and research exist on whether formal rules issued by acting DHS officials can be challenged based on an “unlaw...
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  • Article: President Biden prioritizes immigration reform. Here’s why that’s great for California by Kevin Johnson

    President Biden prioritizes immigration reform. Here’s why that’s great for California by Kevin Johnson After four years of the Trump administration’s hyper-aggressive immigration measures, Joe Biden ran for president promising dramatic change to U.S. immigration law and enforcement. He has quickly moved to change the direction of the nation’s immigration policies. Whether Biden ultimately succeeds will have a big impact on California, which has the largest population of imm...
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  • Article: Overcoming a COVID Travel Ban Through the National Interest Exception by Cyrus D. Mehta & Kaitlyn Box

    Overcoming a COVID Travel Ban Through the National Interest Exception by Cyrus D. Mehta & Kaitlyn Box Although the Trump era has ended, some of its draconian immigration policies continue to linger, including the COVID travel bans. On January 25, 2021, President Biden issued Presidential Proclamation 10143 , entitled “Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Non-Immigrants of Certain Additional Persons Who Pose a Risk of Transmitting Coronavirus Disease”, whi...
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