Ballard Spahr LLP: EB-5 Program Reforms Proposed

By Debbie A. Klis and Ellen Jerrehian Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to reform and make permanent the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5 Program). The American Entrepreneurship and Investment Act of 2014 (the Act) seeks to provide certainty to investors and...

News Excerpts From the April 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Clarifies “Reason to Believe” Standard for I-601A Provisional Waivers | On March 18, 2014, USCIS sent an e-mail to stakeholders seeking to cure confusion surrounding the regulation that prohibits the granting of provisional waivers to noncitizens who the agency has “reason...

News Excerpts From the May 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Transfers Jurisdiction over Refugee and Asylee Relative Petitions U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun the transfer of responsibility for processing Form I-730 (Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition) from agency service centers to international field offices. The first phase...

News Excerpts From the May 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Issues New Guidelines on Credible Fear Interviews On February 28, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued new guidelines for asylum officers charged with determining whether applicants possess credible fears of persecution or torture in their home countries. According to a memorandum...

News Excerpts From the June 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

CBP Launches Website for I-94 and Travel History Retrieval On May 1, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) introduced a new website that will allow nonimmigrants in the United States to obtain their I-94 arrival/departure records for any point within the past five years without filing a request...

Georgia's Largest Police Departments Bypass State Immigration Laws

"Three years ago this month Georgia drew national attention when it followed Arizona’s lead and enacted sweeping legislation to drive out immigrants living illegally in the state. The part of the law that has drawn the most attention gives state and local police the option to investigate the...

News Excerpts From the June 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Report Highlights Economic Benefits of Public Defenders in Removal Proceedings A report released in late May by the global consulting firm NERA concluded that the fiscal savings to the government could well offset any costs associated with providing government-funded attorneys to indigent noncitizens...

High Court Splits 5-4 on Part of Child Status Protection Act

Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio, 2014 U.S. LEXIS 3991 (June 9, 2014) : The BIA’s textually reasonable construction of the Child Status Protection Act’s ambiguous language was entitled to deference, meaning that an aged-out “child” cannot retain his or her priority date if a new...

News Excerpts From the July 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Supreme Court Decides CSPA Case | On June 9, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio , 2014 U.S. LEXIS 3991 [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The Court held that the BIA’s textually reasonable construction of the Child Status Protection...

News Excerpts From the July 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Administration Seeks More Special Immigrant Visas for Afghan Nationals | The Obama administration is urging Congress to expand the number of special immigrant visas available to Afghan nationals who assisted the U.S. government and to do so before the end of the summer. Under the Afghan Allies Protection...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

IRS Adopts New Policy on ITINs | On June 30, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service announced that Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers will expire only if not used on a federal tax return for five consecutive years. The IRS will not begin deactivating ITINs until 2016 in order to give all interested...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

New USCIS Director Testifies Before Congress | On July 29, Leon Rodriguez, the new director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, testified at an oversight hearing before the House Judiciary Committee. Rodriguez became USCIS director on July 9. In his written testimony, available at http...

State Net Capitol Journal: Congress Fails Immigrants – And The States In Which They Live

By Lou Cannon | When a do-little Congress went home without addressing the crisis caused by the flight of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America across U.S. borders, immense strains were placed on state-supervised programs that provide social services, job training and preventive...

News Excerpts From the Sept. 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Humanitarian Assistance for Nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in U.S. On August 15, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced relief measures available to nationals in the United States from those West African countries caught in the throes of the Ebola outbreak. Immigration...

News Excerpts from the Sept. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

DHS Settles Lawsuit over Coerced Voluntary Departures In August, the Department of Homeland Security agreed to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of nine Mexican citizens alleging they were forced to “voluntarily” depart the country instead of having a hearing before an immigration judge...

New Video Series on Immigration Law by LegalED & FWD.us

"Learn the Law from the World's Leading Law Professors and Lawyers. We are excited to announce that we've teamed up with FWD.us to develop a series of educational videos about immigration law. FWD's videographers filmed leading law professors on important topics related to immigration...

News Excerpts From the Oct. 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

California Housing and Employment Department Issues New Guidelines on U Visas | On September 10, 2014, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing issued a directive expanding the grounds for which it will provide certifications to noncitizens seeking U nonimmigrant status. The Department...

News Excerpts From the October 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

White House Releases Refugee Ceilings for FY 2015 | On September 30, 2014, the White House released a presidential memorandum capping the number of refugee admissions at 70,000 for the upcoming fiscal year and authorizing citizens of some countries to seek refugee status from inside their countries...

State Net Capitol Journal: California Governor Signs Immigration Bill

CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs SB 873, which allocates $3 million to pay for legal aid for thousands of immigrant children from Central America who have poured into the Golden State this year to escape violence in their home countries (CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR'S OFFICE). The above article is...

Ebola and Immigration Law

What is the law governing the arrival of citizens, green card holders, and foreigners with tourist or student visas, who might - or might not - have communicable diseases? Cyrus D. Mehta and David A. Isaacson answer those questions . It's more interesting - and more complicated - than you might think...

News Excerpts From the Nov. 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

California Launches Student Loan Program for DREAMers | In late September, California enacted a bill allowing public universities to provide direct loans to state residents unable to obtain federal loans on account of their immigration status. Known as the “California DREAM Loan Program,”...

News Excerpts From the Nov. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program To Begin in 2015 On October 17, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security announced that Haitian beneficiaries of approved family-based immigrant visa petitions may soon be paroled into the United States approximately two years before their priority dates...

News Excerpts From the Dec. 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Executive Action Coverage | On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions that will help secure the border, prioritize deporting felons over families, and allow certain undocumented immigrants to temporarily remain in the U.S. without fear of deportation if they pass...

News Excerpts From the Dec. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Administration Takes Executive Action on Immigration | On November 20, 2014, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson issued a series of memoranda as part of a much-anticipated “executive action” to remedy problems in the nation’s immigration system. A memorandum entitled...

News Excerpts From the Jan. 1, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Labor Department Ends Use of Employer-Provided Wage Surveys for H-2B Program | Following a major decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the Department of Labor announced that it will no longer issue prevailing wage determinations for the H-2B program resulting from wage surveys...