Bender's Immigration Bulletin News From Oct. 15: District Court on U.S. Challenge to Alabama Law: Win Some, Lose Some

District Court on U.S. Challenge to Alabama Law: Win Some, Lose Some As summarized on page 1645, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama preliminarily enjoined parts of the recent Alabama statute known as the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, or H.B. 56...

Bender's Immigration Bulletin Excerpts: Nov. 15, 2011 - TRO Granted in H-2B Lawsuit

TRO Granted in H-2B Lawsuit A temporary restraining order was issued, preventing the implementation of the Department of Labor's Final Wage Rule titled "Wage Methodology for the Temporary Non-Agricultural Employment H-2B Program" and the Final Expediting Rule, titled "Wage Methodology...

Excerpts From the Dec. 1, 2011, Bender's Immigration Bulletin: DHS Extends TPS for Honduras and Nicaragua

DHS Extends TPS for Honduras and Nicaragua Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano extended the Temporary Protected Status for Honduras and Nicaragua for eighteen months. The extension is effective, for nationals of both countries, January 6, 2012, and will continue through July 5, 2013. ...

Excerpts From the Jan. 15, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin: CBP Commissioner Bersin Resigns

CBP Commissioner Bersin Resigns U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin announced in late December that he had notified the President of his intent to resign effective December 30, 2011. Bersin had received a recess appointment in 2010, which would have expired at the end of 2011...

Excerpts from the Aug. 15, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin: USCIS Launches Online Multilingual Resource Center

USCIS Launches Online Multilingual Resource Center USCIS launched its online Multilingual Resource Center, a central location for USCIS resources in a variety of languages, on July 26. The online Center offers immigration application information and materials in up to twenty-two languages. "Our...

Excerpts From the Oct. 15, 2012, Bender's Immigration Bulletin: 2014 DV Program Opens, More

2014 DV Program Opens The 2014 Diversity Visa Program registration opened at noon on October 2, 2012, and is scheduled to close at noon on Saturday, November 3, 2012. As in past years, applicants must submit entries electronically during this registration period using the electronic DV entry form...

Was Your EB-5 Case Just Sunk by the House Intelligence Committee Report on Huawei and ZTE?

"The U.S. House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee just published a report branding China’s telecom giants Huawei and ZTE as security threats. Here’s why this may signal trouble for your EB-5 case: 1. The Committee’s criticism focused, in part, on the companies’...

Excerpts from the March 1, 2013, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

Supreme Court: Padilla Did Not Create New Rule: No Retroactive Application to Cases on Collateral Review On February 20, the Supreme Court announced its decision in Chaidez v. United States. The majority of the Court held that the decision in Padilla v. Kentucky, 559 U.S. 356, is not retroactive for...

News Excerpts From The Nov. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Government Shutdown: Impact on I-129 H Visa Extensions and AOS | Via e-Mail on October 18, 2013, USCIS alerted stakeholders that if an H-1B, H-2A, or H-2B petitioner submits evidence establishing that the primary reason for failing to timely file an extension of stay or change of status request was...