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2013 Nation of Immigrators Awards Coming Soon - IMMI Nominees Welcome

"Yes, it's that time of year. NationOfImmigrators.com is preparing its annual list of the year's best and worst in immigration policy and law. Here is your chance as an immigration stakeholder -- an Immigrator -- to help us crowdsource the best and worst categories and the people and organizations...

The 2013 Nation of Immigrators Awards - The IMMIs Are Announced

"Hindsight, the armchair pundits say, is 20-20. The year 2013 has proven them wrong. The end-of-year's rear-view mirror onto the world of U.S. immigration shows impenetrable fog. Unsurprisingly, as filmgoers know, vapory views of the recent past tend to diminish the apparent significance...

Tips from an Immigration Insider: How to Excel at a U.S. Visa Interview

" This blog post will shed light on the arcane visa interview process and suggest ways for applicants to improve the chance that the desired visa will be granted. Some applicants have been known to pray to a supposed deity known as the " Visa God ." For everyone else, the following immigration...

Half a Loaf Immigration Reform

"The contours of a deal on comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) are taking shape. An underclass will be created of undocumented people who will be given no path to citizenship. ... So for now, Democrats reluctantly shed crocodile tears over CIR-with-no-pathway. But they know what is made in piecemeal...

Why Are Immigration Lawyers So Happy?

"[W]hy do we think immigration lawyers are different? Notwithstanding the innovative use of technology to simplify and automate many of the more mundane aspects of law practice, including gathering information, tracking deadlines and completing forms (of which our firms, Fragomen and Seyfarth Shaw...

EB-5 Immigration Lawyers Wear Too Many Hats: Angelo A. Paparelli

"The EB-5 employment-creation immigrant investor visa category continues to transcend its chutes-and-ladders early history . This 24-year-old program -- like many young adults of the same era -- seems at last to be maturing in healthy ways. Foreign investors have become more savvy. Regulators are...

Senator's Saucy Request Roils EB-5 Regional Centers: Angelo Paparelli

"Imagine you're the general counsel of Coca Cola (or of any other company that takes great pains to safeguard the internal secrets that endow the organization with competitive advantages over other firms in the same industry). On your desk lands a letter from a U.S. senator in the minority party...

Waiting in the Wings: A New Leader at USCIS

"The President's nominee as new USCIS Director, Leon Rodriguez , a seasoned federal prosecutor and Director of the Office for Civil Rights of the Department of Health and Human Services, may be recommended on April 3 in an Executive Business Meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee . ... Only...

USCIS Gets an EB-5 Earful at Immigration Listening Session: Angelo A. Paparelli

"On April 23, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) -- the component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that administers the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program -- held an important "Listening Session" with the stakeholder community. EB-5 Program Chief, Nicholas...

L-1 Petitioners Beware: USCIS Confirms Plans to Expand FDNS Site Visit Program

"In an April 24, 2014 stakeholder teleconference, FDNS’s Associate Director, Sarah Kendall, confirmed plans to expand the Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program (ASVVP) to include all L-1 employers. ... USCIS has provided little guidance regarding L-1 compliance. Therefore, sending...

Dr. No vs. the League of Extraordinary Aliens, or Why are Ph.D. STEM O-1s Under Attack?

"A string of recent O-1 RFEs [Requests for Evidence], and NOIDs [Notices of Intent to Deny] from the USCIS California Service Center reveal a new disturbing trend. The best and brightest, including the very STEM PhDs to whom the Senate and much of the House would essentially just give green cards...

The Immigration Pony in Eric Cantor’s Defeat: Angelo A. Paparelli

"Immigration reform is not dead because Americans, by an overwhelming margin of 62% in recent polling , favor enacting a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people in our country. It is not dead because the following problems will not go away merely because 7,200 or so Republicans in Virginia...

Immigration Voices: Baring My Teeth at I-9 Enforcement Inequalities

"Here we go with another guest column from Nicole (Nici) Kersey who offers a witty, wise and worthy post on the inequities and inanities of the worksite enforcement scheme concocted by Congress in 1990, a flawed system of employer deputization of governmental functions largely maladministered by...

Angelo Paparelli: Immigration Reform Becomes 'Slow-Moving Kabuki Theater'

"President Barack Obama announced June 30, 2014, that his administration will take executive action this year to address the country’s immigration policies, effectively hammering the nail in the coffin of comprehensive legislative reform. Obama laid the demise of reform at the feet of House...

The 'When' of Immigration - Angelo A. Paparelli

"In everyday English, “when” clearly “connote[s] immediacy.” . . . ’”when’ … can be read, on the one hand, to refer to ‘action or activity occurring ‘at the time that’ or ‘as soon as’ other action has ceased or begun...

Angelo Paparelli on Fogo de Chao v. DHS: Immigration 'Fire on the Ground' - What's Next for the L-1B Visa?

"At first blush, the decision could be seen as limited to its unusual facts. A two-judge majority remanded the case to USCIS because the AAO categorically refused to consider whether culturally acquired knowledge could be treated as “specialized” under the L-1B category and disregarded...

Pants on Fire Over Immigration: Angelo A. Paparelli

"In the 1997 film, Liar Liar , Jim Carrey starred as Fletcher Reede, a scruples-free lawyer whose young son, Max, wishes that, for just one day, his dad would tell the truth. Max’s wish is granted. Fletcher flips from mendacity to veracity. He tries persistently to lie; his Silly-Putty®...

Worksite Harmony and the President’s Executive Actions: It’s All about Immigration Timing

DAPA and the expansion of DAPA could present "gap" problems for employers. Angelo Paparelli explains : "[E]mployers are still at risk if they become aware that any undocumented workers are planning to apply, or have applied, for benefits under the new executive actions on immigration...

Can Congress Strip DAPA/DACA User Fees From USCIS?

Angelo A. Paparelli explains: "[A] dispute has arisen among Republicans about whether Congress has the power to prohibit USCIS from processing deferred action cases by starving the agency of funds. The House Appropriations Committee maintained in a statement that the Congress is powerless to...

Immigration Voices: Coming out of the Shadows with the U Visa

"Probably the most gratifying element of practicing immigration law is watching clients flourish. Obtaining immigration benefits, especially lawful permanent residency, often unleashes a wave of innovation and creativity . Less often, it produces a humanitarian "pay it forward" moment...

The Immigration Year in Review: The 2014 IMMI Awards

"With slightly less giddy anticipation than the annual fan frenzy evoked by the Academy Awards, the nation awaits another hotly competitive yearly awards ceremony. Yes, Nation of Immigrators, it’s time to announce the 2014 winners and losers in dysfunctional immigration law and policy who’ve...

Immigration on a Clean Slate: Game-Changing Proposals on Visa Modernization

"Terabytes of text have already been generated in the course of extolling or excoriating President Obama for his November 20 Executive Actions on Immigration. The prolific foaming of bloviating mouths has mostly been prompted by the promise of deferred action and work permits for undocumented immigrants...

Immigration Howling, Hope, Hype and Hodgepodge: USCIS’s New L-1B Memo - Angelo A. Paparelli

"Social media flamed with expressions of outrage, relief and tepid optimism ever since President Obama announced on March 23, 2015 the release of long-awaited policy guidance on a key temporary worker visa category: Today, I’m pleased to announce a new action I’m also taking to make...

Angelo Paparelli on Structural Immigration Reform - Law360 Interview

"Angelo Paparelli, a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP and the founder of the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, recently shared his views on the top issues facing business-immigration lawyers with Law360, including flaws in the government’s new L-1B visa memo and why enthusiasm for the...

Eyes off the Prize: White House Oblivious to Immigration Bureaucrats’ Running out the Clock - Angelo A. Paparelli

Angelo A. Paparelli writes - "Two hundred days ago President Obama stoked the hopes of immigration advocates with his announcement of wide-ranging executive actions to try — as far as his authority would carry him — to change America’s broken immigration system for the better....