RNC Hoisted on Its Own Immigration Petard in Opposing Path to Citizenship

"[I]n sum, the RNC's policy seems to be that: Two-year renewable (but non-amnesty) work permits should be granted to "illegal aliens" who broke our immigration laws because they are victims of lawbreaking abroad that led to their economic exploitation and political oppression...

Prosecutors, Aim Your Weapons: Targeting Fraud on Immigrants

"[W]hether initiated by government prosecutors or private attorneys general, action must be taken soon. With the possibly imminent enactment of comprehensive immigration reforms allowing legal status for the undocumented, state and federal prosecutors and private relators must prepare now to bring...

Immigration Voices - Careen Shannon: "Stop the Birther Nonsense Now"

Angelo Paparelli writes: " Today's post comes from the prodigious and talented Careen Shannon , a frequent guest blogger and blogger in her own right , who is Of Counsel at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in...

The L-1 Intracompany Transferee Visa Facing Attack from All Branches of the Federal Government: Angelo A. Paparelli

Part I : "The L-1 — a veritable Clydesdale of work visas — allows executives, managers and employees with specialized knowledge, gained at an overseas affiliate, subsidiary or parent, to enter the U.S. and work in a comparable capacity for a related company. This two-part blog post will...

Bordering on the Absurd: Immigration Expertise Lacking at U.S. Border Agency

[Blogger's note: Today's post offers a shocking analysis of how the decision by Congress some ten years ago to combine the functions of U.S. Customs, Immigration and Agricultural inspectors into a single agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), has led to disastrous consequences for...

Visas Needed for U.S. Citizens to Enter the Beltway?

"Reports have been leaked that at the top of Congress’s agenda is a proposal to introduce a visa requirement for US citizens to enter and reside in Washington, DC. Dubbed the Beltway visa and assigned the letters “DC”, the proposed visa requirement has been praised by some as a...

Four Post-Infosys Strategies for Corporate Customers and Consultants to Minimize Immigration Risks

"Why did the U.S. Attorney drop civil and most criminal charges against Infosys when the prosecutor believed the company had engaged in widespread immigration fraud? And why did Judge Martini throw a cold cocktail in the DOL's face in refusing to debar CAMO from further use of the immigration...

The Immigration-Abandonment Ploy - Fallout from a Fiddling Congress and Bickering Allies

"[A]s the House fiddles and change-agents fuss, the "Great Chopper" that is America's immigration bureaucracy continues to disaggregate lives, businesses and dreams, turning them into mourning mush. No, I'm not talking about the immigration-prison/deportation industrial complex...

Parole-in-Place: The Immigration PIPsqueak That Could Help Solve the Biggest Obstacle to Comprehensive Reform

"PIPsqueaking for the undocumented is a low-decibel measure that would position the undocumented to qualify for green cards through adjustment of status in the future under any of the otherwise available family- or employment-based immigrant visa categories. All that's [needed] would be to grant...

Immigration Dreaming in California: Assembly Bill 263 Will Bring Nightmares to the State's Employers

"Section 4 of Assembly Bill 263, effective January 1, 2014, adds this new provision (Section 1024.6) to the state's Labor Code: 1024.6. An employer may not discharge an employee or in any manner discriminate, retaliate, or take any adverse action against an employee because the employee updates...

Immigration Triangulation: Another Dysfunctional Government Policy

"[P]assive-aggressive behaviors show up in efforts by federal immigration officials to enlist and "deputize" third parties to enforce national immigration policies. The ploy plays out in a variety of contexts -- from union-management relations to the interactions of corporate customers...

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...