Immigration Law

Recent Posts

EOIR Final Rule - Board of Immigration Appeals: Affirmance Without Opinion, Referral for Panel Review, and Publication of Decisions as Precedents
Posted on 1 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 127 / Tuesday, July 2, 2019 "The Department of Justice (Department) is publishing this final rule (“final rule” or “rule”) to amend the regulations regarding the administrative review procedures... Read More

Tags: bia , eoir , final rule

H-1B Final Rule (Jan. 31, 2019)
Posted on 30 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 21 / Thursday, January 31, 2019 "This final rule amends Department of Homeland Security (“DHS” or “the Department”) regulations governing petitions filed on behalf of H-1B beneficiaries who... Read More

Tags: H-1B , final rule , USCIS

Advance Copy of H-2A Final Rule
Posted on 14 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department of Labor is issuing regulations to govern its certification of the employment of nonimmigrant workers in temporary or seasonal agricultural employment under the H-2A program. Specifically, these regulations establish standards and... Read More

Tags: final rule , H-2A

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Classification of Immediate Family Members as A, C-3, G, and NATO Nonimmigrants
Posted on 6 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 12/07/2016 - "This rule amends the definition of immediate family for purposes of A, C-3, G, and NATO visa classifications in two ways: it revises the eligibility requirements... Read More

Advance Copy of CBP Final Rule: Definition of Form I-94 to Include Electronic Format
Posted on 17 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 12/19/2016 - "This final rule adopts, without change, interim amendments to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations which were published in the Federal Register on... Read More

EOIR Announces Final Rule on the Recognition of Organizations and Accreditation of Non-Attorney Representatives
Posted on 21 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

EOIR, Dec. 20, 2016 - "The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) today announced a final rule titled, Recognition of Organizations and Accreditation of Non-Attorney Representatives . This new rule, effective Jan. 18, 2017, amends the regulations... Read More

DOJ Final Rule: Civil Money Penalties Adjusted for Inflation (Feb. 3, 2017)
Posted on 3 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 22 / Friday, February 3, 2017 - "The Department of Justice is adjusting for inflation the civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by components of the Department, in accordance with the provisions of the Bipartisan... Read More

DOL Pushes New H-2B Rule Trigger Date to April 27th
Posted on 21 Apr 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Department is revising its guidance to clarify that the Final Rule will not be operative until April 27, 2012." - Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 78 / Monday, April 23, 2012 . Read More

Tags: final rule , date , H-2B

Advance Copy of EOIR Final Rule: Reorganization of Regulations on the Adjudication of DHS Practitioner Disciplinary Cases
Posted on 25 Apr 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This final rule adopts without change an interim rule with request for comments published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2012 . ... This rule is effective [INSERT DATE 60 DAYS AFTER DATE OF PUBLICATION IN FEDERAL REGISTER]." - FR Doc... Read More

DOS Fee IFR Goes Final w/o Change
Posted on 14 Sep 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This rulemaking addresses public comments regarding an Interim Final Rule that makes changes to the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (Schedule) for a number of different visa fees. The Department of State adopts the rule as final, without... Read More

Tags: dos , fees , final rule

USCIS Final Rule: Provisional Unlawful Presence Waivers of Inadmissibility for Certain Immediate Relatives
Posted on 3 Jan 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On April 2, 2012, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a proposed rule to amend its regulations to allow certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens who are physically present in the United States to request provisional unlawful... Read More

In Today's Federal Register, Three New Rules (Dec. 19, 2016)
Posted on 19 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Definition of Form I–94 To Include Electronic Format - Final rule Standards and Procedures for the Enforcement of the Immigration and Nationality Act - Final rule Classification for Victims of Severe Forms of Trafficking in Persons; Eligibility... Read More

Advance Copy of USCIS Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers Final Rule
Posted on 17 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 11/18/2016 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is amending its regulations related to certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs. Specifically,... Read More

GAO: DHS Final Rule re F-1 STEM OPT OK
Posted on 15 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

GAO, Mar. 28, 2016 - "Enclosed is our assessment of DHS’s compliance with the procedural steps required by section 801(a)(1)(B)(i) through (iv) of title 5 with respect to the rule. Our review of the procedural steps taken indicates that, with... Read More

Tags: f-1 , opt , final rule , STEM , GAO