Immigration Law

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Cyrus Mehta: Is USCIS Improving or Undermining the Immigration System?
Posted on 8 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Apr. 6, 2019 "USCIS posted TOP TEN WAYS USCIS is improving the Integrity of the Immigration System . Really? Is USCIS improving the integrity of the system or undermining it? The USCIS has been mandated by Congress to grant benefits... Read More

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Immigration Agencies Communicated Prior to Arrest of Sanctuary Leader
Posted on 27 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tina Vasquez, Rewire.News, Mar. 25, 2019 "Documents obtained by Rewire.News through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request show that immigration enforcement officials reached out to the federal agency tasked with naturalizations and immigration... Read More

Lack of Digitization at USCIS Creates 'Paper Wall'
Posted on 12 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Daniel Moattar, The Nation, Mar. 5, 2019 "Government audits point to “management weaknesses” at the agency. Some attorneys, like Bayley, believe USCIS leadership is competent but “overwhelmed” by the scale of the task. ... Read More

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Angelo A. Paparelli on Immigration Litigation: "Sue the Miscreants!"
Posted on 6 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Angelo A. Paparelli, Mar. 4, 2019 "Much digital ink has already been spilled reporting on the phantom tide of undocumented migrants supposedly breaching our Southern border. This article will address a different, but very-real immigration flood... Read More

Fraud Alert: DHS Telephone Numbers Used in Scam to Obtain Personally Identifiable Information and Extort Money from Victims
Posted on 5 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Mar. 1, 2019 "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is issuing this fraud alert to warn citizens of reports that DHS telephone numbers have been used recently as part of a telephone spoofing scam... Read More

Tags: spoofing , Fraud , USCIS , DHS

To Leave Or Not To Leave: The Devastating Impact of USCIS’s Unlawful Presence Policy on Foreign Students - Cyrus Mehta
Posted on 28 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Jan. 28, 2019 "The new USCIS Policy on Unlawful Presence for F, J and M Nonimmigrants took effect on August 9, 2018. This policy has had the effect of rendering nonimmigrants in F, J and M status, mainly students, unlawfully present... Read More

Expert: Focus on USCIS H-1B Policy, Not Trump's Tweets
Posted on 14 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Stuart Anderson, Forbes, Jan. 14, 2019 - "On January 11, 2019, Donald Trump surprised the business and policy community by announcing via Twitter that positive “changes are coming soon” for H-1B visa holders. What does this announcement... Read More

The Curse of Kazarian v. USCIS in Extraordinary Ability Adjudications Under the Employment-Based First Preference - Cyrus Mehta
Posted on 18 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Dec. 17, 2018 - "When Kazarian v. USCIS , 596 F.3d 1115 (9th Cir. 2010), was first decided, it was received with much jubilation as it was thought that the standards for establishing extraordinary ability would be more straightforward... Read More

Cyrus Mehta on a New Mutant H-1B Gene - Undifferentiated Engineering Degrees
Posted on 20 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Nov. 19, 2018 - "It has become harder to obtain an approval of an H-1B visa petition under the Trump administration. The USCIS insists that an occupation must require a degree in a specific specialty. It constantly moves the goalposts... Read More

USCIS Simplifies Access to Online Data
Posted on 16 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Nov. 16, 2018 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has consolidated the data pages on its website to include all data on one page. The new Immigration and Citizenship Data page makes information more... Read More

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USCIS Denying Change Of Status For F-1 Students With Over 12 Months Of Curricular Practical Training
Posted on 24 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cora-Ann Pestaina, Oct. 23, 2018 - "An F-1 student who has received more than 12 months of Curricular Practical Training (CPT) may be found by United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), to have violated F-1 status and thus ineligible... Read More

Forms Direct, Inc., aka American Immigration Center, Settles with FTC for $2.2M
Posted on 17 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

FTC, Oct. 16, 2018 - "The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint today against defendants Forms Direct, Inc., also known as American Immigration Center , and owner Cesare Alessandrini, alleging that they falsely implied that their websites were... Read More

USCIS is Suffocating the H-1B Program: F-1 Cap Gap Students in Limbo - Cora-Ann V. Pestaina
Posted on 2 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cora-Ann V. Pestaina, Oct. 1, 2018 - "It is October 1, 2018 and this morning, in what is an extremely unfortunate yet totally preventable situation, businesses across the U.S. were forced to temporarily terminate the employment of F-1 students who... Read More

Angelo Paparelli: Where is USCIS Director Cissna?
Posted on 7 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Angelo A. Paparelli, Sept. 5, 2018 - "As hard to spot as a well-camouflaged Waldo or surreptitious Carmen San Diego, Francis Cissna, Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), is almost nowhere to be found. The exception –... Read More

Expert: USCIS Crackdown on H-1B Visas 'Ultimately Hurts U.S. Workers'
Posted on 16 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Ethan Baron, Bay Area News Group, Aug. 16, 2018 - "A crackdown on the controversial H-1B visa intended for skilled workers has struck Indian citizens harder than other foreign nationals, with federal officials hitting them with more visa denials... Read More