Immigration Law

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Cyrus Mehta on the Guilford College (Unlawful Presence) Injunction
Posted on 14 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta and Amani M. Abuhamra, May 11, 2019 "In a promising development for F, J, and M nonimmigrants battling unlawful presence policy, a federal district court in North Carolina has granted a preliminary injunction preventing USCIS from enforcing... Read More

Barr Cannot Ignore the Constitution: The AG’s Latest Attack on Asylum Seekers in Matter of M-S-
Posted on 24 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sophia Genovese, Apr. 23, 2019 "The Attorney General cannot selectively choose when to apply the rule of law. Yet when it comes to immigrants, the government feels emboldened to ignore the constitutional protections that are afforded to immigrants... Read More

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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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The Border Patrol Needs to Brush Up on the Law
Posted on 15 Feb 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David Isaacson, Feb. 12, 2019 "In late January, Oregon comedian Mohanad Elshieky was briefly detained by the Border Patrol while traveling on a Greyhound bus in Spokane, Washington. He recounted the incident on Twitter , and it was also reported... Read More

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

Cyrus Mehta: Trump Can Provide a Potential Path to Citizenship for H-1B Visa Holders
Posted on 14 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Jan. 14, 2019 "On Friday, January 11, 2019, many were intrigued by President Trump’s tweet assuring H-1B visas that they should expect a potential path to citizenship. This is what he tweeted : “H1-B holders in the United... Read More

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Top 10 Most-Viewed Posts in 2018 on Cyrus Mehta's Blog
Posted on 30 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Dec. 29, 2018 - "Thank you for reading and supporting The Insightful Immigration Blog. Listed below are the top 10 most viewed blogs that were published in 2018. While these are the 10 most viewed blogs, each blog is a carefully crafted... Read More

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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

Acting AG Whitaker Takes Aim at Asylum Seekers Fleeing Family-Based Persecution - Sophia Genovese
Posted on 11 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sophia Genovese, Dec. 10, 2018 - "Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has followed in his predecessor’s footsteps by referring yet another immigration case to himself, Matter of L-E-A-, 27 I&N Dec. 494 (A.G. 2018) . The Acting AG asks... Read More

Trump is Not King, Cannot Change US Asylum System via Executive Action
Posted on 26 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Nov. 26, 2018 - "Donald Trump probably thinks that section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) makes him king as far as immigration matters are concerned. As a president with autocratic impulses, INA § 212(f) gives... Read More

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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

Labor Certification: Mustn’t the US Job Applicant Be Able to Perform the Job Even If Qualified on Paper?
Posted on 7 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta & Sophia Genovese, Nov. 6, 2018 - "PERM labor certification operates outside of the realm of typical real world recruitment efforts. Whereas employers in the real world normally look to hire the most qualified applicant, PERM requires... Read More

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

The Vulnerable Returning Green Card Holder Under the Proposed Public Charge Rule - Cyrus Mehta
Posted on 15 Oct 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Oct. 15, 2018 - "The notion of public charge has existed in our immigration laws since more than a century. The Trump administration’s new proposed public charge rule , however, interprets “is likely at any time to become... Read More

A Pro Bono Asylum Lawyer Responds to the Latest Attack from A.G. Sessions
Posted on 10 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Expecting Asylum-Seekers to Become US Asylum Law Experts: Reflections on My Trip to the Folkston ICE Processing Center Sophia Genovese, Sept. 10, 2018 - "US asylum law is nuanced, at times contradictory, and ever-changing. As brief background,... Read More