Immigration Law

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Documented Dreamers Age Out
Posted on 3 May 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Aishvarya Kavi, New York Times, Apr. 30, 2021 "In 2011, after five years of working and living with his family in the United States on a temporary visa, Barathimohan Ganesan submitted green card applications for his wife, his 5-year-old daughter... Read More

Tags: backlogs , visas

1.6 Million Family‐​Sponsored Immigrants Will Die Before They Can Immigrate
Posted on 11 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

David J. Bier, Mar. 10, 2022 "The United States hit a new record of about 7.7 million immigrants at various stages in its family‐​based permanent residence process in 2021—an increase of about 400,000 since 2019 and nearly a million since... Read More

Tags: visas

Visa Shuffle May Benefit U.S. Hospitals, Foreign Nurses
Posted on 3 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Amy Taxin, Associated Press, Feb. 3, 2022 "With American hospitals facing a dire shortage of nurses amid a slogging pandemic, many are looking abroad for health care workers. And it could be just in time. There’s an unusually high number... Read More

Tags: visas , nurses

Immigration Critics Wrong: Fewer Visas Did Not Help U.S. Workers
Posted on 3 Feb 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Stuart Anderson, Forbes, Feb. 3, 2022 "The number of new foreign-born workers in the United States declined because of the Covid-19 pandemic, but U.S. workers were not better off, according to new research . That refutes a long-held anti-immigration... Read More

America's Competitive Advantage: Immigrants!
Posted on 31 Jan 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matthew Yglesias, Bloomberg, Jan. 30, 2022 "Opening the doors to people fleeing foreign oppression has long been a winning strategy for the U.S., from the ’48ers such as Carl Schurz who served the Union Army with distinction after fleeing... Read More

Holiday Gifts from DOS: Expanded Interview Waivers and Lenient View on Student Nonimmigrant Intent
Posted on 27 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Dec. 25, 2021 "The State Department has given much needed holiday gifts to ease delays in visa processing brought about by the evisceration of consular operations due to Covid-19. According to a December 22, 2021 article in Roll... Read More

Expert: Congress Can Fix Visa Backlog
Posted on 11 Dec 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Prof. Stephen W. Yale-Loehr, Dec. 10, 2021 "A doctor from India came to the U.S. in 2006, completed an internal medicine residency in New York, and is now working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Virginia. He has risked his own life... Read More

Tags: backlog , visas

Missing Foreign Workers Add to Hiring Challenges
Posted on 25 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, Oct. 25, 2021 "Hundreds of thousands of foreign workers have gone missing from the labor market as the global coronavirus pandemic drags on, leaving holes in white-collar professions like the one Ms. Mahajan works... Read More

Expert: Business Visa Categories Outmoded
Posted on 10 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hannah Miao, CNBC, June 10, 2021 “We have not revamped our legal immigration categories, including business immigration, since 1990. Some of those categories are out of alignment with our needs in the United States today,” said Stephen Yale... Read More

Employers of Visa Workers Remain in Limbo After Trump Ban’s End
Posted on 14 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Genevieve Douglas, Bloomberg Law, Apr. 13, 2021 "Employers of temporary visa holders are unlikely to see a quick return to normal even after last month’s expiration of a Trump order barring entry to the U.S. for certain foreign workers in... Read More

Tags: visas

Biden Administration Faces Backlog of 380,000 Waiting to Immigrate
Posted on 3 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Caleb Hampton, New York Times, Feb. 3, 2021 "A State Department official said in federal court last month that, as of Dec. 31, more than 380,000 immigrant visa applicants were awaiting a consular interview. Immigration experts said it would take... Read More

Expert: Houston Chef Hits Trump's "Invisible Wall"
Posted on 8 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, Jan. 7, 2021 "Every day Chef Sanjay Kumar Kashyap whipped up 30 fresh recipes for a vegetarian Thali-style Indian restaurant in southwest Houston. In a month, he prepared a whopping 900 different curries, dals... Read More

Cyrus Mehta on Trump's Last Gasp: Extending the Visa Bans
Posted on 4 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Kaitlyn Box, Jan. 4, 2021 "On the last day of 2020, Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation extending two previous Proclamations – Proclamation 10014 (Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Present a Risk to the United States... Read More

Pompeo Tightens Visa Rules for Chinese Communist Party Members
Posted on 3 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jennifer Hansler and Nicole Gaouette, CNN, December 3, 2020 "The State Department is imposing new restrictions on travel visas to the United States for members of the Chinese Communist Party, a State Department spokesperson confirmed Thursday... Read More

Cyrus Mehta on The Future of Work and Visa Rules in the Age of COVID-19
Posted on 15 Sep 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Sept. 14, 2020 "Since COVID-19 afflicted the world, people have learned to work remotely from home and the office seems to be less relevant . Most white collared work can be carried out remotely through Zoom Video or Microsoft Teams... Read More

Tags: mehta , visas , COVID-19