Immigration Law

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DOS Notice: Registration for the Diversity Immigrant (DV–2020) Visa Program
Posted on 25 Sep 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 186 / Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - "The Department of State annually administers the statutorily-mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for... Read More

Fact-Checking Trump on Immigration
Posted on 31 May 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Eugene Kiely and D'Angelo Gore, May 30, 2018 - "The claim: “Think of it, a lottery. You pick people. Now, let me ask you. So these countries that are sending people in — do you think they are sending us their finest?” The... Read More

USCIS Completes Lottery for Temporary Increase in FY 2018 H-2B Cap
Posted on 11 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, June 11, 2018 - "On May 31, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began receiving H-2B petitions under the temporary final rule increasing the numerical limit, or cap, on H-2B nonimmigrant visas by up to 15,000 additional... Read More

Tags: lottery , USCIS , H-2B

Expert: Diversity Visa Controversy Calls into Question All Immigration Quotas
Posted on 13 Nov 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sintia Radu, U.S. News, Nov. 10, 2017 - ""What is the right amount and the right type of immigration for the Unites States?" asks Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration law professor at Cornell University . ... [I]t is difficult to assess the... Read More

USCIS to Conduct Lottery for Temporary Increase in FY 2018 H-2B Cap
Posted on 6 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, June 6, 2018 - "As previously announced , USCIS began accepting H-2B petitions on May 31, 2018, under the temporary final rule increasing the numerical limit, or cap, on H-2B nonimmigrant visas by up to 15,000 additional visas through the... Read More

Tags: lottery , USCIS , H-2B

State Department Posts DV-2019 Application Info (Sept. 13, 2017)
Posted on 13 Sep 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 176 / Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - "This public notice provides information on how to apply for the DV–2019 Program." Read More

Expert: 'Second Thoughts' About Diversity Visa Lottery
Posted on 4 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Lomi Kriel, Houston Chronicle, Jan. 3, 2018 - " Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration law professor at Cornell University , said that despite Trump's claims, no government or even individual can game the system since it is a true lottery. Until... Read More

Trump Earns 'Pants on Fire' Rating for Allegations about Immigrants
Posted on 21 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Miriam Valverde, Politifact, Dec. 20, 2017 - "President Donald Trump's claims about bad people coming into the United States have expanded to include not just people who get here illegally, but also immigrants who arrive legally after being vetted... Read More

Cruz / Sessions Bill Would Eliminate Dual Intent for H-1Bs
Posted on 14 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Most news articles focus on the wage and OPT aspects of the "American Jobs First Act of 2015" but take a closer look : the bill also wipes out dual intent for H-1Bs ... and eliminates the Diversity Visa ("Lottery") program. Read More

H-1B Lottery Lawsuit Filed - Tenrec v. USCIS
Posted on 3 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Parrilli Renison, June 2, 2016 - "Our firm has initiated a legal challenge to the current lottery process in place for H-1B cap subject petitions, which are at present required to be filed in a 5 day window and randomly selected without regard to... Read More

U.S. Firms, Workers Try to Beat H-1B Visa Lottery System
Posted on 2 Jun 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Companies eager to hire foreign talent, mostly in the tech sector, and workers hoping for jobs in the U.S. have found ways to game a government lottery used to distribute a limited number of visas each year. Immigration lawyers involved in the... Read More

Judge Denies Govt. Motion to Dismiss H-1B Lottery Lawsuit - Tenrec, Inc., v. USCIS
Posted on 24 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Entrylaw.com, Sept. 22, 2016 - " ORDER DENYING GOVERNMENT'S MOTION TO DISMISS . The Honorable Judge Simon denied the government's motion to dismiss the lawsuit, allowing the case to proceed. The Court set a hearing for December 19, 2016 at... Read More

DOS Posts DV-2018 'Visa Lottery' Notice
Posted on 16 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 180 / Friday, September 16, 2016 - "This public notice provides information on how to apply for the DV–2018 Program." Read More

DV-2017 Window Opens
Posted on 2 Oct 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Department of State, Oct. 2015 - "Entries for the DV-2017 program must be submitted electronically at www.dvlottery.state.gov between noon, Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) (GMT-4), Thursday, October 1, 2015, and noon, Eastern Standard Time (EST) (GMT... Read More

Cyrus D. Mehta: Will the H-1B Lottery Lawsuit Force Change for the Better?
Posted on 3 Oct 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus D. Mehta, Sept. 30, 2016 - " A class action lawsuit, Tenrec, Inc. v. USCIS , challenging the annual H-1B lottery recently overcame a motion to dismiss, and will move forward. There is a decent chance that the plaintiffs may prevail and employers... Read More