Immigration Law

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US Imposes COVID Travel Ban on India: How Effective Are Such Travel Bans?
Posted on 3 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus D. Mehta and Kaitlyn Box*, May 3, 2021 "In previous blogs we have discussed the Trump administration’s numerous COVID travel bans that were extended by President Biden, and provided suggestions for overcoming them. On Friday, April... Read More

Tags: mehta , India , COVID-19

Overcoming a COVID Travel Ban Through the National Interest Exception
Posted on 1 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus D. Mehta, Kaitlyn Box, Feb. 28, 2021 "Although the Trump era has ended, some of its draconian immigration policies continue to linger, including the COVID travel bans. On January 25, 2021, President Biden issued Presidential Proclamation... Read More

Tags: mehta , COVID-19

COVID-19 and Courts: NYSBA Ethics Opinions
Posted on 15 Dec 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus D. Mehta, Kaitlyn Box, Dec. 14, 2020 "In an earlier blog , we discussed ethics for immigration lawyers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Another ethical dilemma, addressed by two recent ethics opinions from the New York City Bar and the New York... Read More

Tags: mehta , COVID-19 , ethics

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

Cyrus Mehta: Extending Visitor Visa Status During COVID-19 and after the Birth Tourism Rule
Posted on 20 Jul 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, July 20, 2020 "Visitors who have been admitted in B-2 visa status may extend their status while in the United States. Even if a visitor has a multiple entry visa in the passport for a duration of ten years, the visitor is admitted... Read More

Cyrus Mehta: The Real Threat to the US Economy Is...
Posted on 29 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Kaitlyn Box*, June 27, 2020 The Real Threat to the US Economy is Trump’s Proclamation, Not the Nonimmigrant Workers it Bans "President Trump has mastered the Dark Arts of immigration bans. On June 22, 2020, Trump signed yet... Read More

Cyrus Mehta: Ethics for Immigration Lawyers During COVID-19
Posted on 15 Jun 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, June 15, 2020 "Based on my video presentation at a Practising Law Institute One Hour Briefing entitled Ethics and Immigration: Spotlight on Select Rules and Client Representation during Covid-19 , I drew up some frequently answered... Read More

Tags: mehta , COVID-19 , ethics

Cyrus Mehta: FAQ on Skilled Workers in the Green Card Backlog
Posted on 11 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, May 11, 2020 "Skilled workers caught in the employment-based backlogs face great uncertainty during the COVID-19 crisis. They have to continue to work for employers who have sponsored them green cards while maintaining H-1B status... Read More

Cyrus Mehta: FAQ on Changes in Salary, Working Conditions
Posted on 4 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, May 4, 2020 "In continuation of my Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) relating to the COVID-19 crisis on immigration issues, I focus on other nonimmigrant visa categories besides the H-1B visa category. Changes in employment at the workplace... Read More

Tags: mehta , COVID-19

FAQ for Green Card Holders during the COVID-19 Period
Posted on 13 Apr 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Apr. 13, 2020 "I have received inquiries from lawful permanent residents, or green card holders, who are outside the United States and have been unable to return to the United States in the COVID-19 period. They are unable to return... Read More

Cyrus Mehta's FAQ on Changes in Salary, Working Conditions for H-1Bs During the C19 Crisis
Posted on 30 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Mar. 30, 2020 "The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), which causes the disease COVID-19, is a pandemic threatening populations in the United States and worldwide. The US economy has virtually shut down. Many employers who have been forced... Read More

Tags: mehta , H-1B , COVID-19

Cyrus Mehta: Immigration Attorneys on the Frontlines in the COVID-19 Crisis
Posted on 24 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Mar. 24, 2020 "Since USCIS still requires paper submissions by mandated deadlines and the immigration courts in detention centers still function, the COVID-19 crisis has compelled immigration attorneys to take more risks than others... Read More

How USCIS Can Remain True to its Mission by Exercising Compassion During the COVID-19 Period
Posted on 17 Mar 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Mar. 16, 2020 "Although the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is mandated by Congress to grant benefits, it has become an enforcement oriented agency under the Trump administration that has displayed remarkable hostility... Read More

Tags: mehta , COVID-19 , USCIS