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Lawsuit in Los Angeles Alleges Forced Labor, Wage Theft, Visa Fraud

"Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice – LA) and Latham & Watkins LLP filed suit on behalf of 11 Filipino workers at L’Amande French Bakery, who were fraudulently lured by their employer to the United States on E-2 visas and then subjected to exploitative...

Expert: Supreme Court Visa Decision Not The End of the Road

"The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday against strengthening marriage rights for binational couples who wish to live together in the United States. Justices found in Kerry v. Din that naturalized U.S. citizen Fauzia Din cannot force greater explanation about or overturn in court the rejection of her...

OFAC Releases Guidance Concerning Travel Between the United States and Cuba

On May 5, 2015, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published a guidance document regarding travel between Cuba and the United States. Persons subject to the jurisdiction of the United States who are traveling to and from Cuba from the United States—either under a general license for the...

CDJ: Important Announcement Regarding E Visa Applications in Mexico

July 7, 2015 email from the Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez : "From: CDJ E2 Visas [mailto:CDJE2Visas@state.gov] Sent: Tuesday, July 07, 2015 4:06 PM To: CDJ E2 Visas Subject: Important Announcement Regarding E Visa Applications in Mexico ***Please do not respond to this message...

Lawyer Sentenced in Visa Scheme

"Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that RICHARD KASSEL, an immigration lawyer who conspired to obtain immigration visas for his clients based on fraudulent advanced-degree diplomas and transcripts, was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court...

Lawyer Unsticks 7-Year Visa Logjam

"Max Mamontov loves order. It’s why he loves his job as an accountant, where he takes the relative chaos of business transactions and turns them into something understandable. But one thing the Russian national who grew up in Alaska couldn’t find order -- or even answers -- in was...

USCIS Announces Revised Procedures for Determining Visa Availability for Applicants Waiting to File for Adjustment of Status

USCIS, Sept. 9, 2015 - "USCIS, in coordination with Department of State (DOS), is revising the procedures for determining visa availability for applicants waiting to file for employment-based or family-sponsored preference adjustment of status. The revised process will better align with procedures...

NY Attorney General Shuts Down Unlicensed Visa Consultant

NYAG, Sept. 8, 2015 - "Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced today that his office reached an agreement with Entertainment Visa Consultant Company (EVC) and its CEO, David King. This agreement will resolve the Attorney General’s investigation of EVC and King which revealed that King...

News Excerpts From the Oct. 15, 2015, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Administration Faces Criticism, Lawsuit After Revising October Visa Bulletin | The Department of State and Department of Homeland Security faced extensive criticism and a federal lawsuit after revising the October visa bulletin less than a week before it was expected to take effect. The revised visa...

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Green Card Denied Because of Tattoos

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, Oct. 26, 2015 - "An undocumented immigrant has been denied a visa into the United States to reunite with his U.S.-citizen wife and children based on tattoos that U.S. consulate officials in Mexico say are gang-related, according to the NY Daily News. Ruben Zamora crossed the...

Advance Copy of DOS Final Rule: Visa Interview Waiver Authority

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 11/10/2015 - "This rule is promulgated to clarify the circumstances in which a consular officer and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Visa Services may waive the requirement for a nonimmigrant visa interview."

Kowalski: "Humans Are Not Robots"

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee, Dec. 8, 2015 - "Immigration experts and lawyers who handle K-1 visa clients say that, in their experience, it’s not an easy process to exploit. ... “The applicant for a K-1 visa has to undergo very thorough security checks,” Daniel M. Kowalski, an immigration...

Cyrus D. Mehta: Will the San Bernardino Attack Make Marriages to Foreign Spouses More Difficult?

Cyrus D. Mehta, Dec. 14, 2015 - "Even if the K-1 visa is not curtailed by Congress (and hopefully that will not be the case), there is bound to be more scrutiny after the shootings. To be eligible for the K-1 visa, it is important that there be no legally valid marriage as the applicant must remain...

DOS H-2A Interim Final Rule

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 23 / Thursday, February 4, 2016 - "As a result of this rule, a passport and a visa will be required of a British, French, or Netherlands national, or of a national of Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, or Trinidad and Tobago, who has residence in British, French...

Advance Copy of DHS H-2A Interim Final Rule: Elimination of NIV Exemption for Certain Caribbean Applicants

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 02/08/2016 - "This interim final rule revises Department of Homeland Security regulations to eliminate the nonimmigrant visa exemption for certain Caribbean residents seeking to come to the United States as H-2A agricultural workers...

Ducati Motocycle Mechanic Not Extraordinary Enough for O-1 Visa: Pellizzari v. Zuchowski

Pellizzari v. Zuchowski, Feb. 8, 2016 - "MM filed a form I-129 petition with USCIS on behalf of Plaintiff, seeking to classify Plaintiff as an O-1 nonimmigrant alien of extraordinary ability to work as a Ducati Master Technician. ... Plaintiff does not claim extraordinary ability in any area of...

Court Rules in Favor of Iraqi and Afghan Allies Suing U.S. Government Over Failure to Act on Visa Applications

Urban Justice Center, Feb. 16, 2016 - "In a landmark ruling that could affect thousands of Afghan and Iraqi allies who risked their lives supporting U.S. troops, a federal district court in Washington D.C. has denied the U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security’s motion to dismiss a...

Parallel Proposed Rules from DOS, CBP re Waiver of Passport, Visa Requirments

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 45 / Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - "This rule proposes to reinstate a 1996 amendment to a regulation in title 8 of the Code of Federal Regulations regarding a discretionary waiver of certain documentary requirements for nonimmigrants seeking admission to the United States...

Judge Tosses Immigration Suit Linked to Mexico Grandmother

Scott Sonner, AP, Mar. 12, 2016 - "The federal government does not have to explain to a Nevada man why his wife, a grandmother and farmer in Mexico, has been denied entry to the U.S. for more than 20 years under "alien smuggling" rules, a federal judge has ruled . A lawyer for Reno...

USCIS Denies Immigrant Visas to Violinist Couple

Cincinnati Enquirer, Mar. 26, 2016 - "On Wednesday, he and his Bulgarian-born violinist wife and their two U.S.-born children will board a plane to Paris that connects with a flight to the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. There, they will start a new life after living almost 14 years in the United States...

News Excerpts From the April 15, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Immigration Judge Paul Schmidt Announces Retirement | On March 31, 2016, Immigration Judge Paul Wickham Schmidt announced that he will retire on June 30 after more than three decades of government service. Schmidt, a judge at the Arlington (Va.) Immigration Court, previously served as the Chairman...

CA9 on Visa Denials: Cardenas v. U.S.

Cardenas v. U.S., June 21, 2016 - "A consular officer denied the visa application of Rolando Mora-Huerta, a Mexican national, on the ground that he was a “gang associate” who intended to enter the United States to engage in unlawful conduct. See 8 U.S.C. § 1182(a)(3)(A)(ii). This...

Aug. 19, 2016 DOS Cable: New Gonorrhea Testing Requirements for Visa Applicants

UNCLASSIFIED 16 STATE 93130 - AUG 19, 2016 - "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its Technical Instructions for Gonorrhea for Panel Physicians: http://www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefugeehealth/exams/ti/panel/technicalinstructions/panel-physicians/gonorrhea.html. Panel physicians...

Former Trump Agency Models Allege Visa Violations

James West, Mother Jones Magazine, Aug. 30, 2016 - "Republican nominee Donald Trump has placed immigration at the core of his presidential campaign. He has claimed that undocumented immigrants are "taking our jobs" and "taking our money," pledged to deport them en masse, and...