Today, September 4th 2019, DHS published a proposed rule that will require a $10 fee for each registration submitted to register for the H–1B cap selection process. Petitioners seeking to file H–1B petitions will need to first electronically register with USCIS during a designated registration period for the petition to be considered properly filed. The…

The “port immigration courts” built by federal contractors in two massive tents near Brownsville and Laredo this summer at a cost of $25 million will be closed to legal observers, the press and the public according to a Trump administration announcement this week. The Department of Homeland Security indicated in a statement that immigration judges…

Being aware of these seven common blunders when choosing an immigration attorney can help you find peace of mind, and avoid years of stress. 1. Hiring an Immigration Attorney Who Is Not Board Certified A wrong or misinformed legal strategy can have permanent consequences on your life. Attorneys with demonstrated expertise and knowledge within a…

On September 17, 2019, a class action lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of New York on behalf of thousands of U-visa petitioners whose requests for work permits known as Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) have never been adjudicated, and who have been forced to wait unreasonable periods of time for the benefits Congress provided…

The White House announced Thursday , September 26, 2019, that it drastically lowered the refugee cap to 18,000 for the upcoming fiscal year. The 18,000 figure is the lowest levels since the start of the refugee program, and already down from 30,000 last year. The State Department announced the cut was based on the “current…

The EB-5 Regional Center Program, which was due to sunset (expire) on September 30, 2019, has been extended through November 21, 2019. A Continuing Resolution was passed by Congress on September 28, 2019 and signed by the President extending the funding of the federal government to prevent a government shutdown. The resolution includes language to…

U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on September 27, 2019 granted the plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction and issued an order blocking DHS from implementing the July 23, 2019, Federal Register notice that expanded expedited removal to many individuals who are in the interior of the United States or have been in the United…

A presidential proclamation published in the FEDERAL REGISTER on September 30,2019 suspended the immigrant or nonimmigrant entry into the United States of individuals connected with the Maduro government in Venezuela, certain officers of the Venezuelan military and police, all members of the organization known as the National Constituent Assembly of Venezuela, individuals who act on…

On Friday, October 11, 2019, a New York federal judge blocked the Trump administration from enforcing a rule that would penalize immigrants for using public assistance programs, including housing subsidies and health benefits.

A Texas federal judge issued a ruling on Friday, October 11, 2019, blocking the Trump administration from diverting $8.1 billion in federal funds to build a wall along the U.S. Mexico border. The federal judge indicated that President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border is unlawful.