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Attention Employers: Make Your Voices Heard

The current administration is trying to derail employers’ talent acquisition efforts. The CATO Institute last week reported its analysis of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ current fiscal year immigration applications and petitions adjudications. Not surprisingly, denial rates for various applications and petitions (e.g. H-1B and L-1 nonimmigrant petitions, immigrant petitions, work permits, travel documents) increased […]

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New NTA Policy Becomes Effective October 1, 2018

On June 28, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released a policy memorandum that effectively transforms the current “services” division of Homeland Security into an enforcement agency. The new policy, which goes into effect next Monday, is to issue a Notice to Appear, or NTA, to start the deportation process against persons suspected or alleged […]

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My Week with Immigrants in Detention in Dilley, Texas

Spending a week helping women and children navigate the asylum process reminded me why I became an attorney:  to help those in need with complex legal issues. Representing clients in a detention facility allowed me to take my compassion and expertise to them. They certainly had the need, and their legal issues were more than […]

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The ICE-Man Continue to Cometh – I-9 Site Visits Increase

The Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been a tear with worksite investigations and enforcement actions. Since January 2018, HSI has served more than 5,200 notices on businesses to conduct audits of their I-9 Forms. The I-9 is the document employers must complete, along with a new employee, within […]

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Administration Continues Attack on Lawful Immigration

It seems that there is no end to announcements from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) that present new challenges for those who have been playing by the rules. The current administration’s Buy American, Hire American Executive Order from April 18, 2017 has become a blueprint for USCIS to restrict lawful immigration. While it’s never […]

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USCIS Eliminates 75-day Service Request for EAD Applications

Until recently, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) allowed applicants for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) to contact USCIS after 75 days to initiate a service request if they had not received their EAD. Following updates to the USCIS processing times and case inquiry procedures this year, this option no longer exists. Now applicants must review […]

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H-1B Filings Down Again in 2018

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services reported this week that it received 190,098 petitions for the next fiscal year’s H-1B quota of 85,000. USCIS completed the random selection process, i.e. lottery, and soon will be sending out notices for the petitions it now will adjudicate. This year’s filing period was April 2-6 for the federal […]

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