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H-1B and Green Card Sponsorship Changes – Trump Administration Continues to Insert Vitriol Into Immigration Laws

While the world optimistically hopes for a Biden victory, the Trump administration’s concern over polling numbers has the swan song lyricists working in high gear. The targets this time are prevailing wages for H-1B visa and green card sponsorship and the H-1B program in general. Precisely as immigration lawyers have expected it would happen, the […]

A Refresher on Comprehensive Immigration Reform

As we inch ever closer to a very important election day, I thought a refresher on Comprehensive Immigration Reform (or “CIR”) would be helpful when reading candidate statements and viewing debates. Broadly speaking there are three key areas to CIR: Secure the border, provide a path to legalization for undocumented persons, and bring the remaining […]

Visa Processing Resumes in Phases

The U.S. State Department announced that visa processing at U.S. consulates and embassies abroad can begin as early as July 15, 2020. Since the March 20, 2020 suspension of operations and cancellation of visa interviews at most consular posts, there has been little guidance. As local country conditions permit, visa operations will resume but be […]

Knapp Immigration Law supports the Black Lives Matter movement to achieve understanding, equality, and justice. As an immigration attorney, I also believe it’s important to offer a word of caution to noncitizens about participating in public assemblies or demonstrations. Setting aside the health concerns of Covid-19, the potential for negative interactions with law enforcement presents […]

Premium Processing Suspension Leaves Money on the Table

Facing difficulty in meeting the 15-day commitment to review Premium Processing requests for I-129 and I-140 petitions, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) halted the service on March 20, 2020. Ironically, since then, processing times for many H and L visa petitions have gone from several months to just a few weeks. Employers welcome the […]

The President’s Covid-19 Immigration Ban

In typical fashion, the White House released this latest Executive Order after business hours last night and made it effective today, April 23, 2020. Let’s first be clear about what’s going on here. This no doubt was engineered by the president’s anti-immigration, xenophobic sycophants who are trying desperately to salvage the waning votes he may […]

The New Public Charge Rule

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new rule in August 2019 to require a review of the financial situation of each person applying for lawful permanent resident status, i.e. a “green card.” After several court challenges, the rule finally went into effect on February 24, 2020. While there likely will be more litigation […]

Coronavirus and Immigration – Some Tips

It has become increasingly difficult to sort through the fog of coronavirus updates. I’d like to offer just a few tips based upon what I’ve seen in my practice. I’ve also included some links to resources that may be of help. Travel to the United States Until at least mid-April, persons who have been in […]

A Baby for Valentine’s Day?

If you’re expecting, the Trump administration says, “not here.” A new regulation directs visa officers at U.S. embassies and consulates abroad to deny visitor visas to women whose sole purpose for traveling to the United States appears to be to give birth. Apparently, the administration believes that “birth tourism” has become the latest national security […]