Immigration News

Nine Things You Should Know about DACA and Dreamers

In 2012, President Obama signed a controversial executive order creating a program that offered temporary amnesty to undocumented individuals who arrived in the United States as children (often referred to as “Dreamers.”).  These long-term residents of the U.S. were in the difficult position of being in the country without documentation, thoug… Read More
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Categories: DACA, Uncategorized

Trump’s Immigration Losing Streak Continues with 9th Circuit Ruling

Late last month, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Maryland court’s injunction preventing version two of the Trump travel ban from taking effect. The Trump administration immediately began a push for review by the United States Supreme Court. Then, earlier this week, the 9th Circuit threw in a new twist. It comes as no surprise that the 9… Read More
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5 Things You Should Know about Marriage-Based Green Cards

The foreign spouse of a U.S. citizen can apply for a green card as an immediate relative of the U.S. citizen spouse. The immigrant spouse can petition for legal residency on this basis whether he or she is currently in the United States or is abroad, although the process is different for those outside the country. Here are five things you need to k… Read More
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4th Circuit Upholds Trump Travel Ban Injunction

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the differences between the first and second Trump travel bans, and the preliminary injunctions issued to prevent enforcement of the most recent ban. Last week, the full panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the injunction issued by a Maryland court. The 4th Circuit order was the latest in an uninterrupted… Read More
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Categories: Uncategorized

6 Things You Should Know about Religious Asylum in the United States

Recent world news has put religious persecution in the spotlight. From the Palm Sunday church bombings in Egypt to stories of Syrian Christians being commanded to “convert or die,” we see people around the globe facing serious consequences due to their religious commitments—often at the hands of their own governments. Unfortunately, these hi… Read More
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Appellate Court Tackles Second Trump Travel Ban

On May 15th, the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals will be hearing argument for and against Trump’s second executive order restricting travel from certain countries.  Donald Trump’s first attempt at an executive order banning travel from six predominately Muslim countries created chaos at airports across the U.S. and in several other countries… Read More
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Categories: Uncategorized

Federal Judge Issues Injunction Halting Sanctuary City Executive Order

Earlier this week, a federal judge blocked the Trump administration’s bid to withhold federal funding from so-called “sanctuary cities.” The judge ruled that federal funding could not be withheld because a city “chooses an immigration enforcement strategy of which the president disapproves.” This ruling leaves the Trump administration zer… Read More
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Trump's “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order and the H-1B Visa

On April 18, President Trump signed an executive order with the stated purpose of stimulating the U.S. economy. One section of the executive order is dedicated to the reform of the H-1B visa program, which currently allows 85,000 highly skilled foreign workers each year to accept temporary employment within the United States. It comes as no surpris… Read More
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Categories: Work Visas

Priya Alagiri Speaks to New York Times About Trump’s Immigration Policies

Priya Alagiri recently spoke to the New York Times about how President Trump’s immigration policies may affect technology companies. Silicon Valley employers, in particular, question the potential impact on the H-1B visa program, which allows established companies and start-ups, alike, to employ highly skilled international talent. Read the f… Read More
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Categories: Media

Missed out on H-1B … Consider L-1 Visa

The H1B visa has long been the visa of choice for U.S. companies seeking to hire a foreign national.  It is one of the most common and sought after visas to work in the U.S.  However, when the H1B cap has been met, what other options do U.S. employers have to hire professional foreign nationals? For international companies, one feasible alternat… Read More
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Categories: Work Visas

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