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Category Archives: Immigration Law

Renewal Process Set for Deferred Action Program

Little progress has been forthcoming from Congress in the area of immigration reform, so the time has come for many who had initially registered for participation in the Deferred Action program to renew their status. As we have discussed before, the Deferred Action program that was established by executive order on June 15, 2012 does… Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court Set to Rule on Scope of Immigration Law

The Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in Mayorkas v. Cuellar de Osorio, a class action concerning the proper statutory construction of Section 1153(h)(3) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. This Act was amended by the Child Status Protection Act, which allows children of family immigrant visa applicants who turn twenty-one while waiting for visas… Read More »

Immigration’s TPS Program and What it Means

U.S. immigration law recognizes that natural disasters and political unrest may make it impractical or unfeasible for some people to return to their home nations once their visas or other authorizations have expired. Among the many special visa and immigration programs offered by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Temporary Protected Status (TPS)… Read More »

Potential Progress on Immigration Reform

Both sides in Congress seem to agree that some sort of comprehensive immigration reform is necessary. Until now, however, that has been the extent of their agreement. Nevertheless, recent moves by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives have indicated that some compromise may be possible in the future.  In an announcement on January 30, 2014, House… Read More »

U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Arizona v. United States

The immigration enforcement law passed by Arizona in 2010 made national headlines and was both controversial and influential. Although the Supreme Court struck down many provisions of the law, the most controversial aspect, the so-called show me your papers provision, remains. Other provisions of the law were struck down because they were obstacles to the… Read More »

Changes to Immigration Laws for Same-Sex Couples Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision on DOMA

In Windsor v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a major provision of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). As a result of the Windsor decision, visa applications based on same-sex marriages will be adjudicated the same way applications for opposite-sex spouses would be. Engaged same-sex couples will also be treated the way… Read More »

Living the DREAM: the Push Toward Immigration Reform

Our firm assists individuals and institutions move forward with the immigration processes needed to fulfill their residency and business goals. Right now, immigration law is on the front burner of American politics. First introduced over a decade ago, the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act was intended to serve as a pathway… Read More »

Intracompany Transfers and U.S. Immigration Law

In an increasingly globalized economy, companies are no longer bound by national borders. And while U.S. immigration policy and law aims to reserve domestic work for domestic workers, it also recognizes that companies operating in the U.S. should be able to use their current employees when necessary, regardless of their national origins. For this reason,… Read More »

What is a Labor Department Certification?

In an increasingly globalized economy, employers throughout the United States have turned to foreign shores to get the talent they need to operate their businesses. There is, however, a frequent misconception that employers’ primary goal in doing this is to import cheap labor, increase competition among potential employees and thereby decrease the overall market wage…. Read More »

Who Qualifies for Deferred Action Status?

In general, if you would have qualified for benefits under the DREAM Act, you qualify for deferred action status under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Under DACA, you may apply for deferred action status. If granted, deferred action status will give you a legal work permit, a Social Security number, and — depending on… Read More »

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