August 2018 Immigration Update

Headlines: State Dept. Announces Oversubscription of August Employment-Based Preference Categories, Limits on Special Immigrant Translator Visa Availability – The Department of State’s Visa Bulletin for the month of August 2018 includes announcements about employment visa availability. USCIS Postpones Implementation of Memorandum on Notices to Appear – USCIS announced that issuance of operational guidance is pending […]

June 2018 Global Immigration Update

Feature Article CITIZENSHIP: AN OVERVIEW – This article provides an overview in Q&A format of citizenship issues in several countries. Country Updates HONG KONG – This article discusses expatriation issues in Hong Kong; explains the rationale behind some U.S. citizens’ decision to migrate to Hong Kong and, in some cases, renounce their U.S. citizenship; provides […]

June 2018 Immigration Update

Headlines: DHS Announces Additional 15,000 H-2B Temporary Nonagricultural Worker Visas for FY 2018 – Secretary Nielsen said there are not enough qualified, U.S. workers available to perform temporary nonagricultural labor to satisfy the needs of U.S. businesses in FY 2018. This allocation is in addition to the 66,000 visas already issued this year. DHS Proposes […]

Mid-May 2018 Immigration Update

Headlines: Seven States Sue to End DACA; NAACP Declares Victory in Another DACA Decision – A lawsuit claims that the 2012 executive action creating DACA was unlawful, and seeks declaratory and injunctive relief; NAACP celebrates another DACA decision. USCIS Issues New Policy on Accrual of Unlawful Presence for F, J, M Nonimmigrants – The new […]

May 2018 Immigration Update

Headlines: USCIS Plans to Revise Definition of Specialty Occupation, Employment, Employer-Employee Relationship, Among Other Actions – The letter does not specify how these definitions will be revised or when the proposed regulations will be issued. Gorsuch Votes Against Trump Administration in Deportation Case; DHS, ICE Issue Statements – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch voted […]

Mid-April 2018 Immigration Update

Headlines: Attorney General Orders ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy for Improper Entries at Southwest Border; President Issues Memo on ‘Catch and Release‘ – Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed federal prosecutors along the southwest border of the United States to adopt immediately a “zero-tolerance policy.” Later the same day, President Donald Trump issued a memorandum on “catch and […]