Sessions v. Dimaya: Relief at Last

Today, the Supreme Court ruled in Sessions v. Dimaya, that the crime of violence statute allowing removal of aggravated felons unconstitutional. This will have grave consequences for people currently in removal proceedings for “crimes of violence” and those with removal orders for these crimes. What is a “Crime of Violence” Aggravated Felony? The Immigration and…

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Mexican Immigrants in the United States

After four decades of rapid growth, the size of the Mexican immigrant population in the United States has remained stable in recent years. In 2014, more than 11.7 million Mexican immigrants resided in the United States, accounting for 28 percent of the 42.4 million foreign-born population—and by far the largest immigrant origin group in the…

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What Does Judge Garland’s Nomination Mean for Immigration Law?

I am pleased that President Obama nominated a Supreme Court nominee today. Judge Garland is the senior judge on the DC Circuit, the second most important federal circuit in the nation. This court hears very important cases relating to executive action. The court has recently heard Sheriff Arpaio’s case against the Obama Administration relating to…

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Three Things to Know When Applying for an Investor Visa

Coming to the United States using an investor visa could be a great way to start your road to the American dream™. There is no one cookie cutter way to apply for an investment visa. However, there are several things to do to increase your chances of success. Here are three of them: First, hire…

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USCIS Posts Updated L-1B Adjudications Policy for Public Feedback

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez today announced the release of an updated policy memorandum on the L-1B nonimmigrant visa classification for workers with specialized knowledge. The memorandum, which clarifies for USCIS officers how L-1B petitioners may demonstrate that an employee has specialized knowledge, will be posted on-line for a 45-day public feedback…

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Hatch Introduces I-Squared Act of 2015 To Help Skilled Workers

Senator Hatch introduced the ‘‘Immigration Innovation Act of 2015’’ or the ‘‘I-Squared Act of 2015’’ on the Senate today. The Act aims to get more skilled immigrants into the United States. It has three components: 1. It raises the amount of H1B visas available for skilled immigrants. The Act raises the number of visas depending on…

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USCIS Redesignates Syria for TPS

The Department of Homeland Security redesignated Syrian nationals for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Temporary Protected Status is a status used by the government to halt the deportation of persons in the United States from countries where there is some sort of disaster or civil strife. USCIS designated Syria after the beginning of its civil war…

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Three Immigration Events to Track in 2015

We are all excited about the new year and the great things it will bring when it comes to immigration. We are all excited about the roll out of President Obama’s plans under his executive orders. However, three things might happen to spoil his plans, and we will discuss them here. 1. Will the Republicans…

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