On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), held in a 5-4 opinion that the term "aggravated felony" in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as it relates to Section 16(b) of the federal criminal code, is "unconstitutionally void for vagueness" under the Fifth Amendment's Due Process Clause.
The U.S. Department of State (DOS) recently released the Visa Bulletin for May 2018. The Bulletin includes information on the diversity visa cut-offs, the Special Immigrant translator visa availability, and oversubscription of the Vietnam EB-5 category.
The Naturalization Interview & Testing is one of the steps necessary to complete the Naturalization process in the United States. It is not merely a formality, but a very important step in the path towards becoming a U.S. Citizen. We have successfully assisted many clients with their naturalization applications and have provided some helpful tips for the Naturalization Interview & Testing.
Didn't get selected in the H-1B Lottery? What are other work visa alternatives to an H-1B Visa?
On April 17, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has completed the H-1B Lottery selection process. On April 11, USCIS used a computer-generated random selection process, or lottery, to select enough petitions to meet the 65,000 general-category cap and the 20,000 cap under the advanced degree exemption. If your application did not get selected, check out these five work visa alternatives to the H-1B.
AMIR RASOULPOUR and ANGELA TORREGOZA, chapter members of the New York Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) traveled to Washington, D.C., and visited Congressional offices to share the contributions of immigrants to our state with members of Congress and explain the impact of the anti-immigrant policies implemented by the Trump administration.
On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13788, "Buy American and Hire American" (BAHA), which sets forth the policy of the executive branch "to rigorously enforce and administer the laws governing entry into the United States of workers from abroad." Find out what this mean for treaty visa applicants.
The Trump administration recently issued a memorandum to end the “catch and release” policy at the border and directing other enhancements to immigration enforcement.
Upon entry on an E-1 visa, investors are allowed a maximum stay of two years regardless of how long the visa is valid for. At the end of two years, if the visa is still valid, they must then leave the country and reenter. For E-1 investors with multiple entry E-1 visas in their passports, they can leave the United States and reenter until the expiration date of their visa and each time they reenter, they are given 2 years in E-2 status. Click here for a downloadable pdf copy of the list.
E-1 Treaty Investor visas are for citizens of certain countries to be admitted to the United States solely to engage in international trade on his or her own behalf.