Immigration Accountability Executive Action (Obama 2014)

As people digest the possible immigration changes of a new administration in Washington, there is an effort to calm the anxiety.

Today, President Obama issued a statement that is aimed at “DREAMers” who have had the opportunity to come out of the shadows, secure a legal status, including employment authorization and a driver’s license by

On January 21, 2016 The Department of Homeland Security and The Department of State jointly issued a statement that the United States began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015, where travelers in certain categories are no longer eligible to travel or be admitted to the United

This week, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear the challenge to President Obama’s Immigration Executive Action regarding the exercise “prosecutorial discretion” for certain undocumented parents of US citizen children.  The program was announced in November 2014 and enjoined before it was implemented.  The injunction that was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals

The White House released a fact sheet on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) (see below) , including information on new security changes announced yesterday. The fact sheet states that DHS will immediately take steps to modify its Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) applications to capture information from VWP travelers regarding any past travel to

In a move that has crushed the hopes of untold numbers of would-be applicants for US permanent residence, the US Department of State (USDOS) issued a revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin which dramatically set back the new “Dates for Filing Applications”.  See http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin.html.

The revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin was issued last Friday,

The procedures regarding immigrant visa availability have changed for the benefit of intending US permanent resident (i.e., greencard) applicants. These changes are reflected in the October 2015 Visa Bulletin which may be viewed at http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/law-and-policy/bulletin/2016/visa-bulletin-for-october-2015.html.

The US Department of State’s (DOS’s) monthly Visa Bulletin will now include two charts per visa preference category for

Reminder:  Effective today, May 26, 2015, the Immigration Service will accept applications for employment authorization from “certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants”. (Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses Web page).

An H-4 spouse may only apply for an EAD (employment authorization document) if the H-4’s H-1B spouse is pursuing US permanent

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) is the parent agency of several sub-agencies including U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”); U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”).   These agencies are tasked with all of immigration-related affairs.  In December 2014,  DHS was the only agency that did not receive full-year

What should an employer do?  The employee provides facially valid documents and completes Section 1 of the I-9 .  Time goes by… one fine day, the employee presents the employer with new documents, perhaps in a different name.  The employee discloses that the first set of documents were not valid, they were fakes, good fakes,

There is bad news for those hoping to avail of expanded DACA eligibility.  You may recall that President Obama’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action (IAEA) set the stage for several million people to be eligible for DACA employment authorization.   USCIS had announced plans to begin accepting employment card applications from these newly eligible applicants beginning today.