President Barack Obama

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

On September 30, 2015, President Obama signed a Continuing Resolution to extend funding of the US government through December 11, 2015, and temporarily avoid a government shutdown.  See http://www.wsj.com/articles/senate-passes-government-funding-bill-prior-to-midnight-deadline-1443623598.  The Continuing Resolution contained extensions for several important immigration programs including:

  • EB-5 Regional Centers
  • Conrad 30 J-1 Physician Waivers
  • Nonminister Religious Workers, and
  • E-Verify.

These

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

Note added on February 18, 2015:  Yesterday, a judge in South Texas issued a preliminary injunction which prevents (at least temporarily) the Immigration Service’s planned implementation of the DACA expansion. 

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DACA expansion, the first part of the President’s Executive Action goes live on February 18th.  USCIS has issued new forms, instructions ,

Much has been reported regarding President Obama’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action (IAEA). And, of course, there is still uncertainty regarding when and exactly what measures will be implemented by the Immigration Service.

With so much speculation on the topic, and an abundance of DACA and DAPA information, it’s not particularly easy to understand what the

President Obama’s recent executive actions relating to immigration have sparked a firestorm from detractors and jubilation from supporters. Known as “Immigration Accountability Executive Action” (IAEA), the Executive Action addresses some decades-old problems with our immigration system, which supporters and detractors alike describe as “broken.” IAEA is not an act of Congress and can only go

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It’s not every day that a president makes a major announcement on social media.  On Wednesday (Nov. 19), President Barack Obama posted