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April 2018 Archives

Validating a marriage to a citizen? Beware of old deportation orders

While previous administrations focused on deporting only those immigrants who commit serious crimes, the Trump administration has made clear that anyone in the United States without proper authorization is fair game for deportation. Furthermore, immigration agents will arrest unauthorized immigrants wherever it finds them.

Businesses notice more scrutiny of H-1B, other work visa programs

Although the Trump administration has stated a preference for employment-based rather than family-based immigration, it appears to be taking steps to limit some employment- and investment-based immigration programs. This includes additional scrutiny of H-1B applications and the virtual elimination of several other programs for skilled immigrants.

I'm now a citizen. What happens to the family petition I filed?

You were a lawful permanent resident, but now you are a U.S. citizen. While you were a lawful permanent resident, did you file a petition to bring your spouse or children to the U.S.? If so, you may have been told that your petition was "family second preference." Family preference visas for lawful permanent residents are limited in number. If there are no more visas when the limit is reached, your family members will have to wait.

Investment visa opportunity

The EB-5 program, managed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provides an excellent opportunity for foreign entrepreneurs to invest in a business in America and get a chance at green cards for themselves and their immediate families. Here are some of the basic requirements of the EB-5 and the program’s advantages.

To speed up results, DOJ sets new quotas for immigration judges

The U.S. immigration courts, which handle civil cases involving immigration law, are technically a part of the Department of Justice. That gives them quite a bit less independence than traditional courts. The U.S. attorney general has the right to set court policy and even to change precedential rulings. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has just set new quotas for immigration judges in an effort to resolve a massive case backlog and, some say, to speed up deportations.

State Dept. wants social media details from all visa applicants

Each year, approximately 15 million people apply for U.S. visas. The State Department has just announced that it will require every one of them to provide their social media user names, past email addresses and previous phone numbers with their application. Previously, the information had only been required from people who had been selected for additional scrutiny.

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