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USCIS Updates Policy to Ensure Petitioners Meet Burden of Proof for Nonimmigrant Worker Extension Petitions

WASHINGTON — Under updated policy guidance (PDF, 97 KB), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is instructing its officers to apply the same level of scrutiny to both initial petitions and extension requests for certain nonimmigrant visa categories. The guidance applies to nearly all nonimmigrant classifications filed using Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. “USCIS officers are at the front lines of the administration’s efforts to enhance the integrity of the immigration system,” said USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna. “This updated guidance provides clear direction to help advance policies that protect the interests of U.S. workers.” As before, adjudicators must thoroughly review the petition and supporting evidence to determine eligibility for the benefit sought. The updated guidance instructs officers to [...]

By |October 25th, 2017|Categories: Alert, Employment Immigration, H1B visa, H1B Visa, News, Other Immigration Issues, Press Release|0 Comments

USCIS Makes Additional Data on Employment-Based Visa Programs Available in Support of ‘Hire American’ Executive Order

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has posted additional data about the agency’s employment-based visa programs on its website. This new information reflects USCIS’ commitment to transparency in carrying out President Trump’s Buy American and Hire American Executive Order. Datasets now available on the webpage include: L-1 Datasets: The L-1 program (L-1A and L-1B) allows companies to transfer certain categories of employees from their foreign operations to their operations in the U.S. Approved L-1 Petitions by Employer, FY2015 (PDF, 11.40 MB) Approved L-1 Petitions by Employer, FY2016 (PDF, 11.97 MB) H-1B Datasets: The H-1B program allows U.S. companies to temporarily hire foreign workers who will perform services in a specialty occupation. Characteristics of Specialty Occupation Workers (H-1B) Fiscal Year 2016 (PDF, 3.03 [...]

By |October 20th, 2017|Categories: H1B visa, H4 EAD, News|0 Comments

California fires: Immigrants living illegally in path of blazes told they won’t be deported by ICE officials

Officials have reassured immigrants it's safe to go to shelters By Jeremy B White San Francisco of http://www.independent.co.uk As fires continue to rage across Northern California, authorities are reassuring residents worried about being deported. Thousands of people have been displaced by infernos that have charred over 200,000 acres and claimed 31 lives. As officials have implored residents to stay safe by promptly obeying mandatory evacuation orders and packing necessities ahead of time, they have confronted immigrants’ fear of exposing themselves to the immigration authorities. >> Read More

By |October 13th, 2017|Categories: Alert, News, us immigration|0 Comments

Deadline to Submit DACA Renewal Requests Approaching On Oct. 5

Release Date: Sept. 28, 2017 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is reminding eligible Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients that they have one week to properly file their DACA renewal requests and associated applications for employment authorization. As previously announced, for recipients whose DACA and work authorization expire between Sept. 5, 2017, and March 5, 2018, inclusive, USCIS will continue to accept renewal requests through Oct. 5, 2017. These requests must be properly filed and physically received by the agency at the proper filing location no later than Oct. 5. The mailing address and instructions can be found here: https://www.uscis.gov/i-821d-addresses. Renewal requests that are granted will be valid for two years, unless otherwise terminated or revoked. Individuals with [...]

By |October 2nd, 2017|Categories: Alert, Humanitarian Immigration, News|0 Comments

New USCIS Form Streamlines Process to Obtain a Work Authorization Document and Social Security Number Simultaneously

WASHINGTON – Based on a new information-sharing partnership between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA), foreign nationals in certain categories or classifications can now apply for work authorization and a social security number using a single form – the updated Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. To lawfully work in the United States, foreign workers in some categories and classifications need both an employment authorization document (EAD) from USCIS, and a Social Security number (SSN) from the SSA. Previously, applicants needed to submit a Form I-765 to USCIS for an EAD, and then submit additional paperwork in-person at their local Social Security office to obtain an SSN. The revised USCIS form includes additional questions [...]

By |October 2nd, 2017|Categories: Alert, News|0 Comments

Memorandum on Rescission Of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

MEMORANDUM FOR: James W. McCament Acting Director U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Thomas D. Homan Acting Director U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Kevin K. McAleenan Acting Commissioner U.S. Customs and Border Protection Joseph B. Maher Acting General Counsel Ambassador James D. Nealon Assistant Secretary, International Engagement Julie M. Kirchner Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman FROM: Elaine C. Duke Acting Secretary SUBJECT: Rescission of the June 15, 2012 Memorandum Entitled “Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children” This memorandum rescinds the June 15, 2012 memorandum entitled “Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children,” which established the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”). [...]

By |September 6th, 2017|Categories: Humanitarian Immigration|0 Comments

USCIS Grants All Available U Visas for Fiscal Year 2017

USCIS has approved the congressionally mandated annual limit of 10,000 petitions for U nonimmigrant status for victims of certain crimes committed in the United States who assist law enforcement authorities. Although USCIS cannot grant any more U visas in fiscal year (FY) 2017, we will continue to review pending petitions for eligibility for potential visa issuance when more visas become available in FY 2018 beginning on Oct. 1, 2017. Petitioners and qualifying family members must continue to meet eligibility requirements at the time a U visa becomes available. Congress created the U visa program to strengthen law enforcement’s ability to investigate and prosecute cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other serious crimes. Each year, 10,000 U visas [...]

By |September 4th, 2017|Categories: Alert, News, U visa & VAWA|0 Comments

DACA might soon end

DACA, the famous and controversial program on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival, might well no longer exist in the next few months or years. President Trump, in his promises to curb on immigration is looking into actually end the program. Many candidates or DACA recipients are now wondering what to do next. This brochure by the Immigration Legal Resource center, summarizes what to do next if this happens: Immigrant Legal Resource Center There are some reports that President Trump may end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program soon. At this time, we do not know when or if the DACA program will be terminated or what the end of the program may look like. For example, will those [...]

By |August 31st, 2017|Categories: Humanitarian Immigration|0 Comments

Immigration Policy in the Trump Administration

Immigration Policy in the Trump Administration The Center for Immigration Studies' Jessica Vaughan and the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s William Stock talked about President-elect Trump’s immigration policy, including his pledge to cut federal funding for “sanctuary cities” that shelter illegal immigrants and do not use local resources to enforce federal immigration laws.

By |December 14th, 2016|Categories: Alert, News, Other Immigration Issues|Tags: |0 Comments

5 Things California Should Do To protect its Immigrant population.

According to Fortune.com "California has more than 2.7 million undocumented immigrants—about 7% of its population. Lawmakers in Democrat-controlled California are already laying the groundwork to fight President-elect Donald Trump’s conservative populist agenda." California is one of the richest states in the United States, and leans more Democratic than Republican. As such California as a state has decided that it will protect its population whether documented or undocumented from the forthcoming Trump's administration immigration plans. Although immigration is a federal matter, many states might have a right to actually prevent the government from trying to deport millions from the United States including California. These are few suggestions: 1. California should not participate in the "deputization" of the police force to round [...]

By |December 6th, 2016|Categories: News, Opinion, Other Issues|0 Comments

Top 5 Reasons to Quickly file for your citizenship.

With the immigrants' fear soaring after the U.S elections, we are recommending to people who are eligible to file for their U.S citizenship to actually move forward with their applications. The five reasons stated below are just few of many on why someone should actually apply for naturalization (i.e. citizenship). The main reasons we are recommending people (those eligible) at this point to file for a U.S. citizenship through naturalization are: 1. There is an uncertainty prevailing on immigration laws. There are talks that there will be major immigration reforms including new criminal statutes against immigrants. If such statutes are enacted, many might no longer be eligible for citizenship. As such we recommend that any qualified applicant to actually apply [...]

By |December 3rd, 2016|Categories: Citizenship, Humanitarian Immigration, Other Immigration Issues|0 Comments

Is Trump present silence on immigration the calm before the storm?

Many have started to see hope in the words of President Donald Trump messages because he failed to actually pursue some of his 'inflaming promises' on the campaign. For example he is not going to try to go after Hillary Clinton and also kind of reconsidering climate change. However, although he has not mentioned his desire to pursue "illegal immigration", he mentioned that he will actually go after work visa programs. Some people are seeing relief in those words. However, it might just be the calm before the storm.  Until President Trump takes power, he does not really want to unfold his plans. Just as he mentioned in the debates, he will not tell about his plans to fight terrorists, [...]

By |November 23rd, 2016|Categories: H1B visa, Humanitarian Immigration|0 Comments

Has Donald Trump Shifted Position on Immigration?

On his surprise address, on November 21 2016, President Donald Trump made a sharp turn on his priorities. He mentioned that he will be focusing on visa programs which take jobs from American workers. Trump will ask Department of Labor (DOL) to actually investigate such visas. According to Politico.com, TRUMP’S DOL WILL TARGET VISA PROGRAMS: President-elect Donald Trump said Monday in a video message that he will “direct the Department of Labor to investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker.” The directive is one of several executive actions that Trump plans to roll out on Day One. The scope of a possible visa investigation could be quite broad. Strong suspicions that guest-worker visas are sought by [...]

By |November 22nd, 2016|Categories: Alert, H1B visa, Press Release|0 Comments

Inspiration from Hamilton

A message of hope from Broadway. Unfortunately our world is now in a different situation. Yes #MikePence was at @HamiltonMusical here's what we had to say pic.twitter.com/YIjt7JZ3gF— G R E G O R Y (@ghaney22) November 19, 2016

By |November 19th, 2016|Categories: Alert, Press Release, Student Visas, Victims of the Visa Bulletin|Tags: |0 Comments

USCIS Publishes Final Rule For Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

Release Date: November 18, 2016 WASHINGTON— USCIS has published a final rule to modernize and improve several aspects of certain employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs. USCIS has also amended regulations to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers who are beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions and are waiting to become lawful permanent residents. This rule goes into effect on Jan. 17, 2017. Among other things, DHS is amending its regulations to: Clarify and improve longstanding DHS policies and practices implementing sections of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act and the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act related to certain foreign workers, which will enhance USCIS’ consistency in adjudication. Better enable U.S. [...]

By |November 18th, 2016|Categories: H1B visa, Press Release, us immigration|Tags: |0 Comments

Special Registry for Muslims using Japanese Internment as a precedent.

For those who have experienced the Japanese internment camps and special registration of Muslims after 9/11 under National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), they know how painful such practices are.  The Japanese internment and the NSEERS were among the most shameful practices of the United States during world war II and after September 11. Ultimately, the Reagan administration apologized for the Japanese internment and NSEERS was abandoned. Lately, there are ideas related to such practices are being revived under the Trump administration.  We hope that the good America will fight this. Here is what George Takei, someone who family was placed into such camps have to say about it. We agree with him.

By |November 18th, 2016|Categories: Citizenship, Humanitarian Immigration|0 Comments

Exodus of Undocumented (illegal) immigrants and Muslims

In anticipation of President-elect Donald Trump taking office on January 20 2017, fear and despair have taken over. With Trump's promise to deport many of those are actually "illegal" and banning Muslims from the United States, many are finding themselves in an uneasy position and are planning to leave. In fact, many have already started leaving according to PBS Hour article: "Deportation fears grip immigrants after Trump’s election President-elect Donald Trump launched his candidacy on an anti-immigrant sentiment and has vowed to repeal a key Obama administration program that shields hundreds of thousands of people from deportation. Continue reading →" The question is whether we are going to see an exodus of immigrants and Muslims from the United States. Definitely [...]

By |November 12th, 2016|Categories: Asylum, Humanitarian Immigration, Other Immigration Issues|0 Comments

Top 5 Hurdles in Trump Immigration Plan

Following the victory of Donald Trump in the US elections, President-Elect Trump has to actually fulfil his promises. One of his biggest stance was a plan to deport millions of undocumented people living in the United States. Despite all his rhetoric, the question is whether he can actually accomplish his wishes during one or two terms. As an immigration lawyer, I have analyzed the possibilities of this endeavor in the following video. In this new video we are going to analyze the issues and the hurdles he is going to face in actually deporting the so-called "illegals"! #1 - Using the existing immigration court system for deportation. The system is clogged and takes several years to clear. #2 - Taping [...]

By |November 12th, 2016|Categories: Humanitarian Immigration, Other Issues|0 Comments

Visiting students and temporary workers are being attacked more protections are needed

By Sharif Silmi Throughout the country attacks on visa holding students and workers have escalated in number and severity. Despite the misinformation being spread by politicians and in the media, it is immigrants, students and workers that bear the brunt of crime and violence not the other way around. It is far too often the case that police investigations are too lackluster to uncover targeted violence against foreign born people. As attorneys working in the immigration field we are encountering many accounts of victimization of migrants. Whenever one is a victim of crime the society owes a duty to the victim that some reasonable effort be made to investigate the perpetrators of the crime. This past weekend, October 29th, a [...]

By |November 2nd, 2016|Categories: Other Issues|0 Comments

Turkey Travel Warning – US Department of State Website!

The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of increased threats from terrorist groups throughout Turkey. U.S. citizens should avoid travel to southeast Turkey and carefully consider the risks of travel to and throughout the country. The U.S. Department of State is updating this Travel Warning to reflect the October 29, 2016, decision to order the departure of family members of employees posted to the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey. The Department of State made this decision based on security information indicating extremist groups are continuing aggressive efforts to attack U.S. citizens in areas of Istanbul where they reside or frequent. The Consulate General remains open and fully staffed. This order applies only to the U.S. Consulate [...]

By |October 30th, 2016|Categories: Alert, News|0 Comments

A majority of voters, from both sides of the aisle, support a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants

A majority of voters, from both sides of the aisle, support a pathway to legal status for undocumented immigrants pic.twitter.com/kNo1NYobot— FWD.us (@FWD_us) October 27, 2016

By |October 27th, 2016|Categories: Alert, News, Opinion|0 Comments

Fear of US Election Outcomes increasing flow of undocumented immigration

According to CBS News CBS News reports dozens of immigrants have been streaming through the streets of McAllen, Texas, on a daily basis. They have been taken to a migrant center at Sacred Heart Catholic Church where they were released by Border Patrol, with ankle monitors, while they file for asylum.

By |October 26th, 2016|Categories: Asylum, Humanitarian Immigration, Other Issues|0 Comments

Some Answers on U visas from AILA’s meeting with the DHS

The NSC Liaison Committee’s official Q&As from the 10/13/16 teleconference relating to humanitarian, document production, and status/family issues. Topics included: refugee travel documentation and work authorization, and the implementation and status of the U visa unit at the NSC. U Visas 1. Please provide information on the implementation of the U visa unit at NSC, including the type of training that has been provided to the new adjudicators. What quality control mechanisms are being implemented upon VSC staff’s departure following the training? Response: VSC sent senior officers and the Section Chief to establish processes and procedures for all aspects of adjudication of the I-918, I-918A, I-765 and inadmissibility waivers. They were on site for 6 weeks. NSC officers continue to [...]

By |October 21st, 2016|Categories: U visa & VAWA|0 Comments

Louisiana Man Sues to Strike Down Unconstitutional State Law Blocking Immigrants from Marrying

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 18, 2016 CONTACTS Juan Gastelum, NILC media relations specialist, gastelum@nilc.org, 213-375-3149 Audrey Stewart, NOWCRJ managing director, astewart@nowcrj.org, 504-655-2092 NEW ORLEANS — A Louisiana man is challenging an unconstitutional state law that denies some immigrants in the state the fundamental right to a legal marriage. Viet “Victor” Anh Vo filed the lawsuit Vo v. Gee, et al. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana today after he and his partner were prevented from obtaining a marriage license in multiple Louisiana parishes because of a state law that requires any foreign-born person to present a certified birth certificate to obtain a marriage license. He is represented pro bono by the National Immigration Law Center [...]

By |October 19th, 2016|Categories: Family Immigration, News, Press Release|0 Comments

Great Speech by our First Lady

Michelle Obama, First Lady, delivered a powerful and amazing speech today. She is just awesome. Note that although this is not about immigration, it is something that affects us all, so it is important that as immigrants, US citizens and non-immigrants, we know about them.

By |October 13th, 2016|Categories: Other Issues|Tags: , |0 Comments

Republican Political Strategist Anna Navarro on Trump and Immigration

This is an awesome quick analysis of the position of Trump and Republicans on immigration. She sums it up in few words.

By |October 8th, 2016|Categories: News, Other Immigration Issues|0 Comments

Immigration Office in Washington DC

Washington DC October 6 2016 – By popular demand the Shah Peerally Law Group PC has launched its Washington DC office three months ahead of schedule. The office – located at 1020 16th Street NW – is stationed in the heart of Washington DC two blocks away from the White House and in the vicinity of the United States’ most important institutions including the headquarters of the United States Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS). The office will provide legal services focusing on employment and investment based immigration law and will engage in advocacy with the aim of expansion of employment based Immigration to the United States and ending US government’s discriminatory practices in its dealing with among others Indian, Arab [...]

By |October 6th, 2016|Categories: Alert, Press Release|0 Comments

FOIA settlement

For Immediate Release Groups Settle Lawsuit Challenging Failure of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to Timely Respond to FOIA Requests October 5, 2016 Washington, D.C. - This week, in accordance with a settlement reached by the parties, a federal district court dismissed a class action lawsuit which challenged U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) nationwide practice of failing to timely respond to requests for case information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The suit was filed in 2015 by five immigration attorneys and 13 noncitizens, all of whom had filed FOIA requests that had been pending between 7 and 24 months—significantly longer than the 20-business day period set by law for an agency to respond to a FOIA request. [...]

By |October 5th, 2016|Categories: News, Opinion|0 Comments

Lost hope for Millions of Undocumented Immigrants

Today the US Supreme Court on a 4-4 tie decision refused to hear the case to reverse the decision in US v Texas. Texas and many other states filed a lawsuit to block President Obama to actually help millions of undocumented immigrants to obtain a work permit. A federal court granted the injunction lawsuit to Texas. The government appealed to the US Supreme court but a divided US Supreme Court refused to hear the case or wait for an additional judge. This is the end of a great hope!. See Supreme Court Decision.   AILA Press Release on the Matter: George Tzamaras 202-507-7649 gtzamaras@aila.org   Belle Woods 202-507-7675 bwoods@aila.org   WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is [...]

By |October 3rd, 2016|Categories: Alert, News|0 Comments

Illegal Immigration cause the Rise of Donald Trump

According to the New York Times Donald Trump has used the situation of illegal immigration to gain political momentum. Donald says "I have have tapped into illegal immigration". This video shows his deposition in a lawsuit. As we already knew, immigration is the central part of the 2016 elections.

By |October 1st, 2016|Categories: News, Opinion, Other Immigration Issues|0 Comments

Help the Refugees

An average shower of water is more than a refugee gets for a full day, please help. Thank you for helping us provide life-saving water in even the most remote areas. Ensuring health + dignity for those forced to flee. pic.twitter.com/eDbPZIkfJv— UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) September 29, 2016

By |September 29th, 2016|Categories: Alert, Humanitarian Immigration, News|Tags: |0 Comments

Update on UNNJ cases

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, September 27, 2016 Two Recruiters Admit Scheme To Fraudulently Maintain Immigration Status, Obtain Work Authorizations For Foreign Clients Through “Pay To Stay” New Jersey College NEWARK, N.J. – Two employees from a Somerset County, New Jersey, company today admitted recruiting foreign nationals to enroll at a “pay to stay” New Jersey college where they could fraudulently maintain their clients’ student visa status and get them full-time work authorizations without the clients having to attend classes, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Harpreet Sachdeva, 26, of Somerset, New Jersey, and Sanjeev Sukhija, 35, of North Brunswick, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in Newark federal court to separate informations charging them each [...]

By |September 28th, 2016|Categories: Press Release, Student Visas|0 Comments

Donald Trump is against both legal and illegal immigration

Those who think that Donald Trump is pro-legal immigration are fooling themselves. He keeps talking about "illegals" and are classifying all of them as 'criminals'.  This is really not only dangerous but also goes against all the real principles of the foundation of the United States. The hate of Donald Trump's supporters are so blatant that we do not really have to actually dig deep to know who is supporting him. We sincerely hope that no immigrants legal or undocumented are supporting Donald Trump. Gathering on @MSNBC, chairs of @OfficialCBC (fmr) & @CAPAC talk #Election2016 #immigration: @RepJudyChu @repcleaver pic.twitter.com/RbTW9gtG4H— Richard Lui MSNBC (@RichardLui) September 11, 2016

By |September 10th, 2016|Categories: Alert, Press Release|0 Comments

Asylum based on the issues in the Philippines.

Both President Obama and the President of the United Nations are now openly claiming that the Philippines is violating human rights on extra judicial killings.  The president of the Philippines, Duterte, is unequivocally stating that he will continue on this path.  He even went at odds with both the US, and the United Nations including insulting the US President and threatening of leaving the United Nations. Although the might be purely internal issues, the actions of the government of Philippines might well constitute human rights abuses which ultimately might make some of the nationals of the Philippines eligible for an asylum. Are some of the Philippines Nationals eligible for an asylum? In order to qualify for an asylum someone needs [...]

By |September 6th, 2016|Categories: Alert, Asylum, Other Issues|Tags: , |0 Comments

Is it time for practicing Muslims to leave France? | French Muslims opportunities in the USA and Canada

Following the French law and issues regarding the Burkini and Muslims "ban" in France many Muslims are thinking of leaving France for a better life. The truth is that French society is now known to be intolerant. While France portrays itself as a country of freedom, it can also be as oppressive as many other so-called oppressive regimes when it relates to Muslims, Jews and some other minorities. Having said that, the French people can be nicest in the world, they are usually jovial and nice to deal with. Nonetheless their government policies of colonialism and intolerance have put France at odds with many of the accepted standards of the 21st Century. As such many Muslims are looking into other possibilities [...]

Ask not what your lawyer can do for you but what you can do for your lawyer to help you!

When asked why our law firm has had so many successes, we often answer that the case would not have been possible had the client not collaborated with us. The truth is that a cooperative client is imperative in furtherance of any good case. Your lawyer will be expecting you to be candid with him and also to disclose as much facts as possible. Indeed, more evidence and facts that we have on the case, better are our chances to succeed. Facts are so important that someone said that law students should not go to “law” but to “facts” school. If you are able to get your facts right, it is easier for your lawyer to assess your case and [...]

By |August 30th, 2016|Categories: Opinion|0 Comments

Visa Bulletin Predictions Podcast – September 2016

The Visa Bulletin is actually creating havoc for those waiting to obtain a permanent residence. Attorney Shah Peerally has tried to forecast some of the possible outcomes on the visas. Please listen to the podcast and share.

By |August 3rd, 2016|Categories: News, Other Immigration Issues, Processing Times|0 Comments

Senate raises H-1B fees to fund border security

$2,000 H-1B fee increase hits any firm with 50% of employees on the visa The Senate measure increases the H-1B visa application fees by $2,000 per application on those firms that have 50% of their employees on this visa. Read More : The Act: S.AMDT.4593 to H.R.5875, Emergency Border Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2010 TITLE IV GENERAL PROVISIONS Sec. 401. Each amount appropriated or otherwise made available under this Act is designated as an emergency requirement and necessary to meet emergency needs pursuant to sections 403(a) and 423(b) of S. Con. Res. 13 (111th Congress), the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2010. Sec. 402. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act or any other provision of [...]

By |July 25th, 2016|Categories: Other Issues|0 Comments

9 sentenced in Ohio marriage fraud scheme

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Nine people pleaded guilty to charges connected with their involvement in a scheme in central Ohio to arrange marriages between foreign nationals and U.S. citizens. The sentences were announced by the U.S. Attorney's Office and U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE). Brian Moskowitz, ICE special agent in charge of the Office of Homeland Security Investigations in Ohio and Michigan, along with Carter M. Stewart, U. S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, announced the sentences by U.S. District Judge Algenon L. Marbley. The sentences were imposed on the following individuals: Hasan Salohutdinov of Dublin, Ohio, and an illegal alien from Uzbekistan, was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment followed by deportation. He pleaded guilty on April 5, [...]

By |July 23rd, 2016|Categories: Other Issues|0 Comments

The Shah Peerally Law Show

By |July 22nd, 2016|Categories: Other Issues|0 Comments

Arizona Judge Draws Line Between State and Federal Authority

For Immediate Release Focus Must Now Return to Comprehensive Federal Solutions July 28, 2010 Washington, D.C. - Today, Phoenix district court judge Susan Bolton enjoined key provisions of Arizona's controversial immigration law, SB 1070. The judge recognized that the federal government has primary authority over making and enforcing immigration law, and that while states have limited authority in this arena, they cannot interfere with federal enforcement or undermine federal priorities. The decision acknowledges the complex nature of immigration law and the harmful consequences of local police attempting to make immigration determinations. The judge also recognized the serious strain that the Arizona law would place on federal resources, which would detract from the federal government's ability to enforce immigration laws in other states [...]

By |July 21st, 2016|Categories: Other Issues|0 Comments

This was posted on the Indian Consulate

LATEST NEWS: In supercession of previous rules, Government of India has decided the following: All naturalized US citizens of Indian descent, who have already acquired foreign citizenship voluntarily in the past shall cease to be Indian citizens upon their acquiring foreign citizenship. However, such persons are required to renounce their Indian citizenship and to obtain surrender certificate for their Indian passports, whether valid or expired, so that the passport is not misused. If you have a ‘passport cancelled on acquisition of US(foreign) nationality’  stamp on your passport, there is no requirement of acquiring “surrender certificate”. For those persons of Indian origin who have already acquired foreign citizenship till 31 May 2010, the fee is $ 20. For those, who acquire [...]

By |July 20th, 2016|Categories: Other Issues|0 Comments

ICE announces launch of Online Detainee Locator System

WASHINGTON - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced today the launch of ICE's Online Detainee Locator System (ODLS), a public, Internet-based tool designed to assist family members, attorneys and other interested parties in locating detained aliens in ICE custody. The creation and implementation of the ODLS is a concrete example of ICE's commitment to detention reform. The ODLS is located on ICE's public website, http://www.ice.gov, and provides users with information on the location of the detention facility where a particular individual is being held, a phone number to the facility and contact information for the ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations office in the region where the facility is located. A brochure explaining how to use the ODLS is also available [...]

By |July 19th, 2016|Categories: Other Issues|0 Comments

SHUT OUT: U Visa program for illegal immigrants a hard sell in Weld County – Topix

SHUT OUT: U Visa program for illegal immigrants a hard sell in Weld County - Topix.

By |July 18th, 2016|Categories: Other Issues|0 Comments

USCIS Reaches Milestone: 10,000 U Visas Approved in Fiscal Year 2010

USCIS Reaches Milestone: 10,000 U Visas Approved in Fiscal Year 2010 News Release U Visa Protects Victims of Crime and Strengthens Law Enforcement Efforts WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced it has approved 10,000 petitions for U nonimmigrant status (also referred to as the “U visa”) in fiscal year 2010, an important milestone for a program that offers immigration protection to victims of crime while also strengthening law enforcement efforts to combat those crimes. This marks the first time that USCIS, through extensive outreach and collaboration, has reached the statutory maximum of 10,000 U visas per fiscal year since it began issuing U visas in 2008. “Through the U visa, USCIS is able to provide crime [...]

By |July 17th, 2016|Categories: Other Issues|0 Comments

Getting a Green Card By Marrying A U.S. Citizen

Q: How Soon Can I File For a Green Card After Getting Married? A: A foreign national can file for a permanent residence immediately after marrying a U.S. Citizen. A Permanent resident with a Green Card can also file a marriage petition. Q: How Do I Prove That We are Really Married? A: It is very important to document your marriage in order to present evidence of your bona fide relationship. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has various criteria for determining if a marriage was entered in good faith. These include, but are not limited to the following: Commingling of assets Joint leases Joint financial responsibilities Pictures Q: Can I Get Married Just to Get a Green [...]

By |July 16th, 2016|Categories: Other Issues|0 Comments

What H1B Visas laid off or Benched employees can do to keep their visas! – Avvo.com

What H1B Visas laid off or Benched employees can do to keep their visas! - Avvo.com. So you've been laid off or have been benched without pay, and you're concerned about your H-1B work status. Perhaps you've been without employment for months, and finally found an interested employer who told you that they would hire you.

By |July 15th, 2016|Categories: Other Issues|0 Comments

How Do I Get A Waiver Of The Foreign Residence Requirement If I Am An Exchange Visitor?

How Do I Get A Waiver Of The Foreign Residence Requirement If I Am An Exchange Visitor?

By |July 14th, 2016|Categories: Other Issues|0 Comments

Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals Cases

Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals Cases.

By |July 13th, 2016|Categories: Other Issues|0 Comments

It seems the domino effect of Arizona New Immigration laws is on….

Mike Cox, Michigan attorney general is planning to file a brief to support the Arizona laws. According to him, the States must protect their borders because the federal government is not assisting in protecting such borders. As I have mentioned in my last show on July 5th 2010, the issue is not going to stop in Arizona. The domino effect is on, both pro-immigration and anti-immigration groups seem to be strong and with the economic situation deteriorating day by day in the United States, the focus is being placed on immigration. Indeed, immigration is being blamed for the lost of jobs of many Americans although studies have show this is not true. Other prominent republican candidates in Michigan are also [...]

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