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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Britain decides to exit the European Union – what does that mean for the rest of the world?

Brexit wins today. But a Brexit vote was not a vote against the European Union, it was a xenophobic, anti-immigration and anti-Muslim vote. Those who sold Brexit to Great Britain are those who preyed on the fear of people. Many of them are claiming victory for their racist ideology. Twitter is now trending with Brexit Muslims well muslims I think it's a bye bye #Brexit pic.twitter.com/JYttd0DjJn— manu (@vitimizei) June 24, 2016 This victory will have a consequential negative impact not only on UK and EU but on the world as well. It will affect Europe decision to pull Turkey into the EU but will also affect immigration. Since the group who were championing for Brexit are mostly xenophobic, they will [...]

By |June 23rd, 2016|Categories: Alert, News|Tags: |0 Comments

Orlando Events and Impact on Immigration

What happened in Orlando is not really something that any reasonable person can explain. It is the work of someone full of hate. The LGBT community has always been the target of massive discrimination and now with the massacre, it seems that it is never ending for them. While most people in the LGBT community are not blaming Muslims or Immigrants, the right-wing is actually using this incident to their advantage. The Irony is that the right-wing hates the LGBT community more than any other groups. Moreover, the right-wing likes their assault rifles more than many others out there. But since it is a chance for them to actually hurt Muslims in one blow, they are not wasting time in [...]

By |June 13th, 2016|Categories: Alert, Asylum, Humanitarian Immigration, News, Other Issues, U visa & VAWA|Tags: |0 Comments

Visa Bulletin July 2016 published!

The Visa Bulletin July 2016 has been published. Unfortunately it does not seem that India or China is better off than June 2016.  We encourage all of you to sign our petition below.

By |June 8th, 2016|Categories: Alert, News, Other Issues, Visa Bulletin|0 Comments

AILA Calling on Samples of Denials based on Matter of Simeio Solutions

The American Immigration Lawyers Association after a discussing with their panel at the AILA conference, wants to now look into wrongful denials based on Simeio Solutions case, or H1B Amendment requirements. As you know many cases are being denied.  As such we call on everybody to actually follow the guidelines and send your denials to AILA at the email below: "AILA's Annual Conference panel discussing Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC, 26 I&N Dec. 542 (AAO 2015), is seeking examples of RFEs or denials received concerning issues presented by the decision, such as questioning a work site change in terms of the worker's maintenance of status, resulting from either the filing of an amended H-1B petition (I-129) or the filing of [...]

By |June 6th, 2016|Categories: Alert, Employment Immigration, H1B visa, News|Tags: |0 Comments

Is the UCLA shootings going to cause a backlash against Indians?

Following the sad events of UCLA and the shooting of Professor Klug by a person of Indian origin, who is also an immigrant we might unfortunately see a backlash against Indians and the Indian community more precisely against Indian immigrants.  According to the Hindustan Times: The gunman who killed University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) professor William Klug was on Thursday identified as 38-year-old Indian student Mainak Sarkar. In 2000, Sarkar graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur with a degree in aerospace engineering. "Mainak was a brilliant student. He remained busy with studies and did not talk or socialise much. As far as I remember, he was from Kolkata,” a professor of aerospace department of IIT-Kharagpur, who was not authorised to speak to [...]