Q&A Webinar Replay: Trump’s Immigration Ban -June 24, 2020

Attorney Ann Massey Badmus answers questions on the latest Trump Immigration Ban on immigrant visas (#greencards) and H-1B, H-2B, L-1, and some J-1 visa programs. The ban affects workers and family members who are outside the U.S. and haven’t yet…

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Children of Permanent Residents and U.S. Citizens Exempt from New Immigration Ban

June 24, 2020 – Last month, litigators from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Justice Action Center (JAC), and Innovation Law Lab, with pro bono support from Mayer Brown LLP, filed a lawsuit on behalf of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents petitioning for…

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An update on citizenship application delays due to COVID-19

On June 17, the New York Times reported that approximately 650,000 citizenship applications were pending in the first quarter of the 2020 fiscal year. When the USCIS shut down in person services at its offices on March 18, naturalization ceremonies were delayed…

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COVID-19 Pandemic and the Public Charge Rule for Intending Immigrants

The public charge rule is in place so that “an alien who is likely at any time to become a public charge” will be “generally inadmissible to the United States and ineligible to become a lawful permanent resident.” There are certain public…

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Trump’s Proclamation Suspends H-1B, H-2B, J-1, and L-1 Visas for Applicants Outside the U.S.

The most recent executive order which attempts to reduce immigration to the U.S. was issued late this afternoon, June 22, 2020.  With some exemptions, it suspends the “entry into the United States of any alien seeking entry pursuant to” an…

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The effects of President Trump’s April 2020 Proclamation on minors hoping to immigrate

When President Trump issued his “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present Risk to the U.S. Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak”  on April 22, 2020, the proclamation made no exception for the visa applications of…

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Social media’s role in the immigration process

Recently, there has been an increasing emphasis put on applicants’ social media usage by the Department of State. Questions regarding applicants’ social media accounts now are included on Forms DS-160 and DS-260. Due to the fact that the emphasis on social…

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Non citizens’ rights to and possible risks of protesting

Non citizens are guaranteed the right to free speech and the subsequent right to protest due to the First Amendment. However, the potential risks to protesting are higher for non citizens than citizens because of the impact an arrest could…

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Proposed Case Backlog and Accountability Act

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has experienced a 91% increase in its average processing time of immigration cases from FY 2014 to 2018, which has led to increases in its case backlog. In response to the substantial increase in…

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What the IT Serve Alliance lawsuit and settlement means for H-1B applicants

The ITServe Alliance lawsuit against USCIS has the potential to increase the approval of H-1B applications, particularly those that are filed by IT consulting companies. Before the court ruled in favor of IT Serve Alliance, USCIS put increased restrictions on H-1B requirements such as…

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