Immigration Policy and Legislative Initiatives

STEM Visa Update: No joy in 2012

STEM legislation fails in the US Senate and another opportunity for enlightened immigration reform is lost Roughly 55,000 immigrants would have received green cards if Congress had approved a Republican bill that would have created additional visas for educated and skilled immigrant workers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The U.S. House of Representatives… Read more »

STEM Visa Bill Could Expand Opportunities for Selected U.S. Graduates

Attention Professionals: Do YOU have at least a Master’s Degree in a Science, Mathematics, Technology or Engineering (STEM) field from a U.S. University? If this applies to you, there may be a new law on the horizon.  This past week, New York Senator Charles Schumer (D) introduced a new bill before the Senate calling for… Read more »

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Has Finally Arrived!

Obama Administration finds a way to offer some relief to young immigrants via Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – DACA. The good news this summer is that finally President Obama has found a way around the political impasse with Congress to give some relief to young people who were brought to the U.S. unlawfully by… Read more »

Immigration Silence Hurts the U.S. Economy

New York City Mayor Bloomberg is right on track! Read his entire article published in the Bloomberg News on August 13, 2012 for a spot on devastating assessment of the current immigration mess with rational, sane, and economically sensible suggestions for much needed comprehensive immigration reform based on talent, achievement, jobs, and job creation.

Immigration Policy as an Economic Tool: Bloomberg

Our general policy on TheVisaGeek blog is to provide timely information from the front lines of immigration practice based on our experience representing and advocating for our clients.  Thus, we don’t usually provide links to other blogs and online conversations on the assumption that our readers can also access these sources as they wish. However,… Read more »

EB-2 Green Cards: Bad News for India and China

Priority date retrogression confirmed for India and China EB-2 green cards for advanced degree professionals The Department of State (DOS) has just released its May Visa Bulletin and, as predicted, the EB-2 category for India and China will retrogress to August 15, 2007 as of May 1, 2012. Currently, the priority date for that category… Read more »

Crisis in H-1B Adjudications: USCIS Using Incorrect Standards

USICS ignores “preponderance of evidence” standard by erroneously applying  restrictive definition of “specialty occupation” Yesterday, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) submitted its memo to USCIS Director Mayorkas outlining, with exasperation, the agency’s restrictive interpretations of the terms “specialty occupation” and “body of highly specialized knowledge” in H-1B adjudications and making the case for USCIS to repudiate… Read more »

New USCIS Proposal Would Reduce Time that U.S. Citizens are Separated from Immediate Relatives

USCIS releases proposal to change process for certain waivers of inadmissibility U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the March 30, 2012 Federal Register that would reduce the time U.S. citizens are separated from their spouses, children, and parents (i.e. immediate relatives) who must obtain an immigrant visa… Read more »

Work Visas: RFE and Denial Rates Soaring

Soaring denial and RFE rates for L-1 and H-1B petitions are hurting U.S. business We knew it but no-one official was acknowledging it. Finally, a recent study from the National Foundation for American Policy  - a non-partisan public policy research organized based in Virginia, released data showing that USCIS has dramatically increased denials of L-1… Read more »

E-1/E-2 visa holders admissible for two years AT EACH ENTRY

A recent “practice pointer” (1) from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)/Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Liaison Committee highlights a critical issue for E-1 and E-2 visa holders.  A foreign national applying for admission to the United States with an un-expired E-1 (Treaty Trader) visa or E-2 (Treaty Investor) visa should be admitted for a… Read more »