By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

The recent arrival of the April 1 filing date for individuals seeking to work in the United States pursuant to H1-B visas begins a period of time of nervous waiting. Prospective workers and their potential employers hold their collective breath as they wait to see if the USCIS will announce the need for a lottery and then, if so, who will qualify for the 65,000 allotted spots that are generally available. As this process unfolds, foreign workers will find out if they will be spending the next part of their... read more.

  • April 14, 2014
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By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

Congress passed The Immigration Act of 1990, 8 USC 1101 to provide a procedure by which certain young or minor aliens could be classified a “special immigrant” affording that alien the opportunity to maintain residence in the United States.  The purpose was to protect abused, neglected, and abandoned unaccompanied minors through a process that allows them to become permanent legal residents.Under what procedure then can such minors acquire SIJ status? Unlike other immigration matters, a sta... read more.

  • April 03, 2014
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By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

An appellate decision issued last year by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals gave an opportunity for a young woman from Pakistan to join the rest of her family in the United States. The federal appellate court’s ruling in Akram v. Holder, 721 F. 3d 853 (7th Cir. 2013) determined that a discrepancy between the regulations set by the USCIS to govern eligibility for two different, but related, immigrant visas contravened the legislative intent underlying the purpose of these two types of visas.The... read more.

  • April 01, 2014
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By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

For those hoping to come to the United States for certain jobs via a H1-B visa, the date April 1 means much more than April Fools’ Day. Rather it is the date, set by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), in which H1-B visas offered each year become available subject to a cap of 65,000.  Foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields are eligible to apply for these particular visas. This foreign workers’... read more.

  • March 31, 2014
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By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

Last week the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) introduced a resolution in Congress demanding that the President stop all deportations of undocumented aliens who would qualify for citizenship under Senate Bill 744, the comprehensive immigration reform bill which passed that body last year. Meanwhile in Tijuana, Mexico sixty migrants were arrested in acts of civil disobedience as they attempted to cross in to the United States. The third group of protesters to attempt entry at the Otay Mesa crossing in a s... read more.

  • March 30, 2014
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By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

Foreign nationals in the United States who fear that, if required to leave the United States and return to their native country, they will be persecuted have the option of seeking asylum here and also requesting withholding of removal from this country. If the Immigration Judge who hears the applicant’s case denies the petition, the applicant can appeal it to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) which will review the lower court’s ruling. And an order of the BIA can itself be reviewed by the f... read more.

  • March 28, 2014
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By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

Sex trafficking occurs when people are forced or coerced into the commercial sex trade against their will. In the United States, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) defines labor trafficking as: “The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery.” According to the State Department’s Traffi... read more.

  • March 14, 2014
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By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

Over the last several months several states have taken steps to make it easier for undocumented noncitizen students who live in their states to go to college there. Governor Jay Inslee of Washington State announced that he expects to sign legislation that provides grants to students whose families meet income and residency guidelines.  This means that Washington will become the 5th state after California, Illinois, Texas and New Mexico to offer this kind of financial aid to students brought into the co... read more.

  • March 13, 2014
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By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

After the votes were tabulated from the 2012 Presidential election, the prospects for Congress and the President to reach an agreement on comprehensive immigration reform appeared much brighter than before. The conventional wisdom stated that Republicans would look at the poor showing their presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, had with Hispanic voters (who overwhelmingly view passage of a suitable reform package an absolute necessity at this juncture) as a wake-up call. It seemed manifestly clear after Gove... read more.

  • March 12, 2014
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By Edward Shulman, Posted in Immigration Law

Recently the plight of Iraqi and Afghan interpreters who aided American troops during our wars in those countries has been highlighted in the American media. Last month NBC News ran a segment about an Afghan translator named Mohammad who has been hunted by the Taliban after he served the U.S. Marines fighting in Afghanistan. He has already paid a huge price for his assistance to the United States: the murder of his father and the abduction of his toddler brother.His dream was to get the rest of his family o... read more.

  • March 11, 2014
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