Nation Of Immigrators

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Immigration Voices: Coming out of the Shadows with the U Visa

Posted in Administrative Appeals Office - USCIS, Family Immigration, Guest Columns, Immigration Lawyers, Legal Representation, U visa, USCIS
 [Blogger's note;  Probably the most gratifying element of practicing immigration law is watching clients flourish.  Obtaining immigration benefits, especially lawful permanent residency, often unleashes a wave of innovation and creativity.  Less often, it produces a humanitarian "pay it forward" moment.  This is the story of today's guest blogger, Protima Pandey.  Many years ago, I represented … Continue Reading

Immigration “Fire on the Ground” — What’s Next for the L-1B Visa?

Posted in Administrative Appeals Office - USCIS, Courts on Immigration Law, Employment-Based Immigration, L-1 Visa, Requests for Evidence (RFEs), USCIS
Since 2008 American employers have been burning mad about how U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has gone from fairly reasonable to highly restrictive in its interpretation of the L-1B “specialized knowledge” visa category. This statutory visa category allows certain “intracompany transferees” to enter and work in the U.S. for a qualifying employer if  he … Continue Reading

The L-1 Intracompany Transferee Visa Facing Attack — from All Branches of the Federal Government (Part II)

Posted in Administrative Appeals Office - USCIS, Congress on Immigration, Consular Officers, Courts on Immigration Law, GOP on Immigration, L-1 Visa, Obama Administration on Immigration, Requests for Evidence (RFEs), USCIS
[Bloggers Note:  The second of my two-part blog post below first appeared in Seyfarth Shaw LLP's September 10 and September 12 "Employment Law Lookout" Blog] The L-1 Intracompany Transferee Visa Facing Attack — from All Branches of the Federal Government (Part II)  By Angelo A. Paparelli As noted in our last post, American businesses which offer U.S. secondments … Continue Reading

The L-1 Intracompany Transferee Visa Facing Attack — from All Branches of the Federal Government (Part I)

Posted in Administrative Appeals Office - USCIS, Congress on Immigration, Consular Officers, Courts on Immigration Law, L-1 Visa, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department, USCIS
[Bloggers Note:  My two-part blog post below first appeared in Seyfarth Shaw LLP's September 10 and September 12 "Employment Law Lookout" Blog] The L-1 Intracompany Transferee Visa Facing Attack – from All Branches of the Federal Government (Part I)   By Angelo A. Paparelli U.S. employers have likely grown accustomed to the longstanding controversy over the highly … Continue Reading

USCIS, America’s Immigration Cutcherry, Adopts New Procedures as the Boss Readies for a Move Upstairs

Posted in Administrative Appeals Office - USCIS, Homeland Security, Immigration "Tribes", Immigration Lawyers, USCIS
Over the 4th of July weekend, I devoured a fascinating book and, in the course of it, learned a new synonym for “bureaucracy”  – “cutcherry” — taken from Hindi and apparently originating with the British East-India Company’s bureau office in what is now Chennai. The book, The Professor and the Madman ~ A Tale of Murder, … Continue Reading

Reforming Immigration “with Liberty and Justice for All”

Posted in Adjustment of Status, Administrative Appeals Office - USCIS, Border Issues & CBP, Congress on Immigration, Consular Officers, Courts on Immigration Law, Democrats on Immigration, DOL, EB-5, Employment-Based Immigration, Enforcement/DOL, Enforcement/USICE, Global Migration, GOP on Immigration, H-1B Visas, Immigration Courts, Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Lawyers, Immigration Reform, Immigration Regulations, Investor Immigration, Legal Representation, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department, Trade in Services, USCIS, USCIS Ombudsman
As Republicans join Democrats in contemplating reform of the nation’s dysfunctional immigration system, the final line of the Pledge of Allegiance (“with liberty and justice for all”) is the best place to start.  Revitalizing our broken and outdated 20th Century immigration laws to respond to the needs of 21st Century America will turn in large part on … Continue Reading

The DHS Inspector General Report on Fraud Detection at USCIS: Pious Immigration Baloney

Posted in Administrative Appeals Office - USCIS, Courts on Immigration Law, Fraud Detection & National Security (FDNS), USCIS, USCIS Ombudsman
The historian said to the venture capitalist, “Let’s drop the pious baloney,” as each sought the highest office in the land. No, this post is not the set-up to a joke, except perhaps a nod to the risible circular firing squad that the GOP presidential candidates have formed.  And it’s not about a sliced and packaged meat … Continue Reading

Executive Craftsmanship: Job Creation through Existing Immigration Laws

Posted in Adjustment of Status, Administrative Appeals Office - USCIS, DOL, Employment-Based Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, Fraud Detection & National Security (FDNS), H-1B Visas, Immigration Reform, L-1 Visa, Letters to USCIS Ombudsman, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department, USCIS
The dog days of August are behind us, yet the economic doldrums persist.  Unemployment remains unchanged and unacceptably high at 9.1%. The White House forecasts that it will stay there through the New Year and then likely drop only a tenth of a percentage point for all of 2012.  Congress returns this week to Washington. Vituperation … Continue Reading

Face-off: Foreign Entrepreneurs vs. the Immigration Alligators — with Obama as Referee

Posted in Adjustment of Status, Administrative Appeals Office - USCIS, DOL, Employment-Based Immigration, Global Migration, H-1B Visas, Immigration Reform, L-1 Visa, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS
President Obama has put on a good show lately about the need for the populace to rise up and pressure the GOP to enact comprehensive immigration reform.  He urges citizens to begin “a national conversation on immigration reform that builds a bipartisan consensus to fix our broken immigration system so it works for America’s 21st century economy.”  With … Continue Reading

I Am Furious (Yellow) — at USCIS and its AAO

Posted in Administrative Appeals Office - USCIS, General Immigration, Immigration Law Complexity, Unauthorized Practice of Immigration Law, USCIS
In my last post, I quoted Roxana Bacon, the former Chief Counsel of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), our nation’s premier agency charged with determining eligibility for immigration benefits, who chided her erstwhile employer for “timidity” in failing to take legitimate administrative steps to reform America’s broken immigration system.  While her point is correct, I … Continue Reading