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Your Days Are Numbered — Practicing Arithmophobic Immigration Law

Posted in Immigrant Visas, Immigration Humor, Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Lawyers

Preferring words over numbers, I chose the practice of law. Preferring people over numbers, I forsook tax law and opted to practice immigration. How naïve of me to think that numbers could be so easily avoided. Everywhere they confront and torment me.

USCIS filing fees soar. Fines for violating I-9 regulations, engaging in prohibited immigration discrimination, and employing unauthorized Continue Reading

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 a technology company that Continue Reading

Senator’s Saucy Request Roils EB-5 Regional Centers

Posted in Congress on Immigration, EB-5, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Lawyers, Investor Immigration, Obama Administration on Immigration

Imagine you’re the general counsel of Coca Cola (or of any other company that takes great pains to safeguard the internal secrets that endow the organization with competitive advantages over other firms in the same industry).  On your desk lands a letter from a U.S. senator in the minority party asking that your company turn over “voluntarily” a raft of … Continue Reading

EB-5 Immigration Lawyers Wear Too Many Hats

Posted in EB-5, Immigration Lawyers, Legal Representation

The EB-5 employment-creation immigrant investor visa category continues to transcend its chutes-and-ladders early history.  This 24-year-old program — like many young adults of the same era — seems at last to be maturing in healthy ways.  Foreign investors have become more savvy.  Regulators are more attuned to the need for greater investor protection, as well as clear, consistently enforced Continue Reading

Why Are Immigration Lawyers So Happy?

Posted in Immigration Lawyers, Pro Bono Legal Services
Why Are Immigration Lawyers So Happy? By Careen Shannon and Angelo Paparelli

According to statistics provided to CNN by the Centers for Disease Control, among professionals in the United States lawyers rank fourth in suicides (exceeded in misery only by dentists, pharmacists and physicians). Lawyers are also nearly four times more likely to suffer from depression than non-lawyers.

Clearly, practicing … Continue Reading

Tips from an Immigration Insider: How to Excel at a U.S. Visa Interview

Posted in B-1 Visas, Consular Officers, H-1B Visas, H-2B Visas, Immigrant Visas, Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Lawyers, Immigration Regulations, L-1 Visa, Legal Representation, P Visas, State Department

Ellis Island, which opened as an immigration processing post on January 1st 122 years ago, symbolizes for many Americans of immigrant descent the place where would-be entrants to the U.S. learned whether they would be admitted to the country.  Perhaps the most famous and wrenching location within this hallowed landmark are the “stairs of separation,” a staircase divided into … Continue Reading

The Immigration-Abandonment Ploy — Fallout from a Fiddling Congress and Bickering Allies

Posted in Adjustment of Status, Advance Parole Travel Authorization, Congress on Immigration, Consular Officers, Immigration Lawyers, Immigration Regulations, Immigration terminology, State Department, Unlawful Presence, USCIS, Waivers of Inadmissibility

The times they are a-mournin’ for proponents of immigrant rights and immigration reform. While Pope Francis shows the world how to love by embracing and praying with a tumor-scarred man, immigrants-rights activists and immigration-reform pragmatists are at war among themselves over tactics in the battle to achieve just solutions to our nation’s dysfunctional immigration problems. They who should be allies Continue Reading

Four Post-Infosys Strategies for Corporate Customers and Consultants to Minimize Immigration Risks

Posted in B-1 Visas, Business Visitors, Courts on Immigration Law, DOL, Employment-Based Immigration, Enforcement/DOL, Enforcement/USICE, Foreign policy, General Immigration, H-1B Visas, Homeland Security, I-9s, Immigration Discrimination, Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Lawyers, Immigration Portfolio Management, Immigration Regulations, Immigration terminology, Legal Representation, Obama Administration on Immigration, Trade in Services, USCIS

Samuel Herbert, Her Majesty’s Home Secretary from 1931-32 (the British equivalent of the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security), could well have been speaking about two recent immigration-related events when he quipped that “bureaucracy” is “a difficulty for every solution.”

One is an October 30 Settlement Agreement between Indian It consulting giant, Infosys, and the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern Continue Reading

If Immigration Law Were a Person It Would Sing: “Oh Lord, Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”

Posted in Border Security, Congress on Immigration, Deportation - Removal, DREAM Act, Enforcement/USICE, Immigration "Tribes", Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Lawyers, Immigration Reform, Mexico, Obama Administration on Immigration, Removal Proceedings

[Blogger’s Note:  An earlier version of this post mistakenly suggested that the article discussed below offering the views of an immigration lawyer was written by that lawyer.  It was not; rather it was written by a reporter who quoted the lawyer.  This blogger regrets the error.]

The power of online and social media to whip up a frenzy of vituperation … 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, Insanity, Continue Reading

Arcing toward Immigration Justice: “Illegals” No More

Posted in Consular Officers, Enforcement/USICE, Hate speech, Immigrant Visas, Immigration and Journalism, Immigration Lawyers, Immigration Reform, Immigration terminology, State Department

All of us at times become dispirited.  

As I’ve viewed immigration over the last 40 years, passionate advocates have come and gone, fortunate foreign citizens have been granted green cards and then naturalized; but the harshness and hard-heartedness of immigration law as a reflection of American cultural norms hasn’t really diminished.

For example, back in the 1980s I set … Continue Reading

The New I-9: Why Now When We Need Immigration Amnesty for Employers?

Posted in Congress on Immigration, DHS Technology Reforms, Enforcement/USICE, I-9s, Immigration Lawyers, Immigration Reform, Immigration Regulations, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS

The New I-9: Why Now When We Need Immigration Amnesty for Employers? By Nicole Kersey and Angelo A. Paparelli

 

Irony was plentiful last week in Washington and around the country. 

One particularly hawkish Republican, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (who never met a war-on-terror strategy he disliked), glommed onto Senator Rand Paul’s filibustery droning against drones in protest of John … 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 how we face … Continue Reading

Immigration and the Elections: Attention and Imagination Required

Posted in Democrats on Immigration, DREAM Act, GOP on Immigration, Immigration Lawyers, Immigration Reform, Legal Representation, USCIS

[Blogger’s note: 

Dear Readers: I promise that this post is indeed about immigration and the quadrennial election on Tuesday.   Please read to the end, beyond the meandering yet relevant introduction, to see the connection.]

Just over four years ago, David Foster Wallace, a gifted, troubled writer of wide acclaim, took his life. Fans of his writing, myself included, have marveled at his intelligence, … Continue Reading

Immigration Lawyers to Join Big Bird in Unemployment Lines

Posted in GOP on Immigration, Immigration Lawyers, Immigration Reform

Debate scorers and pollsters called it even.  Mitt Romney won the first Presidential debate, essentially by showing up. Barack Obama prevailed in the second, a verbal brawl, by departing the state of suspended animation, entering New York state, and manning up.

Observers of the Twittersphere honed in on one line — Mitt Romney’s non-responsive comment to a question in the second Presidential debate on … Continue Reading

Immigration Brainstorming and DREAMstorming

Posted in DREAM Act, Enforcement/USICE, Fraud Detection & National Security (FDNS), Immigration "Tribes", Immigration Law Complexity, Immigration Lawyers, USCIS

Andrew Jackson had his “Kitchen Cabinet,” Franklin Roosevelt his “Brain Trust.”   Seth Godin has his “Tribes,” web-based “silos of interest.” 

I’ve been a member of many tribes (as I write this I’m recalling my tattered T-shirt from my own and my adult daughter’s Indian Princess days, many moons ago [click here to see the shirt]).

In … Continue Reading