Nation Of Immigrators

Nation Of Immigrators

A public policy blog on America's dysfunctional immigration system

Tag Archives: “State Department”

Looking Back — Not Much Immigration Solace from Obama

Posted in Administrative Appeals Office - USCIS, Border Issues & CBP, Democrats on Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, H-1B Visas, L-1 Visa, Obama Administration on Immigration, Removal Proceedings, Uncategorized, USCIS

As the Obama presidency nears its twilight, let me tell you about our leader’s eight-year, largely-disappointing record on immigration.

But first a bias alert:  I voted for the President twice; I like and respect him; and I marvel at how glib, cool, incisive, studious, and otherwise mostly big-hearted he’s been.  With favorability ratings nearing 60 percent, he’s seen by most … Continue Reading

Immigration on a Clean Slate: Game-Changing Proposals on Visa Modernization

Posted in Adjustment of Status, Border Issues & CBP, Border Security, Consular Officers, Courts on Immigration Law, DHS Technology Reforms, EB-5, Employment-Based Immigration, Enforcement/USICE, Fraud Detection & National Security (FDNS), Homeland Security, Immigration Courts, Immigration Reform, Immigration Regulations, Legal Representation, Obama Administration on Immigration, USCIS, VAWA - Violence against Women Act

Terabytes of text have already been generated in the course of extolling or excoriating President Obama for his November 20 Executive Actions on Immigration.  The prolific foaming of bloviating mouths has mostly been prompted by the promise of deferred action and work permits for undocumented immigrants under the DACA and DAPA programs.  Surprisingly, however, his equally profound measures to improve Continue Reading

Tinker Bell’s Immigration Solution

Posted in Obama Administration on Immigration

[Blogger’s Note:  In light of President Obama’s announcement of executive actions on immigration last Thursday, this post, first published on May 7, 2010, is worth a second read.  I enjoyed the President’s address to the nation, especially his mention of Astrid Silva, the student carrying a three-degree university course-load. Still, he should have given Tinker Bell her due.]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

Immigration Triangulation — Another Dysfunctional Government Policy

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Consular Officers, DOL, E-Verify, Employment-Based Immigration, Enforcement/DOL, General Immigration, H-1B Visas, I-9s, Immigration Discrimination, Immigration Reform, Labor Unions, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department, State Immigration Laws, Trade in Services, USCIS

The dictionary defines the adjective, “passive-aggressive,” as “a type of behavior or personality characterized by indirect resistance to the demands of others and an avoidance of direct confrontation.”  That is an apt characterization describing how federal bureaucrats work their will in the immigration ecosphere.  The passive-aggressive behaviors show up in efforts by federal immigration officials to enlist and “deputize” third … 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 to … 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 coveted  H-1B … Continue Reading

Immigration Mystery Revealed: The Occult Process behind Nonimmigrant Visa Waivers

Posted in Border Issues & CBP, Guest Columns, Immigration Reform, Waivers of Inadmissibility

[Blogger’s note:  Today’s post is by guest columnist, John Klow.  John is one of the most knowledgeable private citizens who understands the inner workings of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  In the post below, John elucidates the often opaque, behind-the-scenes process whereby an individual who is found inadmissible to the U.S. may apply for a temporary waiver, and, if Continue Reading

Immigration Quota Reform: Waste Not, Want Not

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Immigration Quotas, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department, USCIS

Frugality, something second nature to our colonial forebears, is a trait we Americans seem to have forgotten.  We are profligate in our material acquisitions and in their disposition. (Witness the growing mountains of toxic electronic waste that are almost as hard to be rid of as spent nuclear fuel.)   Saving for a rainy day is not the meme it … 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

The Immigration Week That Was

Posted in Border Issues & CBP, Congress on Immigration, Consular Officers, Courts on Immigration Law, Customs and Border Protection, Democrats on Immigration, DOL, DREAM Act, Enforcement/DOL, Foreign policy, General Immigration, Global Migration, GOP on Immigration, H-1B Visas, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department, State Immigration Laws

Youthful fans of Saturday Night Live may be forgiven for assuming, however mistakenly, that SNL invented satirical television comedy. The patent for this invention probably ought to go instead to other earlier contenders, Jack Paar, Sid Caesar, Imogene Coco or Steve Allen.  While I love these past and present paragons of humor, I’ll never forget the laughs my Dad … Continue Reading

Immigration’s Private Parts Modestly Yet Shockingly Exposed

Posted in Consular Officers, Enforcement/USICE, State Department

With more than three decades of experience under my belt, I like to fancy myself an expert in immigration.  Yet however much I think I understand the subject, new things surface that blow my mind and puncture my inflated sense of self.  I have come to realize that much of what I “know,” I merely surmise or sense. It’s like looking at an … Continue Reading

Faint Immigration Praise

Posted in Consular Officers, Deportation - Removal, Extreme Hardship, Immigration Reform, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department

“Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer And, without sneering, teach the rest to sneer” ~ Alexander Pope, poet, satirist, and translator, “Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot

I hesitate to criticize the Obama Administration’s immigration reform measures, having urged long ago that half a loaf, at least for now, will perforce suffice

Hastily announced but untimely in … Continue Reading

Immigration’s Hobgoblin: A Foolish Inconsistency

Posted in Congress on Immigration, Consular Officers, Courts on Immigration Law, DOL, Immigration Agency Expertise, L-1 Visa, Obama Administration on Immigration, State Department, USCIS, USCIS Ombudsman

Europe is at a tipping point.  Will the European Union be dashed on Greek or Italian shores.  Will France follow Greece and Italy in losing the esteem of bondholders? Will the EU revert to an Uncommon Market and again suffer its historic curse, a mash-up of competing and warring states whose citizens must proffer passports to cross borders and each time … Continue Reading

Missive from Mumbai: Why Are U.S. Immigration Agencies Attacking India and Hurting America?

Posted in Border Issues & CBP, Business Visitors, Consular Officers, Foreign policy, H-1B Visas, L-1 Visa, State Department, USCIS

At least when it comes to India, Yogi Berra had it wrong. It’s not déjà vu all over again. 

Blogging this weekend from my hotel room in Mumbai, I vividly recall my first trip to India in 1993. Invited as part of an American Bar Association delegation, I spoke in New Delhi on “Nonimmigrant Visa Options for Computer Software Professionals.”

My talk took … Continue Reading

Off-Message Immigration Bureaucrats Undermine the President’s Jobs Push by Refusing L-1 Specialist Visas to Indian Citizens

Posted in Consular Officers, Employment-Based Immigration, Foreign policy, Global Migration, L-1 Visa, State Department, USCIS

With the President’s supporters pleading for action, Barack Obama at last has pivoted to jobs.  “Pass this bill [the American Jobs Act]” has become his oft-shouted mantra. Surprisingly, however, career bureaucrats within the Departments of State and Homeland Security apparently haven’t read his September 8 speech to Congress and instead are taking affirmative steps to prevent job creation.  Examples of this … Continue Reading

Time to Replace Put-up-and-Shut-up Immigration Policies with Real Customer Service

Posted in Adjustment of Status, Consular Officers, Employment-Based Immigration, Foreign policy, Immigration Reform, State Department, USCIS

I’m no fan of the U.S. Department of State’s policies and actions in the immigration space.  State’s approach, as manifested by the behavior of U.S. consular officers and the apparatchiks within the Visa Office at the Bureau of Consular Affairs, too often comes off as a mix of treacly haughtiness and callous indifference.

These Ugly American attributes are the foreseeable consequence of … Continue Reading

Hillary’s New Arsenal of Immigration Drones

Posted in Consular Officers, Foreign policy, General Immigration, Global Migration, State Department

The attention given the Obama Administration’s expanded use of aerial drones (of late in Pakistan, Yemen and Libya, at the U.S. border, and perhaps over other points unknown) to bombard unsuspecting targets and predictably, if not wilfully, cause civilian casulaties, may have distracted from other important meanings of the word.  Webster’s Dictionary defines “drone” in four distinct ways:

1 : a stingless … Continue Reading