EIG Dispatch
CEOs and Deans From Top Business Schools Urge President Trump and Congress to Reform U.S. Immigration System
October 23, 2019

On October 15, CEOs and Deans from the top business schools in the country wrote a letter addressed to the President and members of Congress, asking them to reform the U.S. Immigration system to meet the country’s need for highly skilled employees in the STEM field. The ...

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Breaking News on Public Charge Regulation and Federal Court Injunction
October 15, 2019

On Friday, just four days before the Trump Administration's public charge rule was set to effect, federal judges in California, New York, and Washington issued a preliminary nationwide injunction. In a breaking alert, the Immigration Nerds talk with managing directors Hiba Anver and Justin Parsons ...

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Update: Courts Block Public Charge Rule
October 14, 2019

On Friday, three federal courts in California, New York, and Washington issued judgments that will block the implementation of the Trump Administration's public charge rule. As previously reported, the rule was to go in to effect on Tuesday, October 15. The public charge rule would evaluate ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About Save Jobs USA v. DHS
October 11, 2019

On September 27, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard oral arguments for the Save Jobs USA v. DHS case that may determine the future work opportunities and livelihoods for the H-4 spouses of H-1B holders as they wait to ...

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USCIS Public Charge Rule to go Into Effect on October 15
October 9, 2019

USCIS has announced that, as a result of the Department of Homeland Security’s Public Charge rule, several forms for applications of immigration benefits, including form I-485 applications for adjustment of status and form I-129 petitions for nonimmigrant workers, will be updated as of October 15. USCIS will ...

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Erickson in the News: Next H-1B Lottery Likely to Feature Electronic Preregistration
October 4, 2019

Uncertainty of exact timing could undo expected cost savings Past problems with electronic filing systems has some attorneys concerned about reliability A new electronic preregistration process that’s likely to be part of next spring’s H-1B visa lottery is bringing additional uncertainty to what’s already a ...

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Immigration Nerds talk to Diane Rish about AILA's H-1B FOIA Lawsuit and Resulting Insights
October 4, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, Diane Rish, the Associate Director of Government Relations at American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) joins us at the mic. Through multiple FOIA requests and painstaking litigation, AILA along with the American Immigration Council won access to USCIS documents that revealed ...

EIG Dispatch
Insight From the Department of Homeland Security Regarding the Future of the H-4 EAD Program
September 25, 2019

In a letter to a U.S. Court of Appeals on September 16, the Department of Homeland Security indicated that the earliest possible publication date for a proposed rule to rescind H-4 employment authorization would be in Spring 2020. Until such a time that a new rule goes ...

EIG Dispatch
Trump Administration Reaches Asylum Agreement with El Salvador
September 25, 2019

On September 20, the Trump administration came to an asylum cooperation agreement with El Salvador, designed to deter migrants from seeking asylum in the United States. The agreement states that any migrants that pass through El Salvador seeking asylum must apply for protection in that country first ...

EIG Dispatch
Department of Homeland Security Proposes Expansion of Social Media Disclosure Requirements
September 11, 2019

On September 4, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a proposal to collect social media user identifications in order to “assess an alien’s eligibility to travel to or be admitted to the United States or to receive an immigration-related benefit from DHS.” This change would ...

Alerts
USCIS Proposed a $10 Fee for H-1B Visa Applications
September 3, 2019

In a new Department of Homeland Security proposal released on September 3, employers who are applying for H-1B visas in next year's lottery would be required to pay an additional $10. This fee would go toward the electronic preregistration process used for the lottery. The fee ...

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Redefining the Citizenship Process for Children of U.S. Service Members Born Abroad
August 30, 2019

On Wednesday, August 28, the Trump administration announced changes to the definition of residency as it relates to the citizenship of children of U.S. service members born outside of the U.S. The current policy states that certain children living outside of the United States were considered ...

EIG Dispatch
USCIS Confirms all Notices for FY 2020 H-1B Cap Petitions Have Been Issued
August 28, 2019

On August 15, 2019, USCIS announced that it has issued return notices for all H-1B Cap Petitions that were not selected in the FY 2020 lottery. The lottery for successful H-1B Cap Petitions was completed by May 17, 2019, and USCIS has since taken steps to ...

EIG Dispatch
Twenty U.S. States Challenge Trump Administration’s Proposal to End Limits to Minor Detention
August 28, 2019

Twenty states announced their plans to file a lawsuit against the Trump Administration in response to its plans to amend the rule that limits the amount of time a migrant child may be held in detention centers to 20 days. Amending this rule would allow the ...

Alerts
September 2019 Visa Bulletin Released
August 20, 2019

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the September 2019 Visa Bulletin. Several Employment-Based preference categories have retrogressed or have become unavailable for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2019. For EB-1 categories, cut-off dates have advanced for persons born in Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, the Philippines, Vietnam, ...

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Immigration, Trade, and Commerce Organizations Petition USCIS for Greater Review of Proposed H-1B Registration System
August 20, 2019

Last fall, USCIS announced that changes would be forthcoming for the H-1B program, as soon as this year. The new plan would require companies who seek an H-1B visa for a foreign worker to first submit a free online registration form instead of an initial ...

EIG Dispatch
UPDATE: USCIS to Close its Overseas Offices
August 14, 2019

In March 2019, USCIS announced its plan to close all of its overseas offices.However, on August 9, 2019, USCIS updated its plans and announced thatseven of the international offices will remain open. The field offices in Monterrey, Mexico and Seoul, South Korea will be the first ...

EIG Dispatch
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Clarifies H-1B Degree Requirement
August 14, 2019

On August 6, 2019, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that USCIS acted arbitrarily, capriciously, and abused its discretion in denying an H-1B work visa to a Data Analyst on the grounds that Data Analysts do not require a bachelor’s degree in ...

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Trump Administration Introduces Final "Public Charge" Rule
August 12, 2019

On Monday, August 12, the Trump Administration said it would move forward with new regulations that would deny green cards and visas to immigrants who use or are expected to use a wide range of government benefits, including food stamps, housing vouchers, and Medicaid. This ...

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USCIS to Allow for Public Reporting of Immigration Fraud
August 7, 2019

On Wednesday, August 7, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it would introduce "a single, secure portal" for the public to report "credible and relevant claims of immigration benefit fraud." USCIS will accept additional public comment on the form beginning Thursday, August 8. Individuals will be ...

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Immigration Nerds Talk About the Week in Immigration
August 2, 2019

In this week's Immigration Nerds podcast, we're joined by Erickson Immigration Group senior attorney Storm Estep to discuss recent policy updates from the week of July 15 - July 24. Storm explains H.R. 1044 and the companion bill in the Senate, new asylum rules and ...

Alerts
DC and California Judges Weigh in on Trump Administration's Asylum Eligibility and Procedural Modifications
July 25, 2019

As previously reported, on July 15, the Trump Administration published a new rule, Asylum Eligibility and Procedural Modifications, which would require individuals who pass through a third party country seeking asylum in the U.S. to first apply for asylum in that third party country. The rule was met ...

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USCIS Annouces Significant Changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program
July 24, 2019

On Wednesday, July 24, USCIS announced significant changes that would be forthcoming for the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. From USCIS, the new rule would include the following: Raising the minimum investment amounts from $1 million to $1.8 million, with an automatic adjustment for inflation every ...

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Congress Holds Hearing on USCIS Processing Delays
July 18, 2019

USCIS is the agency charged with administering and providing immigration benefits to foreign nationals.  Naturalization, green cards, work authorization, H-1B visas, asylum, family-based immigration, investment visas, cultural exchange programs, foreign doctors, NAFTA professionals, victims of crimes and domestic violence, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and many ...

EIG Dispatch
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Issues Opinion that IT Job Ineligible for H-1B
July 17, 2019

On July 15, the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia issued an opinion in the case of Sagarwala vs. Cissna.  Usha Sagarwala, beneficiary of an H-1B petition filed by HSK Technologies, Inc., sued the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) after  USCIS denied the ...

EIG Dispatch
Trump Administration Moves to Limit Asylum Protections
July 17, 2019

On July 15, the Trump Administration published a new rule, Asylum Eligibility and Procedural Modifications, requiring individuals who pass through a third party country seeking to apply for asylum in the U.S. to apply for asylum in that third party country first. Under the new rules, ...

EIG Dispatch
H.R. 1044 Update: Bill Aims to End Decades-Long Waits for Highly-Skilled Immigrants
July 17, 2019

On July 10th, the House of Representatives passed the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, which intends to eliminate the per-country cap for employment-based green cards. The bill will now be considered by the Senate. If the bill is approved, the first-come, first-served system would give every immigrant ...

Alerts
August 2019 Visa Bulletin
July 16, 2019

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) released the August 2019 Visa Bulletin. Cut-off dates remain effective for the EB-1 categories with retrogression for all locations. The Department of State stated in Section D of the August visa bulletin that due to the increased volume of adjustment of status cases filed, it ...

US News
H-1B Pre-Registration Proposal Moves to Public Comment Period
July 3, 2019

Last fall, the federal government proposed a pre-registration plan that would change and, in theory, streamline the application process for the H-1B visa, of which 85,000 are allocated annually. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) announced in the federal register that the pre-registration plan was moving forward ...

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Trump Administration Issues Fines to Individuals in the U.S. Illegally
July 3, 2019

This week, NPR obtained government documents showing that the Trump administration has fined some immigrants who are in the United States illegally, after "failing to depart the U.S. as previously agreed." The Department of Homeland Security sent out notices to targeted individuals with fines up to ...