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Partner Camiel Becker to Speak on Relief for the Undocumented Workforce in San Diego

Camiel Becker will present with attorneys Matthew Holt of San Diego and Mary Kenny of the American Immigration Council in Washington DC to a group of immigration attorneys at the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association’s 31st Annual California Conference in San Diego. The unique panel will discuss employment-based and family-based options for the undocumented workforce. With a

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Camiel Becker to Speak on Panel Explaining Options for Those Who Are Losing TPS Status

Founding partner Camiel Becker will speak on a panel on the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and its consequences on the hundreds of thousands of TPS beneficiaries who will lose immigration status under the Trump Administration. Topics covered on the panel include practical screening tips for attorneys, finding creative options and overcoming complicated scenarios with the end goal

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Christina H. Lee to speak at PLI Training on the Bond Basics and Prolonged Detention Bond Proceedings in the Ninth Circuit.

This training will provide immigration attorneys with the basic tools necessary to determine bond eligibility and to represent detained clients in bond proceedings, including the knowledge necessary to zealously advocate for clients subject to prolonged detention.  This training will focus on practice in the Ninth Circuit and will address the recent Supreme Court decision Jennings

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USCIS Received 190,098 H-1B Petitions For This Year’s H-1B Lottery

USCIS announced that it has received 190,098 H-1B petitions during the first five business days in April, thus marking another year in which the agency received more H-1B petitions than it can approve. Last year, USCIS received 199,000 petitions during the same filing window. Congress mandates a cap of about 85,000 H-1B visas allowed per

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USCIS Will Suspend Premium Processing for New H-1B Cap Petitions

USCIS announced the temporary suspension of premium processing for all Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 cap-subject petitions, regardless of whether the petition is filed for foreign workers with bachelor’s degrees or US master’s degrees. This suspension is expected to last until Sept. 10, 2018. During this time, USCIS will continue to accept premium processing requests for H-1B petitions that are not subject

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USCIS Makes It Harder to Get a TN as An Economist

USCIS issued guidance making it easier for officers to deny TN visas for Canadian and Mexicans who come to the US to work as economists. On December 18, 2017 USCIS issued guidance restricts the professions that can enter the US in TN status as economists. Since the term “economist” is not defined, USCIS and CBP

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