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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


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


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


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


Court Mandates Implementation of the International Entrepreneur Rule

In a win for promising foreign entrepreneurs, USCIS began accepting applications for entrepreneurial parole after a federal judge in Washington, D.C. ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to halt its delay of the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER).  The IER was an Obama administration policy that would allow promising foreign start-up founders who meet certain


As Expected, DHS Terminates Haiti’s TPS

On November 20, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced that it will terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti, effective July 22, 2019. Haitians living in the United States under TPS have 18 months to seek lawful immigration status in the United States, if eligible, or leave the country.  The announcement