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Category: Immigration Policy

What You Need to Know About New Border Enforcement Actions

In an official fact sheet released by the White House on January 5th, 2023, the Biden-Harris Administration announced a series of new border enforcement actions that may impact migrants to the U.S. The fact sheet covers the administration’s plans regarding border security and immigration from Central and South American countries, including Haiti, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba.  The announcement comes following

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YouTube Your Way to the USA

Our firm has fielded many inquiries regarding work as a YouTube Creator and employment-based petitions and employment authorization. This article summarizes these inquiries. What is YouTube and What Does it mean to be a YouTube Creator? YouTube is an American online video-sharing platform headquartered in San Bruno, California that allows users to upload, view, rate, share, add to playlists, report,

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Pregnancy is no longer considered a pleasure for B visa holders.

Trump has recently announced its changes to the B-1/B-2 tourist visa in its effort to “eliminate the criminal activity associated with the birth tourism industry.”  Trump has recently announced its changes to the B-1/B-2 tourist visa in its effort to “eliminate the criminal activity associated with the birth tourism industry.” According to the administration “an entire “birth tourism” industry has

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Immigrants to be denied visas if they can’t afford health care

The current administration said it would deny visas to immigrants who are unable to prove they can pay for their own health insurance or medical costs once they become official residents of the United States. The administration justified the move by saying immigrants are three times as likely to lack health insurance coverage, which would impose a burden on American

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USCIS Seeks to Limit EAD for Foreign Nationals Paroled Into the US

Litwin & Smith recommends that you maintain your H-1B. Adjustment of Status EAD cannot be relied upon. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a immigration policy alert on August 19, 2019, stating that USCIS is enhancing its adjudicators’ discretion to grant or deny work permits to foreign nationals paroled into the United States under INA 212(d)(5). This policy change

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DHS will perform site visits to STEM OPT employer locations.

Until recently a provision in the May 2016, STEM OPT regulation was not enfored. Current immigration policy (81 FR 13039) clarifies DHS discretion to conduct employer site visits at worksites to verify whether employers are meeting program requirements, including that they possess and maintain the ability and resources to provide structured and guided work-based learning experiences. While DHS had the

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Cinco cosas que todo indocumentado debe saber en EEUU

En estos últimos años, la situación para las personas que no se encuentran de manera legal en los Estados Unidos ha sido cada vez más difícil. Los controles migratorios se han vuelto mucho más estrictos y son cada día más frecuentes a lo largo del país, en especial en el Estado de California. Esto ha hecho que muchas personas sin

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Trump’s Immigration Policy Divides Immigrant Families

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recently announced “zero tolerance immigration policy for illegal entry on our Southwest border” is counter to America’s immigration policy favoring family unification because it will ultimately divide more families than unify them. May 7, 2018, the US Attorney General Jeff Sessions further indicated this administration’s position on immigration and families when he announced that the Department

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USCIS Director Announces Pending Changes to the H-1B Visa Program

On April 4, 2018, the Director of USCIS, Lee Francis Cissna, wrote Congress on USCIS’ efforts to comply with the April 2017 Executive Order, “Buy American, Hire American.” Below is Litwin & Smith’s summary of the existing, pending, and proposed changes that have occurred since the Executive Order: Changes made since the “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order Extreme Vetting:

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