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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 3, 2021 – A group of 125 Chinese and Indian nationals sued the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) over the potential loss of green cards once the annual quota expires by the end of the current fiscal year. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiffs argued that delays in green card processing times would cause them to miss a prime opportunity to become legal permanent residents, forcing them to wait years or decades more to regain eligibility for residency. Chakrabarti v. USCIS was filed in a Maryland district court on August 2, 2021. Around […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 25, 2021 – As vaccination rates increase both within the United States and worldwide, and new infection and death rates decrease, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) faces the formidable challenge of how to resume effective visa processing abroad to reduce the massive backlog of immigrant visa cases, which have built up while consulates have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), on June 29, 2021, issued a policy brief proposing a 10-point plan for re-opening America and re-establishing the United States as a welcoming nation. AILA recommended […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 29 21, 2021 – The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision that foreign nationals who receive Temporary Protected Status (TPS) after entering the United States unlawfully are not eligible to adjust their status to that of a lawful permanent resident. The ruling in Sanchez v. Mayorkas on June 7, 2021, is expected to bar thousands of individuals who hold TPS from applying to become lawful permanent residents of the United States. The issue at the heart of the case was whether being granted TPS enables a person to obtain permanent resident status despite […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 13, 2021 – President Joe Biden signed an executive order that mandates an immediate “top-to-bottom” review of the Trump Administration’s restrictive immigration policies centering on inadmissibility on public charge grounds. Executive Order 14012, issued on February 2, 2021, directs the Departments of Justice, State and Homeland Security to evaluate the implementation and effects of the Public Charge Rule. These Departments are directed to consult with the heads of other relevant federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services.   The order also rescinds a Trump Administration memorandum requiring families to repay the […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 28, 2021 – The Biden Administration allowed Presidential Proclamation 10052 issued by the Trump Administration to expire as expected on March 31, 2021. The Proclamation temporarily suspended the issuance of certain nonimmigrant or temporary work visas to foreign nationals across several categories. The U.S. Department of State (DOS) confirmed that it would not be renewed.   “Finally, a harmful ban on L-1 and H-1B admissions imposed by the prior Administration has come to an end,” commented Stewart Rabinowitz of the Dallas and Frisco law firm of Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “U.S. employers can now […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 21, 2021 – The Biden Administration took recent executive action to reverse the foundational Trump immigration policy contained in the “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order, signed early on in that Administration. On January 25, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order which effectively revoked President Trump’s Buy American and Hire American (BAHA) Executive Order. BAHA — put in place on April 18, 2017, by former President Trump — laid the groundwork for many restrictive immigration policies that followed. Its purported goal was to increase wages and employment rates for U.S. workers by […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 14, 2021 – The Biden Administration has decided to continue the International Entrepreneur Parole Program, which provides immigrant entrepreneurs opportunities to come to the United States and start their businesses. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, on May 10, 2021, announced the withdrawal of a 2018 proposal that intended to terminate the program and end the adjudication of parole requests made by certain foreign nationals looking to set up and develop their start-up companies in the United States. “Finally, some official encouragement of entrepreneurship from the Administration on behalf of the nation to replace the […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2021 – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed replacing its existing random lottery selection process for allocating H-1B visas with a weighted, wage-based system that prioritizes registrations offering highly-paid positions. If finalized, the new regulations would restrict H-1B eligibility and present additional hurdles to future H-1B sponsorship. The proposed changes, published in the Federal Register on November 2, 2020, would give preference to H-1B registrations in which employers have agreed to pay the highest corresponding wage level in the Department of Labor’s (DOL) four-tiered system. If the number of registration submissions […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 2, 2021 – On October 1, 2020, a federal judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted a preliminary injunction that stops the Trump Administration from enforcing a temporary ban on the issuance of H-1B visas and three other categories of nonimmigrant visas, as well as admission of persons already holding those visas to the United States. Judge Jeffrey S. White’s ruling in National Association of Manufacturers et al. v. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) et al. enjoins the Department of State and DHS from implementing Section 2 of […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 24, 2020 – On October 1, 2020, a federal judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted a preliminary injunction that stops the Trump Administration from enforcing a temporary ban on the issuance of H-1B visas and three other categories of nonimmigrant visas, as well as admission of persons already holding those visas to the United States. Judge Jeffrey S. White’s ruling in National Association of Manufacturers et al. v. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) et al. enjoins the Department of State and DHS from implementing Section 2 of […]


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Ridgewood, NJ(Law Firm Newswire) November 23, 2020 – NPZ Law Group is a premier legal practice dedicated to advising individuals, families and businesses on developments in the nation’s immigration laws. With President-elect Joe Biden slated to take office on Jan. 20, 2021, we anticipate a number of immigration reforms will be put into effect within the incoming administration’s first 100 days. These include: * Changes in H-1B visas — Removing limits on per-country employment-based visas and other reforms to enable more highly skilled workers to obtain visas * Changes in family-based immigration — Recognizing spouses and unmarried children of green […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 3, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced plans to expand the scope of biometric data it can require of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens. The proposal was published in the Federal Register on September 11, 2020. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an agency within DHS, currently requires foreign nationals to provide photographs, signatures and fingerprints when filing for immigration benefits. Under the new rules, applicants will be asked to submit additional personal information including iris scans, palm prints, voice prints and facial images as part of the immigration application […]


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Ridgewood, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2020 – NPZ Law Group is a premier legal practice dedicated to advising individuals, families and businesses on US immigration law throughout the nation. On August 2, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a financial rule raising certain immigration and naturalization benefit request fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). USCIS fees are being adjusted by a weighted average of 20 percent to cover operational costs. Because USCIS is funded primarily through fees, not revenue, DHS claims the adjustment is necessary to prevent a $1 billion shortfall. In particular, […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 21, 2020 – Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) filed a lawsuit in federal court on July 8, 2020, to stop the Trump Administration from implementing a new U.S. immigration policy that would force foreign students to leave the United States if they are taking only online classes amid the coronavirus pandemic. After fierce opposition to the rule, and the litigation that it generated, the Department of Homeland Security rescinded the rule on July 14, 2020. Previously, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on July 6, 2020, that foreign students were […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 26, 2020 – The Trump Administration issued a proclamation on May 29, 2020, that blocks the entry into the United States of certain Chinese students and researchers associated with universities and institutions in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) that have links to the Chinese military. The new restrictions apply to graduate-level or postgraduate students, as well as postdoctoral researchers from the PRC seeking to enter the United States on F or J visas. “The proclamation purports to deny U.S. admission to graduate or higher level students and researchers that have had connections to […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2020 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced plans to require U.S. citizens who sponsor their family members for permanent resident cards to provide bank account details. According to an April 10, 2020, notice in the Federal Register, the agency will add sections to the required Affidavit of Support documents in which sponsors must supply their bank account information. Under the proposed changes the Affidavit of Support forms will also need to be notarized before being submitted to USCIS. Sponsors are already required to include information about Affidavits submitted in the […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 5, 2020 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the Public Charge rule previously published took effect February 24, 2020, after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted an injunction that blocked its implementation across the United States. The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling on January 27, 2020, allows the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to enforce its Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds Final Rule. The DHS will apply the final rule nationwide except in Illinois, where a federal court has left an injunction in place barring the policy from taking effect in the […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 12, 2020 – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) denied reports that more than 60 Iranian Americans were detained at the U.S.- Canada border on January 4, 2020 and refused entry to the United States. They were allegedly held for extended periods of time at a port of entry in Blaine, Washington. The detained individuals were trying to return home to the United States after attending an Iranian pop concert in Vancouver, Canada. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said the Iranian Americans were questioned about their political beliefs and allegiances. They also had their […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 28, 2020 – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed to make significant increases to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) filing fees. The new rule would impact filings for many different immigration services, ranging from applications for asylum to naturalization. A notice on the proposed fee hike was posted in the Federal Register on November 14, 2019. DHS has extended the deadline for the public comment period from December 16 to December 30, 2019, to allow stakeholders more time to provide input. “The proposed new fees would nearly double for naturalization applicants, […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a final rule under which employers filing H-1B cap-subject petitions will be required to pay a $10 nonrefundable fee for each registration they submit to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), once the new electronic registration process is operational. The registration fee requirement is effective December 9, 2019. According to DHS, the $10 fee will support the electronic registration system and help recover some of the costs that are associated with operating and maintaining it. The new process seeks to boost USCIS efficiency […]


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