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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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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 8, 2019 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has failed to clear up uncertainty surrounding the implementation of its H1-B electronic registration system. In a letter issued on September 30, 2019, the agency said it is continuing to test the new tool ahead of plans to implement it during the fiscal year 2021 cap season. USCIS Acting Director Kenneth Cuccinelli said the tool was retested earlier in September following a redesign in response to feedback from an initial round of testing. He stated that the agency plans to “conduct further outreach and training” […]


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Charlotte, NC (Law Firm Newswire) November 4, 2019 – Nick Harling and Sheila Sheng both joined the firm in September, bringing with them a wealth of knowledge and invaluable resources to current and future clients. “We are very excited that Nick and Sheila have decided to join Garfinkel Immigration,” co-managing partner Steve Garfinkel said. “Their expertise and extensive experience will increase our already exceptional level of service to clients across numerous industries. “Nick and Sheila are both a natural fit for the firm with outstanding academic achievement, impeccable legal credentials, proven leadership and a commitment to quality service for our […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 4, 2019 – The immigration system has been in turmoil, and the number of delays in processing forms, visas and appeals are multiplying. The delays are occurring in spite of immigration attorneys working hard to provide all requested and required forms and updated materials. The most troubling indication of ever-increasing delays and stonewalling within the immigration system comes in the form of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) markedly distancing themselves from working with immigration attorneys. The USCIS no longer makes the effort to talk to the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association (AILA). “USCIS has […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2019 – Under the current administration, the immigration system has been experiencing many changes. Due to slower population growth, in the United States and other countries, the need for a college-educated workforce grows. However, the number of student visa denials is increasing. Chinese and Middle Eastern students face increased scrutiny. Moreover, the F-2 spouse and child are being denied visas. The current situation places additional hardship on students and their families. “If you are a student on an F-1 visa, there are several things you must do. For instance, for the Student and […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 7, 2019 – Several pros and cons exist surrounding the decision to file for a premium processing service or not. The premium processing service offers expedited processing for certain employment-based petitions or applications. For those petitions or applications, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) guarantees a 15-calendar day processing, or it refunds the fee. If the fee is repaid, the case continues to receive expedited processing. For those wishing to learn more about the premium processing service, visit here. “For those who wish to file for the premium processing service, you need to […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2019 – The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and 27 other organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) opposing the discontinuation of a crucial immigration program for military families. The letter, dated July 30, 2019, called on Acting DHS Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan, Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli and DOD Secretary Mark T. Esper to maintain the military Parole in Place (PIP) program to protect the undocumented spouses, children and parents of service members from deportation. […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 24, 2019 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will reopen certain non-military medical deferred action cases that are pending as of August 7, 2019. The announcement came on September 2, 2019 after widespread public criticism in response to the agency’s sudden decision to end its adjudication of such requests. A host of organizations voiced strong opposition to the USCIS policy change and 127 members of Congress wrote a letter calling for the Trump administration to reinstate the program. USCIS said that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would take over the responsibility of processing […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2019 – A federal judge in Boston issued a preliminary injunction that temporarily blocks U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from making civil immigration arrests of undocumented individuals who enter Massachusetts courthouses. U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani delivered the ruling on June 20, 2019, in a lawsuit challenging an ICE directive that authorizes civil immigration arrests in state courthouses. According to the court order, the preliminary injunction stops ICE and the Department of Homeland Security from arresting immigrants who are visiting or leaving Massachusetts courthouses on “official business” as witnesses or defendants. The […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 6, 2019 – All U.S. work visas have an expiration date and those who hold one must depart the country on or before that date. If that does not happen, the visa holder may face serious consequences. If the work visa currently held by a foreign worker is about to expire, and the goal is to extend the length of time in the United States, the holder much file a request before the initially authorized stay runs out. Usually, it is best to extend a work visa at least 45 days before the authorized […]


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