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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 31, 2017 – On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump issued a sweeping executive order limiting refugee admissions for the current fiscal year. The order will ban admission to the United States from Muslim majority countries, in addition to making other changes in an effort to stop foreign terrorists from entering the United States. The executive order suspends all refugee admissions for 120 days and cuts the total refugee numbers which the United State will accept for this fiscal year to 50,000 from its previously set number of 110,000. It further suspends Syrian refugee […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 9, 2017 – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a long-awaited final rule that will benefit many nonimmigrant foreign employees who are highly skilled, and employment-based immigrant workers, as well as their employers. The rule takes effect January 17, 2017. “After more than a decade, USCIS has finally issued regulations interpreting legislation passed in 2001 which assist both highly skilled immigrants and nonimmigrants in a comprehensive way,” said Stewart Rabinowitz, a Dallas immigration attorney with Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “It is a welcome change basing practice advice to clients on regulations, and […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 22, 2016 – Certain Filipino veterans of World War II, their spouses, and unmarried children under 21 may be eligible to be paroled into the United States and wait for a visa number to become available in recognition of their military service to the United States. Ordinarily, an immigrant visa applicant must have a visa number before being admitted to the United States and wait for such a number abroad. The Filipino World War II Veterans Parole (FWVP) program was announced by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and became effective June 8, 2016. […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2016 – An arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) can result in the revocation of a nonimmigrant visa. According to the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) of the Department of State (DOS) made public earlier this year, the DOS may prudentially revoke an otherwise valid nonimmigrant visa when it is notified that the visa holder was arrested or convicted of a DUI or similar offense within the previous five years. The new policy reflects a more aggressive approach to addressing concerns over DUI-related offenses based upon information which DOS receives post visa issuance, […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 31, 2016 – A coalition of business organizations is urging Congress to extend the EB-5 Regional Center program. The EB-5 investor visa program allows a foreign national to obtain a green card if he or she invests money in the United States which creates jobs in the United States. An individual must invest $1 million, or $500,000 in certain rural or high-unemployment areas, and create or preserve at least 10 U.S. worker jobs. The foreign national can invest directly in his or her own project or in a government approved Regional Center. A Regional […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 29, 2016 – H.R. 5203, named the Visa Integrity and Security Act of 2016, seeks to enhance security in processing visas, combat immigration fraud and help identify terrorists, according to U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes who introduced the bill. According to critics, the bill is discriminatory and invasive. The bill targets people from certain countries for enhanced security procedures and requires DNA testing of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who sponsor blood-related family members. “While the bill’s purpose is to make us secure, its overkill provisions, such as mandatory DNA testing for immigrants based on […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 27, 2016 – Most immigration filing fees charged by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would be increased under a rule change proposed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on May 4, 2016. According to DHS, the fee schedule must be adjusted to maintain adequate service and to recover costs. The agency stated that it conducted a comprehensive fee review and determined that current fees do not recover the full cost of services which it provides. Under the proposed rule, USCIS fees would be increased by a weighted average of 21 percent, with […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 21, 2016 – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has launched the Known Employer Pilot Program (KEPP), to evaluate a new process for employers for employers who want to hire certain foreign national workers in employment-based visa categories. The Known Employer Program would require an employer to pre-qualify first by setting up an online profile in a Web-based Known Employer Document Library. The employer would then upload documents to that library. USCIS would evaluate eligibility requirements and once approved, permit an employer to file foreign national eligibility documents without company supporting evidence. The pilot […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2016 – A study by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the government’s efforts to detect fraud in asylum requests could be better implemented. The study, Asylum: Additional Actions Needed to Assess and Address Fraud Risks, identified several ways that fraud detection could be improved. “Asylum standards are the same as refugee standards; the former is an application made in the United States, the latter made abroad,” said Stewart Rabinowitz, a noted Dallas immigration attorney with Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. “As to asylum, the USCIS is charged with developing the means […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 23, 2015 – A proposed new rule would expand work authorization for F-1 foreign students with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) degrees. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the proposed rule Oct. 19, 2015. The proposed rule allows eligible foreign students to extend their F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) for 24 months beyond the usual 12-month OPT period, provided certain requirements are met. This is a change from a 2008 rule that had permitted a 17-month extension. “While the proposed regulations extend STEM employment authorization to 24 months yielding a total […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 11, 2015 – A bill has been introduced in Congress that would allow foreign nationals who are in the United States in E-2 status to become eligible to apply for permanent U.S. residency after 10 years in E-2 status. As background, the United States has treaties with more than 60 countries that provide for investment. The treaties permit citizens of a treaty country to make an investment in the United States provided the treaty investor meets certain requirements. The E-2 treaty investor visa must make a substantial investment in an active commercial enterprise, and […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2015 – Beginning May 26, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for employment authorization from qualifying H-4 spouses of H-1B visa holders. An H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa classification that allows a U.S. employer to temporarily employ a foreign worker in a specialty occupation that requires at minimum a bachelor’s degree and specialized knowledge in a field. H-4 visas are issued to immediate family members of an H-1B visa holder. The change in policy means that an H-4 spouse may apply for employment authorization if their H-1B spouse […]


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