Law firm, Wasden Banias, files a lawsuit to challenge President Trump’s Executive Order suspending the entry of new H-1B visa holders into the U.S.
Wasden Banias, who won the major H-1B victory earlier this year in the ITServe decision that overturned 2 USCIS memos that targeted the H-1B visa, are back in federal court. They are now fighting on behalf on H-1B visa holders and their families, challenging President Trump’s recent H-1B visa ban. This is the first lawsuit […]
The Trump Administration backs down from sending F-1 students home during the pandemic
After being sued by numerous schools, most notably Harvard and MIT, and several states, including California, the Trump Administration rescinds their recent F-1 directive that would send F-1 students home if their college went online during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Joe Biden’s Immigration Plans
Joe Biden promises to revoke President Trump’s recent H-1B visa suspension, if he is elected. He also intends to address granting legal status to undocumented immigrants, protect DACA, rescind the Muslim travel ban, and restore refugee admissions.
President Trump is trying to restrict immigration, but Americans want more immigration, according to a Gallup Poll.
Americans want more immigration into the U.S., for the first time since 1965.
President Trump has extended immigration restrictions until 12/31/2020
President Trump has issued further immigration restrictions due to high unemployment rates caused by COVID-19. This Executive Order continues the previous restrictions on green card applications, and it also issues new restrictions on H-1B, H-2B, J, and L visas, but only for individuals entering the U.S. As of now, these restrictions do not affect individuals […]
An Overview of U.S. Refugee Law and Policy
The American Immigration Council has created a fact sheet on U.S. refugee law and policy, and how refugee admissions have fallen under the Trump administration.
U.S. Supreme Court keeps DACA alive
In 2012, President Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This is a United States immigration policy that allows individuals brought to the country as children to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and become eligible for a work permit in the U.S. President Trump has tried to terminate this program. Litigation has kept the […]
How does the employment-based immigration system work?
President Trump is considering suspending the H-1B visa, among other employment-based visas. To educate the public on how these visas actually work, the American Immigration Council has created a fact sheet about the employment-based immigration system. Don’t listen to the hype. Find the real facts here.
Does President Trump Really Want the “Best and Brightest” H-1B Visa Holders?
Does President Trump really want the “Best and Brightest” immigrants in the US, as he stated when he signed the “Buy American Hire American” Executive Order? This article seems to corroborate that claim. However, compare Trump’s words with this current trend within USCIS. Does “Best and Brightest” only mean “somewhat good but not really the […]
USCIS Acquiesces to Judge’s Decision in ITServe Alliance
The IT Consulting industry has been hit hard by President Trump’s immigration policies. The industry fought back and won. USCIS settles with ITServe Alliance, and it will rescind the 2018 Third Party Worksite Memo and will not apply the requirements in the 2010 Neufeld Memo. This is a huge win for the industry. Congratulations to […]
H-1B Visas Help U.S. College Graduates’ Job Prospects
President Trump is looking to halt H-1B visas on the premise that they take jobs away from U.S. workers. However, a new study by economist Madeline Zavodny for the National Foundation for American Policy suggests the opposite is actually true.
Do H-1B Employers Underpay Their H-1B Employees?
Research by the Cato Institute says no.
Unemployment Rates in the Tech Industry Have Actually Decreased During COVID-19
President Trump is expected to halt H-1B visas this month, citing the large unemployment rate in the U.S. due to COVID-19. However, in technology, which is the industry in which the vast majority of H-1B visa holders work, unemployment rates have actually decreased from 3% to 2.8%. What will this statistic do to Trump’s plans?
The future of the H-4 EAD
In a seeming change of opinion, DHS asks a judge to not block the H-4 EAD (certain spouses of H-1B workers are entitled to an H-4 employment authorization document) rule that was created by the Obama administration. The Trump administration has been trying to dismantle the H4 EAD for a few years. Is this a […]
Are new H-1B restrictions forthcoming?
Stuart Anderson of Forbes wrote an informative article about the H-1B visa and its effects on the economy and jobs of U.S. workers. The H-1B visa actually stimulates the economy and helps create U.S. jobs, rather than the opposite, according to various studies. This article gives a nice summary about companies that use the H-1B […]
We prevailed on another federal court matter
This morning, a judge with the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted our motion for preliminary injunction against United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Our client filed for an H-1B petition in 2017, which was denied by USCIS twice and which was the subject of this litigation. We filed a […]
The Trump administration was looking for a public health crisis to limit immigration.
A very interesting read.
USCIS is preparing to reopen on June 4
USCIS’s closures due to COVID-19 have been extended until June 3. The tentative reopen date is now June 4. While offices are temporarily closed, USCIS will continue to provide limited emergency in-person services. Please call the USCIS Contact Center for assistance with emergency services. All appointments that were cancelled will be rescheduled. You can find the official […]
President Trump signed an Executive Order temporarily suspending immigration into the U.S.
President Trump has signed the Executive Order he alluded to in Monday evening’s Tweet. The Order lasts for 60 days, can be renewed, and affects people outside of the U.S. seeking immigrant status. It does not appear to pertain to nonimmigrant visas, such as the H-1B, TN, L-1, etc. You can find the entire Order […]
Trump Tweet: Temporarily Halt Immigration
As many of you probably heard, Trump tweeted out on April 20 that he plans to temporarily halt immigration into the U.S. He gave no specifics, so we are unsure what this means. However, here is a well-written article about the proposed suspension and how faulty and self-serving it is.
From the Archives – Premier Lawyers of America Award
In December 2019, Attorney Beata McCann was recognized for excellence in the practice of immigration law, in the top 1% of immigration attorneys in America.
Our federal court win is mentioned in Forbes
An article in Forbes mentions our recent win in federal court – Info Labs Inc. v. USCIS. We are thrilled to join this fight against unreasonable denials of H-1B visas!
We won a case in Federal District Court!
A little over a year ago, we filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, on behalf of a client whose H-1B nonimmigrant petition was denied. USCIS denied the petition on the grounds that a Computer Systems Analyst was not a specialty occupation. We disagreed, so we took it […]