Category Archives: Blogs

  1. Trump’s Public Charge Rule Is Back

    There has been so much back and forth with Trump’s public charge rule that it’s difficult to keep up with the current status quo. In February of this year the Trump administration started to implement its public charge rule, requiring officers to make a prospective determination as to whether an intending immigrant is likely to…

  2. District Court Refuses To Issue Nationwide Injunction Against The April And June Presidential Proclamations, Except For Diversity Lottery Winners

    As most of you will be aware President Trump issued two Proclamations, one in April and the second one in June of this year.  The first Proclamation suspended entry of Immigrants into the U.S. for 60 days for those without a valid visa or travel document.  The second Proclamation extended the first one through December…

  3. Offenses that make someone inadmissible or deportable

    If you have been charged or convicted of a crime you may be concerned about how this will affect your Immigration status.  Certain offenses can make you inadmissible and/ or deportable. However, before we start discussing these offenses it is important to understand the distinction between the grounds of inadmissibility and deportability as different rules…

  4. New DOS Guidance After Federal Suits Against The Presidential Proclamations

    Since the beginning of the Coronavirus Pandemic, President Donald Trump has issued two Proclamations banning entry of a huge range of foreign workers and family immigrants. The proclamations are supposedly in response to unprecedented unemployment levels. More specifically, virtually no employment-based immigrants (H1s, L1s, Js and their families) or family immigrants (except for the spouses…

  5. Trump’s Plan To Increase H-1B Enforcement

    Department of Homeland Security (DOL) and Department of Labor (DOL) to join forces to investigate H-1B violations On June 22 President Trump issued a proclamation suspending entry of non-immigrants into the U.S., namely those seeking to enter on an H-1B, H-2B, H-4, J or L visa. This proclamation also required the Secretary of Labor and…

  6. New Agreement Between Federal Departments For H-1B Enforcement

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will be joining forces to investigate suspected cases of fraud of the H-1B specialty occupation visa program (H-1B program). The two federal departments have entered into an agreement under which DHS will share data and records on H-1B petitions in the…

  7. USCIS Announces Significant Hike In Filing Fees For Certain Non-Immigrant And Immigrant Petitions

    USCIS is strapped for cash and has been appealing to Congress for a bailout to the tune of $1.2billion.  They had threatened to furlough 13,400 employees, however these plans have been put on hold after it was noted that USCIS accounts showed a surplus for the fiscal year 2020. On Wednesday USCIS pleaded with lawmakers…

  8. Frequently Asked Questions For International Students

    With the COVID-19 emergency guidelines in place and the current Trump administration, it can be very difficult to keep up with the applicable immigration laws, the Department of Homeland security (DHS)’s notices and the Presidential Proclamations. If you are an international student, you not only have to focus on your classes but also have to…

  9. NY District Court Issues Nationwide Injunction And Temporary Stay On Trump’s Unlawful Public Charge Rule.

    Earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and (DOS) began implementing its new Public Charge rule nationwide which required officers to make a prospective determination as to whether an applicant for a green card is likely to become a public charge. See our previous article for further details: https://www.patellegal.com/the-dawn-of-a-new-era-becoming-familiar-with-the-new-public-charge-rule/ Because of this rule…

  10. Job loss during COVID-19 and the Compelling Circumstance EAD

    COVID-19 has left countless non-immigrants out of a job and scrambling for ways to remain in the U.S.  For individuals who have been in the U.S. for many years and are already on the path to lawful permanent residency, the loss of a job can be absolutely devastating and the prospect of having to leave…

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