Category Archives: Blogs

  1. ICE: International Students May Have To Go Back To Their Home Country If Their Classes Go Online Only This Fall

    The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) is modifying the temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online classes due to the pandemic for the fall 2020 semester. The modifications include the following: Nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United…

  2. Trump’s Attack On H-1Bs Is The Worst Yet

    60 days after suspending the issuance of green cards President Trump has now extended this order to include H-1Bs and a number of other visa categories. While many argue that the revival of the U.S. economy will depend on the help of Immigrants, this is not something which Trump can put into a slogan to…

  3. Why Day 1 CPT is Not a Good Idea and Can Cause More Problems Than It Solves

    Recently I have found myself regularly consulting with clients on the pros and cons of taking day 1 CPT to enable a student to continue working. The typical scenario is when a student has exhausted their OPT/STEM OPT options and wants to continue working for the same employer. There are a handful of Universities offering…

  4. To Sue or Not to Sue, That is the Question

    This article discusses one of the most pressing questions in Immigration today. Whether to sue USCIS in Federal Court over a delayed or denied case. Although this article is written with H-1Bs in mind, it can equally apply to other cases such as delayed or denied H-4s, H-4 EADs, L-1s, I-140 petitions and even EB-5….

  5. Securing H-1B Approval Beyond the 6-Year Limit

    An individual on H-1B may only be admitted for 6 years. This limit also applies to spouses and children on H-4. Due to the heavy backlog for Green cards for Indian Nationals, most individuals on H-1B find themselves needing to extend their H-1B beyond the 6-year limit. Although a person who leaves the U.S. and…

  6. USCIS Must Rescind Its 2018 Contracts and Itineraries Memo (For Real This Time)

    Over 2 months ago I wrote an article stating that a Federal Judge had ruled that USCIS could no longer rely on its 2018 Contracts and Itineraries memo. Here is the link to the original article: https://www.patellegal.com/federal-judge-rules-that-uscis-can-no-longer-use-its-policy-memos-to-justify-denying-h-1b-petitions/ In this article I explained that despite the decision it didn’t necessarily mean USCIS would abide by it. …

  7. Evictions in the City of Dallas During COVID-19 

    As of: May 6, 2020  On April 22, 2020, the City of Dallas, acting through the Mayor and City Counsel executed Ordinance No. 31521 with the following purposes: (i) providing for a COVID notice of possible eviction by residential landlords before a notice to vacate, (ii) creating a COVID hardship notice for tenants, and (iii)…

  8. Evictions in Texas During The COVID-19 Pandemic

    Eviction Under Normal Circumstances In Texas, eviction is controlled by a combination of Texas law, United States law, county ordinances, and the terms of the agreement (if any) between the landlord and the tenant.  This means that the eviction process depends on a lot of different factors, and the procedure for evicting a tenant can…

  9. Trump Suspends Green Cards Due to COVID-19

    Yesterday, President Trump signed an Executive Order, temporarily suspending the issuance of green cards, claiming that this is a necessary step towards protecting the jobs of U.S. workers. Effective at 11.59 pm on April 23, 2020, this proclamation suspends entry into the U.S. of the following immigrants: Those outside the U.S. as of the effective…

  10. DOL and USCIS Relax Their Requirements to Help Employers Cope During the COVID-19 Outbreak

    Finally, both DOL and USCIS are showing a willingness to relax their requirements in an effort to help Employers timely respond to requests for information during the COVID-19 pandemic. DOL The DOL has announced the following temporary measures to allow Employers to continue to comply with its regulations: Extension for deadlines: DOL has extended the…

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