The Department of State’s (DOS) January Visa Bulletin brings some New Years cheer for China and “All Other Countries” designations indicating that that the EB-3 subcategory for professionals and skilled workers will advance by nine months for China, from June 1, 2010 to March 1, 2011, and seven months for “All Other Countries,” from November 1, 2012 to June 1, 2013.
A lawsuit brought by a union and several IT workers concerning the legality of the student visa work program known as Optional Practical Training (OPT) was given the go-ahead by federal district court Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle, following her denial of the Department of Homeland Security’s motion to dismiss the claim for lack of standing. Plaintiffs, the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers and three IT workers, allege that OPT is a conduit for low-wage labor and unfair job competition.
Last week Stacy Stiffel Paddack was announced as the newest Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO).
‘Tis the Season…or at Least Time to Prepare for the Season—FY 2016 H-1B Cap Season, That is – Are You Ready?
With no relief in sight for an increase in the limited number of H-1B spots that will be available in Fiscal Year 2016 (FY 2016) nor likely implementation of other possible measures to improve the immigration system by April 1, 2015, are you ready for H-1B Cap Season?
Monday Morning Regulatory Review: Immigration Executive Action; H2B Wage Rates; Regulations & Non-Discretionary Duties; And Waters of the United States
The immigration “executive action” became much clearer with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rolling out a variety of memoranda implementing the President (POTUS)’s priorities, but there was no, and many not have ever been, an “Executive Order.”
On October 30, 2014 the BIA (Board of Immigration Appeals) issued a decision determining that a Form I-9 is admissible as evidence in immigration court proceedings to support charges of removability against a noncitizen and to determine his or her eligibility for relief of removal.
Texas Governor Mandates E-Verify for All Texas State Agencies and Businesses Contracting with the State of Texas
Texas Governor Rick Perry started December by issuing an Executive Order requiring E-Verify participation by all Texas state agencies and for all businesses contracting with the State of Texas.
On December 3, 2014, NBC News reportedly obtained a November 3 letter written by Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, Stephen Legomsky, Hiroshi Motomura, and Michael Olivas – four distinguished immigration law professors.
Not two weeks after the President announced his executive action on immigration, 17 states, including Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin, led by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, are challenging the executive action under the U.S. Constitution’s Take Care Clause (Section 3 of Article 2).
Fourteen States and Four Governors Sue the President On His Immigration Executive Orders – the Battle Begins
It didn’t take long. Fourteen states and four governors, led by Texas, filed a complaint in the Federal Court in Brownsville, Texas seeking to nullify the President’s Executive Order relating to immigration.