January 2015 Visa Bulletin: Some Good News, but Executive Action Benefits Cannot Come Soon Enough

By | Inside Business Immigration | December 10, 2014

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.

D.C. Federal Court Allows IT Worker Lawsuit Over Optional Practical Training Program

By | Inside Business Immigration | December 10, 2014

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.

Monday Morning Regulatory Review: Immigration Executive Action; H2B Wage Rates; Regulations & Non-Discretionary Duties; And Waters of the United States

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.” 

President Obama’s Executive Action On Immigration Under Attack in Federal Court

By | Immigration Blog | December 4, 2014
President Obama’s Executive Action On Immigration Under Attack in Federal Court

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).