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Debate Over Birthright Citizenship: A Devious Distraction from Needed Reform

The debate over abolishing birthright citizenship is one more distraction from fixing our broken immigration system. Instead of focusing on comprehensive reform, Republican leaders are proposing constitutional amendments to deny…

Draconian Arizona Law Sparks Renewed Hope for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Last April, the State of Arizona passed bill SB1070, probably the toughest immigration law targeting undocumented immigrants ever enacted in the nation. This law allows state officials to inquire into…

U.S. Supreme Court Rules that Non-Citizen Defendants Must Be Advised of Immigration Consequences of Criminal Charges

Immigration regulations and criminal law intersect when a non-citizen is charged with a crime and faces possible immigration consequences, including deportation, if he is convicted of the offense. Criminal defense…

H-1B Season Quickly Approaching

Starting on April 1, 2010, USCIS will begin accepting cap-subject H1B petitions, with employment start dates no earlier than October 1, for the fiscal year 2011 (FY11) H-1B cap season.…

U.S. Supreme Court Preserves Judicial Review For Foreign Nationals Seeking To Reopen Removal Proceedings

On January 20, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Kucana v. Holder that a law barring judicial review of discretionary decisions of the Attorney General applies only to decisions made discretionary…

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Removes HIV Ban and Issues New Vaccination Criteria for U.S. Immigration

CDC Says HIV Infection is No Longer a Communicable Disease

Foreign nationals who are determined to have a “communicable disease of public health significance” are inadmissible to the United States, according…

U Visa Program Offers Protection to Immigrant Crime Victims

Immigrant crime victims generally lack access to the criminal justice system because of language barriers, cultural differences, and ignorance about the process. Most of all, their fear of deportation and…

Department of State Issues December 2009 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State's (DOS') Visa Office (VO) has released the visa numbers for the month of December. The Employment First Preference category remains current for all chargeability areas. The…

Updates from the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services

USCIS Naturalization Test to Become Fully Implemented

Effective Oct. 1, 2009, all citizenship applicants must take the new naturalization test, regardless of when they filed their Application for Naturalization…

Applications for Change of Status: What to do when your plans change during a temporary stay in the U.S.

Each year, millions of foreign nationals use a non-immigrant visa (NIV) to enter the United States and remain here on a temporary basis.  There are various categories of NIVs and…

CBP Expands Global Entry Pilot Program to 13 Additional Airports

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced the expansion of the Global Entry international trusted-traveler pilot program to 13 additional airports across the United States, as follows: