A Federal Judge in Texas temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, which drew opposition from 26 states across the nation.The United States District Judge Andrew Hanen ruled on February 16, 2015 to block the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program (DAPA) executive actions that Obama announced late last year to shield as many as 4.4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. The federal government quickly filed an appeal in the Fifth Circuit Court with an emergency m ... Read More>
Specialized Knowledge Defined
On March 24, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the release of an updated policy memorandum on the L-1B nonimmigrant visa classification for workers with specialized knowledge. The memorandum, which clarifies for USCIS officers how L-1B petitioners may demonstrate that an employee has specialized knowledge, will be posted on-line for a 45-day public feedback period. The memorandum will go into effect on August 31, 2015. Issuing a final policy me ... Read More>
Work Authorization for Spouse of H-1B
Effective May 26, 2015, Certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants can file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, as long as the H-1B nonimmigrant: (1) Is the principal beneficiary of an approved Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker; OR (2) Has been granted H-1B status under sections 106(a) and (b) of the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-first Century Act of 2000 as amended by the 21st Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act (AC21). The implementation of this exec ... Read More>
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