Asylum Seekers and Detention – A Change in Policy

On December 16, 2009, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) Assistant Secretary John Morton announced that ICE will generally release from detention arriving asylum seekers who have a credible fear of persecution or torture if certain criteria are met-part of ICE’s ongoing immigration detention reform efforts. The revised guidelines, effective Jan. 4, 2010, will permit […]

H-1B Enforcement to be Strenghtened

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) is planning to step up its effort to conduct on-site inspections of H-1B visa employers to see whether employers that have sponsored workers for an H-1B visa are complying with the terms or are in violation of them. The USCIS plans to conduct 25,000 on-site inspections in 2010.  […]

Summary of Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity (CIR ASAP) Act of 2009

On December 15, 2009, Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL), introduced a bill in the House of Representatives, entitled Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity (CIR ASAP) Act of 2009. Click here to read the comments Rep. Gutierrez, chair of the CHC Immigration Task Force, made at a press conference introducing the bill. While […]

FY 2010 H-1B Cap Count Update

As of December 15, 2009, approximately 64,200 H-1B cap-subject petitions had been filed. USCIS has approved sufficient H-1B petitions for aliens with advanced degrees to meet the exemption of 20,000 from the fiscal year 2010 cap.  Any H-1B petitions filed on behalf of an alien with an advanced degree will now count toward the general H-1B […]

New Federalized Procedures for Obtaining Prevailing Wage Determination

Effective January 1, 2010, the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) National Prevailing Wage and Helpdesk Center (NPWHC) in Washington, DC, will receive and process prevailing wage determination (PWD) requests for use in the H-1B, H-1B1 (Chile/Singapore), H-1C, H-2B, E-3 (Australia), and permanent labor certification programs. On December 19, 2008, the Department published a Final […]

At-A-Glance: Executive Office for Immigration Review

Ever wonder how someone is placed in removal proceedings? Do you know what to expect when you (or someone you know) appear in front of an immigration judge? Do you know the difference between a “credible fear interview” and a “reasonable fear interview”? Do you know your options after an immigration judge makes a decision […]

Immigration Reform Legislation to be Introduced Again

On Tuesday, December 15, 2009 Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) will introduce new legislation, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (“CIR ASAP”), to the U.S. House of Representatives. Gutierrez will be joined by members of many different faiths and backgrounds, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Black Caucus, Asian Pacific […]

Immigration Detainee Transfers – A Follow Up

Just a quick follow up on our last post relating to detainee transfers… We came across this wonderful (and informative) article by Beth Werlin on the Immigration Impact website.  The article informs the readers about the problems encountered by detained foreign nationals and the lawyers who represent them.

Increase in Transfers of Immigration Detainees

Immigration detention is on the rise.  Foreign nationals are being detained for many reasons, including final deportation or removal order or commission of certain crimes.  Detention can be a scary experience, both for the foreign national being detained and for the family members of the foreign national, many of whom depend on the detained family […]