The number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Court climbed to a new all-time high of 445,607 as of the end of April 2015, according to very timely government court data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). The case backlog has risen 9.2 percent since the beginning of this fiscal year when the backlog was 408,037. The backlog is 29.5 percent higher than it was at the beginning of fiscal year 2014, at which time only 344,230 cases were waiting in the Immigration Court. (more…)
U.S. Immigration has several immigration relief measures that may be available to Nepali nationals who are affected by the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015.
Immigration Attorney explain relief for Nepal nationals as follows: (more…)
Entering the United States as a first-time visitor can be an exciting experience. However, if you decide to overstay or fall into unlawful immigration status, then you should take the advise of an experience immigration attorney. Immigration Law Offices of Gail S. Seeram offers her top five (5) immigration tips for anyone who is seeking lawful permanent resident status in the United States. (more…)
At the Summit of Americas, President Obama shared a historic hand shake with Cuban President Castro and is opening the door to diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Further, President Obama intends to remove Cuba from the terrorism list, eliminating a major obstacle to the restoration of diplomatic relations after decades of hostilities. President Obama and Cuban President Castro engaged in the first such formal meeting between the leaders of the two countries in more than a half-century. What does the renewed relations between President Obama and Cuban President Castro mean for U.S. immigration policy? (more…)
Hillary Clinton Candidate for President Immigration Views – According to New York Times, Hillary Clinton supports President Obama’s decision to use his executive powers to reshape the nation’s immigration policy, saying it was needed “to begin fixing our broken immigration system and focus finite resources on deporting felons rather than families.” CLICK HERE to watch video announcing Hillary’s candidacy for President.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reached the congressionally mandated H-1B 2016 cap for fiscal year (FY) 2016. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U.S. advanced degree exemption.
USCIS will use a computer-generated process, also known as the lottery, to randomly select the H-1B 2016 petitions needed to meet the caps of 65,000 visas for the general category and 20,000 for the advanced degree exemption.
USCIS will first randomly select H-1B 2016 petitions for the advanced degree exemption. All unselected advanced degree petitions will become part of the random selection process for the 65,000 general limit. The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject H-1B 2016 petitions that are not duplicate filings. (more…)
Many immigrants see coming to the United States as an opportunity to escape poverty, crime, and abuse and to seek a better life. With tourist visa issued at a low rate, many seek entry into the United States through “back-track” or illegal entry. Some immigrants choose to enter the U.S. by land and foot through U.S. land borders or ports of entry such as Arizona, California, Texas and Canada. Others try to enter the U.S. by air with a photo switch passport or use a United States citizen’s passport to gain entry into the United States. The people who get paid to make these “back-track” arrangements would often sell you a dream and tell you that your illegally entry will be undetected by the United States immigration authorities.
However, since 9/11, (more…)
Department of Homeland Security shutdown avoided today since Republican leadership backed down from battling President Obama on his immigration executive action. House Speaker Boehner introduced a “clean” funding bill today that had no mention of reversing or battling President Obama immigration executive action. The bill passed the House of Representatives and Senate and is on its way to the President’s desk for signature and passage into law. The Homeland Security Shutdown avoided today means that Republicans will not face a backlash from the public. Many federal workers were relieved that the Homeland Security Shutdown avoided and they will not miss any paychecks.
Yesterday, lawyers for the Justice Department filed an emergency motion to lift the injunction blocking the President Immigration Action because it violates the separation of powers under the U.S. Constitution. In the legal brief, lawyers for the Justice Department argue that the injunction by Judge Hanen “offends basic separation-of-powers principles, impinging on core executive functions concerning the exercise of discretion in the complex task of enforcing the immigration laws.” Since it is unlikely that the objections by the Justice Department will persuade Judge Hanen to lift his injunction on the President Immigration Action and allow the immigration programs to move forward, the government’s lawyers also filed a notice that they would appeal the judge’s overall ruling at the appeals court. (more…)
“This is not the first time where a lower court judge has blocked something or attempted to block something that ultimately is going to be lawful, and I’m confident that it is well within my authority.” – stated President Obama confident on immigration, after a federal judge in Texas ordered a halt to the president’s executive actions on immigration. President Obama confident on Immigration is defiant: “I think that the law is on our side and history is on our side, we are going to appeal it.”