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NVC Errors Continue

Mechelle Zarou

Mechelle Zarou

The National Visa Center (the “NVC”) recently issued letters to immigrant visa applicants indicating that termination proceedings have been initiated. The affected individuals subsequently received e-mails from the NVC assuring them that, in fact, their cases were on track and that the previous letters should be ignored. (more…)

I-9 Violations Result in Harsh Consequences

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

A recent decision by the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer – United States of America V. Hartmann Studios, Inc. – has resulted in more than $600,000 in civil penalties for the employer/defendant.   The $600,000 actually represents a decrease in the original penalty of $812,665.25. (more…)

Immigration Alert: Decision Overturning 17-month OPT/STEM Extensions is stayed as USCIS scrambles to cure deficiencies

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

On August 12, 2015, Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dealt a blow to employers by vacating the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) 2008 interim rule expanding the optional practical training (OPT) program for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students in Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Civil Action No. 14-529 (D.D.C. Aug. 12, 2015). (more…)

Deadline for Nationals of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone to Register for TPS is August 18, 2015

Mechelle Zarou

Mechelle Zarou

August 18, 2015, is the deadline for eligible nationals of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone to register for Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”).  Also included in this group are people without nationality who last habitually resided in one of those three countries.    The TPS designations for these three countries run from Nov. 21, 2014, through May 21, 2016. (more…)

Knock, Knock: Who’s there?

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Due to a contempt hearing scheduled for August 19, 2015 in the case of the State of Texas v. United States, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is taking radical measures to recover all three-year Employment Authorization Document (EAD) cards issued prematurely under President Obama’s November 20 executive actions to over 2,500 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients. (more…)