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Forbes: Ken Cuccinelli, U.S. Immigration Services Chief, Boasts Of Increasing Bureaucracy

Ken ImmigrationIn a new press release, Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), boasted that the Trump administration has increased red tape and bureaucracy for U.S. companies. It’s the latest example of administration officials lauding efforts to make it more difficult for employers to obtain what economists often consider to be a company’s most valuable resource – talent.

Since 2017, Trump administration policies have focused on restricting the entry of immigrants and foreign nationals, including scientists and engineers. “Denial rates for new H-1B petitions have increased significantly, rising from 6% in FY 2015 to 32% in the first quarter of FY 2019,” according to a National Foundation for American Policy analysis. (more…)

Shumaker is a Proud Sponsor of AILA Central Florida Chapter’s 33rd Annual Immigration Law Conference

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is pleased to announce that is a sponsor of AILA Central Florida Chapter’s 33rd Annual Immigration Law Conference, which is being held at the The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club from October 24, 2019 – October 26, 2019.

This year’s conference is chaired by Immigration Practice Group Co-Chair and partner, Maria del Carmen Ramos. The conference will focus on business and family immigration. Experts from around the country will be presenting on a variety of immigration hot topics ranging from complicated issues in worksite enforcement to the latest on the public charge rule.

Limited spots are still available for law students, attorneys, and paralegals.  If interested in registering, please click here.

For more information, please contact Maria del Carmen Ramos at 813.227.2252 or

Forbes: Restrictions On H-1B Visas Found To Push Jobs Out Of The U.S.


Important new research concludes immigration restrictions that prevent companies from hiring high-skilled foreign nationals in the U.S. represent bad economic policy and are counterproductive. The first-of-its-kind study examining company-level responses to government immigration rules found H-1B visa restrictions carry the unintended consequence of pushing jobs outside the United States and lead to less innovation in America.

Read the rest of the Forbes article here.

Mechelle Zarou Presented at Diversity and Immigration Seminar

Shumaker is pleased to announce that Mechelle Zarou, partner and Immigration practice group co-chair, was a presenter at a Diversity and Immigration seminar hosted by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, Bowling Green Economic Development, and Welcome BG on October 2, 2019. Mechelle spoke about employment-based immigration to employers.

Zarou seminar

From the Washington Post: Svetlana Kuznetsova will not defend Citi Open title because of U.S. visa issues

Svetlana Kuznetsova will not defend her Citi Open title because of visa issues.sveta


Kuznetsova, who is Russian, announced Thursday on Twitter that she is withdrawing from the tennis tournament, which will begin next week in Washington.

“Wanted to apologize to all my fans who were waiting for me there ..Never had issues like this in my life, hopefully one day I can finally get a visa and play at list [sic] some events of the US swing!” wrote Kuznetsova, a two-time Grand Slam champion.