Draft templates for comment only,  posted on 1/22/2016. Comment period ends 2/22/2016.

To read more on the draft template for the O-Visa, click here.

To read more on the draft template for the O-1B RFE, click here.

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As Reported by CNN, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angelos speaks up on America’s rising issue of its failure to enact comprehensive immigration reform. He discusses the need for the U.S Supreme Court’s involvement in deciding Texas v. United States of America and explains the added benefit that the DAPA and expanded DACA programs would bring.

Read more here.

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On February 10, 2016, USCIS will be extending invitations to participate in a teleconference focusing on the Department of Homeland Security rule “Enhancing Opportunities for H-1B1, CW-1, and E-3 Nonimmigrants and EB-1 Immigrants, ” which is effective starting February 16, 2016.

To read more on the teleconference invitation, register, and join, click here.

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As released and reported by the American Immigration Council today, Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Welcoming Cities: Lessons from Chicago, Dayton, and Nashville by Paul McDaniel, Ph.D.

In an effort to create a more welcoming environment for immigrants, those looking to make a difference can glean insight from Chicago, Dayton, and Nashville. Known as Welcoming Cities since 2010, they have each implemented initiatives that promote immigrant entrepreneurship and innovation in their communities, providing key lessons about how localities can ensure that immigrant entrepreneurs can maximize their potential to the benefit of all residents, especially  those struggling with an economic or population decline.

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As reported by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, The Office of Foreign Labor Certification released its annual report for FY2014 on the prevailing wage determination process, permanent labor certification, and temporary nonimmigrant labor certification. The report also contains state employment-based immigration profiles as well as profiles of the top five employment-based permanent immigration countries.

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As reported by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, a CRS report on temporary visas for professional, managerial, and skilled foreign workers was recently released. Since FY1994, visas issued for these categories has more than doubled. This report provides an overview of policy questions, as well as an in-depth review of the temporary, employment-based visa categories.

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As reported by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the court granted DHS’s motion for limited relief from the court’s August 12, 2015, order, and ordered that vacatur of the 17-month STEM OPT extension be further stayed until May 10, 2016. Click here to read the court’s order and memorandum opinion. 

 

 

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As reported by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the White House released a fact sheet on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), including information on new security changes announced yesterday. The fact sheet states that DHS will immediately take steps to modify its Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) applications to capture information from VWP travelers regarding any past travel to countries constituting a terrorist safe haven. In addition, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson issued a statement on steps that have been taken to strengthen the screening of those who are traveling to the United States, including security enhancements to the VWP.

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According to the American Immigration Lawyers Association today, DOJ filed a petition for a writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the Court to overturn the injunction blocking DAPA and expanded DACA, and arguing that the 26 states challenging President Obama’s executive actions lack standing to do so. The petition states that if the Fifth Circuit’s majority ruling is left undisturbed, it “will allow states to frustrate the federal government’s enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws,” and “will force millions of people—who are not removal priorities under criteria the court conceded are valid, and who are parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents—to continue to work off the books, without the option of lawful employment to provide for their families.” AILA President Victor Nieblas urged the Court “not only to take the case but to rule in favor of the administration and allow DAPA and expanded DACA to be implemented.”

 

 

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Lawyers are trying to help foreign-national physicians who trained in the United States stay in the country to treat medically underserved patients. The process is reportedly laborious and burdensome to employers and physicians alike. We look at this lesser-known facet of federal immigration law, one that is potentially vital to the nation’s health care needs.” –Katie Vloet

The above quote was published by Katie Vloet, “Immigration and the Nation’s Physician Shortage,”on the University of Michigan Law School website,  featuring Immigration Attorney Dayna Kelly.

To read more, click here.

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