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DACA Update: Supreme Court Won’t Hear Appeal of DACA Ruling

In September, the Trump administration announced that it would shut down the DACA program on March 5. Since then, two federal judges have ordered the administration to maintain major components of the program while legal challenges move forward. In January, Judge William H. Alsup of the Federal District Court in San Francisco ruled that the […]

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The Border Wall: Q&A

The President’s 2019 budget proposal has just been sent to Congress and includes a request for $18 billion to build a wall along the southern border of the United States. In addition, it includes $2.7 billion to detain up to 52,000 undocumented immigrants and $782 million to hire 2,750 customs and immigration agents. Q: Is […]

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National Vetting Center Created by President Trump

Not to be confused with the National Visa Center, the National Vetting Center (also abbreviated as NVC) was established by President Trump on February 6. The Vetting Center is being created to address the shortcomings of the current vetting protocols and procedures already in place with the Department of Homeland Security. According to White House […]

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What Exactly is Chain Migration?

Immigration policy continues to make national headlines as it has become a central focus of the Trump administration and a major sticking point between Democrats and Republicans. The lengthy and controversial negotiations surrounding the DACA program were recently responsible for a 69-hour government shutdown and the potential of yet another looms near. One term that […]

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NAFTA Negotiations Set to Continue

The United States, Canada and Mexico continue to negotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but the divide between each nation’s delegations on major treaty issues does not appear to be shrinking. In fact, many experts are starting to believe that the parties are too far apart to ever reach a deal. The American […]

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From the Desk of Rosanna Berardi: The Government Shutdown

Late last week, the federal government shut down. While this isn’t completely out of the norm, what is unusual is the fact that the controversy focused on our U.S. immigration system. President Trump’s presidential campaign and first year of office focused heavily on comprehensive immigration reform. The Immigration and Nationality Act hasn’t been formally amended since 1996 and […]

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Breaking News on H-1B Extension Rules and DACA Phase-out

USCIS Not Considering Change to H-1B Extension Rules The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has stated that it is not considering a regulatory change to the H-1B extension rules. It was previously reported that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was looking at whether it could stop approving H-1B extensions for H-1B workers who […]

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Travel Update: Changes to Visa Waiver Program

The Trump administration has announced new rules in place for the 38 countries participating in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP). On December 15, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would be rolling out enhanced security measures for the VWP as part of the administration’s ongoing counterterrorism efforts. The new rules […]

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Traveler Redress Inquiry Program Q&A

The Department of Homeland Security Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (DHS TRIP) is the point of contact for individuals who seek information or resolution regarding difficulties they experienced during travel screenings. Some of the more common issues include watch list issues, screening problems at ports of entry, unfair or incorrect delays, boarding denials, or issues in […]

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Future of Work Permits for H-1B Spouses

In May 2015, the Obama administration extended eligibility for work authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of certain H-1B nonimmigrants. The new regulations permitted H-4 spouses to apply for employment authorization only if their H-1B spouse is (1) the principal beneficiary of an approved Form I-140, or (2) has been granted H-1B status under the […]

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