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US Supreme Court Throws DACA Recipients a Lifeline, While Trump Administration Strikes Down Temporary Work Visas for Skilled Workers & Asylum Seekers

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In June, the US Supreme Court blocked President Trump’s plan to allow for 700,000 “DREAMers” to be deported. As a result, those who are eligible for DACA may now be able to apply as, while the administration has not accepted new applicants since 2017, this may now be different due to the Court’s recent… Read More »

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Administration Moves to Restrict US Work Visas & Other Immigration Policies

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Pursuant to President Trump’s April proclamation, there are a number of expected immigration changes on horizon, many of which are not likely going through notice and comment rulemaking, and most of which are expected to significantly affect the benefits, employment, and licensing of visa holders. Specifically, under the Immigration and Nationality Act, it is… Read More »

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US Officials’ Latest Tactics to Separate Families & Deport Back to Dangerous Countries, Potentially Orphaning Children

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

According to the latest reports, immigrants and their children who have not been convicted of any crimes and who are seeking asylum in the US are now potentially facing removal proceedings due to a new attempt by the administration to force them to choose between giving up their kids or giving up their legal… Read More »

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement Found to Be Violating the Flores Settlement by Deporting Minors

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In spite of the fact that a federal judge recently ruled that deportation orders under the Remain in Mexico program do not change the government’s obligation to release immigrant children to family or sponsors in the United States under the 1997 Flores settlement agreement, Immigration and Customs Services (ICE) is still moving to deport… Read More »

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Once Again Found Illegally Denying H-1B Petitions

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In three additional decisions handed down between March and April, federal judges once again found that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) illegally denied H-1B petitions to foreign professionals by changing the definition of what a specialty occupation is. The conglomeration of these decisions should bring change to the H-1B petition review process within… Read More »

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Thousands of Skilled Immigrants, Including Doctors, Wait Decades for Green Cards, While The U.S. Desperately Needs Their Help to Combat the Coronavirus

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Issues involving immigration, visas, green cards, and citizenship are especially contentious at the moment, not only due to the panic over borders and virus transmission, but also due to the current administration’s policies on immigration in general, which have reflected attitudes opposing skilled workers coming into the country for years; even though these workers… Read More »

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Administration Proposes Significant Changes to Deportation Orders & Delaying Path to Citizenship

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

A number of proposed and permanent regulations released in late February will affect the ability for immigrants to obtain citizenship green cards and visas. First, one proposed regulation would increase the cost to go to court to challenge deportation orders by nearly tenfold to $1,000, making deportation appeals much more difficult. The same proposal… Read More »

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Federal Judge “Slaps Down” USCIS in H-1B Visa Rejection, Opening The Door to Employers & Others Challenging Arbitrary Immigration Decisions

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In March, a federal judge ruled that US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) illegally denied a H-1B petition submitted by an employer company. This is the very first decision whereby a federal judge has found that an interpretation by the agency was not entitled to deference, and will arguably now allow a number of… Read More »

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U.S. Supreme Court Allows Public Charge Rule to Go into Effect for Green Card Applicants: What This Means

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In January, the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to move forward with its proposal to deny green cards (or permanent legal status) to immigrants who could end up using certain public benefit programs such as food stamps, housing vouchers, and Medicaid. The court’s order lifted preliminary injunctions placed on the proposal, however, challenges… Read More »

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U.S. Supreme Court Removes Last Obstacle To Rule That Reshapes Immigration

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In late February, as the US Supreme Court removed the last remaining hurdle to (or injunction against) the Trump administration‘s ability to implement the public charge rule and deny immigrants admission or residency in the United States if they could come to depend on public assistance programs, Justice Sotomayor issued a scathing dissent castigating… Read More »

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