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Lawsuit Challenges Administration’s Refusal to Dismiss Immigration Removal Orders from Temporary Protected Status Beneficiaries

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In late August, a number of immigrants who are unable to obtain green cards as a result of a new immigration policy put in place – and who are now vulnerable to removal as a result – brought a lawsuit challenging the administration, arguing that the policy violates the plain language of the Immigration… Read More »

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New Limits On DACA Applicants & Renewals and Changes On the Horizon for H-1B Visa & Skilled Immigration Categories

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

After the US Supreme Court declared the administration’s rescission of the DACA program to be illegal, the Department of Homeland Security then announced that it would, altogether, cease processing new applicants; a move that one judge has already declared to be in violation of the US Supreme Court’s decision. The administration also announced that… Read More »

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US Attorney General Opens Resolved Immigration Asylum Case After More Than a Decade to Consider Deportation

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Attorney General William Barr recently opened an immigration asylum case that could have serious implications for those who have received asylum herein the US, indicating that, even after winning legal battles, protection could be revoked at any moment by the administration. The case involves that of Rashed Chowdhury, a top diplomat in Bangladesh’s embassy… Read More »

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While Threat to Deport International Students Is Dropped, Questions Surrounding Reentry of Those with F-1 Visas Remain

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

In a significant reversal on immigration policy and in response to several lawsuits brought by a number of universities, on July 14, the administration changed course and agreed not to deport international college students who rely on online courses here in the US. The administration had not only threatened to deport the students, but… Read More »

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Summer 2020 Immigration Update: Rules Applying to Asylum Seekers & Foreign Students in The US

By Mark I. Cohen, Esq. |

Below, we discuss some important recent regulatory directives and court decisions that apply to the rules and regulations that govern immigration in the US: Judge Overturns Rule Requiring That Immigrants First Claim Asylum in Country Reached Before The US In July, a federal judge ruled that yet another immigration policy put in place by… Read More »

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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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