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Wins for International Students, Employers Thanks to Policy Reversals

International students and their employers have reason to breathe a big sigh of relief. Last month, USCIS revised two policy changes that would have dealt severe consequences for international students and those doing practical training and their employers: One policy changed when the clock began ticking on unlawful presence for international students and exchange visitors. The…

Aleen Bagdasaryan

Alcorn Immigration Law Team Spotlight: Meet Aleen Bagdasaryan

Aleen Bagdasaryan recently celebrated her two-year anniversary as a member of the Alcorn Immigration Law team. Congratulations! As our firm’s senior case manager, Aleen organizes and monitors clients’ cases, completes documentation, and schedules court cases and meetings. She is an invaluable member of the Alcorn team, helping us optimize efficiency for both clients and staff.…

Group Seeks Reasons for Huge Naturalization Backlog

Group Seeks Reasons for Skyrocketing Naturalization Backlog

Nine nonprofits from across the country filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) seeking an explanation for the skyrocketing naturalization backlog. The FOIA request asks for information and documents to assess the agency’s costs, budget allocations, policies and practices related to processing N-400 naturalization applications. The group…

DIY Immigration Applications Dangerous Under New Policy

DIY Immigration Applications Carry Bigger Threat of Deportation Under New Policy

Under a new policy, if U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) denies a visa, an extension, or another immigration benefit, the agency will immediately begin deportation proceedings against the foreign national. That means doing it yourself now carries a higher risk of deportation. USCIS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP)…

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Giving the Gift of Work

When Amelia and Oliver* left their native Australia nearly two years ago, the married couple was excited about embarking on their next life adventure in the U.S. Oliver, an algorithmic programmer, accepted a new job in Silicon Valley. Amelia, a university-trained artist, thought life in a new country would inspire her work. And it did…