Our Success Rate Holds Steady Despite Jump in Immigration Application Denials

New data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) shows denials for all immigration benefits have increased sharply during the past year. Nevertheless, the Alcorn Immigration Law team has maintained its more than 95 percent client success rate. Denial rates for all immigration petitions during the first nine months of fiscal year 2018 (October 2017…

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)…

USCIS to Cut Immigration Photo by Wellington-Rodrigues

USCIS Director Lays Out Plans to Increase Enforcement, Reduce Immigration

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to impose new restrictions making it more difficult to attract and retain highly-skilled foreign nationals and international students who attend a U.S. university. In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley last month, USCIS Director L. Francis Cissna outlined a series of measures that the agency…

New Internal Review Division in Immigration Agency

New Internal Review Division in U.S. Immigration Agency?

If U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services more strictly monitors employees who make immigration benefits decisions, what could this mean for immigrants? USCIS is creating an internal division to monitor and investigate agency employees and has already begun transferring workers to staff the division, according to the Washington Post. The Organization of Professional Responsibility (OPR) division…

USCIS Deems Computer Programming Not H-1B Specialty Occupation

Computer Programming Not an H-1B Specialty Occupation

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memo stating that computer programming is not considered an H-1B “specialty occupation.” The H-1B visa allows U.S employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. A “specialty occupation” requires “theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge.” A specialty occupation also requires “a bachelor’s or…

International Entrepreneur Rule frozen for now

International Entrepreneur Rule Frozen for Now

The Trump administration put a freeze on all new and pending regulations, including the International Entrepreneur Rule, the Obama Administration’s creative substitute for a startup visa. Last week’s freeze was expected. Typically, new administrations taking over from the other party halt new and pending regulations to review them before they’re finalized.   Regulatory Process Before…

International Entrepreneur Parole

Video: Top 5 Things Startup Founders Must Know About International Entrepreneur Parole

Watch Sophie’s video to learn all about the newly final International Entrepreneur Rule, a wonderful parting gift to Silicon Valley from President Obama’s administration.  Now startup founders are eligible for International Entrepreneur Parole, a U.S. immigration status.  Here are the top five things startup founders should know: This rule provides an immigration status for startup…