H-2B Visa Program Updates: Registration Currently Inoperative & Emergency Guidance

H-2B Visa Program Updates: Registration Currently Inoperative & Emergency Guidance

Wilson Law Group recently commented on the new 2015 H-2B Interim Final Rules and how they impact the H-2B program and employers, including a new requirement of registration, recruitment procedures, and the crucial need to navigate the various phases of the process with meticulous attention to detail to timelines and requirements.  The H-2B program is continually evolving, and now is moving towards paralysis.  

The H-2B registration process is not yet operational.  The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has not...


Justice Scalia's Death: What It Means for United States v. Texas

The Supreme Court of the United States is set to decide United States v. Texas, the case regarding the constitutionality of President Obama's new immigration policies, in June 2016. When Antonin Scalia---one of the nine Justices on the Supreme Court---passed away, the outcome of this monumental case became more uncertain.

President Obama proposed a new immigration policy in November 2014. The name of these programs is expanded DACA (expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of American and Lawful Permanent Residents). These programs would allow...


Los últimos rumores de inmigración-la verdad v. Ficción

Los últimos meses han sido un tiempo ocupado en el mundo de la ley de inmigración.  Sabemos que mucha gente está luchando para filtrar la verdad de los rumores.  En un clima como este, puede ser difícil saber qué creer y cómo planificar para los próximos días.  Esto es lo que sabemos hoy, y posiblemente lo que nos espera bajo la administración actual.   

La (s) prohibición (es) de viajes

Las órdenes ejecutivas dirigidas a los refugiados y la emision de visas han causado comprensiblemente mucha confusión. La situación con esta orden está cambiando a medida que continúa el...


Jeff Sessions Anula DACA - Que sigue?

El 5 de septiembre de 2017, el fiscal general de los Estados Unidos, Jeff Sessions , anunció un "viento abajo" de la acción diferida para el programa de salidas de la infancia. Naturalmente, muchas personas se preguntan que significa esto, por eso hemos preparado un breve resumen de la información sobre la rescisión de DACA, basado en lo que se conoce actualmente.

El programa DACA está previsto que finalizará oficialmente el 5 de marzo de 2018. A partir del 6 de septiembre de 2017, los servicios de inmigración y ciudadanía (USCIS) no aceptará las solicitudes iniciales de DACA. Esto...


Las Consecuencias de Inmigración por un Cargo de Quinto Grado de Posesion de Sustancias Controladas

Un cargo de sustancias controladas por si mismo probablemente significe que su cliente extranjero llamara la atención de inmigración y Aduanas ("ICE"), y ellos supervisaran el procedimiento.  ICE puede detener a su cliente durante el procedimineto del caso criminal , y solo el cargo le puede causar al cliente perder la capacidad de permanecer en los Estados Unidos.  Un delito de sustancias controladas sujeta a una persona a detención obligatoria de ICE sin posibilidad de fianza, dependiendo de los hechos, e incluso un resultado penal favorable todavía puede desencadenar consecuencias...


Lessons Learned from the Department of State Hardware Failure

In the past two weeks, hardware computer problems halted the issuance of thousands of visas and passports at US consulates and embassies throughout the world.  As of yesterday, two thirds of consular posts are up and running again, sending visas and passports to anxious applicants.  For some, this presented a small inconvenience or had no effect at all.  Other families faced hardship, missing births of children and experiencing financial hardship with extended hotel stays. Thankfully, the Department of State was able to proceed with humanitarian or emergency requests on a case-by-case...


STEM and Extended OPT - forcing regulations for the future

D.C. Court Vacates STEM Rule, but Allows DHS to Remedy Problem - WLG Expects STEM Program to Remain Unchanged

In a decision last week, on August 12, 2015, a district court in Washington D.C. decided to vacate a 2008 rule by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that allowed an additional 17 months of work authorization to eligible Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students in F-1 status.  A main issue in the lawsuit was whether DHS exceeded its authority by issuing the 2008 rule without notice and comment to the public.  DHS argued that it had good cause to...


Will Executive Action for Parents Ever Happen?

On November 10, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ordered to uphold an injunction against deferred action benefits for a broader group of students and parents of U.S. citizens. Over the last few days, I have spoken with countless people to clarify the confusion over the effect of the ruling, the future for the deferred action benefits, and the status of the first round of DACA benefits. So here is the breakdown:

First: The 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals 

In the summer of 2012 President Obama announced Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals “DACA”, or...


The Other Visa Cap Problem - the Annual U Visa Cap Injustice

The United States Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) is currently in the midst of distributing all of the 10,000 U visas which are available for fiscal year 2016. What we at Wilson Law Group have begun to call “U Visa Season,” begins on October 1 of each year, and is over by the New Year. It is during this period that the Vermont Service Center (VSC) allocates all of the 10,000 principal U visas that are available for that year. Applicants who have not received their U visas by the beginning of 2016 are relegated to wait at least one more year for their coveted visa.

U visas are...


Protection against Search and Seizure in Immigration Proceedings

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures. In criminal cases, evidence discovered during an unreasonable search or seizure, such as during a warrantless arrest, can be suppressed in court. However, in civil cases, this “exclusionary rule” is generally not available.

The American legal system views immigration law proceedings civil matters. This was determined by the Supreme Court in the decision INS v. Lopez-Mendoza, 468 U.S. 1032 (1984). Because of this, the exclusionary rule usually cannot be used by respondents in immigration...