When Immigration Matters

USCIS Delays Reach Crisis Levels

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Feb 18, 2019 @ 10:36 PM

The United States government was built on a philosophy of checks and balances. Our founding fathers created three branches of government so that no one branch could grow too powerful. The Judicial branch (the Court) was created to interpret laws. The legislative branch (Congress) was created to make the laws. The executive branch (President) was created to implement the laws. However, in recent years, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a part of the executive branch, has essentially usurped Congress’ power by taking an unacceptably excessive amount of time processing the applications of immigrants seeking legal status and benefits.

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USCIS Announces H-1B Lottery

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 @ 2:34 PM

USCIS announced on April 7 that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap of 65,000 visas for fiscal year (FY) 2015. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the advanced degree exemption.

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USCIS ANNOUNCES H1B CAP REACHED FOR NEW H1B VISAS

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Mon, Apr 07, 2014 @ 11:40 AM

WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year (FY) 2015.  USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U. S. advanced degree exemption.   

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Government Shutdown-What happens to Immigration Services?

Posted by Michael Pollak on Tue, Oct 01, 2013 @ 1:33 PM

CIS Ombudsman: The CIS
Ombudsman's Office will be closed
and will not be accepting any inquiries
through their online case intake system.

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Why Deferred Action Beneficiaries Should Be Granted Driver's Licenses

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 @ 2:00 PM

Great Article from our friends at Immigration Impact written by Michele Waselin.  http://immigrationimpact.com/2012/08/27/why-states-should-grant-daca-beneficiaries-drivers-licenses/

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Deferred Action (DACA)--School Records are Great Evidence-Here's Why

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 @ 6:03 PM

On Tuesday, DHS officials hosted a conference call with educators in regard to school records serving as documentation for DACA applicants. During the call, DHS officials advised educators that school records serve as two-pronged pieces of evidence: firstly, they prove that applicants are either still in school, or have graduated high school, and secondly, they prove continuous presence in the country for at least four years. One of the requirements to be eligible for DACA is continuous presence in the country for five years; DHS officials explained, “[school records is] fantastic evidence in a single document.” Educators seemed concerned by the fact that, while school records can indeed prove presence in the country for four years, summer and other breaks are not accounted for. DHS officials replied by stating that there is no requirement for applicants to account for any given day during school breaks. Additionally, the officials affirmed that the agency, when processing the applications, will keep in mind that schools do have regular breaks.

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Winning a Green Card-The Diversity Lottery Begins on October 2, 2012

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Aug 09, 2012 @ 2:57 PM

You can win the right to live and work in the United States.  The DV 2014 Lottery program begins accepting applications on October 2, 2012 through November 3, 2012 at noon.  All applications are accepted electronically. 

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Do Immigrants Have the Right To Counsel before ICE, CBP and USCIS?

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Sun, Jun 03, 2012 @ 10:05 AM

"On May 31, 2012, in an effort to improve access to counsel before CBP, ICE and USCIS, the LAC and Penn State Law’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights released the report, Behind Closed Doors: An Overview of DHS Restrictions on Access to Counsel (docs/Behind_Closed_Doors_5-31-12.pdf). The report describes restrictions on access to legal representation before DHS, provides a legal landscape, and offers recommendations designed to combat DHS’s harmful practices. It also addresses recent changes to USCIS guidance that are intended to expand access to legal representation.  The report includes anecdotes from immigration attorneys across the country indicating that CBP, ICE and USCIS often interfere with noncitizens’ access to counsel in benefits interviews, interrogations, and other types of administrative proceedings outside of immigration court. Depending on the context, immigration officers completely bar attorney participation, impose unwarranted restrictions on access to legal counsel, or strongly discourage noncitizens from seeking legal representation at their own expense." IAC Legal Action Center, May 31, 2012.

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Guidance for IT & Staffing Companies in Filing H-1B Petitions

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 @ 10:29 AM

Well H-1B Season is almost upon us.  On April 1, 2012, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) starts accepting H-1B visa applications for the 2013 fiscal year (which starts on October 1, 2012).

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USCIS to Accept H-1B Petitions Beginning April 2, 2012

Posted by Karen-Lee Pollak on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 @ 5:33 PM

 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that it will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 cap on Monday April 2, 2012. Cases will be considered accepted on the date that USCIS takes possession of a properly filed petition with the correct fee. USCIS will not rely upon the date that the petition is postmarked.

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