Immigration News

BIA Abolishes “Comparable Grounds” Rule, Relief from Deportation for Some LPRs Now Extended

In February 2014, the BIA revoked the comparable grounds rule, opening up options for some LPRs seeking relief from deportation per Section 212(c). On February 28, 2014, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) issued a decision that effectively revoked the comparable grounds rule it had been using to determine whether immigrants convicted [...]

BIA Abolishes “Comparable Grounds” Rule, Relief from Deportation for Some LPRs Now Extended

Why the “RIR” Labor Certification is a Must

Since the U.S. DOL introduced GAL 1-97, the only viable way to apply for an Alien Labor Certification is through the Reduction in Recruitment (RIR) method. Reduction in Recruitment Since the U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL") introduced General Administration Letter ("GAL") 1-97, the only viable way to apply for an Alien Labor [...]

Why the “RIR” Labor Certification is a Must

Two Year Work Authorization for Green Card Applicants: Fact or Fantasy?

The USCIS issued a press release last month, indicating that it would begin issuing two-year Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) to people with pending I-485 Applications for Adjustment of Status (AOS). The USCIS issued a press release last month, indicating that it would begin issuing two-year Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) to people with [...]

Two Year Work Authorization for Green Card Applicants: Fact or Fantasy?

The RIR Labor Certification at Region IX

An RIR labor certification request requires a showing that the employer has unsuccessfully conducted his own recruitment campaign prior to filing the Labor certification application with the EDD. The Reduction in Recruitment or "RIR" method of filing Labor Certification Applications has been a very popular topic in the press lately. Attorneys tout [...]

The RIR Labor Certification at Region IX

The Child Status Protection Act

The CSPA was designed to prevent "age-out," where alien children are denied benefits through immigrant visa petitions because they reached the age of 21. Although President Bush signed into law the Child Status Protection Act ("CSPA") nearly two months ago, many questions remain unanswered as to who will actually benefit from the [...]

The Child Status Protection Act

Supreme Court Revives 212(c) Relief

The case, INS, v. St. Cyr, held that relief remains available to aliens who pleaded guilty to crimes when 212(c) relief would have been available. Reconciling several years worth of inconsistent Federal Court rulings, Board of Immigration Appeals precedent and contrary argument from the defense bar, the United State Supreme Court issued [...]

Supreme Court Revives 212(c) Relief

Nursing Shortage Should Be Top Priority In Health Care And Immigration Reform

The nursing shortage continues to exacerbate the health care crisis, such that no true healthcare reform can occur without immigration law reform. As policymakers, special interest groups, health care professionals and others discuss the need for health care reform in the US and debate how this reform should take place, one of [...]

Nursing Shortage Should Be Top Priority In Health Care And Immigration Reform

New Law: Visa Petitions Survive The Death Of The Petitioner!

Pres. Obama signed amendments to the INA reversing the longstanding rule that visa petitions filed for relatives are revoked upon the death of the Petitioner. On October 28, 2009, President Obama signed into law amendments to the Immigration & Nationality Act (INA) reversing the longstanding rule that visa petitions filed for relatives [...]

New Law: Visa Petitions Survive The Death Of The Petitioner!

LIFE Amnesty Program Underway

The INS published a rule on June 1, 2001 to implement the amnesty provision of the Legal Immigration and Family Equity Act ("LIFE") of 2000.Legal Immigration and Family Equity Act The INS published a rule on June 1, 2001 to implement the amnesty provision of the Legal Immigration and Family Equity Act [...]

LIFE Amnesty Program Underway

ICE Arrests And Removal Proceedings: Know Your Rights!

With the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) stepping-up arrest and detention levels of immigrants, it's important that you know your rights. Over the past 18 months, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been stepping-up arrest and detention levels of immigrants in the US to unprecedented levels. Many of these arrests [...]

ICE Arrests And Removal Proceedings: Know Your Rights!
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