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New Immigration Reform Proposal Could Affect Every Part of Current Policy

Author: Giselle Carson

Tweets, DACA, and Immigration Reform

President Trump started 2018 with a tweet saying “Democrats are doing nothing for DACA… We are about RESULTS”. And Marks Gray immigration attorney Giselle Carson, JALA Director of the Refugee Immigration Project Mariana Munoz, and former DACA student “Maria” started their 2018 speaking with Melissa Ross on WJCT’s First Coast Connect on January 2 about the DACA program. The DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is a program that protected young undocumented immigrants who came to […]

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Immigration Outlook for 2018

As we begin 2018, we expect ongoing efforts to transform and limit our legal immigration system without Congress’ approval. Some of the policies and changes being looked at include: Eliminating the work authorizations for certain H-1B spouses; Overhauling the H-1B program, including a new definition of “specialty occupation” and reworking the definitions of “employment” and “employer-employee relationship”; A modified H-1B cap selection process based upon degrees and wages; Reform for the F-1 student program that […]

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Summary of 2017’s Major Immigration Policy Changes

The current administration has set a goal of slowing down the legal immigration process to achieve a reduction in immigration and arguably protect US jobs. As a result, last year saw its fair share of policy upheavals, including: Three successive travel bans; The six-month suspension of premium processing for all H-1B petitions, including those counted against the annual H-1B cap; The unprecedented Level Wage 1 H-1B visa requests for further evidence (RFEs), which has led […]

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Believe It Is Possible!

I was honored to be the keynote speaker at a naturalization ceremony in October. Our newest citizens were a diverse group of men and women from 22 countries who believed it was possible and undertook remarkable journeys to become U.S. citizens. Speaking to new citizens always reminds me that immigrants are the backbone upon which our country was built. Immigrants, like my clients, my parents, my staff, and I, come to this country looking for […]

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Update: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

On October 3, USCIS resumed premium processing for alltypes of H–1B petitions. Premium processing for H–1B petitions and other selected types of employment-based cases is available for an additional government filing fee of $1,225. In exchange, your petition is processed within fifteen calendar days.

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