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What does the future look like for the H-1B Visa Program?

What does the future look like for the H-1B Visa Program?

Recent reports from the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) show that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is denying H-1B visa petitions at higher rates than ever. NFAP reports show in 2015 H-1B visas were being denied at a rate of 6%. This year, the denial rate is averaging a whopping 24%. Houston immigration attorneys, William Fong and Gary Ilagan, break down why this is happening, what the increase of denials means for employers and international employees, and what’s ahead for the H-1B visa program.

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World Day of Migrants and Refugees ends a busy Month for Immigration News

“World Day of Migrants and Refugees” ends a busy month of September for Immigration News

Sunday 29th of September marked the Vatican’s “World Day of Migrants and Refugees”. Over 100 years on from the first day it was instituted by Pope Pius X in 1914, it would appear to have been celebrated in years past in far less ambiguous times.

Three years on from the beginning of the current administration at the Whitehouse, many believe that immigrants have little to celebrate at this moment in time; with more than 50,000 immigrants being held in detention centers across the U.S. Add to this, the Government’s recent announcement to reduce the  cap on refugees to the unprecedented low of 18,000, there seems, on the face of it, little or nothing for Asylum seekers to look forward to.

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U.S. Corporations Join Forces and Voices for immigration reform

2019 Sees a growing number of U.S. Corporations join immigration corporate roundtables to get their voices heard

It’s not easy to deliver Immigration news without mentioning the recent activities of the Trump administration. The focus of the news has over recent months largely concentrated on policies and protocols instigated to stem the numbers of immigrants entering the U.S. across the southern border. But what might be the knock-on effects of the current immigration climate to U.S. businesses and the wider economy? With U.S. Corporations now forming their own Immigration initiatives in line with recent hard-line changes, what if anything can businesses do to help themselves? Continue reading U.S. Corporations Join Forces and Voices for immigration reform

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Department of State Visa Bulletin For October 2019

Department of State Visa Bulletin for October 2019 and Adjustment of Status Filing Charts from the Visa Bulletin

The U.S. Department of State earlier this month published their updated monthly Visa Bulletin for October 2019. The Bulletin, which can be seen in full here on the https://travel.state.gov website, details the availability of immigrant numbers during October for: “Final Action Dates” and “Dates for Filing Applications” and provides useful reference information for applicants, immigration attorneys and paralegals alike. The charts indicate when immigrant visa applicants should be notified to assemble and submit their required documentation to the National Visa Center. For further clarification of the information contained within this bulletin, please contact Fong Ilagan for assistance.
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Texas Tent Courts take the strain of Immigration Case Backlog

Migrant Protection Protocol Program Cases heard in Texas Tent Courts

With president Trump’s latest victory in the Supreme court having delivered yet another blow to U.S. asylum seekers, there are even more concerns close to the border. Having this week won the Supreme Court Justice’s decision to allow the Trump administration rule that prevents migrants from applying for asylum in the U.S. if they have passed through but not sought asylum in another country other than their own before arriving in the US,  President Trump has effectively barred all but asylum seekers from Mexico from turning up at the southern border.
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Trump’s Immigration Reforms, Summer 2019

Reflections on Trump’s relentless pursuit for Immigration reform

President Trump’s recent “Safe third country asylum agreement” is clearly just one further bullet point on the Whitehouse’s growing bucket list for reducing immigration into the U.S.

With the latest changes to Public Charge rules and its definition, which will again tighten ‘eligibility’ for those potential immigrants who are in receipt of or need to rely on public assistance programs, is the Whitehouse slowly eroding the hope of and opportunity for poorer immigrants to the United States?
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