Federal Judge Blocks Trump Health Insurance Mandate

Last month this blog reported on the Trump Administration’s attempts to stymie family-based migration by introducing a new health insurance mandate. The  mandate required visa applicants to identify a specific health-insurance plan they had purchased and would be covered by within thirty days of entering the country. Under the policy, immigrants were not allowed to…

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Is it a Crime to Encourage Undocumented Immigrants?

The Supreme Court made headlines today when it announced it would hear The United States v. Sineneng-Smith.  The Sineneng-Smith case has two parts, one of which is settled and one of which is not. Sineneng-Smith ran an immigration help business out of California. She defrauded immigrants by charging them an excessive amount of money to…

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Health Insurance Requirements May Stymie Family-Based Migration

On October 4, 2019, the Trump administration enacted a policy requiring all prospective immigrants to prove they’ll have U.S.-based health insurance within 30 days of arrival, or will have enough money to pay for “reasonably foreseeable medical costs.”  On November 3rd, that bill will go into effect. The bill, aimed squarely at family-based migrants, could…

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In the News: Supreme Court to Hear Asylum Case

The Supreme Court will hear whether asylum seekers have the legal right to challenge their expedited removal proceedings in federal courts. Expedited removal proceedings allow immigration authorities to remove someone without any immigration hearing before any judge. The hearings will be scheduled early next year, and we can expect to see a ruling by July.…

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Three Legal Wins for Immigration

It’s hard to be an immigration attorney without noticing all the bad news. It’s been a tough series of years for immigrants, with a current administration who seems intent on making it even tougher. Nevertheless, there is reason to take heart.  Three separate pieces of Trump Administration immigration policy were blocked by significant legal challenges…

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Supreme Court Temporarily Upholds New Asylum Rule

Things have gotten harder for immigrants who wish to claim asylum in the United States. While the Supreme Court’s action is a provisional one, it has nevertheless ensured that thousands of desperate migrants will find it all but impossible to move forward. The rule prevents migrants who have resided in or traveled through third countries…

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In the News: Alarming Changes to Medical Deferred Action Program

The medical deferred action program is a program which allows immigrants with severe medical conditions like cancer or cystic fibrosis to remain in the United States for two year grace-periods. It was never an easy program to gain protection under, but it has been a life-saver for some thousand immigrants who have needed it.  …

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Remote Work and US Immigration Law

Technology has changed the way everyone works, and it has created new issues in immigration law. For example, can a US-based employer simply let a prospective hire do remote work while living in their home country while waiting for visa paperwork to clear? Or can an immigrant who is legally in the country on a…

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What Happens When You Lose Your Job on an H-1B Visa?

H-1B visas require sponsorship from a company with whom you share a verifiable employer-employee relationship.  And while you do not immediately pass out of status when that relationship ends, things can get a little complicated. Here’s what you need to know. You may be entitled to certain benefits. Page Contents You may be entitled to…

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What Are The Grounds for Cancellation of Removal?

If you’re not a legal permanent resident (LPR) of the United States, and you’ve been served with a Notice to Appear at a deportation hearing, then cancellation of removal is one of the avenues you and your immigration lawyer might be able to use to keep you in the country.  It is not a defense…

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