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U.S. Supreme Court Rules for Immigrant Who Received Bad Advice from Lawyer

On Friday, June 23, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of a green card holder who pleaded guilty to a crime based on faulty advice from his attorney. Jae Lee, 48, told the high court that he pleaded

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Department of Homeland Security Rescinds DAPA Program

On Thursday, June 15, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly rescinded an Obama administration memorandum creating DAPA, a deferred deportation program for undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. DAPA would have allowed these undocumented

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9th Circuit Upholds Block on Trump’s Revised Travel Ban

On June 12, 2017, a unanimous three judge panel on the Ninth Circuit upheld a nationwide preliminary injunction on President Trump’s revised travel ban, in addition to blocking directives within the executive order suspending the current refugee admissions program and limiting

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Trump Administration’s DHS FY2018 Budget Request, Increase on Immigration Enforcement and Border Security Funding

The Trump administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget request for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was recently released and highlights proposed funding increases across the DHS, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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Appeals Court Upholds Block on Trump’s Revised Travel Ban

On May 25, 2017, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling that blocked President Trump’s revised travel ban against six Muslim-majority countries. The first travel ban was issued in January, but that ban was also halted by an

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Department of Homeland Security Launches Immigration Victims Office

On April 26, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched a new office for Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE). This office acknowledges and serves the needs of crime victims and their families who

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USCIS Will Issue Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. USCIS will begin issuing the

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USCIS H-1B Cap Numbers

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on April 7, 2017 that the agency reached the congressionally mandated number of 65,000 visa H-1B  Cap petitions for FY2018. USCIS reported on April 17, 2017 that they received 199,000 H-1B petitions

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H-1B Cap Case Receipts Have Started

Two weeks after the close of the FY 2018 H-1B Cap on April 7, 2017, members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) are reporting they are receiving receipts for Cap cases. This is very good news, after this cap season

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Special Instructions for B Visitors Who Want to Enroll in School

On April 11, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted FAQs for B-1/B-2 visitors who want to enroll in school. The USCIS emphasized that it is not permissible to enroll in school if individuals are in B-1 or B-2

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The global economy has become increasingly transactional and transcontinental. Since 9/11, there have been many amendments to immigration laws in the United States that have largely affected both individuals and businesses. Cozen O'Connor's immigration law blog, ABC's of Immigration Law, focuses on the interests and the challenges faced by those individuals and business impacted by immigration laws.
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