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Oct 23, 2020

ICE Arrests International Students Across the United States in Operation OPTical Illusion

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced the arrests of 15 nonimmigrant students through Operation OPTical Illusion. The students, who claimed to be employed by companies that don’t exist, who were found to have allegedly participated in work visa fraud to extend their stay in the United States. » Read More

Oct 16, 2020

ICE Launches Billboards Across Pennsylvania Seeking Immigration Law Violators

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has launched a billboard campaign in Pennsylvania, with billboards featuring the images of immigration violators who are either charged or convicted of crimes in the United States. This campaign is also aimed at educating the public about the dangers of non-cooperation with immigration policies. » Read More

Oct 12, 2020

Major Overhaul of H-1B Program Announced

Announced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) announced major changes that will make it significantly tougher for employers to sponsor H-1B visas for qualified aliens. The changes require employers to pay significantly higher wages, narrow the types of degrees that can qualify an applicant, and shorten the length of visas for certain workers. » Read More

Oct 09, 2020

Ninth Circuit Allows the End of Temporary Protected Status

On September 14, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a decision of a federal judge that had preserved Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for citizens of El Salvador, Haiti, Sudan, and Nicaragua. The Circuit Court ruled that the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) had acted within the limits of its authority to end TPS. » Read More

Oct 05, 2020

Major Changes Proposed to Student Visa to Have Big Impact on International Students

The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) has proposed a new rule that would significantly change immigration rules for international students in the United States. The proposed rule, detailed in a 256-page document, has drawn hundreds of public comments and could draw many more by the time the comment period ends on October 26. » Read More

Sep 25, 2020

Flexibility in Responding to USCIS Requests Extended

On September 11, 2020, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) extended the flexibilities in responding to various requests raised by the agency. The flexibility was originally announced on March 30 in response measure to the coronavirus pandemic. This measure will help applicants, petitioners, and requestors who must respond to the following: » Read More

Sep 21, 2020

Pennsylvania House Democrats Propose Driver’s License for Undocumented Immigrants

Legislation to grant a driver’s license to undocumented immigrants has been introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Reps. Danilo Burgos, D-Philadelphia; Joseph C. Hohenstein, D-Philadelphia; Sara Innamorato, D-Allegheny; and Christopher M. Rabb, D-Philadelphia were among the few who sponsored House Bill 2835. » Read More

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