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Feb 18, 2021

Executive Office for Immigration Review Update: Motion to Reconsider Denied

The Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) has published a precedential decision in A.S. v. Amazon WebServices Inc., 14 OCAHO no. 1381b (2021). On February 11, 2021, the Hon. Andrea R. » Read More

Feb 02, 2021

ALJ Declines to Award Damages, Civil Penalties in Document Abuse Case

On December 3, 2020, the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer entered a precedential decision in Martine Mbitaze v. City of Greenbelt, 13 OCAHO 1345b, a case arising out of the employment discrimination provision of 8 U.S.C. 1324b. In October 2019, Mbitaze had filed a complaint against the City of Greenbelt alleging that the city had refused to hire her based on her national origin and citizenship status and had engaged in document abuse in violation of 8 U.S.C. » Read More

Jan 08, 2021

Weekly Round-Up: Visa Restrictions Extended; DNA Testing for Sponsors of Noncitizen Minor Children; Stricter Financial Requirements for Intending Immigrants Take Effect

Trump Administration Extends Restrictions on Visa Applications for Foreign Workers

The White House has extended through March 31, 2021, restrictions on visa applications and entry into the United States for certain foreign national workers. The restrictions had been set to expire on December 31, 2020. » Read More

Jan 01, 2021

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: I-9 Flexibility Rules Extended, Stimulus Aid for Mixed Immigration Status Households

Immigration & Customs Enforcement Extends I-9 Flexibility Rules

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) has announced that it will extend its flexibilities for compliance with I-9 regulations until at least January 31, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The flexibilities in I-9 compliance were set to expire on December 31, 2020. » Read More

Dec 10, 2020

Facebook Faces Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination Against U.S. Workers

On December 3, 2020, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it had filed a lawsuit against Facebook Inc., alleging discrimination against U.S. workers. This lawsuit, construed as a new push against tech companies by the administration, alleged that Facebook reserved positions for skilled workers with temporary work visas. » Read More

Dec 08, 2020

Long-Awaited Green Card Bill S.386 Clears Senate Approval

On December 2, 2020, the Senate passed bill S.386, the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2020. The Senate reached unanimous consent, and the bill was passed as amended. This Act would lift caps on the number of immigrants who can be approved for permanent residency permits (“green cards”), making significant changes to the employment green card system. » Read More

Oct 30, 2020

Lawsuit Filed on the New H-1B Wage Rule

A lawsuit has been filed against the new Department of Labor (DOL) H-1B wage rule, seeking a preliminary and permanent injunction. Many analysts, such as the National Foundation for American Policy and economic researchers, believe that the new H-1B wage rule acts as a deterrent to H-1B employers by significantly raising the minimum wage required to employ foreign workers. » Read More