Immigration Policy and Legislative Initiatives

A Movement Towards Start-Up Immigration Reform

Immigration reform is so critically important to the start-up communities as the current visa options that exist for entrepreneurs to enter on nonimmigrant visas and move towards permanent resident green cards are extremely difficult to navigate at this point in time. A lot of this has to do with outdated visa options that have not… Read more »

GOP finally turning on anti-immigration organizations?

Groups including FAIR and NumbersUSA are among these organizations who have always help agitate the anti-immigration sentiment based on unfounded arguments rooted in bigotry. The Republican party has had close ties with many of these organizations over long periods of time. It appears that the political pressure on Republicans though may finally help expose these… Read more »

Immigration Reform—Small Steps Forward

As repotted by ABC news, , the bi-partisan group of Senators knows as the “Gang of Eight” have taken steps towards provided a framework for immigration reform. As provided by the gang of eight: “Our legislation acknowledges these realities by finally committing the resources needed to secure the border, modernize and streamline our current legal immigration… Read more »

STEM Visa Update: No joy in 2012

STEM legislation fails in the US Senate and another opportunity for enlightened immigration reform is lost Roughly 55,000 immigrants would have received green cards if Congress had approved a Republican bill that would have created additional visas for educated and skilled immigrant workers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The U.S. House of Representatives… Read more »

STEM Visa Bill Could Expand Opportunities for Selected U.S. Graduates

Attention Professionals: Do YOU have at least a Master’s Degree in a Science, Mathematics, Technology or Engineering (STEM) field from a U.S. University? If this applies to you, there may be a new law on the horizon.  This past week, New York Senator Charles Schumer (D) introduced a new bill before the Senate calling for… Read more »

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Has Finally Arrived!

Obama Administration finds a way to offer some relief to young immigrants via Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – DACA. The good news this summer is that finally President Obama has found a way around the political impasse with Congress to give some relief to young people who were brought to the U.S. unlawfully by… Read more »

Immigration Silence Hurts the U.S. Economy

New York City Mayor Bloomberg is right on track! Read his entire article published in the Bloomberg News on August 13, 2012 for a spot on devastating assessment of the current immigration mess with rational, sane, and economically sensible suggestions for much needed comprehensive immigration reform based on talent, achievement, jobs, and job creation.

Immigration Policy as an Economic Tool: Bloomberg

Our general policy on TheVisaGeek blog is to provide timely information from the front lines of immigration practice based on our experience representing and advocating for our clients.  Thus, we don’t usually provide links to other blogs and online conversations on the assumption that our readers can also access these sources as they wish. However,… Read more »

EB-2 Green Cards: Bad News for India and China

Priority date retrogression confirmed for India and China EB-2 green cards for advanced degree professionals The Department of State (DOS) has just released its May Visa Bulletin and, as predicted, the EB-2 category for India and China will retrogress to August 15, 2007 as of May 1, 2012. Currently, the priority date for that category… Read more »

Crisis in H-1B Adjudications: USCIS Using Incorrect Standards

USICS ignores “preponderance of evidence” standard by erroneously applying  restrictive definition of “specialty occupation” Yesterday, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) submitted its memo to USCIS Director Mayorkas outlining, with exasperation, the agency’s restrictive interpretations of the terms “specialty occupation” and “body of highly specialized knowledge” in H-1B adjudications and making the case for USCIS to repudiate… Read more »