The Effect of President Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration
In this podcast, Robert Whitehill and Catherine Wadhwani detail the potential impact of President Barack Obama’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action in resolving the nation’s immigration issues.
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New Year’s Eve Immigration Musings
Partner Robert Whitehill takes a look back at the significant changes that occurred in U.S. immigration law during 2013.
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Immigration Concerns for Foreign Medical Residents
Partner Robert Whitehill highlights the legal issues and occasional risks that foreign medical residents pursuing their medical careers in the United States may confront on their pathway to permanent residency.
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- Efforts to Address Immigration Anxiety As people digest the possible immigration changes of a new administration in Washington, there is an effort to calm the anxiety. Today, President Obama issued a statement that is aimed at “DREAMers” who have had the opportunity to come out of the shadows, secure a legal status, including employment authorization and a driver’s license by virtue of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). DACA is based on executive action and may be done away with by a new administration. Mr. Obama... More
- Immigration… One Week After. It’s hard to write about the immigration consequences of the election in a non-political way. Campaign rhetoric makes millions of immigrants and millions more citizens anxious. The immigrants include people who are undocumented and those who are documented, new arrivals, longtime residents and prospective immigrants to the US. Most of the immigration-related campaign themes of President-elect Donald Trump concern undocumented and criminal immigrants, refugees and potential terrorists…not employment-based immigration for documented immigrants. “Building a wall” is both literal and figurative. ... More
- Who Are We As a Nation? Below is an article that I wrote which appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Sunday, July 31st. I try to give some context to the current immigration enforcement and reform discussion that we are having as a nation. http://www.post-gazette.com/opinion/Op-Ed/2016/07/31/The-lack-of-immigration-reform-threatens-to-rob-Pittsburgh-and-the-country-of-talent-and-economic-growth/stories/201607310121 ... More
- The visa gold rush is on: Pittsburgh companies can’t get enough skilled workers because of our crazy work-visa system America’s traditional view on immigration has been: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” As we head into the fall presidential elections, we’re now hearing such promises as: “I will stop illegal immigration, triple border security and put in the surveillance and biometric tracking to secure the border.” Not to mention the beautiful wall. Immigration is again dead center in the political crosshairs. The thrust of the discussion is border security and illegal immigration rather... More
- US Supreme Court to Consider Immigration Executive Action, DAPA Challenge This week, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear the challenge to President Obama’s Immigration Executive Action regarding the exercise “prosecutorial discretion” for certain undocumented parents of US citizen children. The program was announced in November 2014 and enjoined before it was implemented. The injunction that was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit was as a result of an action brought by a coalition of 26 states. The program at issue, known as DAPA,... More
- Massive Employment-Based Immigration Changes Proposed: Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers This has been a tumultuous year in the immigration space and it ends with a massive proposed regulatory change announced on New Year’s Eve by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS): “Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers”. This is a huge title with 181 pages of proposed regulations concerning employment-based immigration. As a general statement, it will make policy into regulations and ease some of the pressure on employers and employees... More
- Enhanced Immigration and Corporate Capacity The Fox immigration team has expanded in size and scope. We have welcomed two prominent attorneys; one to the Miami office and one to the New York office. Before coming to Fox, Scott Bettridge (Miami) and Rogelio “Roy” Carrasquillo (New York) worked together to develop a significant practice that combines immigration and corporate representation, particularly involving Latin America and Puerto Rico. Scott and Roy have skill and experience in handling complex corporate transactions, including broad EB-5 experience. Their addition greatly enhances both... More
- Feeling Lucky? As major League baseball begins its post season and millions of fans are rooting for their home team to play in and win the World Series, many more people are entering the Diversity Lottery (DV) 2017 in hopes of winning a “green card”. This year’s Lottery season began at noon EDT October 1, 2015 and will end November 3, noon EDT. During the season, applicants from low admission countries may file online, and online only, to secure a DV 2017 immigrant... More
- Future of STEM OPT Extension The Federal Court ruling that vacates STEM OPT after February 12, 2016 , if its procedural flaws are not corrected, has created a great deal of concern. In the attached blog posting that I prepared at the invitation of Word Education Services, I provide responses to questions about the ruling and its effect at the WES Student Advisor website. ... More
- STEM OPT in Jeopardy After Judge’s Order Since 2008 , DHS has permitted F-1 students whose study was in a STEM field and whose employer is an E-Verify participant to have an additional 17-month period of OPT (Optional Practical Training). Thousands of students and E-Verify employers have benefited from this extended period of employment authorization. The work of these students has resulted in a challenge to STEM OPT by tech workers; specifically a suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Washington Alliance of... More