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Immigration Reform: Elusive and Uncertain

By: Joey Spesia Despite President Obama’s promise to take immigration reform into his own hands by the end of summer, White House Officials announced on September 6th, 2014 that any executive action taken by the President would come sometime after the midterm elections in November and before the end of … Continue reading

Immigration Policy Poised for Change

By Joey Spesia On June 30, 2014 President Obama outlined his plan to take Immigration Reform into his own hands during his speech from the White House. The President opened by stating that “[o]ne year ago this month, senators of both parties – with support from the business, labor, law … Continue reading

H1B Educational Requirements for Masters Cap

INTRODUCTION In the past year, many H-1B petitions have received denials based on the university at which the Beneficiary earned their U.S Master’s degree. In order to file under the U.S Master’s Cap Quota, a Beneficiary’s degree must meet the statutory education requirements. These requirements, while well established, can cause … Continue reading

Immigration Reform Framework Slowly Emerging

In recent weeks, immigration reform has seemed further and further off on the horizon. The Gang of Eight has dwindled to five and the year-long negotiations among the bipartisan group have broken down. However, there are still some encouraging signs. Congressman Bob Goodlatte, chair of the Judiciary committee, has repeatedly … Continue reading

USCIS Press Release: Implementation of the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act

Statement from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano: “After last week’s decision by the Supreme Court holding that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, President Obama directed federal departments to ensure the decision and its implication for federal benefits for same-sex legally married couples are … Continue reading