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Our Immigration Law Blog

By The Grotas Firm, PC

Significant Changes to the H-1B Visa Announced

By Paul Grotas and Tsui Yee On March 31, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services released a policy memo clarifying when the position of ‘computer programmer’ can be considered a specialty occupation to qualify for an H-1B visa. Rescinding a memo from 2000 that is now considered obsolete, this current memo states that computer programmers […]

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Immigration Update: Renewal Employment Authorization Cards will no longer be issued.

Under the Trump Administration, all EAD’s will automatically be renewed without the issuance of a new physical card. In order to be able to legally work in the United States of America, you need to apply for, and receive, an Employment Authorization Card (EAD), A.K.A. a “work permit”. These cards are only valid for a […]

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Habeas Corpus Victory in the Southern District of New York on all three arguments presented.

Figueroa v. Aviles.  The Department of Homeland Security detained Carlos Figueroa who has lived in the United States for many years.   DHS refused to release  him and held that he was subject to mandatory detention.  It sounds inconceivable that Mr. Figueroa is a flight risk to the extent that no bail can secure his release […]

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Another Habeas Victory in the Southern District of New York: Hylton v. Shanahan 15-cv-1243-LTS

Another Habeas Victory in the Southern District of New York.  Hylton v. Shanahan 15-cv-1243-LTS On July 1, 2013 the Department of Homeland Security detained  Antoine Hylton despite the fact he was  never sentenced a period of incarceration for a criminal conviction – he was sentenced to probation. DHS detained him more than two years after […]

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Judge Scheindlin writes a watershed decision in favor of detained immigrants:Martinez-Done vs. McConnell

Diomedes Martinez was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) nearly ten years after he served his sentence for drug possession in the fourth degree. The federal government argued that Mr. Martinez should be deported and remain in jail without bail for the entire deportation proceeding. Paul Grotas filed a writ of habeas corpus on […]

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The Grotas Firm, P.C. Succeeds in Federal Court with a habeas corpus victory

Ghanim v. Aviles.  The Department of Homeland Security detained Mohammed Ghanim who lived in the United States since he was three months old.   DHS refused to release  him and held that he was subject to mandatory detention.  It sounds unbelievable that Mr. Ghanim is a flight risk to the extent that no bail can secure […]

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