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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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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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The Grotas Firm Secures the Release of Another Immigrant Through a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus: Brine Cruzeta-Bueno v. Aviles

Brine Cruzeta-Bueno was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and subject to mandatory detention, despite the fact that he was never sentenced to a period of incarceration for his conviction. The federal government argued that Mr. Bueno should be deported, and remain in jail without bail for the entirety of the deportation proceeding. ICE’s […]

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The Supreme Court of the United States Strikes Down DOMA and What it Means for Immigrants

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States held that the Federal Defense of Marriage Act violated the Constitution. In doing so, SCOTUS held that the federal government can no longer deny same sex couples more than 11,000 benefits which heterosexual couples enjoy. One of the benefits which same sex couples will enjoy is the […]

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