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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Trump Administration Backs Down After H-1B New Years’ Eve Scare.

On December 30, 2017, the McClatchy DC Bureau reported that the Trump Administration was seeking to restrict H-1B visa extensions beyond the six-year limitation through a re-interpretation of the AC21 rules. After an apparent realization that such a move was ill-conceived, subject to strong reactions from the business community, and would be hung up in court, on January 8, 2018, USCIS stated that it was not considering such a regulatory change and denied that it ever was.
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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

H-4 EAD in Jeopardy


Since May 2015, certain H- spouses of H-1B principals who have an approved I-140 have been able to apply for employment authorization pursuant to the Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses rule. This rule has since been under attack through a legal challenge in the Courts. We have recently learned through a review of the Trump Administration’s Fall 2017 Regulatory Agenda the DHS has tentatively scheduled the release of a proposed rule rescinding the H-4 EAD rule in February 2018.


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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Entrepreneur Parole Rule as of December 14, 2017


On December 14, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it would start accepting applications for parole under the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) in compliance with National Venture Capital Association v.


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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

USCIS Unfairly Scrutinizes Entry Level H-1B Positions

USCIS has presented a number of hurdles to business immigration this year. A particular concerning trend is its stance that H-1B petitions for entry-level positions do not qualify for the classification and are not specialty occupation. We at MPLG have been aggressively fighting this issue as it is not consistent with the governing law and regulations. In this article we lay out a winning strategy to address these overzealous RFEs.


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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

USCIS Reverses Long-Standing Policy on H-1B Extensions

On October 23, 2017, USCIS rescinded its long-standing policy of deference in the adjudication of H-1B extensions with the same employer.
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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Insidious Attack on Business Immigration to the U.S.

Trump administration changes business immigration overnight and simultaneously circumvents the legislative process.
This administration’s assault on immigrants is an assault on the viability and strength of American business.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Latest Details on Employment Based Green Card Interviews: Will Field Officers Readjudicate?

On September 28, 2017, the USCIS Ombudsman’s explained how the new Employment Based Green Card Interviews would function. It’s unclear how the insistence on interviews will meet the stated goals of national security

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