Immigration

  • December 8, 2015

    House Votes To Tighten Visa Waiver Program

    The House easily passed legislation Tuesday to overhaul the visa waiver program by barring visa-free entry to anyone who has recently traveled to Iraq or Syria, a move the bill's backers said aims to prevent terrorists from entering the U.S.

  • December 8, 2015

    Plastics Co. Looks To Escape Suit Over English Proficiency

    Wisconsin Plastics Inc. continued its bid Monday to escape a lawsuit alleging it fired Hmong and Hispanic workers who lacked English language skills that weren’t necessary to do their jobs, arguing there is no evidence it had illegal motives.

  • December 7, 2015

    GCs Love These Firms More And More

    Five firms stood out from their peers on an annual list of those that best exemplify client service in the eyes of in-house attorneys, not just repeating their standout performance but managing to climb even higher in the rankings.

  • December 7, 2015

    Univision Moves To Chuck Trump's $500M Miss Universe Suit

    Univision asked a New York federal court on Friday to dismiss a $500 million suit from Donald Trump over the network’s decision to cut ties with Miss Universe, arguing that the GOP presidential candidate’s rhetoric made his affiliated pageants “toxic” to Univision viewers.

  • December 7, 2015

    Travel Group Thanks White House For Visa Waiver Remark Fix

    The head of the U.S. Travel Association thanked the White House on Monday for correcting the president’s flub that one of the San Bernardino shooters entered the U.S. through the visa waiver program, saying that while the travel community supports examining the program for improvements, it should not be “unduly undermined.”

  • December 7, 2015

    GCs Name Most Arrogant Law Firms

    Dozens of major law firms are seen by general counsels as arrogant, and one of BigLaw’s biggest names stands alone at the top of the high-handed heap, a new survey shows.

  • December 7, 2015

    USCIS Can't Deny Visa Over '90 Child Rape Charge, Suit Says

    A couple urged a Colorado federal court Friday to reverse a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services decision denying the wife’s I-130 immigrant visa petition because of the husband’s 1990 child rape conviction, saying the agency abused its discretion.

  • December 7, 2015

    SEC Puts Attorneys On Notice With EB-5 Enforcement

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's crackdown on scofflaws in a federal program for immigrant investors entered a new phase Monday when the agency took action against several attorneys who decided to moonlight as deal makers without following the rules on how to do that.

  • December 7, 2015

    5 Firms Make It Back Onto GCs' Most Adored List

    At a time when clients are expecting more than they ever have from their attorneys, several firms have reestablished themselves as the best in the business at exceeding their clients’ expectations, earning a spot on an annual ranking of general counsels' favorite legal practitioners after previously missing the cut.

  • December 7, 2015

    3 Firms Know The Secret To Keeping Clients Happy

    Only three firms have earned high praise from their clients for 15 consecutive years, a new survey shows. Here’s how they did it and what every firm should learn from them.

  • December 7, 2015

    Labor Groups, Worker Can't Challenge New Visa Wage Rules

    A New Jersey federal judge on Friday dismissed a case against the federal government over new wage calculation policies for a visa program, holding that three labor organizations and a worker lacked standing to challenge the rules.

  • December 7, 2015

    Studio Takes 2nd Shot In $45M EB-5 Suit With Ex-NBA Player

    A film production studio has renewed its $45 million suit against former NBA journeyman Theo Ratliff and several entertainment companies over an unsuccessful EB-5 immigrant investor deal, filing an amended complaint Friday after the first one was tossed for being too “confusing."

  • December 7, 2015

    USCIS Wants Rehearing In FOIA Fight With Immigration Atty

    The federal government asked the Ninth Circuit on Friday to rehear a case involving an immigration lawyer who alleges that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services had a pattern of not complying with Freedom of Information Act timing requirements, saying the attorney was not the FOIA requester and therefore lacked standing.

  • December 7, 2015

    9th Circ. Says BIA Conducted Impermissible Fact Finding

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday granted a Mexican national’s petition for review and ordered the Board of Immigration Appeals to reconsider its decision upholding an immigration judge’s denial of his application for cancellation of removal and request for voluntary departure, saying the BIA erred by conducting impermissible fact finding.

  • December 7, 2015

    SEC Sanctions Attys For Flouting Rules In EB-5 Offerings

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sanctioned six attorneys and sued a seventh Monday, saying they acted as unregistered broker-dealers when they helped to effect EB-5 investments by clients seeking U.S. visas.

  • December 4, 2015

    Judge Name Disclosure May Cause Stigma, EOIR Tells DC Circ.

    The Executive Office for Immigration Review strenuously argued against releasing the names of immigration judges who have been subject to complaints on Thursday, telling the D.C. Circuit that the judges would face stigma if their names were disclosed and could lose respect in court.

  • December 4, 2015

    Man Whose Wife Died In Childbirth Given Foreign Nanny Win

    A U.S. Department of Labor judge on Thursday reversed a temporary labor certification denial for a nanny position sought by a man whose wife had died in childbirth, finding that his wife’s sudden passing and the departure of his other nanny had created an emergency situation.

  • December 4, 2015

    US Bank Gave Money To Fraudsters, EB-5 Investors Say

    A group of Chinese citizens seeking visas under an immigrant investor program sued U.S. Bank NA and an Idaho gold mining company in Utah federal court Thursday, saying the companies should have returned millions of dollars in investment money after the investors' visa applications were denied.

  • December 4, 2015

    Dem. Lawmakers Ask High Court To Take Immigration Case

    More than 200 Democratic members of Congress asked the Supreme Court on Thursday evening to take up the Obama administration's challenge to an injunction on the president’s key executive actions on immigration, arguing that the initiatives are within the executive branch’s authority.

  • December 4, 2015

    Restaurant Group Bilked Investor Out Of Visa Funds, Suit Says

    A Chinese investor accused a Las Vegas-based owner of Papa John’s locations and other restaurants of absconding with $500,000 he invested in new sandwich shops that were supposed to secure him an EB-5 visa after a company merger, according to a suit filed Thursday in California federal court.