Immigration

  • February 24, 2015

    Class Counsel In Wage, Visa Suit Ask To Depose Own Client

    Class counsel in a suit accusing an amusement park company of underpaying employees and forcing them to pick up H-2B visa expenses asked a Massachusetts federal court Monday for permission to depose one of its own named plaintiffs, saying she has cut them off after reaching a settlement on her own.

  • February 24, 2015

    Wash. Farm Blasts Class Cert. Attempt In H-2A Wage Suit

    A Washington farm has slammed the class certification bid of local workers accusing it of failing to inform them about higher paying H-2A visa vineyard jobs, telling a Washington federal court that the proposed class size is absurd and the claims are better addressed individually.

  • February 24, 2015

    DHS To Finalize Rule Allowing Some H-1B Spouses To Work

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will issue a long-awaited final rule Wednesday allowing certain spouses of high-skilled immigrants to obtain work authorization, making good on a promise issued by President Barack Obama under his recent executive actions.

  • February 24, 2015

    Immigration Boutiques Leave Some Room For BigLaw

    The largest law firms go head-to-head all the time with boutiques, beefing up different practice groups to take on specialty firms, but when it comes to immigration law the boutiques have a stronghold on the market, experts say, and only a handful of BigLaw firms are knocking at their doors.

  • February 24, 2015

    Resident Felon Can Seek Waiver To Stay In US: 10th Circ.

    The Tenth Circuit joined the majority of circuit courts Tuesday in ruling a Mexican national who faces deportation on a felony conviction can seek a waiver of inadmissibility to stay in the U.S., saying those who become lawful permanent residents after they enter the country are not barred from applying.

  • February 24, 2015

    Faulty Report Dooms SABIC's Engineer Labor Cert. Bid

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals on Monday upheld a denial of a permanent labor certification sought by SABIC Innovative Plastics for a technology engineer position, which had been axed after the petrochemical company allegedly failed to submit a proper recruitment report.

  • February 24, 2015

    Judge Upholds Visa Denials For Pepper Co.'s Farmworkers

    A judge for the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals said Monday that a Michigan pepper farm hadn't shown it needed to add temporary workers because of a seasonal or temporary demand, upholding the denial of the company’s H-2A certification request for 60 farmworkers.

  • February 24, 2015

    Sen. Collins Floats Bill To Break DHS Funding Impasse

    Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, introduced a bill Monday to block funding for certain immigration-related executive actions, legislation that could potentially serve as a vehicle for helping break an impasse over a $39.7 billion U.S. Department of Homeland Security funding bill.

  • February 24, 2015

    Fla. Judge Says Consular Visa Decision Not Open To Review

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday tossed a suit accusing the U.S. government of violating the constitutional rights of a naturalized U.S. citizen from Nigeria when a consular official denied a visa application for his daughter, saying the official’s decision was not open to judicial review.

  • February 24, 2015

    Ex-Two Sigma Analyst Cops To IP Theft, Faces Deportation

    A former analyst for hedge fund Two Sigma Investments LLC accused of stealing trade secrets on Tuesday admitted to lifting a confidential trading model from his former employer, setting the stage for his deportation to China.

  • February 24, 2015

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Michael Best's José Olivieri

    There will be a significant pull to get involved in many community activities. Choose your outside engagements carefully, says José Olivieri, chairman of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP’s labor and employment relations practice group.

  • February 23, 2015

    McConnell To Split Immigration Measure From $40B DHS Bill

    Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Monday said he would split off a measure opposing some of President Barack Obama’s immigration actions from a $39.7 billion bill funding the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in an apparent effort to avoid a shutdown of the federal agency.

  • February 23, 2015

    Ariz. Sheriff Urges Court To Keep Immigration Action On Ice

    Arizona Sheriff Joseph Arpaio filed a friend-of-the-court brief Monday in a 26-state challenge to the new immigration policies laid out in the president's executive actions, saying the federal government can't support its request for the Texas federal court to lift a temporary block on the policies.

  • February 23, 2015

    Justices Grill DOJ On Judicial Review Of Visa Denials

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Monday in a case over whether visa denials can be subjected to outside scrutiny, with a U.S. Department of Justice attorney refusing to budge from the government’s argument against judicial review of consular visa decisions, despite a tough grilling from Justice Stephen Breyer.

  • February 23, 2015

    2nd Circ. Finds No Evidence To Allow Chinese Asylum Bid

    The Second Circuit on Monday refused to undo a federal immigration court’s decision to not grant asylum to a Muslim Chinese citizen who claims she will be religiously persecuted in her homeland, saying she failed to provide evidence to back up her fears.

  • February 23, 2015

    DOL Finalizes Expanded Same-Sex Couples' FMLA Rights

    The U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday will finalize a rule to extend the Family and Medical Leave Act’s protections to married same-sex couples regardless of whether the state they live in recognizes their union, the agency announced on Monday.

  • February 23, 2015

    South Korean Couple Sues USCIS To Get Visa Back

    A South Korean couple on Friday filed suit against the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, claiming the agency revoked the husband’s employment-based visa on the faulty conclusion that his petition was fraudulent and then blindly sent notices to the wrong address for more than three years.

  • February 23, 2015

    Texas Couples Urge 5th Circ. To Unblock Same-Sex Marriages

    Two same-sex couples on Friday told the Fifth Circuit that the potential confusion caused by lifting the stay on an order striking a Texas ban on same-sex marriage would not outweigh the damage the ban causes to same-sex couples, rejecting an argument from the state they say "callously dismisses" the law's harm.

  • February 23, 2015

    Family Detention Stay Should Prompt Policy Revamp, Attys Say

    Attorneys for Central American mothers and children who won an injunction last week against the Obama administration's alleged policy of detaining immigrant families seeking asylum as a form of deterrence told Law360 Monday they hope the decision prompts the administration to revisit its detainment policy.

  • February 23, 2015

    Democrats Continue DHS Bill Filibuster As Deadline Looms

    Senate Democrats on Monday continued their filibuster of a $39.7 billion bill funding the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the end of fiscal 2015, the fourth time they have blocked debate on the legislation amid a dispute over an attached immigration-related defunding clause.