Immigration

  • January 6, 2017

    Docs Must Meet US Acclaim Standards For Exam Exemption

    To be considered a “physician of national or international renown,” a status exempting foreign doctors from the U.S. medical licensing requirement, a doctor’s achievements leading to “national renown” must be ones that would warrant such a status in the United States, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said this week.

  • January 6, 2017

    S. Korean National Asks High Court To Reopen Removal Suit

    A South Korean national scheduled for deportation has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Eleventh Circuit's ruling that it lacks the authority to review decisions by the Board of Immigration Appeals not to reopen removal proceedings of its own accord, arguing this allows the agency to insulate itself from judicial review.

  • January 6, 2017

    Trump Taps Ex-Gibson Dunn Atty For Immigration Policy Job

    An ex-Gibson Dunn attorney and former staffer for the presidential campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has been picked for a White House job involving regulatory reform and immigration policy, the Trump transition team announced Thursday as it unveiled a slew of Domestic Policy Council appointments.

  • January 6, 2017

    Immigration Bill Roundup: Religion-Based Lists, Work Visas

    Members of the 115th Congress introduced a slew of immigration-related bills during the session’s first week, including measures that would seek to block any religion-based registry of immigrants and that would amend the eligibility requirements for obtaining work visas.

  • January 6, 2017

    SEC Pushes For Quick Win In $21M EB-5 Fraud Case

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has asked a California federal judge to rule against a couple involved in an EB-5 immigrant investor program for a cancer treatment center, saying the couple can no longer dispute they defrauded their investors of more than $21 million.

  • January 6, 2017

    New Waiver Test May Aid Entrepreneurs Seeking Green Cards

    Staying in the U.S. can be a tricky process for startup founders, but a new decision could make it easier for entrepreneurs to get key waivers and green cards, according to attorneys, with the ruling coming as the government prepares to roll out a separate regulation for entrepreneurial immigrants.

  • January 6, 2017

    Sex With Minor Shouldn’t Mean Deportation, Justices Told

    Five immigration organizations have filed two briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court supporting a Mexican native who argues that his conviction for charges related to having sex with his underage girlfriend should not lead to his deportation.

  • January 6, 2017

    5 Insights From General Electric's Alex Dimitrief

    “Data sovereignty” is a recent trend with important consequences for GE’s future as a digital industrial company. The technical challenges alone are immense. But compounding those challenges are the growing number of countries considering laws that would impede the flow of data across national borders, says Alex Dimitrief, general counsel of General Electric Co.

  • January 5, 2017

    Trump Sits For Depo In Restaurant Contract Case

    President-elect Donald Trump reportedly sat for a deposition in his tower in New York on Thursday in his suit against a celebrity chef who pulled out of a real estate project after the incoming president made disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants in a campaign speech.

  • January 5, 2017

    BIA Seeks Comment On 'Moral Turpitude' Definition

    The Board of Immigration Appeals has asked the public to weigh in on whether failing to report or concealing a felony should be recognized as a crime of moral turpitude, which can be grounds for deportation.

  • January 5, 2017

    DACA Immigrants Can Pay Ga. In-State Tuition, Judge Says

    Immigrants who live in Georgia under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program may now pay the in-state rate for college tuition, a state judge has ruled, ending a suit challenging the state university system policy that didn’t recognize their legal status and made them pay out-of-state rates.

  • January 5, 2017

    DHS Improved On Obama's Watch, Outgoing Head Says

    Outgoing U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday issued a memorandum highlighting the progress he believes the department achieved during the Obama administration and touting its efforts to become more effective and efficient in achieving its primary goal.

  • January 5, 2017

    Bar Against Securities Abuse Issued In $350M EB-5 Fraud Row

    A Florida federal judge signed off Wednesday on an unopposed motion to permanently bar the corporate entities involved in the Jay Peak resort $350 million EB-5 visa investment fraud suit from violating various federal securities regulations.

  • January 4, 2017

    DHS Extends Yemen Temporary Protected Status To 2018

    The Department of Homeland Security has announced it will extend temporary protected status for the Republic of Yemen for another 18 months in response to ongoing civil war and dangerous conditions the agency says would threaten citizens who travel back.

  • January 4, 2017

    Veterinarians Accuse Dairy Farm Of Trafficking Scheme

    A group of retired veterinarians from Mexico filed a complaint against an Idaho dairy farm in federal court on Tuesday, alleging they were illegally lured to the U.S. under the promise of professional work as animal scientists but instead ended up being exploited in a human trafficking scheme.

  • January 4, 2017

    Wife’s Citizenship Bars Jurisdiction In Malpractice Suit

    A foreign doctor and permanent U.S. resident who was deported after Margolis Law PC, its principal and another firm allegedly bungled the defense of a criminal case against him can’t continue his legal malpractice suit in federal court because his wife, a co-plaintiff, is a U.S. citizen with Michigan residency, a judge ruled Tuesday.

  • January 4, 2017

    Holder, Covington To Help Calif. Resist Trump Changes

    Covington & Burling LLP partner and former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. will lead the charge in advising the California Legislature on legal challenges from the incoming administration in areas including immigration, health care and the environment, state legislative leaders said Wednesday.

  • January 4, 2017

    Fed Circ. OKs Border Patrol Agent's Firing After Odd Behavior

    A Federal Circuit panel on Wednesday found a former Department of Homeland Security border patrol agent was properly fired after he was accused of odd behavior like defecating in a shower and found unfit for duty.

  • January 4, 2017

    DACA Personal Info Can't Be Used For Deportation, DHS Says

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has told federal lawmakers that the personal information provided by hundreds of thousands of young immigrants in applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program should not be used to deport them except in extreme circumstances.

  • January 4, 2017

    Feds Can't Nix Application Delays Suit, Immigrant Says

    An Iraqi immigrant slammed an attempt by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to end allegations it unduly delays citizenship applications, telling a Missouri federal court Tuesday the agency cannot deny her application and make her case moot while it is pending.

Expert Analysis

  • Managing Intergenerational Differences Within Your Law Firm

    Najmeh Mahmoudjafari

    We are privileged to be part of an employment market that hosts employees from various generations. While “differences” may imply inherent conflict, intergenerational differences can actually be used to an advantage for organizations — especially law firms, say Najmeh Mahmoudjafari, founder of ImmigraTrust Law, and William Martucci of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.

  • Philip Hirschkop: Quietly Making Noise For 50 Years

    Randy Maniloff

    The first paragraph of Philip Hirschkop’s obituary is going to contain the word "Loving." That’s undeniable. But many of Hirschkop’s other cases are just as groundbreaking in their own right. They aren’t household names like Loving, but they have affected millions in the nation’s households, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • New Form I-9 Means More Immigration-Related Change In 2017

    Christine A. Samsel

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' revised Form I-9 offers new features and imposes some different requirements. Some modifications enhance the form, while some may result in more technical violations, particularly for employers who continue to use paper versions of the form, say Christine Samsel and Hannah Caplan of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.

  • EEOC's New 4-Year Plan: What Employers Need To Know

    Michelle Lee Flores

    In its updated strategic enforcement plan for fiscal years 2017 to 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission added some new priorities, including issues related to complex employment structures in the 21st-century workplace, and backlash discrimination against Muslims, Sikhs and persons of Arab, Middle Eastern or South Asian descent, says Michelle Lee Flores of Cozen O’Connor PC.

  • The Ethical Risks Of A Multijurisdictional Practice

    Melinda Gentile

    As law firms and clients conduct more business on a regional or national scale, multijurisdictional practice is becoming more prevalent for practicing attorneys. Attorneys engaged in both private practice and as in-house counsel need to be aware of the ethical risks of practicing across jurisdictions — including the implications of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, say Melinda Gentile and Monique Cardenas of Peckar & Abramson PC.

  • How Law Firms Are Using Analytics To Reduce Write-Offs

    Haley Altman

    It is increasingly necessary for law firms to implement strategies to improve efficiency, staffing and value to meet client needs. Haley Altman, CEO and co-founder of Doxly Inc., discusses how to successfully leverage analytical tools and emerging technology to increase profitability.

  • REVIEW: The Missing American Jury

    Judge William Young

    Face it, the American jury system is dying. The arguments Professor Suja Thomas makes in her new book deserve consideration by everyone interested in how our government actually works and how it might recapture the unifying communitarian experience of direct democracy and actual trial by one’s peers, says U.S. District Court Judge William Young of the District of Massachusetts.

  • Tenet Case Signals Shift In Health Care Fraud Enforcement

    Demme Doufekias

    Tenet Healthcare's recent $513 million settlement is an important development for health care companies because it demonstrates the impact of the U.S. Department of Justice’s expanded resources and nationwide focus on combating corporate health care fraud, say Demme Doufekias and Sandeep Nandivada of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Avoiding Law Firm BYOD Risks: Tips For Securing Devices

    Everett Monroe

    Many believe that the solutions to the security problems created by using smartphones for work are primarily technological, but a much larger piece of the puzzle involves the human factor. To achieve reasonable security around mobile devices, law firms must go back to basics — clear policies, effective training and thoughtful oversight, says Everett Monroe of Hanson Bridgett LLP.

  • 4 Ways Lawyers Can Improve Their Marketing

    Mike Mellor

    Attorneys may not realize the breadth of services that their marketing, design and library teams offer. One of the things I like to do when attorneys start at our firm is give them a download of the kinds of problems we can solve for them so they know how to work with us most effectively, says Mike Mellor, director of marketing at Pryor Cashman LLP.