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USCIS: Redefining Asylum in America

The Shapiro Law Group

USCIS issued a policy memo that provides guidance to asylum officers for establishing a petitioner’s eligibility for asylum or refugee status based on the decision of Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Matter of A-B-. To establish eligibility for asylum, an applicant is required to have Read the rest of this entry »


Rescission of H-4 EAD Will Drive Top Talent Away

The Shapiro Law Group

The rescission of H-4 EAD could drive away international talent that bolsters America’s tech, prosperity, innovation, and economic competitiveness. The Trump administration in June 2018 confirmed its intent to remove H-4 dependent spouses from the class of immigrants eligible to seek employment in the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »


Fiance Visa: Proving Your Bona Fide Relationship

The Shapiro Law Group

When deciding whether a relationship is bona fide in a fiancé visa application, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will expect to be provided with financial documents, photographs, phone records, emails, letters, and proof of continuing correspondence, and more. Read the rest of this entry »


USCIS Policy Change: Don’t Get Denied

The Shapiro Law Group

Under a recent policy change, USCIS may, at the adjudicator’s discretion, immediately deny incomplete and ineligible petitions, requests, and applications submitted for immigration benefits. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced in June that Read the rest of this entry »


The L1 Visa Pilot Program Is Underway

The Shapiro Law Group

The L1 visa pilot program is underway and despite its intentions, could cause problems for employers and Canadians seeking to temporarily enter the United States. It is expected that it will become mandatory for Canadian citizens to apply for L1 intracompany transfer petitions and await adjudication by USCIS before applying for admission to the United States at a port-of-entry. This could prevent immediate admission for Canadian L1 visa holders who currently apply in person at ports-of-entry. Read the rest of this entry »


Immigration Reform a Solution to the Economic Disparities for Women

The Shapiro Law Group

Immigration reform that focuses on a pathway to citizenship or permanent residency instead of legal status could help improve economic security for women in the United States. Women immigrants who are undocumented, have spouse visas or temporary work visas are often subjected to low wages and poor working conditions. Reform could boost women’s incomes by an average of 17.1 percent. Read the rest of this entry »


DHS Zero Tolerance Policy Is Taking Its Toll

The Shapiro Law Group

Although reunification efforts have been court-ordered because of public outcry, family separation actions associated with the DHS Zero Tolerance Policy continue to take a toll on immigrant families. Over 2,000 children were taken from their families upon crossing the Mexican border into the United States as their parents were prosecuted for illegal entry. Hundreds of children have yet to be reunited with their parents. Read the rest of this entry »