Current Events
Increase in Requests for Evidence (RFEs)
Since January 2017 USCIS has issued 85,000 Requests for Evidence (also known as RFEs). This is a 45% increase over 2016. For further details, please...
Current Events
New York Times Article: State Department Tightens Rules for Visas to U.S.
This New York Times article explains the new visa rules. For the full-text please see: State Department Tightens Rules for Visas to U.S.
Travel
USCIS denying some Advance Parole applications where the foreign national traveled after filing
In the past, USCIS had approved advance parole (temporary travel) cards in instances where a foreign national traveled internationally in H-1B or L status after...
Curran & Berger News
Attorney Megan Kludt will be a panelist at the 2017 AILA Fall Conference: Fearless Lawyering
2017 AILA FALL CONFERENCE: FEARLESS LAWYERING BUSINESS IMMIGRATION LITIGATION CONFERENCE September 15, 2017 Portland, OR ORGANIZED BY THE AMERICAN IMMIGRATION COUNCIL AND CO-SPONSORED BY AILA...
Curran & Berger News
Attorney Megan Kludt quoted in the New England Public Radio article: DACA Cancellation Would Affect Thousands In New England
Attorney Megan Kludt was interviewed and quoted in an article on NEPR.net, the website for New England Public Radio. For the full text of the...
Curran & Berger News
Attorney Megan Kludt interviewed by the Daily Hampshire Gazette regarding the ending of the DACA program.
Attorney Megan Kludt was interviewed for the article: Area immigrants, advocates denounce ending of DACA The full text of the article can be found online here: http://www.gazettenet.com/Local-residents-officials-react-to-decision-to-end-DACA-12306713
Curran & Berger News
Attorney Megan Kludt interviewed by MassLive regarding DACA phaseout
Attorney Megan Kludt was interviewed by MassLive for an article on President Trump's recent DACA announcement. The full-text of the article can be found here:...
Curran & Berger News
Attorney Megan Kludt interviewed in several news outlets regarding President Trump’s cancellation of DACA
Attorney Megan Kludt was interviewed by multiple news outlets regarding President Trump's cancellation of the DACA program. MassLive.com Northampton-based immigration attorney urges 'Dreamers' to seek...
Curran & Berger News
Attorney Dan Berger to speak on President Trump’s DACA announcement on Knowledge@Wharton (SiriuxXM channel 111) at 10:00 AM EST September 6, 2017
Update: You can listen to Attorney Dan Berger's interview here: http://knowledge.wharton.upenn.edu/article/daca-repeal/ ------------------------------------------------ Attorney Dan Berger will be an invited guest on Knowledge@Wharton, a daily, call-in business interview...
Immigration News
DACA program to end March 6, 2018
Update: President Trump has announced he will end the DACA program in 6 months - March 6, 2018. New applications will no longer be accepted...
Immigration News
USCIS to Expand In-Person Interview Requirements for Certain Permanent Residency Applicants
Green card applicants should expect in-person interviews, beginning October 1, 2017. If you have any questions on this update, please contact your team here at...
Current Events
NYT: We Need Immigrants With Skills. But Working Hard Is a Skill.
The Opinion Pages | OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR Jeff Flake: We Need Immigrants With Skills. But Working Hard Is a Skill. Full Text Here
Curran & Berger News
Attorney Joseph Curran to present a webinar on visas for Physician Recruiters
Attorney Joseph Curran will present a webinar targeted to recruiters at academic medical centers on September 13th at 1:00 with the Association of Staff Physician Recruiters/Academic In-House...
visa bulletin
Visa Bulletin Predictions – August 2017
Check-in with DOS’s Charlie Oppenheim AILA Doc. No. 14071401 | Dated August 16, 2017 This is series of monthly reports from the AILA DOS Liaison Committee designed...
Immigration News
The Real History of American Immigration
Trump's break with tradition may be good or bad, but it's definitely different. By JOSHUA ZEITZ August 06, 2017 www.politico.com The United States is currently...
Curran & Berger News
Attorney Dan Berger to volunteer at La Posada Providencia Shelter on the Mexican border.
In August, Attorney Dan Berger will spend a week volunteering at La Posada Providencia shelter on the Mexican border. The shelter provides food, transportation, English...
Dream Act/DACA
Take Action: Urge Congress to Protect Dreamers and Support the Dream Act of 2017
The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has issued a press statement and Quicktake video supporting Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durbin’s (D-IL) Dream Act of 2017. See also this...
Curran & Berger News
Attorney Dan Berger to present at “The Rights of the Child in a Globalized World” conference
The Rights of the Child in a Globalized World Conference at Duke Law School, Friday, November 17, 2017 Sponsored by Duke Law School and Center...
Curran & Berger News
Attorney Dan Berger to conduct an audio seminar “An Update on the New Framework for National Interest Waivers”
Our panel of experts will focus on the important changes Matter of Dhanasar brings to the practice of representing clients seeking national interest waivers (NIWs). The panelists...
Attorney Publications
Advising in the Face of Uncertainty
After the recent executive orders from President Trump, this blog provides some tips on advising in the face of uncertainty. There are detailed, practical resources...
Attorney Publications
“Sanctuary Campuses” And Other Immigration Questions and Answers For Campus Leaders Post-Election
The presidential election has jolted campuses with speculation and concern about undocumented community members and other issues impacting international populations. Significant attention has been directed...
Attorney Publications
Immigration Post-Election Q&A: DACA Students, “Sanctuary Campuses” and Institutional or Community Assistance
This ACE Issue Brief can help frame the discussion about these questions. It addresses concerns such as the data DACA applicants submitted in their applications;...
visa bulletin
August 2017 Visa Bulletin
The Department of State has released the August 2017 visa bulletin: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin/2017/visa-bulletin-for-august-2017.html
Curran & Berger News
Attorney Dan Berger quoted in “A Catch for Undocumented Immigrants in Recent Reforms.”
Dominican-native Yilbert Pena used to divide his life into two halves. The first half was the blithe era until his 16th birthday. That day he went...
Curran & Berger News
Attorney Megan Kludt to present “Visa Options Beyond the F or J” at the American Museum of Natural History
VISA Workshop Megan Kludt - Immigration lawyer Topic: Visa Options Beyond the F or J Date: June 29, 2017 Location: RGGS Teaching Lab Time: 2:00pm to 3:00pm We...
Curran & Berger News
Attorney Dan Berger quoted in article “Foreign Startup Founder Rule Review Sparks Delay Worries.”
Foreign Startup Founder Rule Review Sparks Delay Worries 6/15/2017 https://www.law360.com/articles/934693/print?section=immigration Portfolio Media. Inc. | 111 West 19th Street, 5th floor | New York, NY 10011...
Curran & Berger News
Attorney Dan Berger presented the “Immigration Remedies Through Entrepreneurship” webinar
From the initial invitation: Please join us for our 5th Immigrants Rising webinar "Immigration Remedies Through Entrepreneurship" on Wednesday, June 7 at 5:00 PM PDT.Immigrants Rising is...
visa bulletin
July 2017 Visa Bulletin
The Department of State has released the July 2017 visa bulletin: https://travel.state.gov/content/visas/en/law-and-policy/bulletin/2017/visa-bulletin-for-july-2017.html
Curran & Berger News
Attorney Dan Berger spoke at Smith College School for Social Work’s Capacity-Building Conference
Building Together School for Social Work Holds First-of-its-Kind Capacity-Building Conference Published May 18, 2017 In 2010, widespread political unrest forced Jowel Iranzi to flee his...
adoption
Funding an International Adoption
For a free monthly newsletter about adoption loans and grants at: http://www.resources4adoption. com/free-resources/monthly-newsletter.html The AAAA charitable trust provides grants to adoptive families. To learn more go...
Travel
Helpful videos for consular processing.
Hyderabad, India (4:12) https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=Ge39L2IRyUw   London, U.K. (3:09) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzZOvF1EEXE   Amman, Jordan (3:52) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neiM4T-kPjU   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (7:01) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2HD5k4Hcqs   Kabul...
I-9
M-274 Handbook for Employers – Instructions for Completing the Form I-9
Employment-based Immigration
What Employers Should Know About Hiring International Students
Many employers are concerned about liability issues related to the employment of international students in the United States due to changes in federal laws governing...
Curran & Berger News
Attorney Dan Berger will host a webinar for undocumented students, families, and allies at Harvard College
State of the State: A Webinar Update on Immigration Issues for Undocumented and DACA Students When: June 29th, 1-2pm Eastern Standard Time Who: Undocumented students, families and allies at...
Social Security
Information for Employers from the Social Security Administration
Attorney Publications
Current Trends in J-1 Waivers Based on Exceptional Hardship to a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident Spouse or Child
This advisory reviews the procedure and standards for J-1 waivers based on exceptional hardship to a U.S. citizen (USC) or lawful permanent resident (LPR) spouse...
Attorney Publications
Left Behind: Iraqis and Afghans Caught in a Sea of SIV Red Tape
As long as U.S. forces have been engaged in operations abroad, local people have been recruited as translators and facilitators. Now, inIraq and Afghanistan, a...
Attorney Publications
The Diplomatic Visas Handbook
There are many interesting employment and residence options available to those who have or have held A, G, and N visas. The Diplomatic Visas Handbook: Immigration...
Attorney Publications
Authorizations for Visa Issuance and Admission as Nonimmigrant Under INA S. 212(d)(3)(A)
This compilation by AILA member Dan Berger addresses some of the legal and practical issues surrounding the general authorization for admission for nonimmigrants under §212(d)(3)(A)...
Curran & Berger News
Coming to America – Immigration Specialist Joseph Curran Has Successfully Filled a Legal Niche
Joseph Curran never wanted to spend his legal career slogging through criminal cases or divorce proceedings - he wanted to help people and make a...
Attorney Publications
Nine Key Concepts College Counsel Must Know About Immigration Law
Lawyers at academic institutions generally are not involved in immigration cases. Rather, they often delegate such matters to the international office, outside counsel, or the...
Attorney Publications
A Review of Legal Issues Arising After a Grant of DACA
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was implemented in mid-2012, in response to the tireless efforts of undocumented students who have struggled for more than...
Attorney Publications
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Should Undocumented Young People Apply?
It is hard to believe that just a few months ago President Obama announced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Since then immigration...
Attorney Publications
Visas After Graduation – For Artists
This article developed out of a presentation prepared for graduate students at the Yale Schools of Art, Music, Sacred Music and Drama. There are many...
Attorney Publications
For International Advisors – Effective, Efficient Intakes
One of the best parts of being a foreign scholar advisor or immigration lawyer is that each person comes into our office with his or...
Achievement-Based Immigration
Visas After Graduation
**F-1 to OPT to H-1B to Labor Certification to Green Card** Many foreign students see this progression as "the way" to permanent residence, with each...
Attorney Publications
Navigating DNA Testing in Immigration Cases (Bender’s Immigration Bulletin)
DNA testing has become the gold standard for immigration cases based on genetic family relationships much as it has for other areas of law such...
Attorney Publications
Navigating DNA Testing In Immigration Cases (AILA)
DNA testing has become the gold standard for immigration cases based on genetic family relationships much as it has for other areas of law such...
Attorney Publications
Intercountry Adoption, Domestic Adoption and the Post-Hague Landscape
In the past few years, the world of intercountry adoption has dramatically changed for families, practitioners and vulnerable children. Most notably, the Hague Convention on...
Attorney Publications
The International Adoption Sourcebook
The United States' implementation of the Hague Convention has resulted in interim regulations from the State Department and Department of Homeland Security. The consequences for...
Attorney Publications
Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Options for Professional Nurses
This chapter introduces the reader to the procedures for obtaining immigrant and nonimmigrant visas for professional nurses. With an emphasis on visa procedures that achieve...
Attorney Publications
Recent Trends in National Interest Waiver Cases
Fifteen years after its publication, Matter of New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) remains the standard for eligibility in the elusive “National Interest Waiver”...
Attorney Publications
Visas for Foreign Nurses
The nursing shortage in the United States has reached a level where hiring foreign nurses is no longer merely an option but an economic necessity....
Attorney Publications
The nurse shortage and nurses from abroad
We have all seen the projections of massive nursing shortages in the coming years. Right now 12% of nursing positions in the United States are...
Achievement-Based Immigration
EB-1-2 Outstanding Researcher Cases: Issues and Trends
One way to obtain an immigrant visa in the United States is to be an outstanding professor or researcher. This classification is known as the...
Attorney Publications
Employment-Based Visas – There May Be a Better Way
Hearing clients’ stories and assisting them to achieve their goals are some of the most rewarding and interesting aspects of the job of an immigration...
Attorney Publications
Mandamus Litigation in the Labor Certification Content
PRACTICE ADVISORY1 Updated November 6, 2015 MANDAMUS LITIGATION AGAINST DOL TO ADDRESS DELAYS IN PREVAILING WAGE DETERMINATIONS AND LABOR CERTIFICATIONS This practice advisory addresses how...
Attorney Publications
Immigration Options for Academics and Researchers, 2nd Ed.
Changes in the U.S. visa processing system have resulted in new challenges in obtaining visas for foreign scholars and researchers. In order for the United...
Attorney Publications
The Nurse Immigration Book
TABLE OF CONTENTS I. FOREWORD : Why A Nurse Immigration Book? By William Stock II. PREPARING AN IMMIGRATION CASE H-1 Visas For Nurses By Greg Siskind...
Travel
CBP will remind travelers of their last possible departure date from US, according to the terms of their admission, via email
Certain Visa Waiver Program travelers can now check how much longer they may remain in the U.S. online.
Travel
Trusted Traveler Programs Comparison Chart
Trusted Traveler Programs provide expedited travel for pre-approved, low risk travelers.
B visa
B Visa Annotated Bibliography
visa bulletin
Visa Bulletin Predictions – May 2017
The American Immigration Lawyer's Association (AILA) checked in with the Department of State's Charlie Oppenheim regarding visa bulletin progress and projections. Check-in with DOS's Charlie...
Nurses
Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) & Information about Visa Screen
SEVIS
SEVIS Re-certification Process Conversation
Linda Melville, international advisement specialist at the University of New Mexico and the ISTA network leader, asked a series of questions on the re-certification process....
NAFSA
National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA) Publications and Services
Advocacy
National Immigration Forum
Advocacy
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Advocacy
National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
Advocacy
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Advocacy
The National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
Advocacy
Stop Notario Fraud
Advocacy
Compete America: The Alliance for a Competitive Workforce
Advocacy
Public Policy Take Action Center from the National Association of International Educators (NAFSA)
Customs & Border Patrol
CBP Recommendation for Children Traveling with One Parent, a Non-Parent or Guardian, or a Group
Customs & Border Patrol
Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)
Customs & Border Patrol
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Main Website
Employment-based Immigration
Step-by-Step Guide to Filling the DS-160 Form
Employment-based Immigration
USAIE H-1B Cap Exempt Checklist
USCIS
Online Detainee Locator System
How to Request Your FBI File
Department of State
Foreign Government Offices in Washington, D.C.
TN
TN Visas
Consulates
U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions
Department of State
Department of State Website
USCIS
FAQ on Immigration Benefits for Same-Sex Married Couples
USCIS
Information About USCIS Fee Waivers
Asylum
Pro-bono Resources for Asylum Applicants
Green Card
How to Keep Your Green Card
Abandonment of Permanent Resident Status: How to Keep Your Green Card Lawful permanent resident (LPR) status permits an alien to remain in the United States...
USCIS
If You Forgot to Turn in Your I-94 Card When Leaving the U.S.
   
USCIS
Law Enforcement Guide to International Names, Followed by CBP, DOS, USCIS
TN
TN Intent
Green Card
How Do I Renew My Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)?
USCIS
Changing your Address
USCIS
How to Check the Status of Your Case Online
USCIS
How to Set up an InfoPass Appointment
USCIS
How to Locate a Civil Surgeon
Travel
Third Country Nationals (TCNs) Should Use Caution When Processing Non-Immigrant Visa Applications in Canada
Practice Pointer: Third Country Nationals (TCNs) Should Use Caution When Processing Non-Immigrant Visa Applications in Canada The Department of State Liaison Committee reminds AILA members...
Syrian Refugees
Syrian refugees are not the problem in ISIS fight
ISIS WANTS to murder more Americans, and it hopes to attack us here at home. Its threats in the aftermath of the Paris carnage made...
Syrian Refugees
The Refugee Dilemma: What do we owe those we take in?
Nelson Kargbo was eleven years old when rebel soldiers attacked his village, Kamalo, in northern Sierra Leone. He was playing soccer on a dirt field...
Syrian Refugees
After Paris—Am I Safe?
It's been a week of unrest, of massive investigation, of more bombings in Syria. I'd be silly to say 'this is how it is.' Things...
USCIS
How to Locate a Civil Surgeon
USCIS
USCIS Immigration Forms
USCIS
USCIS Main Website
Book Review
The Pickup: Amid High Hopes and Painful Reality
Book Review
The History of Humanitarian Responses to Forced Migration
Book Review
Eritrea: A Little Known Country with a Big History
Book Review
Cruisin’ Africa: A Semester on Safari and Two Years in Mali
Book Review
Americans in Waiting – Crossing the Threshold to Citizenship
Book Review
Nolo Press Tackles Immigration in Self-Help Books
Immigrant Detention
American Gulag: Inside U.S. Immigration Prisons
Book Review
Brandt Goldstein’s “Storming the Court”
Practitioners
Guide to U.S. Immigration options for Refugees Abroad
Practitioners
Beyond the New H-1B Rules: Recent Changes in Immigration Law
Education
Current Trends in J-1 Waivers Based on Exceptional Hardship to a U.S. Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident Spouse or Child
Book Review
Toasting Education with Three Cups of Tea
One man fights almost single-handedly for the children's right to education in the volatile regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. His vision to promote change has become...
Attorney Publications
Navigating the NAFSA Manual: Foreign Students and Scholars Regulations
Most of the books on immigration attorney's shelves are published by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (ALIA). They cover a wide range of topics and...
Dream Act/DACA
A Catch for Undocumented Immigrants in Recent Reforms
Dominican-native Yilbert Pena used to divide his life into two halves. The first half was the blithe era until his 16th birthday. That day he...
US / Mexico Border
New York Times – Deported from the Middle of Nowhere: At an Immigrant Detention Center, Due Process Denied
Achievement-Based Immigration
Dissecting USCIS’ E-1-1 RFE Template
Artesia
Week in Artesia, New Mexico