EAH Immigration Blog

“Immediate Family” Definition for G, A, C-3, and NATO Dependent Visas Amended

The Department of Sate (DOS) issued a final rule, effective 12/7/2016, that amends the definition of ‘‘immediate family” for purposes of G, A, C-3, and NATO visa classifications. The rule narrows the definition of immediate relative with respect to sons and daughters: generally only unmarried sons and daughters residing with...
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Green Card Sponsorship Through Your Family’s Company? Some Relationships Are Still Too Close

It is possible to obtain a green card through the sponsorship of a company owned or managed by a close relative. However, it is well known that these cases frequently get audited by the Department of Labor, and some are denied if the family relationship could obstruct an honest recruiting...
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Have You Been Subjected to Rude Conduct by CBP When Seeking Entry into the U.S.? If So, Let Us Know!

The immigration bar has received several reports about foreign nationals who have been exposed to unprofessional, intimidating, and demeaning conduct by CBP officers during the inspection and admissions process. If you have been subject to disparaging, intimidating, or unprofessional remarks during the inspection process by a CBP officer, you can...
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Significant New Rule on Employment-Based Immigration, and EADs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) made final a long-awaited rule on issues that impact mostly H-1B professional workers and employment-based visa applicants and their dependents. The rule is intended to clarify and codify issues related to the retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 immigrant workers and make improvements affecting...
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Immigrant Detention: Bond and Detainers Challenged, Private Detention Continues; Women and Children Released in Texas

The detention of massive numbers of immigrants is gaining an increasing amount of attention as immigrant advocacy groups continue to push for change, often filing lawsuits to challenge government practices. Some recent cases involve bond procedures and ICE detainers. ICE detainers recently came under fire in a class action lawsuit...
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Trump Presidency, New Administration, and Efforts Currently in Play

With the inauguration of President-elect Trump less than four weeks away, attention is centering on how the president-elect and his team will handle his immigration campaign promises, especially because immigration served as one of the campaign’s key cornerstones. But, not everything a presidential candidate says during an election campaign predicts...
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Reminder: USCIS Filing Fees Increased on 12/23/2016

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Immigration filing fees increased – by a weighted average of 21 percent for most immigration applications and petitions – on December 23, 2016. Make sure your case is filed with the correct fee. For a full list of fees, see this list on the...
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