Authors: Ashik Jahan

By: Ashik R. Jahan, Esq. & Bara Ahmad The State Department recently implemented a new policy that requires all visa applicants to provide information about all social media accounts the applicant has been active on over the past five years. Previously, visa applicants were required to provide the U.S. government with information regarding their address history, employment history, travel history, as well as family member information. Requiring visa applicants

Ashik Jahan, Esq. USCIS resumes premium processing for H1B petitions. https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-resumes-premium-processing-h-1b-petitions-filed-or-dec-21-2018 Trump administration pushes forward with plans to end EAD for H4 spouses, but challenges to their plans loom. https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/02/21/h-1b-spouse-work-ban-pushed-ahead-by-homeland-security/  

Written by: Ashik Jahan, Esq. Thousands of immigrants and their families face uncertainty and lengthy delays in hearings before immigration judges as the longest U.S. government shutdown in history causes massive backlogs in immigration courts across the country. Three-quarters of the immigration judges who work for the U.S. Department of Justice are on unpaid leave because of the shutdown, compounding strain on a court system that already has a backlog

Written by: Ashik R. Jahan The government shutdown over a border wall ironically leads to the shutdown of E-Verify, the program used to confirm eligibility of an employee to work in the U.S. https://www.npr.org/2019/01/03/681969112/an-irony-shutdown-fight-over-border-security-takes-toll-on-immigration-enforceme

Written by: Ashik R. Jahan, Esq.  https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-updates-policy-guidance-certain-requests-evidence-and-notices-intent-deny USCIS guidance regarding the discretion to deny an application, petition, or request without first issuing an RFE or NOID in certain circumstances will take effect next Tuesday, September 11, 2018. In July, USCIS had issued a policy memo with guidance to adjudicators regarding the discretion to deny an application, petition, or request without first issuing a RFE (Request for Evidence) or NOID (Notice of

DHS published a final rule in today’s Federal Register increasing the premium processing filing fee by 14.92 percent, changing it from $1,225 to $1,410. The rule is effective October 1, 2018, and applications postmarked on or after that date must include the new fee. https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-adjusting-premium-processing-fee

Written by: Ashik R. Jahan, Esq. Under the current administration, in FY17, businesses were ordered to pay $97.6 million in judicial forfeitures, fines and restitution, and $7.8 million in civil fines, including one company whose financial penalties represented the largest payment ever levied in an immigration case. “Under federal law, employers are required to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all individuals they hire, and to document that information using

Written by: Ashik R. Jahan, Esq. The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”), based on the Administration’s decision to terminate DACA, announced new measures regarding the DACA program. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said, “I am here today to announce that the program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama administration is being rescinded.” In a lengthy written statement, President Trump said: “I do not favor punishing children, most

Written by: Ashik R. Jahan, Esq. The H-1B visa is designed to be for professional, “specialty” occupations. Specialty occupations require the “theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge,” and require the attainment of a bachelor’s or higher degree in the specific specialty (or its equivalent) as a minimum for entry into the occupation in the United States. For computer programmers, a prior USCIS Memo from December 22,

Written by: Ashik R. Jahan, Esq. President Trump’s recent announcement that he is seeking to support legislation to curb the level of legal immigration to the U.S. by proposing a skills-based system is significant. What is most concerning is that his proposal would drastically change the way immigration law has operated in the U.S. for generations. U.S. policy has long been one of family unity and diversity. Despite the long