Immigration Updates

Who Will Succeed Justice Scalia on the Supreme Court?

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died today. He may have been the most influential Justice on the Court during the past 25 years. His use of the doctrine of “originalism” lead to a multitude of decisions which were, for the most part, favorable to conservatives. Justice Scalia’s death creates a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme […]

Shusterman’s Immigration Update February 2016

Volume Twenty One, Number Two   SHUSTERMAN’S IMMIGRATION UPDATE is the Web’s most popular e-mail newsletter regarding U.S. immigration laws and procedures with over 60,000 subscribers located in more than 150 countries. It is written by a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with almost 40 years of experience practicing immigration law. Published by the Law […]

Immigration Law Changes in Budget Bill

On December 16, it was announced that members of Congress had finalized a 2,009-page budget bill. The bill is expected to be approved and signed by President Obama before the end of the year.   The bill contains a number of immigration law changes, each of which is listed below:   H-1B and L-1 Filing […]

EB-5 Regional Center: What, Why and How?

What is a Regional Center? A Regional Center (RC) is defined as any economic entity, public or private, which is involved with the promotion of economic growth, improved regional productivity, job creation and increased domestic capital investment. An entity must submit an application to USCIS to become designated as a RC. The Congress created the […]

USCIS Introduces “Ask Emma”

On December 2, 2015, the USCIS introduced the feature “Ask Emma”, a virtual assistant, on www.uscis.gov. Emma is named after Emma Lazarus, the woman who wrote the sonnet “The New Colossus” which appears on a bronze plaque at the base of the Statute of Liberty (“Give me your tired, your poor…”)   The USCIS press […]

Shusterman’s Immigration Update December 2015

Volume Twenty, Number Ten   SHUSTERMAN’S IMMIGRATION UPDATE is the Web’s most popular e-mail newsletter regarding U.S. immigration laws and procedures with over 60,000 subscribers located in more than 150 countries. It is written by a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with almost 40 years of experience practicing immigration law. Published by the Law Offices of […]

Shusterman’s Immigration Update November 2015

Volume Twenty, Number Nine   SHUSTERMAN’S IMMIGRATION UPDATE is the Web’s most popular e-mail newsletter regarding U.S. immigration laws and procedures with over 60,000 subscribers located in more than 150 countries. It is written by a former INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) with almost 40 years of experience practicing immigration law. Published by the Law Offices of […]

The Immigration Law Turns 50

The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 (aka the “Hart-Celler Act”) turned 50 years old on October 3, 2015. The Act was passed shortly after the Civil Rights Acts in 1964 and 1965, and ended the National Origins quota system which had restricted most U.S. immigration to natives of Germany, Great Britain and Ireland. For […]

October Visa Bulletin – April Fools!

September 25, 2015 will go down as a sad day in immigration history. The Federal Government, which had published the Visa Bulletin for October 2015 on September 9 which promised that thousands of persons who had been waiting in line for green cards for many years would be able to submit applications for adjustment of […]

Another Benefit from Obama’s Early AOS Rule

Starting October 1, 2015, tens of thousands of persons in the Employment-Based (EB) and Family-Based (EB) preference categories will be able to submit applications for Adjustment of Status and receive Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) and Advance Paroles (APs) long before their priority dates become current. For many persons whose priority dates have been backlogged for […]