Asian groups protest move requiring local enforcement agencies to submit fingerprints of arrested individuals to national database

MEMBERS of the National Council for Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), including the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), Asian American Justice Center, a member of Asian American Center for Advancing Justice (AAJC),South Asian Americans Leading Together...

U.S. challenges Alabama immigration law

WASHINGTON, August 2, 2011 (AFP) – US President Barack Obama’s administration on Monday filed a legal challenge to a tough new immigration law in the southern state of Alabama that it said would cause “irreparable harm.” The Justice Department said the law would deter...

Immigrant groups urge Obama to halt deportations

MIAMI, August 17, 2011 (AFP) – Immigrant rights groups protested across the country Tuesday against US President Barack Obama’s policies on deportation, warning he could lose Hispanic votes when he runs for reelection in 2012. Demonstrators rallied at Democratic Party...

Filipina celebrates immigration victory USCIS forgives questionable visa

LOLITA HERRERA is one lucky lady.  After waiting over eighteen years, she nervously opened an envelope marked Confidential from the USCIS only to see her own smiling face looking back at her from a newly minted lawful permanent resident card.  Pangs of nervousness and fear...

Visa Bulletin for September 2011

A. STATUTORY NUMBERS 1.  This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during September. Consular officers are required to report to the Department of State documentarily qualified applicants for numerically limited visas; U.S. Citizenship and Immigration...

Legal options for immigrant victims of crime

By Attorneys Robert L. Reeves and Lorena Larios Shah Undocumented immigrants who are victims of domestic violence, trafficking, or other crimes often face obstacles which prevent them from seeking help, such as fear of deportation, poverty, separation from their children,...

The presumption of ‘undue influence’ in transactions between spouses during the marriage

The presumption of ‘undue influence’ in transactions between spouses during the marriage California law on the nature of spouses’ rights and obligations with respect to management and control of community property has evolved over the last thirty years from less string...

White House promotes EB-5 Investor Visa Program to stimulate economy

Recognizing the importance of encouraging foreign investment in the U.S., the USCIS recently issued a memorandum to provide new instructions to its adjudicators relating to the timing of creating new jobs and explaining the meaning of “full-time” for positions created through...

What to do when appeals fail

(PAUL CHOI is an immigration attorney, a frequent author of articles on immigration law and a professor of law in California. He will answer all immigration questions for free. Address questions to pchoi@pchoilaw.com or to Paul Choi, 16000 Ventura Blvd, Ste. 1201, Encino, CA....

How a layoff affects a workers visa

DURING this economic downturn, layoffs have become a sad reality. Employers are taking unprecedented steps to survive. While facing a potential layoff is unsettling for anyone, it is particularly challenging to an H-1B worker. An H-1B worker must prepare themselves for not only a...