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New Order to Reopen Petitions from Young Immigrants Seeking Protection Under Special Immigrant Juvenile Program

On April 9, 2019, U.S. District Judge John Koeltl of the Southern District of New York finalized his March 15 judgement order. Judge Koeltl determined that the Department of Homeland Security’s unspoken policy of denying Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status petitions for those over the age of 18 was in violation of the law.  As Read More

Salt Bae Sued by Waiters Fired After Asking How Tip Pool Was Allocated

The Internet sensation known as Salt Bae is in hot water after his former employees went public with complaints about their purported unlawful treatment at one of his restaurants. Nusret Gökçe, a.k.a. Salt Bae, is a famous Turkish chef and an Instagram hit. However popular he may be on Instagram, it doesn’t translate to real-life Read More

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Government’s Authority to Detain Immigrants

Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security, ET AL. v. Preap ET AL.   On March 19, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the government’s authority to detain immigrants at any time after their release from local or state custody — including individuals that have already completed prison terms — for criminal convictions potentially years ago. The Read More

How Negligent or Inadequate Security Can Cause Harm at Public Events

Whether you’re catching a foul ball at Yankee Stadium or raging at a Bruce Springsteen concert, when you go out to an event, you trust that you’re in a controlled and safe environment. However, that is not always the case. When security at these events is lax, the potential for injuries increases. Venues have a Read More

DHS Implements New Way to Conduct H-1B Lottery

If you are curious about the status of the H-1B visa—a popular work visa that is valid for three years and can be renewed for another three—under President Trump’s administration, here is the latest news.  Each year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) receives an immense number of applications for this work visa.  American Read More

H-2B Visas: New Selection Procedure After iCert Server Crash

The H-2B visa program allows United States employers to hire foreign workers for nonagricultural services on a temporary basis. The H-2B visa program is an important resource for both employers as well as foreign workers. In order to qualify for it, the petitioning employer must show that: There aren’t enough U.S. workers who are able Read More

USCIS Announces Updates to Civics Test

In order to become a citizen of the United States, foreign nationals have to go through the process of naturalization. During the standard interview, applicants are given what’s called a civics test. The civics test is an oral examination focusing on U.S. history and government. During the test, applicants are asked 10 out of a Read More

What Injuries Can Commuters Suffer?

Although New York can boast about its massive transportation system with many options that allow its inhabitants to get around with ease, the commute in the Big Apple is still frustrating. And the commute is not only regarded as a waste of time for some people, but it can also be potentially hazardous. From slip-and-fall Read More

What Is “Uninsured Motorist” and “Underinsured Motorist” Coverage?

If you live in New York State, your auto insurance policy is required to contain both “uninsured motorist” coverage and “underinsured” motorist coverage (also referred to as UM/UIM coverage). Since you have no choice about carrying such coverage, you may not be fully aware of how these types of insurance can serve you. Here are Read More

Government Shutdown and its Major Impact on Your Immigration Case

Why Did the Government Shutdown? Congress and the U.S. President cannot agree on a budget bill. The Senate passed a bill that did not include funding for the President’s border wall. President Trump insists he will not sign a budget bill unless it includes $5 billion to fund a border wall. The government shutdown is Read More

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