What Does a Visa Refusal Under Section 221(g) Mean?

A visa refusal under section 221(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) means the applicant did not establish eligibility for a visa to the satisfaction of the consular officer, as is required under U.S. law, specifically section 291 of the INA. When an applicant is refused under 221(g), it means the consular officer determined […]

The Immigration Mandamus Lawsuits Keep Coming

Recent data from Syracuse University shows that immigration related lawsuits filed in federal court are increasing at a very high rate. Most of these lawsuits are mandamus lawsuits that challenge excessive delays in immigration petition processing times. The volume of these lawsuits suggests two things: 1) People are VERY dissatisfied with the processing backlogs at […]

Lawsuits to Fight Immigration Denials Can Still Be Filed After the Administrative Appeal Deadline

Administrative Procedures Act (APA) lawsuits to address immigration based denials must be based on a “final” agency action. If an administrative appeal is available, such as through the AAO or BALCA, filing the appeal is not necessary if the regulation or statute creating the appeal route is optional instead of mandatory. For instance, appealing a […]

Administrative Processing Improvements?

The Department of State claims that recent improvements in processing techniques and technologies are reducing the amount of cases going into administrative processing and shortening the time it takes for cases to finish administrative processing. I don’t see statistics attached to this announcement so I don’t know how big an improvement this is. What I […]

EB-5 Withdrawal & Redemption

When considering to withdraw your funds from an EB-5 investment, it’s often beneficial to engage a lawyer who is experienced in securities and corporate law to negotiate the return or scrutinize any agreement prior to signing. We’ve assisted numerous investors in this process and have encountered some extremely one-sided terms that Regional Centers or General […]

Diversity Visa Processing Delays (Video)

As we move closer towards the summer season, this increasingly becomes a time of high anxiety for many diversity visa lottery winners whose cases are still in processing. Lottery winners have until September 30th for the Government to finish processing their cases or a potential once in a lifetime opportunity to immigrate to the US […]

New Supreme Court Case That Can Have A Major Impact on Immigration Law & Litigation (Video)

Keep an eye on the forthcoming Loper Bright case that’s going to the Supreme Court. The outcome of this case could potentially reverse the principle of Chevron Deference. Essentially, Chevron Deference is a rule that allows government administrative agencies to interpret laws and regulations that relate to them and the courts will generally respect those […]

The H-1B Crackdown Will Likely Ensnare Many Innocent Workers (Video)

Without a doubt, fraud in the H-1B visa process is an issue that demands serious attention. Nevertheless, it’s crucial to recognize that this crackdown will likely unintentionally affect many innocent workers caught up in the process. It is unfair that innocent workers should bear the severe consequences of employer misconduct. Thankfully, some of these workers […]

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