Author: Karyn Schiller

POSTS BY : Karyn Schiller
Good News for Some Who Entered Without Inspection
Just a couple of days after my last posting on waivers, USCIS announced its intention to begin processing requests for waivers of unlawful presence in the United States for certain [...]
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Entered the US without Inspection? There is Still Hope for your Green Card
US Immigration Law is particularly unforgiving towards those who entered the country without inspection.  Even marriage to a US citizen – which is usually sufficient to overcome most immigration violations [...]
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Avoid Losing H-1B Status While your Adjustment of Status Application is Pending
It is common for an H-1B visa-holder on whose behalf a PERM and I-140 Petition for Alien Worker has been approved to wait years before they are eligible to actually [...]
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Update on Asylum for Egyptian Copts
Since my last posting on US asylum for Egyptian Coptic Christians I have interviewed and spoken with many, many of you, both in the US and from Egypt who are [...]
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Asylum for Egyptian Copts
US Asylum law is notoriously unforgiving and the maze of technical requirements all too often result in otherwise-deserving applicants being denied asylum.  One such requirement is that applicants file their [...]
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USCIS Ignores Homeland Secretary's Call to Encourage Entrepeneurs to Set up Shop in the US
With great fanfare on August 2, 2011 Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano announced a set of initiatives designed to fully utilize immigration laws to promote startup enterprises and spur job creation.  [...]
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College PERMs in Jeopardy
The chaos currently prevailing at the National Prevailing Wage Center (NPWC) threatens to undermine the Special Handling framework that governs PERMs filed by Institutes of Higher Education.  “Special Handling” is [...]
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Employment-Based Visa Quota Exhausted For FY2011
For those of you who have been wondering why the processing of your employment-based Green Cards has been taking so long, USCIS has finally given an explanation.  As of September [...]
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Hope for Gay Partners of Nonimmigrant Visa Holders
Back in March 2011 I lamented the Obama Administration’s announcement that it would continue to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the immigration context, thereby precluding gay spouses [...]
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USCIS Raises the Bar for EB-1 Petitions
This past year has seen a dramatic change in the adjudication process for EB-1 Petitions (for Aliens of Extraordinary Ability, Outstanding Professors/Researchers or Aliens of Exceptional Ability).  And not for [...]
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