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U Visa Petitions Dropped By 20 Percent in 2019—Activists Believe the Trump Administration is Largely to Blame

Also sometimes referred to as a ‘crime victim visa’, a U visa provides much needed immigration relief to certain crime victims who cooperate with law enforcement and prosecutors. The U visa helps to make our communities safer, as it creates a process that allows undocumented immigrants to work with law enforcement without fear of being…

Four Things You Need to Know About O-1 Entertainment Visa Applications

Through an O-visa, individuals with extraordinary abilities or achievements may be eligible to get authorization to live and work in the United States. Indeed, O-1 visas are the primary employment immigration option used by people in the entertainment industry. As explained by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), there are two types of O-1 visas:…

U Visas: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Through a U visa, a victim of a serious crime may be eligible to obtain protection under immigration law. To apply for a U visa, a crime victim must report the offense and work with law enforcement and government agencies.  Navigating the U visa application process can be confusing and challenging. We want to make…

Investigative Report: H-1B Visa Denials Rates are Skyrocketing Under the Trump Administration

On December 2nd, 2019, Mother Jones published an investigative report on the legal barriers that the Trump Administration has put into place to make it more difficult for qualified applicants to obtain H-1B visas. While the steps that the administration is taking behind the scenes are somewhat unclear, the effects are not: H-1B visa applications…

New York Times: America’s Undocumented Immigrants are Not Who You Think

On December 1st, 2019, The New York Times published an illuminating story on America’s undocumented immigrants. Once again, the report shows that our country’s undocumented immigrants are much more diverse and complex than most people think. Sadly, these misperceptions are sometimes used by politicians to trigger anti-immigrant sentiment.  Public opinion polling shows that most people…

Immigration Policy: An Update on the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019

According to reporting from the California Farm Bureau, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019 has made it through the House Committee on the Judiciary by a margin of 18 to 12—a key step on the path to becoming law. Introduced by lead sponsors that include California Democrat Zoe Lofgren and California Republican Doug LaMalfa,…

What is the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019?

In July 0f 2019, the United States House of Representatives passed the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act by a wide margin. Currently, the bill is still making its way through the Senate—though, with 35 co-sponsors, including prominent Democrats such as California Senator Kamala Harris and prominent Republicans such as Utah Senator Mitt Romney, there is…

Massive Backlog: More Than 250,000 U Visa Applications are Currently Pending

According to reporting from Spectrum 1 News, the U visa backlog now stands at more than 250,000. The U visa—which provides much needed immigration protections to victims of crime who have  cooperated with police and prosecutors—is currently capped at just 10,000 per year. Unfortunately, many people who would otherwise be eligible to obtain a U…

Los Angeles County District Attorney Backs Off Hardline Stance on Immigration and Marijuana Offenses

According to reporting from The Daily Beast, Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has reversed her office’s harsh stance of fighting immigration protections for individuals previously convicted of minor drug offenses, including marijuana-related offenses. In this article, our Los Angeles immigration lawyer explains the change in policy and the potential implications for immigrants charged…

Trump Administration Releases Proclamation—Seeks to Bar Visas for Uninsured Immigrants 

On October 4th, 2019, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Trump Administration is rolling out a new policy proposal that will prohibit most immigrants who do not have health insurance coverage from obtaining visas. The move is just the latest attempt by President Trump to punish low-income immigrants and immigrants who use basic social…