All posts by Jon Velie

Athletes and Sports: A Compelling Case for Immigration

The United States is home to many popular and emerging sports. The United States has the top professional leagues in the Big Four and is the place where many Olympians train. There are top-notch ski

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Immigration Makes America Great Again. And Again…

Most Americans agree that one of the major benefits of immigration is the rich assortment of cuisine that is available in almost any U.S. city. But food aside, YouGov poll revealed that most Americans

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Immigration Show: John Lennon’s Immigration Case for DREAMers

In this episode, Jon Velie and Dave Kelso examine Lennon’s immigration battle and the court ruling that eventually led the Obama administration to release DACA as an executive order. Watch or listen

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How Melania Trump became a U.S. Citizen

Would Melania be able to enter the country under a new merit-based immigration system and how exactly would she meet the criteria for the EB1 visa?

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U.S. House of Representatives Clears Three Major Immigration Bills

The House Judiciary Committee cleared three critical bills that went seemingly unnoticed as tension in Washington D.C. mounts. The DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) and

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H-4 EAD Work Ban Expected This Month

The highly contested H-4 EAD work ban affecting the spouses of H-1B visa holders is set to be published this month. An estimated 100,000 immigrants will no longer be authorized to work in the United

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Ken Cuccinelli: A Disaster for USCIS and Immigration Law in the U.S.?

To ensure the President cannot appoint anyone he likes, the Director of USCIS has to be confirmed by the Senate. However, Trump could forgo a formal Senate process and have Ken Cuccinelli fill other

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The Truth About Kushner’s Immigration Plan

Donald Trump signed off on White House Advisor Jared Kushner’s immigration plan and turned it over to Senate Republicans. The specifics of the immigration plan are supposed to be unveiled any day,

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H-1B Season Recap

As H-1B visa receipts trickle in, here is a recap of the 2019 filing season. An uptick in H-1B visa applications for FY 2020 For the first time in two years, USCIS received just over 200,000 H-1B

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U.S. Employers Seeking Seasonal Workers Granted Temporary Relief

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) have released 30,000 additional H-2B visas for the second half of FY 2019. The extra permits are available only to American

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