WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project. USCIS will begin issuing the new cards on May 1, 2017. These redesigns use enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features to create cards that are highly secure and more tamper-resistant than the ones curren...

By Harvey I. Barkin MILPITAS – Six-term (2002-2008, 2010-2016) Mayor Jose Esteves ended his term last year. He was at one time the only Pinoy mayor in the Bay Area. His remarkable winning streak amazed many of his constituents and critics. Now that his new grandson gave him a reason to spend more time with the family, he says he isn’t done serving the community. He’s still dynamic and full of surprises as evidenced by this recent interview. FAS: What’s going to happen n...

WASHINGTON— U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 visa H-1B cap for fiscal year 2018. USCIS has also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, also known as the master’s cap. The agency will reject and return filing fees for all unselected cap-subject petitions that are not duplicate filings. USCIS will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherw...

WASHINGTON – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced multiple measures to further deter and detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse. The H-1B visa program should help U.S. companies recruit highly-skilled foreign nationals when there is a shortage of qualified workers in the country. Yet, too many American workers who are as qualified, willing and deserving to work in these fields have been ignored or unfairly disadvantaged. Protecting American workers by combating...

By Elena Shore | New America Media When it comes to Trump’s changes to immigration policy, many immigrants have a common question: Who is affected and what do the changes mean for them? It’s a question that Martha Ruch, staff attorney at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles says she hears constantly from her clients. Since taking office, Trump dramatically expanded the definition of who can be prioritized for deportation. Immigration attorneys say that under...

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – State agencies, local and tribal governments, as well as certain private nonprofit organizations, which sustained damage during severe winter storms from Jan. 18 to Jan. 23, have until April 15, 2017, to submit Requests for Public Assistance (RPA). Submitting an RPA to the state is the first step in applying for funding under the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance program. On March 16, 2017, the President approved a major...

By ATTY. CRISPIN CADAY LOZANO The American Immigration Lawyers Association released for public information and sharing the listings of rights of every person in the United States. All people living in the United States, including undocumented immigrants, have certain U.S. Constitutional rights. If immigration officers (ICE) come to your work place, they must have a valid search warrant or the consent of your employer to enter non-public areas. If you are undocumented an...

SACRAMENTO – Sen. Scott Wiener announced the introduction of two bills that will strengthen California’s water recycling and conservation efforts by developing statewide water re-use regulations and conservation-based landscaping design standards. Senate Bill 740 requires the establishment of a regulatory framework, including health standards, for non-potable water used in irrigation and toilet flushing, thus encouraging and helping local jurisdictions to develop local wat...

By ATTY. CRISPIN CADAY LOZANO As discussed in my prior article about the leaked DHS memo on immigration policies, presented below is a nutshell of the significant changes in immigration policies. The memo stated that all prior memoranda and guidance on immigration enforcement are rescinded except 2012 DACA memorandum and 2014 DAPA memorandum. A. The Department’s Enforcement Priorities DHS will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential...

By ATTY. CRISPIN CADAY LOZANO On February 18, 2017, the Washington Post obtained two leaked memos signed by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly implementing the President’s Executive Orders on immigration enforcement. These memos direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to drastically escalate harsh immigration enforcement nationwide. What is in the memos? A. The Memorandum calls for a massive expansion in detention by requiring DHS to detain nearly everyone...