Ep. 66 Executive Action December Update

  • SCOTUS granted a request that secures timely consideration for the Executive Action raising the likelihood the case will be heard in the spring and a decision by the end of June; just a few months before the Presidential election .
  • When the Executive Action changes was announced last year, several states filed an injunction against DAPA and has since then been stopped.
  • Twenty-six states are involved and Texas is the lead plaintiff.

Raw Transcript:

Jacob: Hello everybody and welcome to another episode of Ask an Immigration Lawyer. You ask, we answer. This is your host, Jacob Sapochnick.

I wanted to cover one quick topic today. This is something that was announced earlier this week, a couple of days ago. The US Supreme Court on Tuesday granted a request from the Federal Government that essentially secures timely consideration of President Obama’s Executive Action on immigration and raising the likelihood that the justices will hear the case in the spring and decided by the end of June when the current term ends. Continue reading

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Ep. 19 What does it mean that the President is going to end the secure communities program?

What does it mean that the President is going to end the secure communities program?

– The secure communities program gave police the power to control immigration

– Police can stop and question suspected illegal immigrants

– This sowed fear among undocumented immigrants

– Governors and mayors refused to cooperate with the federal government

– The Executive Action announced the creation of Priority Enforcement Program (PEP) which will focus on apprehending individuals who are actually convicted of crimes (criminals who are not supposed to be here)

Raw Transcript:

Introduction: You ask we answer your immigration questions. Simple. And now your host immigration lawyer Jacob Sapochnick.

Jacob: Hello everybody, welcome to another episode of Ask An Immigration Lawyer.

One of the questions that we got this week was, again, related to President Obama’s executive action announcement is what does it mean that the president is going to end the Secure Communities Program. Well, some of you that know what Security Communities Program that has been highly criticized. It was created several years ago with the purpose of giving the police and other agencies the power to control immigration. Continue reading

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Ep. 18 What can those with employment visas benefit from Obama’s executive action? (Part 2)

Continuation of Episode 17: Employment-based executive action

• Optional Practical Training (OPT), typically allowing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics students to work for a year. Changes would expand coverage of OPT occupations and extend validity of OPT

• Opportunities for foreign investors, researchers and founders of startups; allow them to stay here and conduct research and get special parole if they have ongoing projects

• Scientists and researchers in the US can get national interest waiver where no employer would be needed as long as they have high merits

• Efficient adjudication of L visa

• Review of PERM process to make it more effective

• Work authorization for spouses of H-1B visa holder

Raw Transcript:

Introduction: You ask we answer your immigration questions. Simple. And now your host immigration lawyer Jacob Sapochnick.

Jacob: Hello everybody, we’re back in Ask An Immigration Lawyer Podcast and this is part two of the Executive Action Employment Base changes. So, previously I covered the points talking about visa wait times and changes state department are going to be taking. In this episode I want to dive in to some of the more exciting changes in the employment based executive action announcements. Continue reading

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Ep. 17 What can those with employment visas benefit from Obama’s executive action?

  • Visa allocation for highly skilled workers should improve visa processing
  • Government will work with State Department so that all visas authorized by Congress will be issued to people who are eligible
  • The wait time should be reduced
  • Improve process for determining when visas are available
  • Rules will be put in place so that priority dates will be preserved for people whoa re changing jobs

Raw Transcript:

Introduction: You ask we answer your immigration questions. Simple. And now your host immigration lawyer Jacob Sapochnick.

Jacob: Hello everybody, this is Jacob Sapochnick – Ask An Immigration Lawyer Podcast. Welcome back.

We got a lot of questions in the past few weeks about the new Obama executive action announcement and we broke it down into several parts. We talked about who may be affected before family immigration, undocumented immigrants and we wanted to cover today the employment base visas. Continue reading

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Ep. 16 Why Can’t The President Just Give Permanent Legal Status?

Raw Transcript:

Introduction: You ask we answer your immigration questions. Simple. And now your host immigration lawyer Jacob Sapochnick.

Jacob: Thank you guys for joining me again on another quick episode of Ask An Immigration Lawyer. Questions, emails, messages on our Facebook page. It’s been great so far. Keep sending those questions. We try to answer them. Again, we’re focusing on our deferred action executive announcement by the President, few questions that came out to us. Continue reading

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Ep. 15 What is the modified Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)?

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Introduction: You ask we answer your immigration questions. Simple. And now your host immigration lawyer Jacob Sapochnick.

Jacob: Hello everybody. Thanks for joining for another episode of Ask An Immigration Lawyer. And we continue a series of breaking down some important issues of the executive action announcement by President Obama on November 20th. In previous episodes we talked about the way it’s going to be enforced, implemented and the new DAPA program. Continue reading

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Ep. 14 What is the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA)?

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Introduction: You ask we answer your immigration questions. Simple. And now your host immigration lawyer Jacob Sapochnick.

Jacob: Thank you for joining our show, listening to us. I’m getting a lot of emails recently for people asking questions about the new executive action mostly and our first several episodes are going to talk about that. We’re going to try to break it down as much as we can. Continue reading

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Ep. 12 Executive Action On Immigration

Raw Transcript:

Introduction: You ask we answer your immigration questions. Simple. And now your host immigration lawyer Jacob Sapochnick.

Jacob: Hello everybody, this is Atty. Jacob Sapochnick. Just want to record this quick video about the new executive order announced yesterday, November 20th, by President Obama. I wanted to get the first video out. I’m going to do a more detailed series about this issue. Continue reading

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