Immigration Software Blog

The latest & coolest time-saving tech for immigration lawyers (plus some Docketwise updates).

Giving it Up: Renouncing US Citizenship

10/29/18
Why on Earth would anyone give up their US citizenship when there are so many people who go to great lengths to immigrate to America?  Believe it or not, a few people do so every year for personal reasons.  In this post we’ll discuss why and how this  takes place. 
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US Supreme Court Hears Landmark Mandatory Detention Case

10/10/18
By: James Pittman

On October 10, 2018, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of Nielsen v. Preap, which concerns the scope of the mandatory detention provisions of Sec. 236(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).  The case was brought as a class...
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10 Software Options To Streamline Your Immigration Law Practice

10/05/18
For immigration law firms, software can be a crucial tool to help improve efficiency and make work easier for attorneys. However, the term “software” is expansive, and knowing which particular platforms to use requires careful research. With new apps and websites emerging every day, it can b...
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Important New Regulations Expand Public Charge Ground of Inadmissibility

09/28/18
By: James Pittman

The Trump presidential campaign issued many disparaging statements about immigrants, and repeated asserted that newcomers to the United States were taking the jobs of Americans and using the social welfare benefits intended for Americans. Indeed, sh...
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Understanding Trump v. Hawaii, the "Muslim Ban" case at the Supreme Court

09/14/18
By: James Pittman 

The Supreme Court, in "Trump v. Hawaii",  held that the President was within his authority to limit travel to the United States by citizens of five countries wh...
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Is the "Abolish ICE" movement significant? Is it serious?

09/12/18
By: James Pittman

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement was created in 2003 with the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. ICE is the agency within DHS responsible for enforcing immigration laws within the interior of...
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Current Status of Immigration Related Campaign Promises of Donald Trump

08/31/18
By: James Pittman

The startling ascendancy of Donald Trump has brought the restrictionist immigration view to the national stage. Articulated with inflammatory rhetoric about the dangers of immigration, his presidential campaign made numerous promises on immigration. ...
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Zero Tolerance Policy at the Border and the Family Separation Crisis

08/24/18
By: James Pittman 

Fulfilling promises made during the presidential campaign to get tough on illegal border crossers, the Trump administration acting through Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in early Spring 2018 that it would implement a zero tolerance policy for those wh...
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Gang Violence, Domestic Abuse Asylum Cases Now Harder to Win

08/24/18
By: James Pittman

The case known as Matter of A-B, 27 I&N Dec. 316 (A.G. 2018)  which was decided by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has made Gang Violence and Domestic Abuse Asylum Claims harder to win by ...
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DACA : Latest Court Rulings and Who Can Still Apply

08/24/18
By:  James Pittman

The creation of the DACA program by the Obama administration in 2012 brought hope to over a million young people who who were brought to the United States without immigration documents as children. DACA is an acronym for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. ...
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Tightening the H-1B program through "Buy American and Hire American" rules

08/03/18
By: James Pittman

As part of its policy push for reducing the number of skilled workers brought to the US under the H-1B program, the Trump admin has made the H-1B more difficult to obtain. A substantial step in this direction took place when Pres. Trump signed the
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The RAISE Act - Proposed Legislation Would Make Major Changes to US Immigration

08/01/18
By:  James Pittman

The immigration policy preferences of the Trump administration are embodied in the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, a piece of proposed legislation which has been introduced into Congress by Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Da...
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Service Not Wanted: MAVNI Program Seems Headed for Oblivion

07/31/18
By:  James Pittman 

Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI) was a program that allowed certain foreign nationals who were in the US temporarily, such as through student visas or here as refugees, to join the US Armed Forces if they possessed critical langu...
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How Immigration Software Can Make Law Firms More Efficient

07/31/18
Of all areas of the law, immigration practice can be one of the most personally meaningful, as it involves helping clients work through profoundly significant life transitions. That said, running an immigration law firm can be difficult work. Luckily, like in many other fields, technology ha...
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