From the Desk of the Executive Director

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May 11, 2020

People take about identity politics. When you think of Muslims, many identify the political orphanhood of Muslims. Bigotry has the Muslim ­community at its center—a natural ­consequence of 9/11. ­History has left us vulnerable. Still, we are part of the problem.

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May 11, 2020

We protested because we must. We dissent through public protest. Allies give voices to the struggles triggered by a political administration that crush the rights of minorities, the poor, and people of color.  People are coming together to protest election fraud and th...

September 5, 2018

In a recent communication, it appears that the Department of State will only accept the accreditation of spouses of newly arrived officers and employees of international organizations and embassy staff, both same-sex and opposite-sex, as members of the immediate family...

September 5, 2018

The Department of State (DOS) has been scrutinizing individuals applying for green cards under the public-charge bar. Some of these non–U.S. citizens must show that they are not likely to become dependent on the government for cash assistance or long-term care. In maki...

September 5, 2018

Historically, at the end of the fiscal year, visa preference categories further retrogress or become backlogged for the first time, only to become current again on October 1. This has been the pattern for the employment-based first preference (extraordinary ability, ou...

September 5, 2018

USCIS's new policy regarding "unlawful presence" for foreign students (academic and vocational) and exchange visitors and their dependents are now in effect. This means that foreign students (F-1, J-1, M-1) will begin accruing unlawful presence on the day after the stu...

September 5, 2018

Around the same time that USCIS issued its new policy regarding RFEs and NOIDs, noted above, USCIS updated its guidance for referring cases to the immigration court through the issuance of a Notice to Appear (NTA), and thus increasing its enforcement actions to a whole...