Blogs Category: US Immigration Law

US Immigration Law

Religious worker visa policies are changing

On Behalf of Coughlon Law Firm, PLLC. Jul 5, 2019 | US Immigration Law

Changes are coming to a program that provides special immigrant visas to religious workers in Arizona, including both ministers and non-ministers. People who will be hired for a full-time, paid religious position can apply for immigration or permanent residence….


Visa applicants now required to provide social media info

On Behalf of Coughlon Law Firm, PLLC. Jun 19, 2019 | US Immigration Law

Virtually all foreign nationals who wish to visit Arizona or any other U.S. state will now have to provide immigration authorities with their social media user names or handles. Updated visa application forms now ask for this information and list dozens of social…


Protections for immigrant children to be curtailed

On Behalf of Coughlon Law Firm, PLLC. Jun 5, 2019 | US Immigration Law

Residents in border states like Arizona will likely be aware that President Donald Trump has taken aggressive steps in recent weeks to address an immigration situation that he has described as a national emergency. In late May, Trump said that he would impose tariffs…


Supreme Court ruling on immigrants with criminal records

On Behalf of Coughlon Law Firm, PLLC. May 27, 2019 | US Immigration Law

Immigrants in Arizona who have committed a crime in the past may be detained years later, according to a new ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. This reversed the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. The 5-4 decision found that immigrants could be…


Divorce and green card eligibility

On Behalf of Coughlon Law Firm, PLLC. May 23, 2019 | US Immigration Law

Some people in Arizona who are waiting for a green card might wonder how divorce will affect their eligibility for one. For example, one woman, a U.S. citizen from the Philippines, had a 25-year-old unmarried son for whom she filed an immigrant petition in 2005. The…


Data shows sharp upswing in H-1B visa denials

On Behalf of Coughlon Law Firm, PLLC. Apr 12, 2019 | US Immigration Law

Many businesses, highly skilled international graduate students and technical workers in Arizona are concerned about reports that an increasing number of H-1B visa petitions are being denied. The H-1B Employer Data Hub was criticized by many when it was introduced by…


Changes may be ahead for spouses of H-1B visa holders

On Behalf of Coughlon Law Firm, PLLC. Feb 28, 2019 | US Immigration Law

The spouses of workers who are in Arizona under H-1B visas may lose the right to work in the United States under a proposed regulation sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget. Many couples in this position are already waiting a long time for their…


Obtaining an H-1B visa

On Behalf of Coughlon Law Firm, PLLC. Feb 13, 2019 | US Immigration Law

Arizona employers who wish to obtain an H-1B visa for foreign workers must prepare well before the filing season opens on April 1. Although the fiscal year in which those workers would be eligible for employment does not begin until Oct. 1, the volume of applications…


Trump administration announces new asylum policy

On Behalf of Coughlon Law Firm, PLLC. Jan 30, 2019 | US Immigration Law

Arizona residents are likely aware that several thousand migrants from Central America are gathered in Tijuana, Mexico, and plan to apply for asylum in the United States. Many of these migrants have tried to cross the border illegally at the San Ysidro port of entry,…


How the Trump administration has hindered immigration courts

On Behalf of Coughlon Law Firm, PLLC. Jan 18, 2019 | US Immigration Law

Citizens of Arizona may be interested to learn that despite the Trump administration promising to streamline the legal immigration system, plenty of the decisions made by the administration have proven deleterious to the immigration courts, the latest of which has…