American Immigration Blog

03-20-2011
Appellate Judge criticizes unconsionable break up of families

By: Law Offices of David B. Gardner, Inc.

The ugly debate over immigration reform sometimes overshadows the heartwrenching decisions which Immigration Judges and the Appellate Courts  address on a daily basis. Judge Pregerson's dissenting opinion in a recent unpublished Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision highlights the harsh consequences that follow when Courts apply an inflexible approach to interpreting complex immigration laws.

03-20-2011
New Entrepreneur Visa bill

By: Law Offices of David B. Gardner, Inc.

A new version of the Entrepreneur Visa bill provides hope for overseas investors seeking to invest or start up businesses in the United States. The bill if passed would provide an alternative to the EB5 investor visa which has rigorous employment creation and  capital investment requirements in order to qualify for permanent resident Status ( green card).

02-22-2011
Latter Day Saints Church supports Immigration Reform to avoid splitting families

By: Law Offices of David B. Gardner, Inc.

“Public officials should create and administer laws that reflect the best of our aspirations as a just and caring society,” the church wrote in a statement. “Such laws will properly balance love for neighbors, family cohesion and the observance of just and enforceable law.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.

02-22-2011
Immigraton Hardball

By: Law Offices of David B. Gardner, Inc.

“A hard-line approach mocks American values. It is irresponsibly expensive. It is ineffective.” For Full Opinion on New York Time Editorial READ FULL ARTICLE HERE.

02-22-2011
Visas for Entrpreneurs can boost the economy

By: Law Offices of David B. Gardner, Inc.

As noted by a Forbes Magazine Article “There is a growing recognition of the impact foreign-born entrepreneurs can bring to an economy”

“Today there are 1 million highly skilled immigrants in this country legally, if temporarily, on H-1B visas. Another 125,000 foreigners graduate from our universities each year. If only 10% of them launched businesses under this program, we'd have 110,000 new jobs right off the bat. Immigrant founders would then have superstrong incentives to expand their businesses in the U.S. so they could stay here.”

02-13-2011
Immigration Reform prospects in this Congress?

By: Law Offices of David B. Gardner, Inc.

There is talk of reviving bi-partisan Immigration Reform discussions between Republicans and Democrats.See the enclosed article regarding talks between Senators Schumer and Graham.

01-30-2011
Legal Challenge to DOMA provides new opportunities for same sex couples

By: Law Offices of David B. Gardner, Inc.

As reported in the New York Times, the Obama Administration is facing new legal challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the Courts. If a constitutional challenge to DOMA is successful, then it is likely that the Federal definition of marriage as being between  a man and a woman would not be upheld for persons with same sex marriages seeking immigration benefits. 

12-21-2010
Dream Act fails to pass in 2010-what next

By: Law Offices of David B. Gardner, Inc.

The Senate failed to pass the Dream Act in the lame duck session of Congress 2010.We strongly encourage immigration reform advocates to rethink their positions on the Dream Act and other aspects of Immigration Reform.  The Dream Act is just one component of a multitude of challenges which we confront as a nation when considering the controversial topic of immigration. 

10-21-2010
H-1 B and L-1 fee increases already in effect.

By: Law Offices of David B. Gardner

H-1 B and L-1 fee increases already in effect. A recent change in the Law increased fees for certain H-1B and L-1 petitions. Effective August 2010 the fee for certain H-1b employers [hyperlink to H-1 b page] increase by $2000 and for certain L-1 employers [insert hyperlink to l-1 page] increased by $2250. With these new fees, employers filing an H-1b petition could pay as high as $5320 to USCIS for the Government fees alone. An intra- company transferee petition for an L-1 visa [insert hyperlink] could cost as much as $4070 in USCIS fees.

10-21-2010
Prepare for immigration fee increases – file now

By: Law Offices of David B. Gardner

Immigration fees continue to increase. Effective November 23, 2010 filing fees for many petitions or applications filed with USCIS will increase. The fee increases will make cost of obtaining immigration benefits even more expensive at a time when the economy has impacted many persons who would be seeking to obtain temporary visas or permanent visas to immigrate to the United States.