Without action from Congress on new immigration regulations to create a visa category for entrepreneurs, the Obama Administration has used existing regulations to create a path for entrepreneurs to come to the U.S. to start businesses. At the end of August, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued proposed regulations for the use of […]
Immigration has been a major subject of debate among politicians for decades. As a result, comprehensive immigration reform has been a pipe dream. As the election cycle plays out, Democrats and Republicans have become so polarized on this issue that it is nearly impossible to predict the likelihood of any reform.
According to a variety of […]
Immigration officials have been prohibited from using social media to vet U.S. visa applicants for years due to privacy concerns. Reviewing an applicant’s social media platform(s) could help officials with their research, and the DHS has attempted to implement a social media review in the past. In 2014 alone, the Department of Homeland Security initiated […]
The House of Representatives recently passed the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Prevention Act, H.R. 158, by a vote of 407-19. The bill would place additional restrictions on the Visa Waiver Program in an effort to improve domestic security.
What is the Visa Waiver Program?
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of eligible countries to […]
The holiday season is time for reflection on the immigration process and prospects for the coming year. Much is in flux – immigration reform, mixed adjudication standards and so on. But one thing we know for certain – the twelve days of Christmas are upon us. With apologizes to carolers everywhere:
On the first day of […]
Is uncertainty surrounding staying in the United States driving away highly educated foreign nationals?
An increasing number of foreign graduates from U.S. universities are electing to return to their home countries or elsewhere after completing their studies. These students have the potential to make great contributions in their relative STEM fields, but many do not want to face the uncertainty of obtaining an H-1B visa.
Vivek Wadhwa, a fellow at […]
Generally, there is no better place to apply for a nonimmigrant visa than in a foreign national’s home country. Sometimes, however, one wants to avoid traveling to his/her home country for a variety of reasons. In those situations, processing a nonimmigrant visa application in Canada or Mexico is an option. Third Country Nationals, or TCNs, […]
Of course, the big news in the immigration world right now is President Obama’s various executive actions to change immigration policies. Politicians either strongly support the President’s move, or they just as strongly disapprove of his actions. Those against assert that President Obama has appointed himself “King” or “Emperor” and is failing to carry out […]
The Washington Post reported yesterday that music legend Tina Turner relinquished her U.S. citizenship at the U.S. embassy in Switzerland. The Post cited a report from the embassy and a “knowledgeable source” as follows:
The key word in the embassy report apparently is the term “relinquishment.” That means, a knowledgeable source told us, that she did not […]
What is an “accidental citizen”? Trow & Rahal often works with citizens of other countries who are what we refer to as “accidental citizens” – meaning that they are U.S. citizens without knowing it. This is when a person derives U.S. citizenship automatically at birth as a result of having a US citizen parent or […]