United States – Immigration Newsletter

Fifth Circuit Upholds Injunction Against Obama’s Immigration Actions

Latest USCIS Procedural Changes Add Delays and Uncertainty to Green Card Application Filing

U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery Offers Alternative Immigration Path for Employees Subject to Backlogs

Welcome New Immigration Attorney: Raleigh


Fifth Circuit Upholds Injunction Against Obama’s Immigration Actions

By Ashley K. Kerr

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed the preliminary injunction against President Barack Obama’s executive action that would potentially have shielded approximately 4.4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation and allowed them to immediately apply for work authorization. President Obama announced his immigration plan, which included an expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and created a similar program, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), nearly a year ago, but quickly encountered hurdles when his executive action was halted by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in response to a lawsuit brought by 26 states. The recent Fifth Circuit decision in State of Texas v. United States further postponed President Obama’s plan to implement expansive immigration relief for millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States and raises some contentious issues about the extent of the President’s executive power.

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Ashley K. Kerr is an associate in the Columbia office of Ogletree Deakins


Latest USCIS Procedural Changes Add Delays and Uncertainty to Green Card Application Filing

By Jamie M. Dietz

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has again revised its procedures for determining whether foreign national applicants waiting to file their employment-based or family-sponsored preference adjustment of status applications may proceed onto the last stage of the permanent residence (green card) process. This latest course correction reveals that USCIS is not fully aligned with the U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) recently reformatted Visa Bulletin. USCIS’s latest revisions to its procedures-announced on October 14, 2015-will result in delays for foreign nationals hoping to file their applications for adjustment of status. For some, the delays will only be for up to a week. Others, however, may again find themselves subject to longer delays associated with visa backlogs.

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Jamie M. Dietz is an associate in the Raleigh office of Ogletree Deakins.


U.S. Diversity Visa Lottery Offers Alternative Immigration Path for Employees Subject to Backlogs

By: Rebecca L. Sigmund, Ann Louise Brown

The U.S. Department of State opened the Diversity Visa (DV) lottery registration for FY 2017 at noon eastern standard time (EST) on October 1, 2015. It closed on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at noon (EST). The DV program allows individuals from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States to obtain lawful permanent residence or a green card in the United States. Registration for the lottery is free.
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Rebecca L. Sigmund is a shareholder in the Greenville office of Ogletree Deakins.

Ann Louise Brown is an associate in the Greenville office of Ogletree Deakins.


Welcome New Immigration Attorney: Raleigh

Ogletree Deakins is pleased to announce the addition of the following business immigration attorney:

Stuart Matthews joined the Raleigh office as an associate. His practice is focused on business and corporate immigration matters. Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Stuart gained over a decade of diverse immigration law and policy experience in Nashville, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. Stuart has delivered immigration strategies and solutions to Fortune 50, Fortune 500, and Global 500 companies as well as other domestic and multinational corporations, middle market companies, small business start-ups and entrepreneurs, research organizations and DC think tanks, academic institutions, law firms, and individuals across a wide range of industries, occupations, and countries of origin. His work has concentrated on business and employment-based immigration matters in the hi-tech, biopharma and life sciences, telecom, engineering and manufacturing, logistics and transportation, energy, financial, aerospace and defense, retail, policy and advocacy, and arts and entertainment sectors. He is a graduate of Belmont University (B.B.A. in Music Business and International Trade) and American University (M.A. in International Affairs), and earned his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.


The information above has been redistributed by Emigra Worldwide with permission from Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

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