Immigration News and Updates
Back to more mundane topics! For March 2017, the priority dates for the first employment preference are current for the world-wide category, and current as well for China, India, Mexico and the Philippines. Second preference is current for the world-wide category....read more
Two Bills Introduced in Congress to Rescind Trump's EO "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the US"
On January 30, 2017, Senator Diane Feinstein introduced a bill, S.B. 240, to rescind the President’s Executive Order 137, entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”. On the same day, Representative Zoe...read more
A new Trump decree will eliminate DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). DACA was established by the Obama administration to provide work authorization and deferral of deportation to young people who came to the US while under the age of 16, and who have...read more
Proposed Trump Edict to Make Sweeping Changes to Legal Visa Categories as Well as F-1 Practical Training and E-Verify
A proposed executive order, really a new edict by President Trump, lists the following targets of sweeping reforms: B-1 business visitors; F-1 practical training; E-2 treaty investors; H-1B temporary professionals; H-2A temporary agricultural workers; J-1...read more
Muslim Ban – Lawful Permanent Residents & US Citizens will be Allowed to Enter – Monday update January 30, 2017
Regarding the executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the U.S.”, Department of Homeland Security has now clarified that it will allow lawful permanent residents and dual nationals who are US citizens to enter the U.S....read more
Weekend Update re: Ban on Entry of Citizens from Seven Muslim Countries and Suspension of Refugee Admissions.
This is a weekend update regarding the Executive Order banning the entry into the U.S. of the citizens of seven Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen, as well as suspending the US refugee program for at least four months. This past...read more
Trump's Executive Order Bans Entry of All Citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen for at Least 90 Days
By executive order, President Trump is banning the entry of all nonimmigrants and immigrants for at least 90 days who are citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen. The only exception is for diplomats and members of NATO. This means that...read more
Do you remember the story of Pinocchio? At one point, after being given the gift of five beautiful gold coins, the cat and the fox convince Pinocchio to bury his gold coins in the Field of Miracles, so that his money will multiply from five to two thousand five...read more
For February 2017, all employment preferences for the worldwide category are current for filing immigrant visas, including EB-1, EB-2, EB-3, Other Workers, EB-4, Certain Religious Workers, and EB-5. While the actual priority dates for EB-3 and Other Workers are...read more
In a meeting with New York AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association) this morning, January 11, 2017, representatives of local DHS agencies, including USCIS, USICE and CBP, stated that as of now, they have not been advised of any changes in policies or procedures...read more
About Our Firm
The Law Office of Heidi J Meyers is a full-service immigration law firm, established in 1997. In addition to H-1B petitions and employment-based immigration, our office offers a wide array of immigration services, including: E-1 (treaty traders), E-2 (treaty investors), L-1A (managerial and executive transferees) and L-1B (specialized knowledge workers), cap-exempt H-1Bs to work at non-profit universities or their affiliates, R visas (religious workers), family petitions, marriage petitions, F-1 (student visas), naturalization, asylum, deportation and removal proceedings, waivers of deportability, waivers of unlawful presence, and DACA (Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals).
Ms. Meyers has been practicing U.S. immigration law since 1995, and has had her own firm since 1997. We speak Cantonese, French, Fulani, Mandarin, Punjabi and Spanish and represent people of all religions and nationalities, and from all walks of life.
Our office is located at:
The Woolworth Building
233 Broadway, Suite 801
New York, NY 10279
Our phone number is (212) 791-4007. We are conveniently located near the World Trade Center PATH station, the A, C, E trains at Chamber Street/WTC, the 2 and 3 trains at Park Place, the R and W at City Hall, and the 4, 5, 6, J and Z trains at Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall.
USCIS has recently come out with the final rule on F-1 students with STEM degrees. STEM students will now be eligible for a 24-month extension of their OPT, provided that their employer participates in the E-Verify program. The rule requires employers to implement formal training programs, and adds wage and other protections for STEM students and U.S. workers. DHS will now conduct site visits of the employers of F-1 students on OPT. The final rule also codifies cap-gap relief for F-1 students with a timely-filed H-1B petition and request for change of status.
The U.S. Supreme Court may make a decision as early as this June 2016 on the Texas v. United States lawsuit regarding the president's executive action and power to create the expanded DACA and DAPA programs. Should the U.S. Supreme Court rule in favor of the Obama administration and immigrants, more people will be eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Currently undocumented people who arrived in the US before turning 16 years old and have been present since January 1, 2010 (rather than since June 15, 2007), are now eligible for DACA. There also will be no upper age limit on who can apply for DACA. Additionally, parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been present in the US since January 1, 2010, will be eligible to request deferred action and work authorization, provided they pass background checks;