State Department’s New Social Media Rules for Visa Applicants

State Department’s New Social Media Rules for Visa Applicants

I was quoted in two publications about the State Department’s new proposed requirement for visa applicants to disclose their social media usage for the last five years.

On March 31, I spoke with Quartz on how the new rules are a method for the Trump administration to limit immigration without going to Congress. That article can be found here: https://qz.com/1241916/the-us-just-found-a-new-way-to-delay-visa-applications/.

On April 2, I spoke with the Vietnamese publication Tuoi Tre. The article is here: https://tuoitre.vn/vao-my-phai-khai-tai-khoan-mang-xa-hoi-tranh-cai-kich-liet-2018040210451972.htm.

Times of India: Indian H-1B filings set to drop by 50% this year

Times of India: Indian H-1B filings set to drop by 50% this year

I was quoted in the Times of India on April 4 regarding H-1B filings.

“H-1B visa rejection rates, including for renewals, have risen markedly. Stephen Yale-Loehr, professor of immigration law practice at Cornell Law School, said the number of H-1B petitions that received requests for additional evidence last year increased more than 40% over the previous year. “That trend is likely to continue this year,” he said.”

Read the article here.

China Daily: Spending bill likely to extend EB-5 program again

China Daily: Spending bill likely to extend EB-5 program again

I spoke with China Daily on March 21 discussing the possibility of an EB-5 extension in the coming week.

“It’s expected that Congress will approve another clean extension (meaning no changes) to the current EB-5 program until September 30,” Cornell University law professor Stephen Yale-Loehr said in an interview on Tuesday.

“The investment minimums for the program would have increased from $500,000 and $1 million to $925,000 and a little over $1 million,” said Yale-Loehr. He added that a job creation requirement also would have increased to nine (for $925,000) and 12 (for more than $1 million).

In the end, the prognosis for action (on EB-5) is slim to none. It’s hard to get Congress to do anything that is controversial, especially with the mid-term elections approaching.

The article, by Paul Welitzkin, can be accessed here: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201803/21/WS5ab267f5a3106e7dcc14547c.html

 

CNN, LA Times, and more: Supreme Court detention case, latest on DACA

CNN, LA Times, and more: Supreme Court detention case, latest on DACA

TIME: When Does DACA Expire? The Supreme Court Just Gave Dreamers More Time

TIME: When Does DACA Expire? The Supreme Court Just Gave Dreamers More Time

On February 26, the Supreme Court ruled to reinstate the DACA program, overruling a March 5 deadline set by the Trump administration for Congress to decide on the fate of the program.

I was quoted in the article, here:

The Supreme Court’s order and the previous judicial rulings keep the Trump administration from ending the program on March 5, but around 100 DACA recipients have been losing their work permits and deportation deferrals every day, notes Cornell Law professor Stephen Yale-Loehr. “The uncertainty is causing problems for both DACA recipients and their employers,” he said. “Today’s ruling throws the DACA program back into Congress’ lap.”

View the article on TIME.com, here: http://time.com/5175496/supreme-court-daca-dreamers-deadline/

New York Times: Activist entitled to ‘freedom to say goodbye,’ judge rules

New York Times: Activist entitled to ‘freedom to say goodbye,’ judge rules

On Jan. 29, a Federal District Court judge in Manhattan ordered the release of Ravi Ragbir, an immigrant rights activist. The judge ruled Ragbir’s Jan. 11 detention “unconstitutional and cruel”. Judge Katherine B. Forrest says the activist should have been entitled to “the freedom to say goodbye”.

Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor at Cornell Law School, called the decision “groundbreaking.” He said, “It holds that the Constitution requires the government to give people subject to a final deportation order time to arrange their affairs.”

But Mr. Yale-Loehr cautioned: “Today’s decision was long on rhetoric and short on careful legal analysis. I worry that a higher court may reverse.”

The full article is here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/29/nyregion/judge-released-immigrant-ragbir.html