New York Times: U.S. Must Keep DACA and Accept New Applications, Federal Judge Rules

New York Times: U.S. Must Keep DACA and Accept New Applications, Federal Judge Rules

On April 24 a federal judge ruled to keep DACA and that the government must resume accepting new applications. The ruling is a major setback to the Trump administration’s efforts to eliminate DACA in a series of immigration cuts.

Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor of immigration law at Cornell Law School, said that Judge Bates’s ruling, if upheld on appeal, would “benefit tens of thousands of Dreamers.”

Read the article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/24/us/daca-dreamers-trump.html

Op-Ed Published in The NY Daily News

Op-Ed Published in The NY Daily News

I coauthored an op-ed about how the Trump administration’s immigration policy changes are hurting US colleges and international students. On April 6, The NY Daily News published the piece, titled, “Trump is repelling international college students from America. Big mistake.”

International students contributed $39 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016. That money supported an estimated 450,000 U.S. jobs. This is an economic bright spot, an area the United States should promote, not weaken.

The publication can be read here: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/trump-international-college-students-article-1.3918505 

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.

New York Times: Thousands of Indian Women Find Their American Dreams in Jeopardy

New York Times: Thousands of Indian Women Find Their American Dreams in Jeopardy

I was quoted in the April 6 New York Times article about visa backlogs for foreign nationals from India.

“No one should be stuck waiting more than 10 years for a green card. It hurts employers and employees and their families,” said Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor of immigration law at Cornell Law School. “Indians are being held hostage by our broken immigration system.”

The article is here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/06/us/indians-h1b-visas-trump-immigration-wives.html

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