The Aftermath of the H-1B Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Visa lottery: Next Steps and Alternatives

by Elizabeth Brettschneider


US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) have announced the lottery results for this year’s H-1B cap (Fiscal Year 2020) with USCIS reporting that it received 201,011 H-1B petitions. Additionally, the agency announced last week that they completed data entry for all FY 2020 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected (including master’s cap cases), which means they will be sending receipt notices for those cases selected and returning those cases not selected.

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The Guardian: "Frances Tiafoe—‘I want to use my story to inspire others, you can’t make it up.’ "  

by Joseph McKeown


Frances Tiafoe, the son of immigrants to the US, overcame the challenges of his early years in America to become one of the most promising and talented players in the world of international tennis. Born into a family of West African immigrants, Tiafoe’s father, a diamond mineworker from Sierra Leone, escaped the civil war-torn country and found his way to America.

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NYCxDESIGN 2019

by Joseph McKeown


NYCxDESIGN, New York City’s yearly festival of design, highlights the unique creative, cultural, educational, and economic opportunities in the city. The festival showcases over a dozen design disciplines through exhibitions, installations, trade shows, panels, product launches, and open studios that in total will engage more than five million visitors and residents. This week we stopped by a few of the festival’s exhibit locations. At the Design Pavilion in Times Square, the headquarters for the festival, the highlight for us was “Chairousel,” a collaborative art piece by the students from the School of Visual Arts’ (SVA) 3D Design and Interior Design Departments that features a collection of chairs — each of which is a representation of what inspires each design student — that spin around on a refurbished 1960s carousel, on top of which is a twenty-six-foot high chair. At the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), we stopped by two exhibits. The Graduating Student Exhibition is a culmination of each artist’s unique experience as a student of FIT, and The Future is in the Making exhibition reveals both the “processes of thought and ideation” behind artwork that took several years to create along with the final artwork itself.


Think Immigration: “But the Royal Baby Actually is a U.S. Citizen…”

by Joseph McKeown


Last week, Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, announced the birth of their first child. Given that Prince Harry is, of course, a (rather famous) British citizen, and Meghan is a US citizen waiting for her British citizenship to be approved, immigration attorney John Manley examines the very important question of what citizenship the child has. While Manley notes that in general the “automatic acquisition of US citizenship at birth by a foreign-born child is actually pretty complicated,” thankfully for Harry and Meghan’s royal baby the question of his citizenship is simpler…

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Viewfinding

by Joseph McKeown


Viewfinding is a public art installation and queer poetry collaboration by Sarah E. Brook, a New York-based artist whose work utilizes “translucency, layering, color gradients and architectural references to investigate the relationship between expansive external and internal (psychic) space.” Located off the 68th Street Entrance to Riverside Park South, the interactive light sculpture is comprised of five wooden trapezoidal panels within which are strips of cast acrylic painted in colors from rich blue to fiery pink, all meant to reference the sky at sunset. Twenty-six poems by queer poets are attached to the bench below the panels. Through her art, Brook invites the viewer to explore “how vastness can dismantle limiting narratives of being” and “offers viewers the opportunity to seek their own resonant orientation to the work through chosen sightlines, alternately illuminating, obscuring and revealing corridors of visibility.”


Think Immigration: “USCIS Acknowledges That Its Own Policies Compound Case Processing Delays.”

by Joseph McKeown


USCIS’s own policies are contributing in part to the dramatic slowdown of case processing times that affect millions of individuals, families, and businesses throughout the country, Jason Boyd, policy counsel with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Government Relations department, writes in Think Immigration. Earlier this year in February, eighty-six members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) that demanded accountability for the agency’s increasingly lengthy processing delays.

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Designer of Dreams

by Protima Daryanani


Located in the recently-opened Sainsbury Gallery in London’s Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum, “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” features over 500 pieces that trace the house of Dior’s work and influences beginning with the inception of the fashion house in 1947. Focusing specifically on Dior’s fascination with British culture, the exhibition celebrates the designer’s successful revival of high fashion in the years following World War II, when countries throughout Europe were still being forced to ration their resources. “In 1947, Christian Dior changed the face of fashion with his New Look, which redefined the female silhouette and reinvigorated the post-war Parisian fashion industry,” explains V&A’s Curator of Modern Textiles & Fashion, Oriole Cullen. The display of 200 rare couture gowns “showcases the ways in which Dior’s succeeding creative directors have been inspired by his legacy,” from the daring designs of Yves Saint Laurent to the ebullience of John Galliano and the minimalism of  current Creative Director, Maria Grazia Chiuri. A collection of Christian Dior’s personal possessions is presented alongside the gowns, including accessories, photography, film, perfume, make-up, illustrations, and magazines, to give visitors a deeper understanding of the man behind the successful couture house.