We have previously written about the abundance of acronyms that are used by US immigration attorneys. At our office, some of those acronyms we use most frequently include: USCIS, CBP, DHS, DOS, and DOL, all of which happen to be five of the most important federal agencies involved in US immigration. (Immigration & Customs Enforcement—i.e., ICE—also has a large impact on some US immigrants, but our firm does not often work with this agency.) In this post, we provide a brief introduction to five of the federal agencies we work with most often, explain their areas of oversight, and how they are related.Read More
The Frick Collection houses a number of distinguished European sculptures and paintings in the former residence of Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919) on the Upper East Side. After browsing the Frick’s impressive galleries, visitors often like to enjoy the Garden Court and sit by the fountain. John Russell Pope drew inspiration for the design of this serene space from similar courts in Washington, D.C. in the mid-1930s, when the Frick was being converted from a residential space to a public museum. The museum’s special exhibitions currently include: Elective Affinities: Edmund de Waal at The Frick Collection, Whistler as Printmaker: Highlights from the Gertrude Kosovsky Collection, and Tiepolo in Milan: The Lost Frescoes of Palazzo Archinto.
A State Department policy effective May 31, 2019, now requires visa applicants to the United States to submit information about social media accounts they have used in the past five years. The account information requested would give the government access to photos, locations, dates of birth, dates of milestones, and other personal data commonly shared on social media.Read More
Brick House by Simone Leigh is the inaugural commission for the High Line’s new series of a rotating selection of new monumental, contemporary art at the recently opened Plinth section of the park. Located off 30th Street and 10th Avenue, the sixteen-foot-tall bronze sculpture depicts a woman whose skirt is reminiscent of the clay house architecture of the Mousgoum people of Chad and Cameroon and the sculpture draws from the Batammaliba architect culture of the people of Benin and Togo. As to its placement on the High Line, Leigh tells the New York Times: “I thought: ‘What better place to put a Black female figure?’ Not in defiance of the space, exactly, but to have a different idea of beauty there.”
Effective August 5, 2019, USCIS will begin rejecting Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, petitions that do not include the petitioner’s or applicant’s name and primary US office address in Part 1 of Form I-129. Currently, USCIS rejects Form I-129 for several reasons which may include lack of signature, incorrect fees, or unauthorized third party signing on behalf of the petitioner. USCIS notes: “DHS regulations require every form to be submitted in accordance with the form instructions, and allow USCIS to reject any benefit request that is not filed in compliance with the regulations governing the specific benefit request.”Read More
Lee Francis Cissna resigned as the director of the US Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) effective June 1, 2019, after President Trump asked him to step down. President Trump’s removal of Cissna has confused anti-immigration hardliners, since during Cissna’s tenure at the agency he has led efforts to make legal immigration more difficult.Read More
The Arc de Triomphe is, of course, one of the most famous and recognizable monuments in Paris. Commissioned by Napoleon I in 1806 after his victory at the Battle of Austerlitz to celebrate the military achievements of the French armies, the arch stands at the western end of the Champs-Élysées at the center of Place Charles de Gaulle, at the juncture formed by twelve radiating avenues. With the lovely sunny weather, this is the perfect time of the year to go on a stroll to view the arch. But I can’t take too long. I have tennis to watch!