Author: Sandra Feist

Mission Mis-Statements

AILA Media Advocacy Committee Member Sandra Feist compares the stated mission of USCIS with what immigrants are experiencing, warning that “Huge damage has been done. Individuals who have faced…the unpredictability of our current system will urge the next generation of immigrants to stay away.”

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Rhetoric Versus Reality on Employment-Based Immigration

The Trump administration recently released extensive data about the H-1B program, including the names of H-1B employers, and so I was curious how this data has been used and interpreted, and also whether we can glean something about the motivations for the data dump. I didn’t need to look far. The articles at the top of my Google search were authored by well-known anti-immigrant activists who highlighted the country of origin of H-1B workers and interpreted the data as evidence that “Silicon Valley Giants…have relied on H-1B workers for years, and these foreign workers make up a significant percentage...

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H-1B Visa Trends: Is This the New Normal?

As a U.S. immigration lawyer, I find that I need to give myself a pep talk on a regular basis these days. My pep talk tends to go like this: “Responding to complicated Requests for Evidence (RFEs) by the federal government is my job. I specialize in assisting employers – universities, multinational corporations, public schools, small nonprofits, and many others – hire and retain top talent from around the world. I’ve spent the last 16 years building up my expertise and sometimes, I find myself on the front lines of a battle between the federal government and these employers....

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Finding Equilibrium in an Unsteady World

“You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as your ticket to change the world.”  – Tom Brokaw So far this year, I’ve experienced dark moments where my calling in immigration law has felt like a burden. I’ve envied acquaintances in professions that permitted them to close their eyes to the news and focus inward on their families and community. As an immigration attorney, I don’t have that luxury these days, and it has...

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