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2/12/2021 Issue
Statue of Liberty on Island in New York with flag of the United States of America
               Two senators, Dick Durbin (Democrat) and Lindsay Graham (Republican) introduced a Bill in the Senate, the Dream Act of 2021, to provide young people who were brought to the U.S. as children the opportunity to apply for Legal Permanent Resident status (Green Cards) and then U.S. citizenship.
           Don’t celebrate yet. It is just a proposal. Let’s wait and see.
           The Trump Administration had planned to change the selection system for temporary working visas under the H-1B program: instead of random selection by lottery among all qualified applicants, the available H-1B visas would be given to applicants who are offered the highest salaries. Trump’s idea is that those who are offered the highest salary are also the best skilled.
           Instead, USCIS announced that this year, at least, the system will remain unchanged. All qualified applications received during the registration period of March 9, 2021 to March 25, 2021, would be considered equally and the available H-1B visas would be distributed randomly, by lottery.
           U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) announced that they would enforce mask wearing inside all airports and all land ports of entry and inside all means of pubic conveyances (airplanes, buses, taxis, trains, etc.).
           Better wear a proper mask (without slits, exhalation valves, or punctures) at all airports, etc. – or prepare for a conversation with a friendly CBP officer.

           The problem with President Trumps’s Public Charge Regulations is that they are REGULATIONS, and not just an EXECUTIVE ORDER or POLICY DIRECTIVE. If they were an Executive Order, etc., President Biden could cancel them by his own Executive Order. But being a formally enacted Regulation, they can be cancelled or changed only by another formally-enacted Regulation – and this may take several months.
           Therefore, any application for Adjustment of Status (Form I-485) that is filed at this time must be accompanied by a “Declaration of Self-Sufficiency” (Form I-944), which has 18(!) pages and dozens of bothersome questions.

           On the other hand, applications for Immigrant Visas (Form DS-260) which are required for interviews at American Consulates overseas, do not require the “Public Charge Questionnaire” (Form DS-5541) at this time, because a Federal Court order temporarily blocks the use of this Form. Still, because we cannot predict the timing of such cases, it would be prudent to prepare consular cases (DS-260), with readiness and backup documents as if Form DS-5541 is required (not a BIG deal – only 4 pages).
           Stay Tuned and Be Prepared.
           There was a lawyer in California.
           His name is Shant Ohanian. His career lasted for seven (7) years, from January 2012 to December 2019.
           During this time, he stole from his clients large amounts of money, some of it by collecting fees for legal services and never doing any work for the clients.
           Some of his clients needed legal services in the field of Immigration. Mr. Ohanian either did not provide any service, or – worse – provided his clients with fake documents with forged signatures of Immigration Judges and Immigration officers. Finally, an investigation by USICE put an end to this thief’s career.
           The harm to the lives of his clients cannot even be calculated in money.
           In 2019 the State Bar of California revoked Mr. Ohanian’s license. Last week, a Federal Judge sentenced him to 15 years in prison.
           What will happen to the victimized clients?
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