BIA Rules Petit Larceny Under New York Statute is a CIMT

On November 16, 2016, the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) held that petit larceny in violation of New York Penal Law section 155.25 is categorically a crime involving moral turpitude…

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Second Circuit Upholds I-9 Violations/Fines for Buffalo Company

On December 22, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued its decision in Buffalo Transportation, Inc. v. United States of America.  In that decision, the Court…

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Beware of USCIS Phone Scam

Members of the Upstate New York Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) are reporting that clients recently have received telephone calls from individuals claiming to be U.S. Citizenship…

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Access to Psychiatric Services Now Available Through Telepsychiatry in New York State

Psychiatric services in communities throughout New York State will now be accessible to individuals through the use of the State’s recent approval of Telepsychiatry. The new regulations issued by the…

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Chinese B-1/B-2 Visa Holders Must Enroll in EVUS

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued a final rule, that beginning on November 29, 2016, requiring all nationals of the People’s…

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Shifting Costs to States?: Republican Medicaid Proposals Could Pop New York’s Global Cap

President-Elect Donald Trump and the incoming Republican-led Congress may be considering ways to cut federal Medicaid spending which increased under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). These potential cuts could foist…

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Maine Court Restricts T&D Utility Affiliation with Merchant Generation

In 1997,  Maine enacted legislation (‘the Restructuring Act”) deregulating electric generation and generally requiring the state’s utilities to divest their generation holdings.[1] However, the law permitted limited forms of affiliation…

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EB-5 Regional Center, SR Visa and Conrad State 30 Programs Set to Expire on December 8, 2016

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued a cable this month on the Continuing Resolution which was signed into law by President Obama on September 29, 2016, which extends the…

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Mere Admission of a Criminal Offense Can be Enough to Deny Entry to The United States

It’s true.  The statue has been on the books for years.  An admission to a criminal offense can be enough to deny a foreign national entry to the United States…

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Uber Court Victory In Philadelphia Unlikely To Dispel Antitrust Woes

Founded just seven years ago, Uber has already become a dominant force worldwide in the ride-for-hire market. As a classic disruptive entrant, it has laid waste to the business model…

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