Distinguished Professional

We are happy to announce the new “Distinguished Professional” profile of Leslie I. Snyder on our partner web site, Noticed.co, (formerly Expertnetwork.co).

Recognizing her valuable experience of 30 years dedicated to law, the new profile outlines the motivation that started it all:

At first, I was greatly influenced and inspired by my father who is a lawyer, recently retired. Then, while working as director of the Department of Education Federal Program in Pennsylvania, my colleagues encouraged me to attend law school.

Also highlighted in the article, is the core belief of Leslie I. Snyder’s immigration law practice, that keeps her ahead of the trends and truly makes her a distinguished professional:

Immigration is really politically based, which means that it’s constantly changing. I need to check the news, the regulations, and all of those things that are affected by who may be serving in Congress or in the White House. I must keep up with current affairs all the time in order to do my job to the best of my abilities.

As a perfect example, we invite you to read the latest article on our web site, that points to the latest development in the world of immigration issues. The article is HERE.

Immigrant Health Care, a Burden? New Study Says No

“Immigrants cost us money because they exploit our health care system and we pay for their health care” – this is one of the most often heard positions against immigrants to the US. A recent study invalidates that opinion. It shows that immigrants actually pay more into the health care pool than they withdraw. Effectively, this means that they are actually contributing to, not depleting the national budget.

The study, carried out by researchers at Harvard Medical School and Tuffs University of Medicine, draws the following conclusions:

“Overall, immigrants almost certainly paid more toward medical expenses than they withdrew, providing a low-risk pool that subsidized the public and private health insurance markets. We conclude that insurance and medical care should be made more available to immigrants rather than less so.”

The researchers analyzed all the peer-reviewed studies that appeared in PubMed after the year 2,000, that had to do with health care related expenditures by immigrants, and were written in English in the United States.

The study was published in the International Journal of Health Services, on August 8, 2018. You can read the details HERE.

Having solid science on the side of defending immigrants’ rights is paramount. Our practice makes it a priority in staying on top of the latest developments and putting them in the service of defending our clients.

Keep coming back to our web site for more up-to-date immigration related matters. If you have questions, feel free to contact us by phone at 305-859-9580 or to send us an email: lis@lsnyderlaw.com.

When Immigration Becomes a Beauty Contest

The last thing one can associate immigration matters with, would be a beauty contest. Yet, it might just be appropriate from a certain perspective. It seems that every day the Trump Administration is poised to bring increasing restrictions and tests for more and more aspiring immigrants. The present article is an attempt at deconstructing and, hopefully, guiding you through the meanders one of the latest obstacles.

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed the Buy American and Hire American Executive Order, which seeks to create higher wages and employment rates for U.S. workers and to protect their economic interests by rigorously enforcing and administering immigration laws. It also directs DHS, in coordination with other agencies, to advance its stated policies to “help ensure H-1B visas are awarded to the most-skilled or highest-paid beneficiaries.”

This Executive Order is having a trickle-down effect on all areas of immigration law.  Limiting legal immigration to the best and the brightest is the overall tone of this Order. The “Beauty Contest” for immigrating to the U.S. involves proving the legitimate source of your funds, education, experience, skills, preparation and training for the projected business plan and a reasonable business plan which makes sense and will likely generate jobs to U.S. workers in the US – that is – hire American workers.  That is the objective.

Who – Who can qualify for a treaty investor or treaty trader visa? Certain employees of such a person or of a qualifying organization may also be eligible for this classification.  See U.S. Department of State’s Treaty Countries for a current list of countries with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation.

What – What is the effect of this Order on long standing immigration and federal regulations providing for clear cut standards toward diversity of the work force?  For example, should an investor in the U.S. be allowed to transfer here to develop and direct the business following a substantial investment in that business?  The answer still appears to be “yes”, as the investor and treaty trader visas such as E-2 and E-1 and even EB-5 immigrant entrepreneur “million dollar investor visas” have remained virtually unscathed and still in effect thus far.  

How – To qualify for E-2 Treaty Investor nonimmigrant classification –  you must be national of a treaty country (a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation) to be admitted to the United States when investing a substantial amount of capital in a U.S. business.  

How – To qualify for E-1 Treaty Trader classification, the general requirements for a treaty trader are: You are a national of a country with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation; you carry on substantial trade; and you carry on principal trade between the United States and the treaty country which qualified the treaty trader for E-1 classification.

How – The Immigrant Investor Program, also known as “EB-5,” was created by Congress in 1990 to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation and capital investment by foreign investors. You invest the minimum amount of capital required for the location where the commercial enterprise will be principally doing business or creating jobs ($1 million generally, and $500,000 for rural areas and areas of high unemployment).

When  An E-1 or E-2 visa can be processed in a matter of weeks or months.  The EB-5 immigrant visa status will take more than a year to process.  The best practice is to file first for an E-1 or E-2 and then apply for the EB-5 depending on your timing.

Why – Investors come to the US for many reasons, including political and individual freedom, opportunity, excellent educational systems, natural resources and overall quality of life.  Having lived, worked and studied abroad, it is this author’s opinion that we still have the best overall options in the world for living, working and studying.

On the other hand, non-treaty companies and individuals must rely on professional visas such as H-1B visas which are subject to annual numerical limitations of 65,000 or 20,000 depending on your educational level.  Inter-company transfer visas (L-1A) also appear to be facing scrutiny and losing favor.  Both are being targeted by investigation and enforcement by existing and newly minted government employees.

Needless to say, under these new circumstances, choosing the right immigration lawyer becomes more and more daunting and uncertain. At Leslie I. Snyder, PA, our firm is always on the lookout for the latest regulations and “initiatives” that tend to muddy the already murky enough waters of immigration matters. Even if that means helping our clients to win a beauty contest.

Stricter Denial Policies on Immigration Applications Starting September 11, 2018

Starting September 11, 2018 USCIS, Will Deny Some Cases Without Issuing Requests For Evidence or Notices of Denial

A recent USCS memo (available HERE) released on July 13, 2018 changes previous  policy by allowing immigration officials to reject visa applications immediately if there is missing or inaccurate information.

Presently the USCIS has required officials to serve “RFE – Requests for Evidence” to remedy any gaps in paperwork unless there was “no possibility” that the mistake could be corrected, and then “Notices of Intent to Deny” were issued, giving 30 day warnings to applicants that they would likely be rejected.

The new policy, which will take effect Sept. 11, allows USCIS to “deny the (application) for failure to establish eligibility based on lack of required initial evidence.”

This means that visa applicants can suddenly find themselves on a path toward deportation. This also seems to be another attack on legal immigration and the administration seems to be seeking to deport legal applicants for minor technicalities.

Whenever possible, it is now even more important to file applications/petitions as early as possible to give applicants the best chance of having their case adjudicated before their status or visa expires. It is essential to make sure the files are complete and accurate.

Houses of Worship Become Sanctuaries for Some Illegal Immigrants

Anti-Trump Attitudes Increase on the Immigration Front

The New York Times is alerting us that houses of worship might just become the last line of defense in the new Trump era to come. As stated all throughout his presidential campaign, now President-elect Donald J. Trump has been envisioning a whole host of immigration measures aimed at making immigrants with uncertain status in the US subjects to deportation.

The New York times presents the moving case of Javier Flores Garcia, who has been put on notice for deportation. As he describes it, “my only crime is coming back” (crossing the border illegally from Mexico after having been deported nine times). Mr. Flores has a wife and three children that would face undue hardship if he leaves. He has found shelter in a Philadelphia downtown church. Its pastor, Rev. Rev. Robin Hynicka, explains his community’s gesture this way: “Jesus said we are to provide hospitality to the stranger.”

The article mentions that throughout the US, there are presently 450 houses of worship that offer sanctuary to people such as Mr. Flores.

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.