Entries by Cyrus Mehta

Indian Government Backs Down Over Passport Surrender Rule, But Will the New Guidance Lead to Further Confusion?

As a result of pressure from the overseas Indian, the Indian government has backed down. Here is the latest guidance from the Indian Consulate in New York website, http://www.indiacgny.org/php/showHighLightDet.php?h_id=144&key. “In supersession of the rules regarding Surrender/Renunciation Certificate the Government of India have decided as follows:- Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) who have already acquired foreign […]

NEW INDIAN GOVERNMENT RULE REQUIRING RENUNCIATION OF INDIAN CITIZENSHIP AND SURRENDER OF INDIAN PASSPORTS OUTRAGES OVERSEAS INDIANS

By Cyrus D. Mehta The new rules requiring overseas Indians to renounce Indian citizenship and surrender the Indian passport after they have taken up the citizenship of another country misinterpret the provisions of the Indian Citizenship Act, 1955. The guidance, including Frequently Asked Questions, can be found on the website of the Indian Consulate in […]

Why Lawyers and All Others Should Boycott Arizona

I was most proud when the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) decided to pull its Fall conference out of Scottsdale, Arizona within minutes of the passage of Arizona’s SB 1070, which makes it a criminal offense for failing to carry alien registration documents, and authorizes law enforcement to determine the immigration status of a person […]

MAKING COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM POSSIBLE

By Gary Endelman and Cyrus D. Mehta In shock at the overtly racist profiling now sanctioned by the State of Arizona, http://www.cyrusmehta.com/news.aspx?SubIdx=ocyrus201042724527, the Democratic Party has turned to comprehensive immigration reform to pay off its political debt to the vast and growing body of Hispanic voters whose allegiance may determine our national electoral map for […]

COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM THROUGH EXECUTIVE FIAT

By Gary Endelman and Cyrus D. Mehta While the Obama administration struggles to get votes to overhaul our dysfunctional immigration laws in Congress, http://tinylink.com/?Pky1KrfcfI, and Arizona passes its shameful immigration bill, SB 1070, which legalizes racial profiling, http://tinylink.com/?a2IUa39ATc, there is a growing yearning for Congress to pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) that would provide more […]

Save The Children

By Gary Endelman and Cyrus D. Mehta When Congress enacted the Child Status Protection Act, it wanted above all else to soften the harsh blows of long delays by the USCIS in the adjudication of “green card” cases. How? Congress did so by extending this generous benefit to protect vulnerable children who would otherwise be […]

AAO SAYS “NO” TO JOB PORTABILITY WHEN LABOR CERTIFICATION HAS BEEN SUBSTITUTED By Gary Endelman and Cyrus D. Mehta Given the crushing backlogs in the EB-2 preference for India and China, and the EB-3 for India, where the wait can exceed 30 years, one would hope that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service’s Appeals […]

REDEFINING “IMMEDIATELY AVAILABILE” TO ALLOW EARLY FILING OF AN ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS APPLICATION By Gary Endelman and Cyrus D. Mehta We continue to blog on the salient ideas in our article, Tyranny of Priority Dates, published in BIB Daily, http://scr.bi/i0Lqkz, on March 25, 2010. Would it not be advantageous if those caught in the crushing […]