The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held yesterday that courts may no longer look beyond the record of conviction in determining whether a person has been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude.
In a recent decision, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) withdrew a Revocation of an H-1B petition issued by the California Service Center (CSC). The CSC Director sent a revocation of the H-petition, noting that since the Beneficiary of the H-1B petition was in J-2 status as a dependent of a J-1 spouse. The J-1 visa holder who the Beneficiary was accompanying had not yet completed requirements that would make him eligible to change to H-1B status, so the CSC decided that the initial approval of the H-1B petition was a "gross error" and revoked the petition.
The Houston Business journal reports today that the US Chamber of Commerce is preparing to push for immigration reform this year.