USCIS Expands Definition of "Mother" and "Parent" to include Gestational Mothers using ART

Posted on October 28, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

USCIS announced today that it has issued a new policy clarifying the definition of mother for immigration purposes to include mothers and parents who used alternative reproductive technology to conceive.

DOL Changes Procedure for Request BALCA Review

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

As of today, the Department of Labor's Atlanta National Processing Center (ANPC) will be changing its procedure regarding requests for reconsideration of denied PERM Labor Certifications. Beginning on October 27, 2014, the ANPC will no longer automatically forward Requests for Reconsideration to the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) where the Certifying Officer upholds the original denial of the PERM. Requests for BALCA review must now be made affirmatively no later than 30 days after the request for reconsideration before the Certifying Officer is denied. See the DOL's FAQs for additional information.

The Oregonian: ICE Attorney Accused of Forging Documents to get a Man Deported

Posted on October 27, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

The Oregonian reported on Thursday afternoon that ICE Attorney Jonathan Love is accused of forging a document in order to get a man seeking Cancellation of Removal in immigration court deported.

Kathryn N. Karam featured as a Volunteer Attorney with Tahirih Justice Center

Posted on October 24, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

Tahirih Justice Center is featuring Kathryn Karam on its website as a volunteer attorney.


Posted on October 23, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

USCIS updated its Frequently Asked Questions on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on October 17th. The updated FAQs page is available here.

Latest Article in Lebanon Times: Immigration Reform Delays mean Slowed Economic Growth

Posted on October 23, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

Kathryn N. Karam's latest article in Lebanon Times Magazine on how delays in implementing immigration reform may stall economic growth.

Lebanon Times Magazine Reports on KNK PC's 1-Year Anniversary

Posted on October 23, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

In the October edition of Lebanon Times reported on the August 8th, 2014 celebration of our One-Year Anniversary!

Law Office of Kathryn N. Karam PC is now a Certified Woman-Owned Business!

Posted on October 23, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

The Law Office of Kathryn N. Karam PC has now become a Woman-Owned business certified by the Women's Business Enterprise Alliance (WBEA)! We are very proud to be a business offering high-quality, specialized immigration legal services to our clients in Houston and around the world.

DOS Releases November Visa Bulletin

Posted on October 16, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

The Department of State has released the November 2014 Visa Bulletin. Eb-3 China has moved ahead of EB-2 China, and EB-2 and EB-3 India remain severely backlogged.

Supreme Court Will Hear Visa Refusal Case

Posted on October 03, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

The Supreme Court has granted certiorari in the case of Kerry v. Din, in which a U.S. Citizen wife had petitioned for her husband. When her husband went to his immigrant visa interview at the U.S. Embassy is Islamabad, Pakistan, he was told he should receive his visa in two to six weeks. However, the Embassy ultimately sent a decision denying him the visa. The Embassy refused to provide specific reasons for the denial but indicated that it was due to terrorist activities. The Supreme Court held in 1972 that there is no constitutional right to obtain a visa. This case was brought in the 9th Circuit, where the is precedential case law distinguishing the denial of a visa where the denial affects a citizen's protected liberty interest in marriage.

Posted on October 02, 2014 by Kathryn N. Karam

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