Business Immigration Law (LAW-976-001)
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This course provides an in-depth review of the laws, regulations and policies governing the entry of foreign nationals into the United States for employment and business related purposes. Students will learn the fundamental principles and defining concepts of the various temporary and permanent visa categories to learn to identify those most suitable for an individual employee. Students will also examine enforcement programs targeting employers and how to establish corporate compliance, as well as gain valuable insight into economic, social, and political considerations behind immigration law and policy for more effective representation of individuals and employers for business-related purposes. Finally, this course will include an in-depth analysis of the employment-based changes proposed and implemented pursuant to President Obama’s executive action on immigration. This course will have an exam that includes fact patterns requiring students to spot fundamental issues and analyze them critically. Additionally, attendance and exceptional class participation may result in a half-grade increase (i.e., from an A- to an A); deficient attendance and class participation may result in a half-grade decrease (i.e., from an A- to a B+). Student attendance is critical as the text does not cover all nuances presented in this course. There is no paper requirement so this course will not fulfill the upper level writing requirement.
Textbooks and Other Materials
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Immigration laws and policies are constantly changing. To provide the most up-to-date materials applicable to the topic of each class, including court cases, agency memoranda, and published articles, the assigned text for this course is a reader that compiles current immigration law cases and content. A downloadable version of the course packet is available at the Business Immigration Law WCL page.
First Class Readings
Course Packet 1-8: o Immigration of Foreign Nationals with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Degrees, Congressional Research Service (CRS), November 26, 2012 o Immigration of Foreign Workers: Labor Market Tests and Protections, Congressional Research Service (CRS), December 20, 2010 o Memorandum, Secretary Johnson, Policies Supporting U.S. High Skilled Businesses and Workers, November 20, 2014 o The President’s Immigration Accountability Executive Action of November 20, 2014: Overview and Issues, Congressional Research Service (CRS), February 24, 2015 (read pages 20-25) o Final Policy Memorandum, PM-602-0086.1: Precedent and Non-Precedent Decisions of the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), November 18, 2013 o Handa v. Crawford, 401 F.3d 129 (9th Cir. 2005) o Choe v. INS, 11 F.3d 925 (9th Cir. 1993) o Matter of Chawathe, 25 I&N Dec. 369 (AAO 2010)