What is a visa?

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

A basic term and a basic benefit in immigration law is a visa. Curiously, the most misunderstood item in all of immigration law may well be “visa.” To illustrate, the following scenarios have occurred in immigration court: 1. An alien in removal proceedings is charged with removability because the Department of State canceled his visa. 2. An alien in removal proceedings lacking lawful status has a fiancé visa petition (K-1) approved by a USCIS Service Center and seeks that removal…

What a difference a panel makes.

Sunday, December 5th, 2010

People who study tests, whether they are good tests are not, use the concept of “reliability.” A reliable test is one that measures the knowledge of material consistently across time, individuals, and situations. So for example, if you give a history test on Monday and 20 percent get A’s and 20 percent get F’s, and then you re-test the next Monday and a different 20 percent get A’s and F’s, the test is not reliable. In the immigration context, people…