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Paul Hughes is co-chair of the Firm’s Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group. He briefs and argues complex appeals, and he develops legal strategy for trial litigation. Read Paul Hughes' full bio.

Judge Kills the Last Trump H-1B Visa Rule Left Standing

By on Oct 8, 2021
Posted In Employment

International students will have an easier time obtaining H-1B status after a federal judge ended a Trump administration regulation that made the process more difficult. According to this Forbes article, Trump administration officials increased H-1B denial rates via memos and policies that were later ruled unlawful. McDermott Partner Paul Hughes—who represented plaintiffs in an complaint...

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Biz Groups Seek to Save Foreign Student Work Permits

By on Jul 29, 2021
Posted In Employment

Multiple business groups have sided with the Biden administration in a plea to a US appeals court to uphold the federal government’s practice of providing work permits to student visa holders. According to a Reuters article, the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers (Washtech) is requesting that the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit...

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New H-1B Rules Struck Down

By on Dec 7, 2020
Posted In Employment, Labor

On December 1, Judge Jeffrey White of the US District Court for the Northern District of California invalidated two new regulations that raised prevailing wages and eligibility criteria for foreign workers to receive H-1B visas. “This decision ensures the continued viability of the H-1B program, which supplies work authorization to more than 580,000 individuals in...

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