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William C. Menard practices exclusively in immigration law and deportation defense.

William has represented both individual and corporate clients in all facets of immigration law.  William has appeared on behalf of clients in deportation proceedings before immigration courts throughout the country, including in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.  William has represented numerous clients before both the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and Board of Immigration Appeals and conducted oral arguments before the Second and Third Circuit Courts of Appeals.  William represents companies at all stages of the immigration process and with immigration compliance, including with corporate I-9 policies and government audits. William has completed and advised on all kinds of visas, including for permanent residence, business management, as well as a wide range of temporary visas for visitors, tourists, students, and others. William also represents victims of domestic violence and those seeking asylum in the United States. William represents clients at all stages of proceedings before the immigration court, including obtaining bail for detained individuals and applying for relief from deportation, as well as petitions and applications before the Departments of State and Homeland Security.  William has represented clients from countries all over the globe, including Mexico, Canada, and El Salvador; Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina; France, Germany, and the United Kingdom; Senegal, Egypt, and Ghana; China, Japan, and the Philippines; and Australia.

William is also active in his community on immigration matters, helping to write a town ordinance protecting immigrants from discrimination.  He has also advised education professionals on helping immigrant students to feel safe in school.

In law school, William was selected for his school’s prestigious Moot Court Honor Society.  As a participant, he earned the Joseph T. Tinnelly Best Brief Award for his year and was twice chosen to argue in the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, the largest and most respected moot court competition in the world.  While an undergraduate, William worked for the Claremont Courier, a Los Angeles-area newspaper, where he covered U.S. Congressional campaigns, immigration in Southern California, healthcare and abortion rights, and more.  He also interned for a New York labor and employment law firm and worked as a public relations representative for the Harlem Children’s Society, a New York-based organization that helped bright children from underprivileged backgrounds and communities pursue college degrees and careers in math and science.

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Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Major Shake-Ups in U.S. Asylum Law; Congress Weighs Adding Business Visas

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Labor Secretary Calls for Immigration Changes; New Jersey Impacted by War in Ukraine; European “Heiress” Ordered Deported

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Expulsion Policy Faces Political Heat; ICE Arrests Fall Under Biden; Chamber of Commerce Supports Increase in Immigration

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Ukraine Added to TPS List; New Jerseyans Offer Support for People Fleeing Ukraine; “Fake Heiress” Joins Suit Against ICE for Failure to Provide COVID-19 Booster

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Pandemic Relief for NJ’s Immigrants; Afghan Refugees Leave Central Jersey Military Base for Permanent Housing; Democrats Urge Biden to Review Treatment of Immigrants at U.S./Mexico Border

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Work Authorization Extended for Certain Immigrants; DHS to Implement House Arrest for Some Noncitizens; Republican Offers New Citizenship Bill

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: President Biden Reauthorizes Immediate Expulsion of Noncitizens at U.S./Mexico Border; USCIS Seeks Additional Resources to Reduce Visa Backlogs; U.S. Organizations Look Abroad for Needed Healthcare Workers

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: NJ Restores Pandemic Funds for Immigrants; Federal Government Settles with Students Over School Sting Operation; NY Legislature Advances Healthcare Coverage for Undocumented Residents

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Undocumented Immigrants in N.J. Lose Access to Pandemic Funds; N.Y. Sees Reduction in Immigration; EB-5 Project Threatened Over Investment Refunds

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Chamber of Commerce Pushes Immigration Reform; COVID-19 Spikes in Immigration Detention; Supreme Court Considers Indefinite Immigration Detention

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Remain in Mexico Program Continues Despite Legal Appeals; New Jersey Supporting Refugees from Afghanistan

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: GOP Seeks to Stop Immigrants from Voting in Local Elections; Immigration Reform Faces Another Setback; ACLU Demands Boosters for Inmates

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Biden Nixes Salary-Based Visa Selection; Senate Democrats Weigh Alternate Routes to Immigration Reform; DOJ Recognizes Immigration Judges’ Union

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Clothing Retailer Settles DOJ Discrimination Suit; Broad Immigration Relief Hangs in the Balance in Senate; New Jersey Welcomes Afghan Refugee Families

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: House Spending Bill Includes Aid to Immigrants; Afghans Fleeing Violence Continue to Wait for U.S. Visas; Immigration a Tough Topic Between U.S., Mexico at D.C. Summit

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Borders Reopen to Millions of Travelers; Employment Authorization Expanded for Spouses of Certain Visa Holders

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: New Visa Fees Proposed in Congress; Democrats Weigh Social Benefits for Undocumented Immigrants

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Bergen County Ends Most ICE Detentions; DHS Reviewing Handling of Recent Border Issues; Dozens of Legal Scholars Call for Immigration Reform 

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Thousands in New Jersey, Other States Impacted by Delay in Immigration Reform; “Remain in Mexico” Policy to End; DHS Relaxes Deportation Enforcement

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: N.J. Senators Urge Release of Imprisoned Immigrants; Pathway to Citizenship Excluded from Budget Bill; Federal Judge Invalidates Florida Law Promoting Cooperation with Deportation Enforcement

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Senate Introduces Path to Citizenship for Thousands of Immigrant Children; Federal Court Permits Biden to Limit Immigration Detentions

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: NJ Immigration Detention Facility Sued; Immigrants Who Assisted After September 11 Seek Residency; Democrats Seek Immigration Reform Measures in Spending Bill

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Biden to Amend H-1B Visa Requirements; Federal Court Expands Rights to Interpreters in Deportation Proceedings; Afghans Remain in Uncertain Status across the Globe

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: New Jersey Formally Ends Future Immigration Detention; Most New Immigrants Must Get Vaccinated; Supreme Court Reinstates Remain in Mexico Policy for Asylum Seekers

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: NJ Prison No Longer Detaining Immigrants; Federal Felony for Unlawful Reentry to U.S. Found Unconstitutional; Biden Policy Limiting Detention Struck Down

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Court Allows NJ to Restrict Police Cooperation with Immigration Officials; Pathway to Permanent Residence Included with Senate Budget Resolution; Biden Orders ICE Officer Not to Detain Crime Victims, Those Assisting Police

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Bipartisan Call for Border Oversight; Number of Immigration Children in Detention Doubles; Biden Introduces New Policy to Protect Afghans Who Helped U.S. During the War

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: NJ Driver’s Licenses Skyrocket; White House Seeks Speedier Processing at Border and With Asylum Cases; COVID Restrictions to Continue at U.S. Border

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: New DACA Applications Halted, With Biden Promising Appeal; Protesters Block Newark ICE Office, Objecting to Continued Deportation

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: NJ Immigrant Detainees Moved to Unknown Locations While Advocates Block NJ Turnpike to Request Pandemic Relief for Undocumented Workers; Supreme Court Denies Bond Hearings for Some Detained Immigrants

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: NJ State Assembly Votes to Ban ICE Detention; Immigration Benefits No Longer Denied for Minor Application Errors; Children Face Harsh Conditions in Immigration Detention

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Attorney General Expands Eligibility for Asylum; Employment to Be Authorized for Immigrants Who Are Victims of Crimes; Biden to Continue Family Reunification Efforts

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: TPS Holders Barred From Applying for Permanent Residence; Future Uncertain for Detention for Civil Immigration Violations in New Jersey and California

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: “Remain in Mexico Policy” Ends; Bipartisan Calls to Protect Afghan Allies; USCIS Softens Unlawful Voter Registration Penalties

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: New Jersey Steps Closer to Banning Immigration Detention; Immigrants Eschewed Vital Benefits in Fear of Immigration Consequences; TPS Expanded for Haitians

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Organizations Sue to Stop High Wage-Based Visa System; Biden Administration Drops Health Insurance Mandate for New Immigrants; White House to Admit Small Number of Vulnerable Immigrants into United States

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Congressional Reps Propose Increased Health Care for Immigrants; Fear of Undocumented Immigration Drops Significantly in New Jersey; New Wage Requirements Delayed For Highly-Skilled Foreign Workers

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Landlord Sues Elizabeth, New Jersey, Detention Center; USCIS Agrees to Speed Up Employment Applications for Spouses of Temporary Workers; Federal Court Grants Immigration Judges More Power to Close Removal Cases

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Supreme Court Decision Expands Relief for Thousands of Immigrants Facing Deportation; New Jersey to Begin Issuing Driver’s Licenses to All Residents Regardless of Immigration Status; ICE Limits Arrests at Courthouses

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: New Jersey Governor Considers Pandemic Relief for Undocumented Residents; Supreme Court Wary of Green Cards for Immigrants with TPS; Mexican President Discusses U.S. Visas for Work on Reforestation

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Applications for Employment Authorization Now Online for Students; Biden Reaches Deal To Stem Immigration at Border; Central American Countries Agree to Anti-Corruption Plan

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Visa Processing Resumes for Thousands of Foreign Workers; Report Finds Severe Overcrowding at Immigration Detention Centers; No Immigration Enforcement at COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Driver’s Licenses Available to Undocumented Immigrants in New Jersey; Ban on Foreign Workers Lapses; Undocumented New Jersey Taxpayers Seek COVID-19 Relief

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Education Groups Seek Faster Student Visa Processing; U.S.-Canada Border Restrictions Extended; New H-1B Wage Rules Delayed

Weekly Immigration Round-up: Sharp Increase in Border Crossings; New Immigration Court Rules Blocked; New Jersey County Sues State Over Enforcement Policy

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Public Charge Rule Terminated; Foreigners Previously Barred from U.S. Can Reapply for Visas; Venezuelans Granted Temporary Protected Status

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: U.S. Embassies to Address Visa Backlog; Family Detention Center Closes; Sweeping Immigration Reform Stalls

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Biden Restarts Processing Permanent Residence Visas; Court Weakens Deportation Moratorium; Supreme Court Examines Immigrant “Wealth Test”

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Massive Immigration Reform Bill Goes to Congress; Law Enforcement Officials Support New Jersey Sanctuary City Law

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: Children Deported to Haiti; Central American Asylum Agreement Suspended; Witnesses Fearing Retribution Now Eligible for Asylum

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: New Executive Orders; Deportations Continue; Protection Extended for Syrian Nationals

Weekly Immigration Round-Up: Halt to Deportation Moratorium; New Leadership Forming at Department of Homeland Security; Biden’s New Executive Actions

Weekly Round-Up: Biden’s Proposes Immigration Reform; Judge Blocks New Immigration Court Fees; Supreme Court Considers Indefinite Detention of Certain Noncitizens

Weekly Round-Up: Google Backs DACA and Immigration Reform; Court Blocks White House Efforts to Stop Refugee Resettlement; Acting DHS Director Resigns

Weekly Round-Up: Visa Restrictions Extended; DNA Testing for Sponsors of Noncitizen Minor Children; Stricter Financial Requirements for Intending Immigrants Take Effect

Immigration Weekly Round-Up: I-9 Flexibility Rules Extended, Stimulus Aid for Mixed Immigration Status Households

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Publications

  • “Immigration Virtual Town Hall: COVID-19 Travel Restrictions and Updates for Businesses, Health Care Providers, Colleges and Universities, and Individuals,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Webinar, January 26, 2021
  • “I-9 Compliance Seminar: Employee Immigration Verification Before, During, Beyond COVID, and the Inevitable ICE Audit,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Webinar, August 12 and 19, 2020
  • “The Impact of the COVID-19 Outbreak on H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, L Visa Employers and Workers, and America’s Global Workforce,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Webinar, May 19, 2020
  • “Best Practices in Serving Immigrant Students and Families Impacted By Special Education and Immigration Laws,” Teach for America, Robert Treat Hotel, Newark, NJ, May 11, 2019
  • “Employers & Immigration 101,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Allentown, Pennsylvania, April 24, 2018
  • “Employers & Immigration Forum,” Somerset County Business Partnership Business Builders Breakfast, Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, April 17, 2018
  • “Immigration 101,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Allentown, PA, May 10, 2017
  • On September 29, 2017, William won an appeal with the Board of Immigration Appeals – the nation’s highest immigration court – which allows our client, a national from Guyana who had been ordered deported from the United States after living in this country lawfully for more than 35 years, to reapply for permanent residence in the U.S.  The appellant had entered the United States as a lawful permanent resident at the age of 9 in 1977.  He has lived in the United States as a lawful resident for the last 40 years.  His mother is a United States citizen, and he has two U.S. citizen children.  In 2016, the Philadelphia Immigration Judge ruled that our client was ineligible for cancellation due to a prior conviction in California for grand theft, and ordered the appellant to be removed from the United States.  William appealed this ruling, arguing that because California’s theft statute is so broad and encompasses a wide range of behavior, from the highly reprehensible to the mostly innocuous, a conviction under that statute cannot automatically constitute an aggravated felony.  The Board of Immigration Appeals ultimately agreed and found that our client was not an aggravated felon.

William C. Menard was selected to the JD Supra 2018 Readers Choice Awards list. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

William C. Menard was selected to the JD Supra 2019 Readers Choice Awards list. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

William C. Menard was selected to the 2020 Super Lawyers list. The Super Lawyers List is issued by Thompson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found here.

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