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Juan S. Steevens

Practice Group Associate

JSSteevens@mintz.com

+1.617.348.4959

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Juan focuses his practice on US immigration and nationality law, with an emphasis on business immigration. He counsels employers, entrepreneurs, and business professionals in the information technology, life sciences, and financial services sectors, including Fintech and private equity, and a variety of other industries.

Throughout law school, Juan worked as an immigration legal assistant at Mintz. Here, he gained extensive experience helping clients navigate and challenge the bureaucratic procedures of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of State (DOS), and Department of Labor (DOL), aiming to keep top-notch international talent in the United States. Juan has helped secure temporary work visas in a range of nonimmigrant classifications, including E, H, I, J, L, O, P, and TN. In addition, he has experience with the employment-based green card process, including the permanent labor certification (PERM) process; National Interest Waiver requests (NIW); immigrant petitions for multinational managers and executives, as well as individuals of extraordinary ability (EB-1); and the Adjustment of Status process. He has also prepared replies to complex requests for evidence, including those arising from M&A activity and corporate reorganizations.

In addition to business immigration matters, Juan has handled individual immigration cases and frequently collaborated on the firm’s pro bono efforts. He has been involved with I-130 petitions for the relatives of US citizens and residents; briefs and motions filed with the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), as well as the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR); immigration-related litigation, including motions seeking injunctive relief in federal court; and requests for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Deferred Action, Satisfactory Departure, Asylum, and Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) classification.

Before attending law school, Juan worked as an immigration legal assistant in the Cape Cod office of a Boston-based law firm.

Education

  • New England Law (JD)
  • University of Massachusetts - Amherst (BA)

Recognition & Awards

  • Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Merit Scholarship, New England Law | Boston

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DACA Supreme Court Decision – Further Analysis

June 22, 2020 | Blog | By Susan Cohen, Juan Steevens

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court upheld three lower court rulings, holding that President Trump’s 2017 move to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was unlawful under a federal law known as the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). In its landmark decision, the Court held that the Department of Homeland Security’s termination of DACA was “arbitrary and capricious” under the APA. This challenge presented a complex set of legal arguments, which we analyze in further detail.
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This article provides a quick look at the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision ruling that the Trump administration’s 2017 rescission of DACA was unlawful.
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