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Trump’s Third Travel Ban Suspended In Part

Seyfarth Synopsis: Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland have issued orders blocking major portions of President Trump’s September 24, 2017 Presidential Proclamation....more

Premium Processing Resumes for Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap Petitions

Seyfarth Synopsis: On September 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that effective immediately it would resume premium processing for H-1B petitions filed subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018...more

USCIS Will Deny Pending Advance Parole Applications When Green Card Applicants Travel Internationally

Seyfarth Synopsis: The United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has reversed its longstanding practice and will begin to deny Advance Parole (AP) applications if a green card applicant travels internationally...more

U.S. Department of State Temporarily Suspends Nonimmigrant Visa Applications in Russia

Seyfarth Synopsis: As of August 23, 2017, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has temporarily suspended processing of Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) applications filed in Russia. NIV interviews will resume only at the U.S. Embassy...more

Travel Ban Update: The United States Supreme Court Will Hear The Appeal Over President Donald Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Next Term...

Seyfarth Synopsis: U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the Travel Ban in their next term. Shortly before its summer recess, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear oral arguments on the Trump...more

Trump Administration Implements Extreme Vetting Measures For Certain Visa Applicants Requiring Detailed Travel History And Social...

Seyfarth Synopsis: The U.S. Department of State has recently issued a new supplemental questionnaire that will enable officers at U.S. Consulates and Embassies to carry out enhanced and burdensome screenings of certain...more

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Maintains Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Blocking the Trump Administration's Revised...

Seyfarth Synopsis: On May 25, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled that President Trump’s travel ban should remain on hold, upholding a preliminary injunction issued in March 2017 by a lower court....more

Trump Administration Issues “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order

Seyfarth Synopsis: The EO orders the Departments of State, Justice, Labor, and Homeland Security to propose new rules and issue new guidance to “protect the interests of U.S. workers” and “promote the functioning of the H-1B...more

USCIS Receives 199,000 H-1B Cap Petitions and Completes Lottery Process

Seyfarth Synopsis: USCIS completes the lottery process and receives 199,000 H-1B cap petitions. On April 17, 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received 199,000 H-1B...more

H-1B Quota Reached

Seyfarth Synopsis: USCIS announced today that it has reached the FY 2018 H-1B Cap. On April 7, 2017, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received sufficient H-1B petitions to meet...more

New Department of State Cable Implements Extreme Vetting Measures

Seyfarth Synopsis: New DOS cable instructs U.S. consular posts to identify population groups for tougher visa screening, which will likely lead to increased processing times....more

Federal Courts Temporarily Block the Trump Administration's Revised Travel Ban

Seyfarth Synopsis: Federal judges from Hawaii and Maryland have issued nationwide Temporary Restraining Orders (TROs) effectively blocking the implementation of the Trump administration’s revised travel ban, which was...more

USCIS Suspends H-1B Premium Processing Beginning April 3, 2017

Seyfarth Synopsis: USCIS recently announced that the agency will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions beginning on April 3, 2017. USCIS indicates the purpose of the suspension is to process H-1B...more

Revised Travel Ban: President Trump Signs New Executive Order

Seyfarth Synopsis: On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new Executive Order temporarily restricting certain foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entry into the United States for 90...more

UK Government to Implement Immigration Skills Charge

Seyfarth Synopsis: The UK government will introduce an “Immigration Skills Charge” in April 2017 that will substantially increase the cost for companies to sponsor Tier 2 workers in the UK. The following alert is...more

President Trump Signs Two Executive Orders on Immigration

Seyfarth Synopsis: On January 25, 2017, President Trump signed two Executive Orders, one focusing on border security and the construction of a physical wall along the southern border and another focusing on improving public...more

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Publishes Final Rule Improving Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa...

Seyfarth Synopsis: Employers and foreign nationals should take note of critical changes to DHS’ regulations impacting employment-based immigration for highly skilled workers. On January 17, 2017, the Department of...more

New Canadian Entry Requirement: Mandatory Beginning November 10, 2016

Seyfarth Synopsis: Beginning November 10, 2016, the Canadian government will require many travelers flying to Canada to first obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). The following alert is relevant to...more

Delays in Canadian Immigration Online Application Filings: Technical Difficulties Persist

Seyfarth Synopsis: Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) electronic application processing systems have been experiencing significant technical difficulties since October 17, 2016. Consequently, there have been...more

New Canadian Entry Requirement: Leniency Period Extended to November 9, 2016

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Electronic Travel Authorization (the “eTA”), Canada’s new entry requirement for visa exempt nationals entering Canada by air, was announced in March 2016. The eTA effective date has been extended to...more

New Canadian Entry Requirement to Become Mandatory on September 29, 2016

Seyfarth Synopsis: Canada launched a new Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) that must be obtained by visa-exempt nationals entering Canada by air on or after September 29, 2016. Individuals requiring an eTA will not be...more

Canadian Immigration Updates

The following alert is directed to organizations with a presence in Canada or who anticipate the need to place talent at a Canadian work site. 1. Beginning December 1, 2016, Mexican Citizens Will Not Need a Visa for...more

DOJ to Increase Fines for Immigration-Related Violations

Seyfarth Synopsis: New regulations will increase fines on U.S. employers for unlawfully employing foreign nationals and engaging in unfair employment practices related to immigration. In the wake of the Bipartisan...more

STEM OPT Guidance for E-Verify Employers

On March 10, 2016 the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) published the long-anticipated final STEM Optional Practical Training (“OPT”) rule, which will take effect on May 10, 2016. ...more

3/29/2016  /  DHS , E-Verify , Extensions , Form F-1 , OPT , STEM
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