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Trump’s Cuba Policy Reverses Course Set By Obama

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Simpler and less expensive travel to Cuba by Americans is apparently short-lived, as more difficult and costly travel to the island nation appears forthcoming. In a recent speech in Miami outlining his policies on Cuban...more

CBP: Over 50,000,000 Nonimmigrants Entered the United States Last Year. Less than 2% Overstayed Their Welcome.

A much-anticipated (at least by immigration lawyers) report was recently released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The report, dubbed the “2016 US Entry/Exit Overstay Report,” looks at U.S. Customs & Border...more

Labor Secretary Announces Aggressive Stance on Visa Fraud and Abuse

by Littler on

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has announced that the Department of Labor (DOL) will more aggressively enforce laws governing the administration and enforcement of non-immigrant visa programs. The DOL will continue to...more

Immigration Scams are on the Rise

With immigration scams on the rise, Chicago Tribune reporter Nereoda Moreno delves into the decades of scams that ride on immigrant’s fears, often cost tens, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, and result in permanent...more

USCIS May Request I-9

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The USCIS is requesting some applicants for Adjustment of Status to submit copies of the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification forms that they (and their employers) completed for current or former employment. These requests...more

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

HHS Rescinds Memorandum Providing for Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents ("DAPA")

by Littler on

On June 15, 2017, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced that it was rescinding the November 20, 2014 memorandum that created the program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents...more

Fourth and Ninth Circuits Sink Trump Travel Ban as Prelude to High Court Review

by Genova Burns LLC on

In the most recent judicial setbacks to President Trump’s Executive Order earlier this year suspending the U.S. entry of aliens from six Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen), reducing the...more

Trump Administration Issues Memorandum on DACA/DAPA

by Mintz Levin on

On June 15th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a brief memorandum on the status of DAPA. DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) was a proposed policy that would allow...more

DACA ("DREAMers") Program Still in Effect, But DAPA Rescinded; Trump Delays Enforcement of Executive Order on Travel

On June 15, 2017, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John F. Kelly signed a memorandum rescinding the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”) Program, but leaving in...more

Trump Administration Rescinds DAPA Program

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

DHS Secretary Kelly has rescinded DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanents). DAPA was meant to 1) provide undocumented parents of U.S. citizens or Green Card holders with a way to remain in the...more

“Bad Hombres” Only? Ninth Circuit Federal Judge Slams Deportation Process.

Last week, the Ninth Circuit reviewed a petition for a stay of deportation for Magana Ortiz, an undocumented immigrant. While unable to stop the deportation, Judge Stephen Reinhart used a concurring opinion to blast the...more

Travel Ban Case On Fast Track At Supreme Court

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Expectations are that the U.S. Supreme Court may decide soon whether to stay the injunctions blocking President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Meanwhile, the President has issued a Memorandum meant to amend and clarify the...more

Ninth Circuit Partially Affirms Preliminary Injunction of the Travel Ban

On January 27, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13769, entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” (EO1), which went into effect immediately. In EO1, the president invoked...more

What Can We Tell About the Trump Administration’s Focus on Compliance?

There are a few early signs that the Trump administration will continue to hold companies to the “way of compliance,” as our colleague Jane Lewis-Raymond put it recently on this blog. But after the first four months of his...more

Russia Lifts the Majority of Economic Sanctions Against Turkey

by White & Case LLP on

On 31 May 2017 the Russian President signed Decree No. 244 lifting most of the special economic measures against Turkey. The Decree was followed by Russian Government Resolution No. 672 published on 2 June 2017....more

DOL, USCIS Continue Focus On H-1B Visa Abuse

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

With his “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order, President Donald Trump officially announced his intention to reform the H-1B visa program and the DOL and the USCIS are taking steps accordingly....more

USCIS Adopts Matter of I-Corp and What it Means for L-1B Visas

by Littler on

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently issued a policy memorandum directing USCIS personnel to adopt the Administrative Appeals Office’s (AAO) reasoning in Matter of I-Corp. Specifically, pursuant to...more

Different Path, Same Result: 9th Circuit Becomes Latest Appeals Court To Reject Trump’s Travel Ban

by Fisher Phillips on

Several weeks ago, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an injunction that blocks President Trump’s second executive order attempting to institute a travel ban against those arriving from several specific Muslim countries...more

Supreme Court: Gender-Based Distinctions In Immigration Law Violate Equal Protection

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

A federal citizenship statute setting different residency requirements for U.S. citizen fathers and mothers seeking to transmit birthright citizenship to their non-marital children born outside the U.S. violates the Equal...more

Immigration Fact and Fiction for the U.S. Employer: Extreme Vetting or Just Extreme Record Keeping – What Will the Actual...

On June 1st, the Washington Post reported that “Consular officers at U.S. embassies around the world have started more intensive vetting of some visa applicants, including asking for their social media handles, in an effort...more

Texas Judge Suspended When State Discovered She is a Non-Citizen.

The State of Texas recently suspended a municipal court judge, when the state learned that she was not a U.S. Citizen — a requirement for appointment, holding most public offices, and voting. Municipal Court Judge Young Min...more

Ninth Circuit Blocks Travel Ban

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Joining the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and using President Donald Trump’s tweets to support its decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Hawaii v. Trump has continued to block the revised travel ban. Unlike the...more

Brexit: A Softer Brexit Back on the Table?

by Dechert LLP on

The result of the UK’s general election on 8 June has reignited speculation that the UK government might pursue a softer Brexit. In this update, we provide a reminder of the main “softer” Brexit models which had previously...more

Another Way To Get That “Extreme Vetting”: New Visa Questionnaire Will Make Immigration More Difficult

As President Trump’s travel ban remains on hold in the federal court system, the Administration is seeking to get its “extreme vetting” through a new visa questionnaire that will be used with certain individuals seeking entry...more

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