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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

Cuban Refugees Are Waiting at the Border

Many Cubans who were making the long and dangerous trek through jungles and other countries to the United States before the inauguration of President Donald Trump on January 20 are waiting at the U.S. border for word from the...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

The first four weeks of the Trump administration have brought a flurry of policy and regulatory activity through Executive Orders (EO), proposed new legislation and review of existing regulation. After eight years of the...more

[Webinar] Meritas Capability Webinar - How The Trump Administration is Changing US Immigration - March 1st, 1:00pm CST

This Webinar will provide a review of the first 40 days of the Trump administration action on US immigration law and what this means for both US and non-US companies and employers. This includes changes in visa issuance,...more

Travel Ban Update: Appeals Court Upholds Temporary Halt on Enforcement

On February 9, 2017 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a unanimous (per curiam) order denying the Federal Government's emergency motion for a stay of the district court order temporarily enjoining...more

Department of State Releases March 2017 Visa Bulletin

No change in Dates for Filing chart again; China EB-3 advances 6.5 months in Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its March 2017 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country...more

In Case You Missed It: Launch Links - February, 2017

Some interesting links we found across the web this week: Why Was the Winter for Venture Capital Funding so Short? While we all thought winter was coming, it looks like VCs are already enjoying spring thanks to the...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. State’s Highest Court to Consider Solemn Occasion Request - Last week the Senate asked the...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Suspension of Executive Order's Travel and Refugee Ban

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed the district court’s decision to enjoin the federal government from enforcing key portions of President Trump’s Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from...more

UPDATE: Ninth Circuit Upholds TRO Halting President Trump’s Immigration Travel Ban

On Thursday, February 9, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) emergency motion for a stay in a case that suspended implementation of certain sections of an executive order...more

U.S. Customs and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

During the campaign, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) was mostly mentioned by President Trump in the context of illegal immigration. Controlling the flow of people, however, is only one of the jobs of CBP, which is part...more

Obama’s parting gift to foreign entrepreneurs: A new way to stay in the U.S.

Back in 2014, when it was clear that Congress was not going to pass bipartisan immigration reform, President Obama vowed to take whatever steps he could, short of legislation, to advance his immigration agenda, including...more

Update on the President’s Executive Order Banning Selected Travel

On January 27, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” (“EO”). In pertinent part, the EO...more

State Department Confirms No Plan to Add Countries to Travel Ban under Executive Order

The Department of State has confirmed to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) that there is no immediate plan to add any other countries to the current list of seven under President Donald Trump’s “Protecting...more

The Trump Administration-Part II: Failures in Leadership and Management

Yesterday, I considered how the actions of the new administration are creating chaos for US businesses. Today I will consider the Muslim refugee ban and the miss-steps the new administration used in its design, execution and...more

UPDATE: Executive Order's Travel and Refugee Ban Temporarily Suspended

On Friday, February 3, 2017, a Federal District Court judge issued a nationwide suspension of President Trump’s Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” For more...more

Executive Orders Impacting Immigrants in the Workplace

Employers are advised to restrict international travel for employees who are not U.S. citizens. This is particularly so for employees from the seven countries targeted by President Trump’s January 27 Executive Order...more

Federal Court Temporarily Halts Suspension of Travel to U.S. for Previously Affected Foreign Nationals

Seyfarth Synopsis: Immediate Stay of Trump’s Executive Order has been denied and travel ban remains halted for now. On Friday, February 3, a Federal District Court in Washington issued a temporary restraining order...more

The Trump Administration: Kaos is bad for Businesses

While it may seem odd that a 1960s television seems to presage where we currently find the intersection of politics and business, it turns out that Mel Brooks and Buck Henry had it right with Get Smart. The two competing...more

Temporary Restraining Order Halts the Executive Order Suspending the Entry of Immigrants and Non-Immigrants from Seven Countries

On February 3, 2017, federal Judge James Robart issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) halting President Trump’s January 27, 2017, executive order (the “Order”) entitled, Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into...more

UPDATE: FAQs on the Impact of the Executive Order Suspending Admission to the U.S. of Foreign Nationals From Certain Designated...

Following is updated guidance related to President Donald Trump’s Executive Order (“EO”), “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” issued January 27, 2017. These updates are based upon...more

Updates and Guidance on the Executive Order Suspending the Entry of Immigrants and Non-Immigrants from Seven Countries

On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order (the “Order”) entitled, Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States by Foreign Nationals. The Order suspends entry into the United...more

End of Immigration Privileges for Cuban Nationals Signals Changes in U.S.-Cuba Relationship

Before former President Barack Obama left office, one of his last acts was to repeal the policy granting asylum to every Cuban national who made it to the United States. As part of the normalization of formal diplomatic...more

Immigration-Related FAQs In Response to President Trump’s Recent Executive Orders, as of February 2, 2017

Seyfarth Synopsis: This Management Alert addresses Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from employers and foreign nationals regarding President Trump’s recent Executive Order on immigration....more

Update: Trump's Busy First Week of Office

As reported last week in Bradley’s Governmental Affairs alert in A Sign of Things to Come? Trump’s Regulatory Freeze and Other Early Actions, the Trump administration took immediate action with regard to the Affordable Care...more

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