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Supreme Court Partially Revives President’s Travel Ban, But Imposes Limitations

by Fisher Phillips on

The U.S. Supreme Court announced this week that portions of the controversial Executive Order No. 13780, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” (known informally as the “travel ban”),...more

Immigration Updates: June 26, 2017

by Miller Canfield on

The United States Supreme Court has allowed portions of President Trump’s travel ban to take effect; citizens from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen may be denied admission to the United States if they lack any...more

Special Immigration Alert - June 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

Supreme Court Agrees to Review President Trump’s Travel Ban and Narrows the Scope of Lower Court Injunctions - On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States announced that it had agreed to hear President Trump’s...more

US Supreme Court Grants Partial Stay, Permits Limited 90-Day Travel Ban

by Morgan Lewis on

The travel ban will go into force regarding “foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”...more

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

What Does The Supreme Court “Travel Ban” Decision Mean For Employers?

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a preliminary ruling yesterday in the Trump Administration’s challenges to lower court decisions on the “travel ban.” The Administration had sought to: stay preliminary injunctions issued...more

U.S. Supreme Court Partially Lifts Injunction on President Trump’s March Executive Order on Immigration Policy

by Littler on

On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) partially lifted the injunction and agreed to hear arguments on President Trump’s March 6, 2017 executive order entitled Protecting the Nation from Foreign...more

FEHC Proposes New Regulations on National Origin Discrimination

by Fisher Phillips on

There has been a lot of animated discussion in the news recently about immigration status, national security policy, and country of origin as these issues relate to federal policy. Think “travel ban” and “extreme vetting” –...more

Key California Employment Law Cases: April 2017

by Payne & Fears on

This month’s key California employment law cases involve wage and hour and discrimination issues. Wage & Hour - Batze v. Safeway, Inc., 10 Cal. App. 5th 440, 216 Cal. Rptr. 3d 390 (2017) - Summary: While determination...more

Canada Launches Global Skills Strategy to Fast-Track Short-Term Entry of High-Skilled Workers

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Canadian government instituted a new, immediately effective Global Skills Strategy to facilitate entry of skilled workers....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

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

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

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

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

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

Golden State Worriers: California Labor & Employment Bills to Watch

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When it comes to legislation, for California employers it's the final countdown. June 2 was the last day for bills to pass out of their house of origin. September 15 is the deadline for these bills to pass both legislative...more

5 Key Considerations When Initiating a PERM Labor Certification for Your Employee

For most employers, sponsoring a foreign national employee for an employment-based green card requires filing a Program Electronic Review Management (PERM) labor certification with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). In...more

Trump Begins “Extreme” Visa Vetting, New Questionnaire Requests 15 Years of Information and Social Media Info

As part of a policy implementing “extreme vetting” of visa applicants in order to tighten immigration controls, the Trump administration approved a new questionnaire (Form DS-5535, Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants)...more

U.S. Department Of Labor To Increase Enforcement Of H-1B And Other Visa Programs

by Tonkon Torp LLP on

On June 6, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it will increase activities to combat fraud and abuse in employment-based visa programs. This will include not only H-1B visas, but other types of...more

H-1B Visa Petitions from India-based Companies Drop Significantly in FY 2016

by Morgan Lewis on

The top seven India-based outsourcing companies received approximately 7,000 new H-1B visa petitions for initial employment in fiscal year 2016, representing a decrease of 37% between fiscal year 2015 and fiscal year 2016,...more

The U.S. Department Of Labor Announces Increased Enforcement Efforts Of All Foreign Visa Worker Programs

On June 6, 2017, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta announced that the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) will conduct increased enforcement efforts encompassing all of the foreign visa worker programs it administers, including...more

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