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What’s New in Immigration Law?

by Dickinson Wright on

USCIS Permits Certain EAD Applicants to apply for a Social Security Number on Form I-765 - Based on a new information-sharing partnership between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security...more

DOJ Civil Rights Division Intensifies Efforts to Investigate Discrimination Against US Workers

by WilmerHale on

On October 11, 2017, the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Rights Division, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) and the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs announced a partnership aimed at protecting US...more

Made in the USA: Executive Order Promotes Strict Adherence to Buy American Laws and Signals Potential Legal Reform in Fall 2017

“It shall be the policy of the executive branch to buy American and hire American.” On April 18, 2017, President Trump announced this policy in an executive order, aptly titled “Buy American and Hire American.” The order...more

The Immigration Report: 200 Days of the Trump Administration

by Vedder Price on

Wherever you fall on the political spectrum, there is no denying that the first 200 days of President Trump’s administration have been an interesting time for employers impacted by immigration regulations. The whirlwind of...more

US Immigration under the Trump Administration: What We Know and What We Think We Know

by McDermott Will & Emery on

President Donald J. Trump recently issued an Executive Order, followed by a proposed bill and other guidance, which would drastically change the current immigration system. Based on these developments, employers should be...more

Administration Considers Major Reductions in J-1 Cultural Exchange Program

The Trump administration is reportedly reviewing the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program, a popular cultural exchange program run by the U.S. Department of State, with the intention of making major reductions in the visa program....more

State Department Updates Policy Guidance Regarding F-1 Student Visa Applications

by Dickinson Wright on

On August 8, 2017, the Department of State (DOS) updated its Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) to modify instructions to consular officers considering F-1 student visas. The modified instructions address how a consular officer...more

Higher Costs for Highly Skilled Foreign Workers in Store for Employers?

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

Despite the absence of new regulations or policies enacted following the President’s “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order, a recent shift in the adjudication of H-1B visas indicates the Administration’s policy...more

USTR Requests Input on Impact of Trade Agreements on Government Procurement

by Hogan Lovells on

On August 21, 2017, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued a request for public comment on the impact of government procurement provisions of U.S. trade...more

“Buy American” Law Changes How Texans Buy Iron and Steel

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

As a result of newly enacted Texas Senate Bill 1289, buying American iron and steel is now a requirement on certain public infrastructure projects in Texas. Promoted by President Trump, passed by the Texas Legislature in May...more

U.S. Suspends Nonimmigrant Visa Issuance in Russia

On August 21, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Russia announced that it would suspend the issuance of nonimmigrant visas for eight days starting on August 23, in response to the recent Russian decision to reduce U.S. diplomatic...more

New Guidance in the Foreign Affairs Manual May Add Challenges to Visa Issuance at US Consular Posts Abroad

In August 2017, the U.S. Department of State made several revisions to the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) that are a direct result of the “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order (EO) 13788, which the president signed...more

“Buy American And Hire American” Update - Comments solicited for consideration in report to President Trump

by King & Spalding on

On August 21, 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) published a Federal Register notice requesting comments on the costs and benefits to U.S....more

Changes to Foreign Affairs Manual and Developments in the Adjudications of Nonimmigrant Visas Signal Increased Scrutiny of Visa...

by Littler on

Recent actions by the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) indicate that employers seeking to hire foreign workers will likely face a more stringent visa approval process....more

Applicability of the Buy American Act and Trade Agreements Act

President Trump made headlines in April by signing an Executive Order urging federal agencies to “Buy American and Hire American.” While this Order makes no substantive legal changes and, for now, appears to be more bark...more

Compliance With “Buy American” Laws: Agency Reports Due September 15, 2017

by K&L Gates LLP on

On April 18, 2017, President Trump ordered federal agencies to prioritize procurement of domestically produced goods, assess agency compliance with “Buy American” laws, and minimize the use of waivers. As we noted in our...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - July 2017

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

CAPITOL HILL - “Assessment and Enforcement of Domestic Preferences In Accordance with Buy American Laws.” June 30, 2017. Retrieved from whitehouse.gov. The Office of Management and Budget and Department of Commerce...more

Overhaul of H-1B Visa Program Expected in Response to "Buy American and Hire American" Order

by Littler on

The White House has been working with the Department of Justice to formulate changes to the H-1B visa program pursuant to the administration’s “Buy American and Hire American” executive order. The H-1B visa program is a...more

New Immigration Policies Lead to Decline in Foreign Student Applications at U.S. Universities

by Murtha Cullina on

Coming to the United States in order to attend an educational institution is oftentimes the first step foreign individuals will take on their long journey to fulfilling their American Dream. For example, a foreign student may...more

The American Agenda on Trade: What's Happened and What's Next?

by Jones Day on

The Trump Administration's early actions on trade policy largely reflect the "America First" agenda candidate Trump promoted during the 2016 campaign. For example, a March Executive Order initiated efforts to identify and...more

House Armed Services Committee Takes Aim at GSA with Proposed Legislation

On May 18, 2017, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry introduced H.R. 2511, titled “The Defense Acquisition Streamlining and Transparency Act.” The bill drastically would change how commercial off-the-shelf...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - May 2017

by King & Spalding on

Public Comments And Hearing Regarding Administration Report On Significant Trade Deficits - On April 17, 2017, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International...more

Government Contractors: Buy In to "Buy American" or Risk Enforcement

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

President Trump’s recent “Buy American and Hire American” executive order signals greater enforcement of Buy American Laws. The order requires all federal agencies to assess and revamp internal policies for implementing and...more

Buy American Legislation in the 115th Congress

by King & Spalding on

On April 18, 2017, President Trump unveiled his Administration’s Buy American and Hire American policy, signing an executive order aimed, in part, at targeting “the abusive use of waivers and exceptions that undermine ‘Buy...more

“Buy American” – President Trump Orders Federal Agencies to Enforce Government Procurement Rules

by K&L Gates LLP on

President Trump’s “Buy American” agenda continues to pick up steam. Following up on earlier executive action prioritizing use of American-made steel in new pipeline construction, President Trump has ordered federal agencies...more

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