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The Department of Homeland Security is a federal executive department established in 2002 in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks. DHS was formed by combining twenty-two existing federal departments... more +
The Department of Homeland Security is a federal executive department established in 2002 in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks. DHS was formed by combining twenty-two existing federal departments and agencies. The consolidation was aimed at creating a better integrated, more effective organization to respond to terrorist attacks and other varied threats facing the United States and its territories.  less -

Department of State Updates “Close Familial Relationship” definition for Executive Order 13780 based on Hawaii District Court...

by Cozen O'Connor on

On July 17, 2017 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced updates regarding the implementation of President Trump’s Executive Order 13780, in response to a ruling by the U.S....more

Additional 15,000 Visas for H-2B Temporary Nonagricultural Workers for FY 2017

Effective upon publication by the Federal Register on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has authorized the one-time issuance of an additional 15,000 H-2B visas for Temporary Nonagricultural...more

DHS Continues Focus on Border Security With Enhanced Aviation Security Measures

On June 28, 2017, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly announced the implementation of enhanced security measures for all commercial flights arriving in the United States. These enhanced procedures are set to affect 280...more

Immigration Updates: July 18, 2017

by Miller Canfield on

New Edition of Form I-9 Issued - USCIS has implemented a revised Form I-9 effective July 17, 2017. Employers have until Sept. 17, 2017, to discontinue use of the Nov. 14, 2016, edition of the Form I-9 but employers are...more

New Form I-9 Released: Ensure You Are In Compliance By September 18th

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") published the newest version of the Form I-9 on July 17. The new Form I-9 replaces the version previously released on November 14, 2016. While the changes to the form are...more

The Trump-Russian Lawyer: Undocumented? Issued a Visa? How Did She Get into the United States? Did CBP Really Strip Search Her at...

Many questions have arisen concerning the immigration status of the Russian lawyer who is at the center of the media’s coverage of the federal Russian 2016 Presidential Election interference investigation. Was she...more

State Department Guidance To U.S. Diplomatic Posts On Information Sharing Standards

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

President Donald Trump’s March 6th revised Executive Order directs the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security, the Attorney General, and the Director of National Intelligence to review information sharing and develop...more

DHS Releases 15,000 More H-2B Visas For Temporary Seasonal Workers

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

DHS announced on July 17, 2017, a one-time increase of 15,000 H-2B visas – still short of the number Congress had authorized. Given visa processing times, it may already be too late for businesses that rely on the summer...more

All Employers: Yet Again, USCIS Releases an Updated Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has again changed the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. On July 17, 2017, USCIS published the revised version, which employers are mandated to use...more

Hawaii Court Enjoins Trump Travel Ban For Excluding Non-Immediate Family Members of US Persons and DHS-Approved Refugees

by Genova Burns LLC on

In June the Supreme Court enforced temporarily President Trump’s travel ban to the extent it excludes persons without a “bona fide relationship” to a person or entity in the U.S. The Court expressly identified wives and...more

New Form I-9 Released

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Employers take note that a new Form I-9 has been issued by the Department of Homeland Security. The Form I-9 was released July 17 and will be effective September 17, 2017. Meaning, all employers must use the new version of...more

A Federal Cyber Security Law Coming Your Way?

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

On Thursday, June 29, 2017, Sens. Hatch and Markey introduced the “Promoting Good Cyber Hygiene Act” that would direct the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to establish a set of baseline voluntary best...more

House Spending Bill for Homeland Security Heavy on Border Wall, Enforcement, and Deportation

On Tuesday, July 11, the House Appropriations Committee released a spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It features increases in spending to both the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Immigration and...more

Breaking: Federal Judge Expands List of Relatives Exempt from Trump Travel Ban

In deciding an emergent request by the State of Hawaii, a Federal District Court entered an order expanding the list of relatives who are not subject to the Trump Administration’s travel ban....more

Opportunity Foreclosed: The International Entrepreneur Parole Rule May Die Before it Gets Out of the Gate

The U.S. and worldwide entrepreneur community had been looking forward to July 17th with great anticipation. This was supposed to be the effective date of the new International Entrepreneur Parole immigration regulation....more

DHS Freezes Implementation of the International Entrepreneur Rule and Threatens to Repeal It

In a surprising move to the startup community, the Trump administration has moved to delay and possibly repeal a rule that would help foreign entrepreneurs launching foreign startups apply for parole status to work in the...more

DHS Delays the Effective Date of the International Entrepreneur Final Rule

On July 11, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) formally delayed the implementation of the International Entrepreneur Rule from July 17, 2017, to March 14, 2018, to allow for a public comment period. The final...more

Personal Electronic Devices Ban Lifted For Some Airlines Under New DHS Security Requirements

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

DHS Secretary John Kelly has released new enhanced security requirements for screening of personal electronic devices and passengers and for explosives for approximately 2,000 daily flights to the U.S. from 280 airports in...more

The Implementation of Travel Ban 2.0: What Now?

By now, most of you have heard that the United States Supreme Court ruled to reinstate President Trump’s revised travel ban in part. But what does this really mean?...more

Report Commissioned by Rex Tillerson Recommends Homeland Security Assume Control of Issuing U.S. Visas

In a report commissioned by Department of State Secretary Rex Tillerson, Insigniam Holding, an international management consulting firm, recommended that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) take over control of...more

Trump Administration Blocks Final Rule Creating Legal Immigration Status for Startup Entrepreneurs

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

The Trump Administration has delayed the effective date of an Obama Administration rule that would have provided a legal immigration status for foreign entrepreneurs. The rule, originally announced in January 2017, was...more

Homeland Security Temporarily Delaying Effective Date of International Entrepreneur Final Rule

by Cozen O'Connor on

On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security published notice in the Federal Register delaying the implementation of the International Entrepreneur Rule. After last month’s prediction that the Trump...more

Travel Ban Reinstated – DHS And DOS Release FAQs In Response To Supreme Court’s Decision On Travel Ban

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On 6/26/17, the Supreme Court granted certiorari, consolidated the 4th and 9th Circuit cases, partially lifted the lower court injunctions, permitting the government to ban U.S. travel by those nationals of Iran, Libya,...more

Update for International Travelers: Flying with Computers and Smartphones (this week)

by Butler Snow LLP on

So the landscape—like dunes—shifts yet again…at least regarding what you can and can’t carry onto international flights…well, some of them anyway. Just last week, and driven by DHS’s own acknowledgement that the measure was...more

Update on Significant DOT, FAA, and Other Federal Agencies’ Aviation-Related Regulatory Actions - July 2017

by Cozen O'Connor on

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Aviation Regulatory Update discusses the latest FAA reauthorization bills, the Department of Homeland Security’s enhanced aviation security measures, the DOT Inspector General’s audit...more

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