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Green Card Lottery Winners Are at a Loss

by Ronald Shapiro on

Trump’s recent travel ban has been utilized to deny Green Cards to visa lottery winners from affected countries like Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, according to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU. In July, the ACLU...more

Revised Travel Ban Coming?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Trump Administration reportedly may replace the current travel ban with a country-specific set of restrictions. In June, the Supreme Court allowed the government to begin enforcing the 90-day travel ban against...more

USCIS Policy Changes Impacting Green Card Filings

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

USCIS has recently enacted two policy changes in regards to permanent residency applicants applying for Adjustment of Status (AOS). These changes impact applications for Advance Parole Travel Authorization (AP) as well as...more

This Year’s Diversity Visa Lottery Opens Oct. 3—For Possibly the Last Time?

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. State Department recently announced that it will begin accepting applications for this year’s Diversity Immigrant Visa Program—commonly referred to as the diversity visa (DV) lottery system—starting on Tuesday,...more

USCIS to Require Interviews for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications as of October 1

by LeClairRyan on

As of October 1, 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will mandate an in-person interview for any individual adjusting from an employment-based status to permanent residency (Form I-485 adjustment...more

DHS Updates Temporary Protected Status For Sudan And South Sudan

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan will terminate in 12 months on November 2, 2018, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced on September 18, 2017. TPS is terminated when DHS determines that the...more

Immigration Enforcement and Deadlines: A Pause for Disasters

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has put a hold on immigration enforcement operations in areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Routine non-criminal immigration enforcement operations will not be conducted at...more

Updates on Recent USCIS Changes Impacting US Businesses

by White & Case LLP on

In the last month, USCIS has issued news releases announcing two changes that directly impact US businesses. The first relates to the revisions to Form I-9, which is mandated for employers to use to establish and confirm...more

2019 Immigrant Visa Lottery Opens on October 3

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

The Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery Registration for 2018 opens Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Entries must be submitted electronically at: https://www.dvlottery.state.gov/ between noon on October 3, 2017, and noon on November 7,...more

State Department Replaces Rule For Inconsistent Conduct By Aliens

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Department of State has quietly revised guidance to Consular Officers on the “30/60 Day Rule” regarding adjustment of status applications. The Rule sets standards for determining whether an alien would be inadmissible...more

DOL Allows SOX Claim Where Foreign Whistleblower Alleged Violation of US Law

The Department of Labor’s Administrative Review Board (ARB) recently held that a former employee of Exelis Systems Corporation who was employed in Afghanistan could bring a SOX claim even though he worked exclusively outside...more

Special Immigration Alert - September 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

USCIS Anticipates Resuming H-1B Premium Processing on October 3, 2017 - U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has advised the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) that it anticipates resuming...more

Supreme Court Temporarily Allows Trump Refugee Ban

The saga of court challenges to President Trump’s revised travel ban continued after the preliminary ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 26, which gave the Administration a partial victory. The Administration received...more

USCIS to Mandate In-person Interviews for All Employment-based Permanent Residence Applicants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that starting Oct. 1, all foreign nationals who have submitted employment-based adjustment of status applications will now be required to undergo a personal...more

Government Agrees To Inform Travelers Denied Entry To U.S. Of Right To Reapply For Visas

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

During the chaos that followed the issuance of the travel ban in January and before it was blocked by a court, at least 140 individuals from the seven named countries were denied admission to the U.S. with then-valid...more

STOP: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program Rescinded

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration, through Attorney General Jeff Sessions, announced its decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. The program was implemented through...more

USCIS to Require In-Person Interviews for Employment-Based Green Card Process

by Miller Canfield on

USCIS announced it will expand the in-person interview process for certain beneficiaries of permanent residency applications. In compliance with President Trump’s executive order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign...more

USCIS Will Require Interviews for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applicants

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

USICS has announced that – effective October 1, 2017 – it will begin to “phase in” an in-person interview requirement for applicants for adjustment of status based on employment, as well as for other categories of applicants...more

Coming Soon: In-Person Interviews for Employment-Based Green Card Applicants

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On August 28, 2017, USCIS announced that it will begin expanding in-person interviews for certain permanent residency applicants, a change being implemented in response to Executive Order 13780, which pushed for more "uniform...more

Trump Administration Suggests Potential Cuts to Cultural Exchange Visas

The Trump Administration is evaluating potential reductions to U.S. cultural exchange programs that allow young people from across the world the opportunity to work temporarily in the US. The potential cuts would impact five...more

Brexit: the status of EU citizens in the UK

by White & Case LLP on

On 23 June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union (the so-called "Brexit"). Since the Brexit vote over three million EU citizens living in the UK and over a million UK nationals living in other EU states have been...more

The RAISE Act Unveiled

by Littler on

On August 2, 2017, President Trump unveiled the revised RAISE (Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment) Act, previously introduced by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) in February 2017. The...more

The RAISE Act And Trump's Proposed New Legal Immigration System: What Might All This Mean For American Businesses?

On August 2, President Trump unveiled the RAISE Act, a Republican-sponsored bill, co-authored by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton and Louisiana Senator David Purdue. According to The Washington Post, the bill's proposed changes...more

Rehabilitation for residential use in Lisbon’17: supply and legal regimes for foreigners

by DLA Piper on

Portugal currently offers two attractive legal/tax regimes for foreigners who wish to buy a property in the country and live here. Get to know them. Tax regime for non-habitual residents - What is the Non-Habitual...more

Trump Backs Legislation to Reduce Legal Immigration Rates

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On August 2, 2017, President Donald Trump announced his support for the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment ("RAISE") Act, introduced by Republican Senators Tom Cotton (AR) and David Perdue (GA)....more

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