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Update: The Diversity Lottery Will Restart Following Resolution Of Technical Issue

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

We previously reported on the Department of State’s acceptance of applications for the diversity immigrant lottery. Since then, the DOS has announced on the Diversity Lottery website:-...more

U.S. Department Of State Announces Revised Registration Dates For Diversity Lottery Program And Voids All Prior Entries Submitted...

by Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP on

On Monday, October 16, the U.S. Department of State announced that due to a technical issue, the diversity lottery (DV-2019) entry period that commenced on October 3 has been closed. The Department of State further advised...more

Diversity Visa (Green Card Lottery) Entries Discarded by DOS Due to Glitch, New Period Opens on October 18, 2017

As previously reported, the annual Diversity Visa Lottery (DV) Program submission period for fiscal year 2019 began on October 3, 2017. The U.S. Department of State has issued an alert that, due to a technical issue, the...more

U.S Non-Immigrant Visa Service Suspended in Turkey

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. State Department has temporarily suspended the issuance of non-immigrant visas at all U.S. government diplomatic facilities in Turkey on October 8, 2017. ...more

U.S. Services in Turkey and Cuba Suspended

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On Sunday, October 8th, the U.S. State Department (DOS) announced that effective immediately, the issuance of nonimmigrant visas to Turkish citizens will be halted....more

Annual Green Card Lottery for Diversity Immigrants Opens Oct. 3

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Beginning Oct. 3, 2017, there is a limited application period for many foreign nationals to apply for the chance to get a green card. • U.S. law authorizes 50,000 immigrant visas ("green cards") to be available annually...more

Registration for Diversity Visa (Green Card) Lottery to Open on October 3, 2017

The Department of State has announced the opening of the registration period for the 2019 Diversity Visa (DV) lottery. As in past years, the DV lottery will allow a maximum of 50,000 "diversity immigrants" to obtain permanent...more

New Guidance Imposes Finding of Misrepresentation for Conduct Inconsistent With Visa Within 90 Days of Entry

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) has issued new guidance establishing a presumption of willful misrepresentation when a foreign national, within 90 days of entry into the United States, engages in conduct that violates the...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

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

Travel Ban Update

by Mintz Levin on

On June 26, 2017 the Supreme Court ruled that a limited version of the 90-day Travel Ban contained in President Trump’s Executive Order 13780 could go into effect. The limited Travel Ban went into effect on June 29, 2017....more

Travel Ban Update: State Department Expands Definition of “Close Family”

Responding to a federal district court order judicially expanding those excluded from the Administration’s Travel Ban, the United States Department of State issued guidance on Monday expanding the definition of “family” under...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

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

The Travel Ban Is in Effect, DOS and DHS Release FAQs to Address Concerns

On June 29, 2017, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the implementation of Executive Order 13780 (EO-2), which went into...more

Department of State Will Begin Implementing 90-Day Travel and Refugee Ban Beginning June 29, 2017

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

Pursuant to the Supreme Court Ruling on June 26, 2017, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced by cable that it would begin implementing the more limited terms of President Trump’s Executive Order beginning at 8:00 PM...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

A Harbinger For Some U.S. Visa Applicants of More Rigorous Vetting and Longer Waits for U.S. Visas?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On March 6th, President Trump issued a Memorandum Seeking Rigorous Evaluation of All Grounds of Inadmissibility. As a direct result of the March 6th Memorandum, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has submitted a request to...more

State Department Orders U.S. Embassies to Apply Extra Scrutiny Before Issuing Visas to Certain “Population Sets”

In a diplomatic cable dated March 17, 2017, the U.S. Department of State issued orders to American consulates and embassies abroad instructing them to increase their vigilance in reviewing visa applications and to develop a...more

Extreme Vetting for Visa Applicants – Just not for the Countries in the Travel Ban

by Fisher Phillips on

Subsequent to President Trump’s March 6, 2017 Executive Order Suspending travel to the US of certain nationals and Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland...more

Increased Scrutiny of Visa Applications and Possible Delays

by Mintz Levin on

On March 17, 2017, the Department of State (“DOS”), through the Secretary of State, issued a cable to all US consulates and embassies with guidance on enhanced screening and vetting of applications for US visas and other...more

The Business Visitor in the Current Immigration World

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

While the Executive Order (“the Order”) issued by President Trump on January 27, 2017, and temporarily halted by the District Court in the Western District of Washington and subsequently by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals,...more

Federal Court Blocks President Trump’s Immigration Executive Order

by Fisher Phillips on

What Latest Development Means for Employers - On Friday evening, February 3, a federal judge in Washington state granted a nationwide temporary restraining order blocking the president’s controversial immigration...more

Overview and Q&A for President Trump’s Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United...

by Baker Donelson on

On January 27, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13769 entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” We’ll call this one the “Screening EO.” This is one of at least three...more

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