Immigration Procedures

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March 2017 UK Immigration Update

Changes to the immigration rules fulfill the Migration Advisory Committee’s previous recommendations. On March 16, the UK government announced changes to the UK’s immigration rules, implementing the final phase of...more

Employment Authorization Issues Arising From Corporate Restructuring

American business experienced a near record number of mergers and acquisitions in 2016, and this trend is likely to continue in 2017. Such corporate transactions raise a number of legal issues, including employment issues....more

New Department of State Cable Implements Extreme Vetting Measures

Seyfarth Synopsis: New DOS cable instructs U.S. consular posts to identify population groups for tougher visa screening, which will likely lead to increased processing times....more

Tier 2 Immigration Skills Charge – another fee to pay

As part of the government plans to reduce Britain’s reliance on migrant workers, from 6 April 2017 employers may have to pay an immigration skills charge of £1,000 per employee. The skills charge will apply to a sponsor...more

Extending Work Authorization for Recent Graduate Working on OPT

Many of you are planning on filing Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 H-1B cap cases for recent graduates working for you on a post-degree completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Those...more

The Employment Law Authority - March/April 2017

EXECUTIVE ORDERS MARK A RISING, ROILING TIDE OF IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS - In his first week in office, President Donald Trump launched a series of executive orders (EO) directing large-scale changes on...more

Considerations for Foreign Travelers to the U.S. Under the New Administration

Travel to the United States, with its new immigration enforcement-minded administration, will require foreign travelers to be even more aware of the rules governing border protection, and take advantage of the travel programs...more

[Webinar] The Trump Experience: How U.S. Law Will Change - April 11th, 12:30pm ET

Change is a given with every new presidential election. Under the Trump Administration, many questions have been raised that impact local and global organizations. Join LeClairRyan for an in-depth discussion on key regulatory...more

DOJ Appeals Injunction of President's New Executive Order Banning Nationals from Certain Countries

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has appealed one of the two federal court injunctions issued in response to President Trump's revised travel ban executive order. This executive order, Protecting the Nation from Foreign...more

Breaking Immigration Developments: President Trump’s Second Travel Ban Halted

In an unprecedented development last week, a Federal District Judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide restraining order halting President Trump’s second travel ban. The successful challenge, brought by the State of Hawaii, once...more

Administration’s Revised ‘Travel Ban’ Temporarily Blocked in Federal Court

Two sections of the March 6 executive order regarding US travel by nationals of certain countries and refugee admissions were enjoined pending further litigation....more

Maryland Judge Blocks Part of Trump’s Revised Executive Order

A federal Judge in Maryland issued a ruling to block provisions of President Trump’s March 6th Executive Order. The Executive Order (EO) was a revision from a previously blocked EO, which bans foreign nationals from six...more

Federal Courts Temporarily Block the Trump Administration's Revised Travel Ban

Seyfarth Synopsis: Federal judges from Hawaii and Maryland have issued nationwide Temporary Restraining Orders (TROs) effectively blocking the implementation of the Trump administration’s revised travel ban, which was...more

Latest Trump Travel Ban Halted

Two federal judges have blocked the latest immigration executive order from the Trump Administration that would have resulted in a new travel ban for certain travelers to the United States. Signed by the President on...more

Hawaii Federal Judge Blocks President Trump's New Travel and Refugee Ban

On March 6, 2017, President Trump issued a new Executive Order (EO) entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” which was to take effect today, March 16, 2017. The new EO explicitly...more

Federal Courts Block New Travel Ban Executive Order

On March 15, 2017, federal courts in Maryland, Hawaii and Washington heard arguments on motions to preliminarily enjoin the New Executive Order (“New EO”), which was issued by President Trump on March 6, 2017. Judge Derrick...more

Sixth Circuit Upholds Dismissal of Fraud and Contract Claims Against Employer Sponsoring Green Card Application for Employee

In an interesting case situated at the intersection of immigration and contract law, the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed a district court’s dismissal of claims against Dow Corning Corporation stemming from its sponsoring an...more

Immigration: Waiting in Line at a U.S. Consulate Abroad

A much overlooked suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Program could create visa processing headaches for companies employing foreign nationals. On March 6, President Trump signed an executive order directing the...more

ManattJones Global Strategies - March 2017

CEO Executive Summary: Tense is the word that best describes U.S.-Mexico relations during February. Mexican anger and frustration over U.S. immigration policy was palpable as the country braces and prepares for some...more

President Trump’s March 6, 2017 Executive Order on Immigration

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a revised Executive Order, entitled: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into The United States (“new order”). The new order suspends admission to the United States...more

Immigration Group News: USCIS to Suspend Premium Processing for H-1B Cap Cases

Last week, USCIS announced that beginning on April 3rd, 2017, they will no longer be accepting H-1B petitions filed under the premium processing service. This service allowed for petitioners to pay an extra fee in order to...more

USCIS Suspends H-1B Premium Processing Beginning April 3, 2017

Seyfarth Synopsis: USCIS recently announced that the agency will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions beginning on April 3, 2017. USCIS indicates the purpose of the suspension is to process H-1B...more

President Trump Signs New Executive Order Temporarily Restricting Travel for Six Countries and Halting Refugee Admissions

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new Executive Order (“EO”), Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals, revoking the prior EO 13679 signed on January 27, 2017. EO 13679 included, among other...more

USCIS Suspends Premium Processing for H-1B Filings

On Friday, March 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a temporary suspension of the premium processing option for all H-1B petitions filed on or after April 3, 2017. This suspension includes...more

USCIS Temporarily Suspends Premium Processing of H-1B Petitions

USCIS has announced that it will temporarily suspend Premium Processing for all H-1B petitions, beginning April 3, 2017. The suspension will apply to all H-1B petitions, including new H-1B cases filed under the FY18 H-1B cap,...more

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