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Immigration Reform is a term commonly used to refer to comprehensive efforts to address limitations, deficiencies and inequalities within a country's immigration policies and systems. In the United States,... more +
Immigration Reform is a term commonly used to refer to comprehensive efforts to address limitations, deficiencies and inequalities within a country's immigration policies and systems. In the United States, the term is often used to describe legislative efforts to remedy problems associated with illegal immigration, including protecting undocumented workers, expanding citizenship eligibility, and strengthening border security.   less -

Top U.S. Immigration Official Announces Quadrupled Employer Compliance Audits

by Cozen O'Connor on

Employers can expect an increase in immigration compliance audits and investigations by “four to five times” beyond their current levels, the director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) announced...more

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

With Governor Brown’s Signature, California Employers Face a Gauntlet of New Laws

by Littler on

The October 15, 2017 deadline has come and gone for Governor Jerry Brown to weigh the bills passed by the California legislature this year. Governor Brown has now signed into law a jaw-dropping number of bills that pertain to...more

USCIS Denying Pending Advance Parole Applications

by Varnum LLP on

In a significant change to longstanding policy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently began denying Advance Parole applications for abandonment when an applicant travels abroad while the application is...more

2017 Labor & Employment Legislative Update: It’s Finally Over! (For Now…)

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: New statutory obligations for California employers in 2018 will include prohibitions on inquiries into applicants’ salary and conviction histories, expanding CFRA to employees of smaller employers,...more

Travel Ban & DACA Updates

In a one page opinion, the United States Supreme Court remanded one of the two “travel ban” cases pending SCOTUS review. The Order remanded Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project back to the 4th Circuit Court...more

Details Emerge on the New In-Person Interview Requirement for Green Card Applicants

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On August 28, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin to "phase-in" mandatory in-person interviews for certain employment-based applications, including the main application to...more

White House Releases Trump Administration Immigration Policy Priorities

by Littler on

On October 8, 2017, the White House released a list of immigration priorities addressing border security, interior enforcement, and a merit-based immigration system. The priority list calls for the hiring of 10,000 ICE...more

Premium Processing Resumes for All H-1B Petitions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On October 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that effective immediately it would resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions....more

Premium Processing Resumes for All H-1B Petitions

by Varnum LLP on

Effective immediately, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept premium processing requests on all H-1B petitions....more

Restrictions on L-1 Visas Could Increase Outsourcing

by Ronald Shapiro on

Forbes contributor Stuart Anderson has recently stated that recent L1 visa and US H1B restrictions could result in increased outsourcing of jobs. As the federal government and Congress continue to deny access to temporary...more

President Trump Issues Proclamation that Restricts Travel to the US by Certain Nationals from Eight Countries

by Hogan Lovells on

On Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, President Trump signed a presidential proclamation (the Proclamation) laying out restrictions on the entry of nationals from eight countries into the United States using certain types of immigrant...more

Presidential Proclamation Alters Travel Ban

by FordHarrison on

The White House issued a Presidential Proclamation on September 24, 2017, that imposes new travel restrictions on Iran, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Syria, as well as newly added countries North Korea, Chad, and Venezuela. The...more

Trump Administration Announces New Travel Ban

by Baker Donelson on

On September 24, the Trump Administration issued a proclamation which imposed new travel restrictions on certain nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen. This proclamation was issued...more

Travel Ban Update: New Presidential Proclamation Restricts Travel To The United States From Eight Countries

On September 24, President Trump issued the "Presidential Proclamation Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats." This...more

President Trump Issues New Travel Ban Expanding Countries Affected By Travel Restrictions

by Cozen O'Connor on

On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued a Proclamation enhancing the vetting capabilities and processes for detecting attempted entry into the United States by terrorists or other public safety threats....more

Important Developments in Business Immigration Law

The Revised Version of Travel Ban to Take Effect Next Month - On Sept. 24, President Trump issued a proclamation that indefinitely bans certain citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea from...more

Presidential Proclamation Sets New Restrictions on Travel to the United States

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Country-specific travel restrictions will impact nationals of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea, and Venezuela....more

New Presidential Proclamation Restricts Travel from Eight Countries

by Littler on

On September 24, 2017, President Donald Trump issued a “Presidential Proclamation Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats”...more

Trump Administration Implements New Travel Ban

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On September 24, 2017, the Trump Administration announced an expansion of its previous travel ban, adding several countries to the list designated in the original travel ban (Executive Order 13780)....more

President Trump Rescinds the DACA (“Dreamer”) Program

by Foley Hoag LLP on

On September 5, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump Administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that had been in place since June 15, 2012. The Trump...more

Expansion of Interview Requirement for Green Card Applicants, and Rumors of Change in Travel Authorization for Green Card...

by FordHarrison on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the expansion of mandatory in-person interviewing of applicants for lawful permanent residence. In its public announcement, USCIS notes that this change complies...more

USCIS Denying Pending Advance Parole Applications for Abandonment Due to International Travel

Advance Parole allows an individual to travel internationally during the pendency of an adjustment of status (AOS) application. Those individuals who hold a valid H or L visa also have the option of using that visa to travel...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

USCIS Will Deny Pending Advance Parole Applications When Green Card Applicants Travel Internationally

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has reversed its longstanding practice and will begin to deny Advance Parole (AP) applications if a green card applicant travels internationally...more

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