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Premium Processing to be Temporarily Suspended for H-1B Petitions

As of April 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. Therefore petitioners will not have the option to request 15-day, premium processing on H-1B petitions filed on or after April 3,...more

Trump's Revised Executive Order, "Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States"

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed the highly anticipated and revised Executive Order (EO), "Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States." The new order rescinds the previous EO issued at...more

Revised Travel Ban: President Trump Signs New Executive Order

Seyfarth Synopsis: On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new Executive Order temporarily restricting certain foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entry into the United States for 90...more

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Suspends Premium Processing for all H-1B Petitions Commencing Monday, April 3, 2017

On March, 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it was suspending premium processing for all H-1B petitions commencing April 3, 2017. USCIS advised that premium processing may be suspended...more

Immigration-Related FAQs In Response to President Trump’s Recent Executive Orders, as of February 2, 2017

Seyfarth Synopsis: This Management Alert addresses Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from employers and foreign nationals regarding President Trump’s recent Executive Order on immigration....more

Para não cair do Trump-olim - Parte I - Lidando com o Restabelecimento de Ordens de Deportação no governo Trump

Panorama - Três dias após a posse do novo presidente, ainda estou estupefato pelo fato de que "Donald" seja o novo chefe em comando. A realidade está lentamente sendo aceita e minha expectativa é de que o cenário de...more

Executive Order Impacting Immigration

President Donald Trump has signed an Executive Order that immediately suspends entry into the United States for nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the U.S. for a period of 90 days....more

Legal Alert - IMMIGRATION UPDATE: Executive Order’s Travel Ban Creates Chaos for Foreign Workers and Their Employers

Late on Friday, January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order immediately suspending the ability of citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen to enter the United Sates for a period of 90...more

Travel Restrictions for Nationals of 7 Designated Countries Based on President Trump’s Recent Executive Order

On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order that restricts travel for individuals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen (the “7 Designated Countries”). The word “from” should be...more

Can You Trump This? Part I - Dealing with Reinstatement of Removal Orders in the Trump Administration

Three days after the presidential inauguration, I am still in a state of bewilderment that the “The Donald” is the new Commander and Chief. Reality is slowing setting in and my expectation is the immigration landscape will...more

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services Publishes a NEW Rule Benefitting Employment-Based Immigration

On January 17, 2017, a long awaited new rule (the “New Rule”) published by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) went into effect. Companies and foreign nationals that are employed in various nonimmigrant...more

Expansive New Rule for Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

Effective yesterday, January 17, 2017, a new USCIS rule seeks to improve multiple employment-based temporary nonimmigrant and immigrant visa (“green card”) programs. The new regulations are designed to help U.S. employers...more

New USCIS Rule Amending Several Employment-Based and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs Will Take Effect on January 17, 2017

Beginning on January 17, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will implement a new rule that amends certain regulations relating to employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs. The rule's goal...more

Time to Prepare H-1B Petitions

April 1, 2017 will be here before you know it. That’s the date when the annual H1-B quota becomes available and employers nationwide compete for the coveted 3-year work authorizations which will be effective October 1, 2017....more

New USCIS Regulations To Retain High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) published new regulations effective January 17, 2017 which modernize and improve aspects of certain employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs. The...more

DHS Finalizes Rules on Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visas

In November, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its final rules on the employment-based, non-immigrant and immigrant visa programs available in the United States. The changes were intended to make it easier for...more

USCIS Publishes Final Rule For Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

USCIS has published a final rule to modernize and improve several aspects of certain employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visa programs and to better enable U.S. employers to hire and retain certain foreign workers who...more

USCIS Publishes Final Rule For Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

On Friday, November 18, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the press release below. USCIS has published a final rule to modernize and improve several aspects of certain employment-based...more

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Issues Final Rule on Immigrant Visa Petition Retention and Program Improvements Affecting...

On November 18, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its final rule in the Federal Register which addresses the retention and portability of high-skilled foreign workers. The new regulations, which take...more

USCIS Publishes Long-Awaited High-Skilled Immigration Rule

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published its long-awaited “High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers” regulation today, Nov. 18, 2016. This regulation was proposed on Dec. 31, 2015. It will become...more

Immigration Policy and President Trump – Deciphering and Reconfiguring our Immigration System

During his campaign, President-elect Trump had promised to place the issue of immigration at the top of his agenda once sworn in as president in January 2017. Some programs may be immediately repealed and others will require...more

US CBP Clarifies Policies for Certain Nonimmigrant Admissions

The agency confirms the admissibility of certain nonimmigrants who hold visas from different employers. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently clarified its policy on admissions to the United States after an...more

Immigration Consequences of DUI Offenses

One of the most sacred principles of the U.S. criminal justice system holds that defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. This principle is not necessarily true under U.S. immigration law. A non-citizen who is...more

DUI Arrests May Result in the Prudential Revocation of a Validly Issued Nonimmigrant Visa

Contrary to popular opinion, there are serious immigration consequences for nonimmigrants who are arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or a related offense. According to recently released guidance found in the...more

U.S. Consulate General in Vancouver Is Accepting Initial H-1B Visa Applications From Third Country Nationals

Recently, the U.S. Consulate General in Vancouver, Canada confirmed to the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Department of State Liaison Committee that it will accept nonimmigrant visa applications by third country...more

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