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State Department Makes Predictions about EB Cut-Off Date Movement

by Morgan Lewis on

Notably, the State Department stated with certainty that the EB-2 Rest of the World category likely will retrogress in the coming months....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

Demand Pushes Back Dates For China, India EB Visas, Department Of State Announces

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

While the Department of State’s Visa Control and Reporting Division had hoped it would not be necessary to include a cut-off date in the first preference category, that cut-off has come to pass. In its June 2017 Visa...more

Department of State Releases June 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

Significant retrogression for EB-1 India and China. The US Department of State has released its June 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa availability and the flow...more

U.S. State Department Proposes Stricter Visa Scrutiny

by Baker Donelson on

The U.S. Department of State has proposed additional questioning of visa applicants believed to warrant extra scrutiny potentially resulting in interview appointment backlogs and delays in visa issuance. The additional...more

State Department Proposes Supplemental Questions For Visa Applicants

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

To evaluate terrorism or national security-related ineligibilities of visa applicants, the Department of State has requested emergency review and public comment on a new rule on the collection of additional information from...more

Immigrant Visa Processing Changes – EB1 India and China will retrogress; EB2 China will advance; Visa Office on Priority Dates,...

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In our continuing series of reports, Charles (“Charlie”) Oppenheim, Chief of the Visa Control and Reporting Division, U.S. Department of State, shares his most recent analysis of current trends and future projections for the...more

Dealing with Violations in Export and Import Transactions

by Williams Mullen on

You are the general counsel or CEO of your company. Your compliance manager comes into your office and tells you that he/she may have discovered an export violation within the company. Or perhaps you have received a directed...more

US Announces Review of Iran Nuclear Deal

by WilmerHale on

On April 18, 2017, the State Department certified to Congress that Iran was in compliance with its obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between the United States, Iran, and the P5+1 nations. It...more

Department of State Releases May 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

Expect some retrogression in EB-1 and EB-2 cutoff dates in the coming months. The US Department of State has released its May 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...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

New Department of State Cable Implements Extreme Vetting Measures

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

Stuck at Home: IRS Can Revoke Passports Even for Work Travel

by LeClairRyan on

Employers who have employees who travel internationally for business should alert their employees about new IRS procedures concerning passports....more

Department of State Releases April 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

No change in Dates for Filing chart again, but small advances in Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State has released its April 2017 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate...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

Department of State Releases March 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

No change in Dates for Filing chart again; China EB-3 advances 6.5 months in Final Action Dates chart. The US Department of State (DOS) has released its March 2017 Visa Bulletin. The Visa Bulletin sets out per-country...more

Travel Ban Lifted: Court Grants Nationwide Temporary Restraining Order on Trump’s Executive Order

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On February 3, 2017, a Seattle federal court judge granted Washington State and Minnesota’s emergency motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) in its challenge to President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) on “Protecting...more

Oral Argument Tuesday, February 7th on Enforcement of President Trump’s January 27th Executive Order

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On February 3, 2017, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington issued a temporary restraining order, prohibiting the federal government from enforcing certain sections of President Trump’s...more

Update on the President’s Executive Order Banning Selected Travel

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On January 27, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” (“EO”). In pertinent part, the EO...more

State Department Confirms No Plan to Add Countries to Travel Ban under Executive Order

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Department of State has confirmed to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (“AILA”) that there is no immediate plan to add any other countries to the current list of seven under President Donald Trump’s “Protecting...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

Update Regarding the January 27th Executive Order on Immigration

by Clark Hill PLC on

In light of the January 27, 2017 Executive Order ("EO") titled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States," which is summarized in prior Clark Hill Immigration Updates, we are providing this...more

Trump’s Travel Ban Is Temporarily Struck Down, But Our Advice Is The Same: Stay Here!

As most people have heard by now, a federal judge in Seattle issued a nationwide temporary restraining order on Friday that prohibits the federal government from enforcing portions of President Trump’s "travel ban" Executive...more

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