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Another Potential Federal Government Shutdown: Consequences for Immigration Application Processing

Congress is currently at a budget standoff that threatens to shut down the federal government for the second time in two years, effective September 30, 2015 at midnight, the start of the new fiscal year. As with the last...more

L-1B Specialized Knowledge Visa Category Guidance Goes into Effect August 31, 2015: Brave New World?

While the L-1B Adjudications Policy Memorandum published by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services on August 17, 2015, effective as of August 31, 2015, has many positive components, petitioners and practitioners...more

USCIS Final Guidance on L-1B Adjudications Offers Some Comfort—But No Cure—for Employer Concerns

On August 17, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a policy memorandum aiming to clarify the standard required for L-1B specialized knowledge visas. The memorandum notably begins by reminding...more

Trade & Manufacturing - July 2015

In This Issue: - Update on Trade Promotion Authority and Companion Trade Bills: A Lot Can Happen In Washington In 34 Days - Congress Allows Export-Import Bank Charter to Expire, for Now - WTO Finds That COOL Is...more

Government Shutdown

Here is some preliminary information about what to expect while the government shutdown is in effect: E-VERIFY - The E-Verify system is not accepting cases and will cease processing pending cases for the...more

Immigration Consequences Of A Possible Federal Government Shutdown

If the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate fail to pass a bill financing the federal government, it will likely result in a partial government shutdown on October 1, 2013. The effect of a shutdown will vary among...more

DHS Recommends Changes regarding Application of “Specialized Knowledge” Criteria for L-1B Visas

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a report to the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service (USCIS) regarding the implementation of L-1 visa regulations. The report contains various recommendations to...more

Looming Budget Cuts Could Delay Travel

According to published reports, the Department of State (“DOS”) has warned that sequestration-related spending cuts could result in “major setbacks” for visa processing and travel screening delays at ports of entry. ...more

Sequestration Likely to Affect Immigration Services

On March 1, 2013, the Budget Control Act, including sections mandating across-the-board budget cuts to federal agencies (known as “sequestration”), went into effect. The sequester is likely to negatively impact immigration...more

Impact of Sequester on Immigration-Related Government Services

The automatic spending cutback is expected to result in diminished immigration-related services. It is anticipated that the sequester (the automatic spending cutback that went into effect on March 1, 2013) may result...more

Sequestration To Delay Consular Visa Processing & Other Effects

According to the Department of State, sequestration will likely reduce the number of officers processing visa applications, which will negatively impact wait times at U.S. consulates....more

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