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Special Immigration Alert - July 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

USCIS Releases Revised Version of Form I-9 and Accompanying Form I-9 Handbook for Employers - On July 17, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released a new version of Form I-9. Form I-9 is used...more

Immigration Agency Resumes Necessary Premium Processing for Important Medical Doctor Visa Waiver

Following the Administration’s March 2017 halt to premium processing for Physicians under the Conrad 30 J-1 Waiver Program, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on June 23 that premium processing...more

Preparing for a Consulate Interview and Border Crossing: New Standards in Place Under Trump Administration

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The Trump administration has not been reserved in its mission to not only reinforce but to heighten and enhance current immigration regulations. The President has quickly tried to implement measures to increase national...more

Are you ready for summer travel?

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Vacation season is just around the corner. Whether you are a visa holder, tourist or U.S. permanent resident, organizing your travel documents is a critical part of international travel. Discovering an expired document too...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

Business Visas to Europe This Summer?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

“Reciprocity” Could Hit Hard for the Unaware - Currently, U.S. visitors traveling to Europe on business or as tourists, in most cases, do not need a visa to travel to most countries in the European Union. However, this...more

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

by Carlton Fields on

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

Déjà Vu All Over Again? Federal Court Blocks Trump’s Second Travel Ban

by Fisher Phillips on

In the most stinging legal rebuke yet to President Trump’s efforts to bar certain immigrants from reaching the country’s shores, a federal judge in Hawaii late Wednesday ordered the president’s second travel ban be...more

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

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

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

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

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

Revised Travel Ban Executive Order Targets Six Countries, Drops Iraq

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” Executive Order (E.O.), issued by President Donald Trump on March 6, 2017, suspends processing of visa issuance for individuals from six...more

EU May Reinstate Visas Requirement for U.S. Tourists and Business Visitors

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

While the U.S. travel, tourism, and hospitality industries worry about deleterious effects from President Donald Trump’s clampdown on immigration, including the travel ban, the European Union has its own, similar concerns...more

Efforts Underway to Suspend Visa-Free Travel to Europe for U.S. Citizens

The European Commission is being urged to require U.S. citizens to obtain visas for travel to Europe in an effort to obtain full visa waiver reciprocity for all European Union (EU) nations. Currently, five EU nations are...more

Some Context For Trump's New Immigration Executive Order

President Donald Trump’s issuance of an executive order on Jan. 27, banning travel to the U.S. for 90 days by nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries, and putting a halt to the U.S. refugee assistance program for...more

AAO National Interest Waiver Decision May Open Doors for a Broader Group of Professionals and Entrepreneurs Seeking Green Cards

On December 27, 2016, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) —the appellate body for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)—announced a new standard for National Interest Waiver visa petitions in a precedent...more

Electronic System for Travel Authorizations (ESTAs)

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is a system used to determine the eligibility of visitors to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), and whether such travel poses any law...more

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

by Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP on

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

Now Required: Canada – Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) for US Citizens and Citizens of Visa Waiver Countries

by Mintz Levin on

Effective November 9, 2016, all visa-exempt foreign nationals (including U.S. citizens) who fly to or transit through Canada will now be required to secure an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) before boarding a flight to...more

U.S. Business Visitors Using the Visa Waiver Program May Soon Be Asked for Social Media Information

The federal government has proposed a new rule requiring that applicants for the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)—which allows citizens of certain countries to enter the United States without visas—be asked to voluntarily disclose...more

Considerations for Travel to Iran to Explore Relaxed Trade Opportunities

by Morgan Lewis on

Before booking your airfare, be mindful of these potential issues. In light of liberalized trade with Iran made possible by the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (OFAC’s) General License H and the relaxation of US...more

Social Links: Google penalizes sites with pop-up ads; proposed Federal legislation to criminalize revenge porn; ad industry group...

Google is cracking down on mobile pop-up ads by knocking down the search-result position of websites that use them. The National Labor Relations Board decided a social media policy that Chipotle had in place for its...more

Provisional Waiver Expansion

by Schunk Law Firm on

On Friday, July 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a rule that expanded eligibility for the I-601A provisional waiver application. It will be effective August 29, 2016...more

Visa Waiver Program Participants Are Required to Have an e-Passport to Travel to the U.S.

Last August, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that travelers participating in the Visa Waiver Program to travel to the United States would be required to have an...more

EU Threatens to Revoke U.S. and Canada Visa Waivers

Today, the European Commission met to discuss whether it should continue to allow U.S. and Canadian citizens the privilege of visiting the region without the necessity of a visa. The Commission asked governments and European...more

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