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Departments of Justice and State Announce Joint Effort Targeting Visa-Abusing Employers

The federal government’s intent to increase restrictions on legal and illegal immigration is no secret to any U.S. business. The Trump administration’s various proposals have included ones intended to deal with perceived...more

Trump’s Third Travel Ban Suspended In Part

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland have issued orders blocking major portions of President Trump’s September 24, 2017 Presidential Proclamation....more

DOS Announces Change in Registration Dates for 2019 Diversity Lottery

by Epstein Becker & Green on

On October 16, 2017, the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) announced that the entry period for the DV-2019 Diversity Visa (“DV-2019”) lottery that was supposed to start on October 3, 2017, has been closed due to technical...more

Important Update Regarding 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program

by Cozen O'Connor on

As announced in our Immigration Alert posted September 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced the opening of the registration period for the 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. Registration was set to begin...more

US Department of State Releases November 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

EB-1 remains current, minimal advancement in other categories. The US Department of State has released its November 2017 Visa Bulletin, setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...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

Are You Prepared? Recent U.S Immigration Law Changes that Will Impact Your Business

by BakerHostetler on

After some earlier versions that encountered significant resistance and judicial challenge, President Donald Trump issued a Proclamation on Sept. 24 that restricts travel to the United States by nationals of eight countries –...more

Developing Legal Theory Allows DACA Recipients to Sue Under Section 1981

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

It has long been thought that an employer may refuse to hire a foreign worker who: (1) is not currently authorized to work or (2) will require future visa sponsorship to work for the employer. A new legal theory has...more

Update: The Diversity Lottery Will Restart Following Resolution Of Technical Issue

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

We previously reported on the Department of State’s acceptance of applications for the diversity immigrant lottery. Since then, the DOS has announced on the Diversity Lottery website:-...more

U.S. Department Of State Announces Revised Registration Dates For Diversity Lottery Program And Voids All Prior Entries Submitted...

by Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP on

On Monday, October 16, the U.S. Department of State announced that due to a technical issue, the diversity lottery (DV-2019) entry period that commenced on October 3 has been closed. The Department of State further advised...more

Diversity Visa (Green Card Lottery) Entries Discarded by DOS Due to Glitch, New Period Opens on October 18, 2017

As previously reported, the annual Diversity Visa Lottery (DV) Program submission period for fiscal year 2019 began on October 3, 2017. The U.S. Department of State has issued an alert that, due to a technical issue, the...more

US Resumes Premium Processing for H1-B Visas

by Ronald Shapiro on

After premium processing of H-1B visas was temporarily suspended because of a large number of applications for work visas, the US is now resuming it. The H-1B visa is a work visa intended to allow companies in the US to...more

DHS Uses the Power of Policy to Alter Immigration Without Legislation

Efforts to reform our nation’s immigration system through legislation are frequently contentious and can become embroiled in larger legislative debates that make the passage of a bill into law a complicated process and,...more

U.S. Visa Processing in Turkey Suspended Amid Security Concerns; Turkey Responds in Kind

by Mintz Levin on

The U.S. Mission to Turkey has announced that it has suspended all nonimmigrant (temporary) visa processing at posts in Turkey. This includes all nonimmigrant visa services at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara and the U.S. Consulate...more

US and Turkey Mutually Suspend Nonimmigrant Visa Issuance

Following the arrest of a Turkish national employee of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the U.S. has suspended all nonimmigrant visa services at its consulates in Turkey. In response, Turkey has suspended all visa services for...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

Trump Administration Plans Large Scale Shift in Immigration Laws

President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are now exploring different options to fundamentally transform the immigration system in the United States without legislative action by Congress, according to CNN...more

Business Immigration Update: October H-1B Reminders, Information on Employment-Based I-485 Interviews and Trump Administration...

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

October brings seasonal reminders for employees who are starting employment pursuant to H-1B status as well as some current changes to employment-based permanent resident applicants. In addition, the White House has issued...more

U.S Non-Immigrant Visa Service Suspended in Turkey

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. State Department has temporarily suspended the issuance of non-immigrant visas at all U.S. government diplomatic facilities in Turkey on October 8, 2017. ...more

U.S. Services in Turkey and Cuba Suspended

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On Sunday, October 8th, the U.S. State Department (DOS) announced that effective immediately, the issuance of nonimmigrant visas to Turkish citizens will be halted....more

U.S. and Turkey Suspend Nonimmigrant Visa Services

On October 8, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, announced that it has suspended all nonimmigrant visa services at all U.S. diplomatic facilities in Turkey. “Recent events have forced the United States Government to...more

Targeted ICE Investigations - in it for the Long Haul with Record $95 Million Plea Deal for I-9 Violations

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With a record $95 million plea deal for I-9 immigration violations following a six year investigation, the outcome for a Pennsylvania company with operations nationwide serves as a reminder of the federal...more

Survival in the Immigration Culture of Delay and Social Media Mining - Adjustment Interviews

by Dickinson Wright on

With the recent change by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to mandate in-person interviews for employment based adjustment cases along with changes to require the review of social media and to what...more

Beltway Buzz - October, 2017

Tax Reform Gets Under Way; Special Interest Groups Already Bustling.As soon as the Republican-controlled Congress cast aside (however momentarily) its attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to focus on tax reform,...more

State Department Suspends All Non-Immigrant Visa Processing in Turkey, Effective Immediately

The U.S. State Department announced Sunday the suspension of all non-immigrant visa processing at American Embassies and Consulates across Turkey. In an October 8th Twitter post, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, wrote...more

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