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What to do if you suspect your EB-5 project is in trouble

Managers and Investors in EB-5 Investment Funds should regularly monitor their investments in EB-5 Projects and be ready to take protective actions if their EB-5 Projects show signs of trouble. It is vitally important...more

What Can Employers Expect from the Trump Administration in the Upcoming Year?

It has been a little less than a month since President Donald Trump took office, and employers are anxious to see what changes the new administration will make that will affect both businesses and employees. President Trump...more

The Business Visitor in the Current Immigration World

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

H-1B Season Has Started!

Petitions for new H-1B visas are eligible to be filed on April 1, 2017, for federal FY 2018 beginning October 1, 2017. There are a limited number of new H-1B visas each year (65,000 and an additional 20,000 for foreign...more

It's H-1B Season: Employers Get Ready for April 1, 2017 Deadline

Advocates, employers, and employees are in a state of suspense in anticipation of potential changes to the H-1B program. The H-1B visa allows foreign workers to be employed in certain "specialty occupations," which are...more

Employers: Don’t Get Trumped by Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

Last week Emma Grant’s line cook and 25 other undocumented employees at her bar-b-que restaurant Emma Grant’s Bar-B-Que were working the lunch shift when it was raided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel,...more

Possible Changes to U.S. Business Immigration Law and Policy Under the New Administration

This article covers proposed legislation, sub-regulatory changes, and—from a practical standpoint—the process/timing for implementing changes under the new administration. Please note that while legislative immigration...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: February 2017 #2

Jury Trial Waiver Undone by a Fundamental California Policy - It is common for commercial contracts to contain a choice of law provision. Some commercial contracts may even contain a clause that waives the right to seek...more

H-1B Cap-Subject Petitions: With Potential Changes Looming, U.S. Employers Must Prepare Now for April 1 Filings

April 1, 2017 is the first day U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept H-1B cap-subject petitions for the FY 2018 allotment of visas for foreign national professionals in specialty occupations....more

Labor & Employment E-Note - February 2017

Amidst a first-week flurry of executive orders on trade, immigration, and construction of a U.S.- Mexico border wall, President Trump signed an executive order aimed at peeling back many Obama-era regulations. Please see...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

The first four weeks of the Trump administration have brought a flurry of policy and regulatory activity through Executive Orders (EO), proposed new legislation and review of existing regulation. After eight years of the...more

How President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration May Impact Employers

Throughout his campaign, and now as President, Donald Trump has indicated that his immigration reform efforts will focus mainly on illegal immigration, as well as tighter immigration screening. President Trump delivered on...more

Travel Ban: Executive Order Affecting Nationals of Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen

On Jan. 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order (“EO”) barring non-U.S. citizens who are citizens of Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen (the “Restricted Countries”) from entering the U.S. for at...more

Administration’s Possible Next Steps on the Travel Ban

After losing the emergency motion to stay the District Court’s Temporary Restraining Order (the “TRO”) halting the implementation of major portions of President Trump’s January 27th Executive Order, the administration has...more

Three Key Immigration Developments in President Trump’s First Weeks

Immigration has been in the forefront of the news since President Trump took office and will likely remain so in the near future. Here, we discuss three key business immigration issues that have seen significant developments...more

New I-9 Form in an Environment of Increased Audits and Increased Fines

USCIS has released a new version of the Form I-9, which all employers must use beginning January 22, 2017. Employers should read the new Form I-9 instructions in full and also review the content of the new I-9 version...more

Court Deals Setback to Trump's Immigration Policy

A federal appeals court on Thursday, February 9 unanimously ruled against President Trump’s controversial “travel ban” Executive Order that attempted to bar foreign nationals from a list of seven countries from entering the...more

Travel Ban Update: Appeals Court Upholds Temporary Halt on Enforcement

On February 9, 2017 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a unanimous (per curiam) order denying the Federal Government's emergency motion for a stay of the district court order temporarily enjoining...more

Department of State Releases March 2017 Visa Bulletin

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

Update: Appellate Court Rejects Administration’s Effort to Reinstate Travel Ban

On February 9, 2017, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously against the Government’s emergency motion to stay the District Court’s Temporary Restraining Order (the “TRO”) halting the...more

Travel Ban Update: Ninth Circuit Ruling and What’s Next

Ninth Circuit affirms injunction of travel ban; interior enforcement begins. US President Donald Trump’s executive order (EO)—which included directives to ban the entry of individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Temporary Block on Travel Ban

On February 9, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (Ninth Circuit) unanimously upheld the temporary restraining order that halted the federal government ban on issuance of visas to, and entry of,...more

Travel Ban Executive Order Update: What Businesses Need to Know

Changes coming from the White House, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the State Department (DOS) on travel and related issues are challenging companies...more

U.S. Court of Appeals Unanimously Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban Executive Order

As described in our January 30 and February 7 Immigration Alerts, on January 27, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order (“EO”) entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Suspension of Executive Order's Travel and Refugee Ban

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed the district court’s decision to enjoin the federal government from enforcing key portions of President Trump’s Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from...more

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