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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

Where Are We Today on the President’s Executive Order

On January 27, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order (“EO”) entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Among other things, the EO essentially prohibited aliens from seven...more

IMMIGRATION UPDATE: Provisional Revocation of Visas Stemming from Executive Order Lifted; Further Updates Forthcoming

As indicated in our alert from Saturday, February 4th, on Friday, February 3rd, the United States Federal District Court in Seattle, Washington issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) temporarily invalidating key portions...more

Federal Court Blocks President Trump’s Immigration Executive Order

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

The Trump Administration-Part II: Failures in Leadership and Management

Yesterday, I considered how the actions of the new administration are creating chaos for US businesses. Today I will consider the Muslim refugee ban and the miss-steps the new administration used in its design, execution and...more

Update Regarding the January 27th Executive Order on Immigration

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

Temporary Restraining Order Halts Trump Administration Executive Order of January 27, 2017

As has been widely reported, on Friday, February 3, 2017, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington issued a temporary restraining order impacting the Trump Administration Executive Order issued...more

UPDATE: Executive Order's Travel and Refugee Ban Temporarily Suspended

On Friday, February 3, 2017, a Federal District Court judge issued a nationwide suspension of President Trump’s Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” For more...more

Executive Orders Impacting Immigrants in the Workplace

Employers are advised to restrict international travel for employees who are not U.S. citizens. This is particularly so for employees from the seven countries targeted by President Trump’s January 27 Executive Order...more

Overview and Q&A for President Trump’s Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United...

On January 27, 2017, President Trump issued Executive Order 13769 entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” We’ll call this one the “Screening EO.” This is one of at least three...more

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