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Department of State Updates “Close Familial Relationship” definition for Executive Order 13780 based on Hawaii District Court...

by Cozen O'Connor on

On July 17, 2017 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced updates regarding the implementation of President Trump’s Executive Order 13780, in response to a ruling by the U.S....more

Additional 15,000 Visas for H-2B Temporary Nonagricultural Workers for FY 2017

Effective upon publication by the Federal Register on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has authorized the one-time issuance of an additional 15,000 H-2B visas for Temporary Nonagricultural...more

The Trump-Russian Lawyer: Undocumented? Issued a Visa? How Did She Get into the United States? Did CBP Really Strip Search Her at...

Many questions have arisen concerning the immigration status of the Russian lawyer who is at the center of the media’s coverage of the federal Russian 2016 Presidential Election interference investigation. Was she...more

DHS Releases 15,000 More H-2B Visas For Temporary Seasonal Workers

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

DHS announced on July 17, 2017, a one-time increase of 15,000 H-2B visas – still short of the number Congress had authorized. Given visa processing times, it may already be too late for businesses that rely on the summer...more

Report Commissioned by Rex Tillerson Recommends Homeland Security Assume Control of Issuing U.S. Visas

In a report commissioned by Department of State Secretary Rex Tillerson, Insigniam Holding, an international management consulting firm, recommended that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) take over control of...more

New Guidance On Trump’s Revised Travel Ban Effective June 29

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

New guidance explaining the criteria for visa applicants was issued by the Department of State to U.S. embassies and consulates late on June 28, 2017, according to reports. The guidance will go into effect on June 29, at 8:00...more

Trump Travel Ban Takes Effect at 8:00 PM June 29th. Confusion Expected.

Following a Supreme Court ruling allowing parts of President Trump’s travel ban to take effect, the Administration has issued guidelines to United States embassies, consulates, and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), on how...more

The United States Supreme Court Allows Part of President Trump’s Travel Ban to Move Forward, Will Hear Case on its Merits

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous order lifting part of the injunction that had been placed against President Trump’s March 6 Executive Order that established a travel ban on certain people entering the...more

Supreme Court Will Hear Appeal of Travel Ban Injunctions

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On June 26, 2017, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the government’s appeals from the preliminary injunctions against the Executive Order travel ban upheld by the Fourth and Ninth Circuits, consolidated the...more

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Maintains Nationwide Preliminary Injunction Blocking the Trump Administration's Revised...

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On May 25, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled that President Trump’s travel ban should remain on hold, upholding a preliminary injunction issued in March 2017 by a lower court....more

June 2017 Special Immigration Alert

by Epstein Becker & Green on

President Trump Notifies Congress of Intent to Renegotiate NAFTA - On May 18, 2017, President Trump officially notified Congress of the administration’s intention to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement...more

Temporary Protected Status For Haitians Extended Six Months

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for Haitians will be extended an additional six months, until January 22, 2018, Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly has announced. While in TPS, individuals are protected...more

The First 100 Days on Planet Immigration

by Burr & Forman on

The first months of President Trump’s administration have been a whirlwind of activity, and certainly immigration has been the subject of several executive orders and much controversy. The natural question that arises from...more

A Harbinger For Some U.S. Visa Applicants of More Rigorous Vetting and Longer Waits for U.S. Visas?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On March 6th, President Trump issued a Memorandum Seeking Rigorous Evaluation of All Grounds of Inadmissibility. As a direct result of the March 6th Memorandum, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has submitted a request to...more

Congressional Spending Bill Reauthorizes Important Immigration Programs

by Littler on

On May 4, 2017, Congress passed an appropriations bill to fund the federal government through Fiscal Year 2017. The bill also extended four immigration programs through September 30, 2017. These programs are E-VERIFY, the...more

Spending Bill Would Fund Government E-Verify, Certain Visa Programs through End of Fiscal Year

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Back in December, President Barack Obama signed a stop-gap spending bill to keep the government running through April 28, 2017.  Immigration programs that were extended at that time included the Conrad 30 Waiver, the...more

Potential Government Shutdown: Immigration Consequences for Employers and their Foreign National Employees

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: If Congress fails to pass a funding bill by midnight on Friday, April 28, resulting in a federal government shutdown, it would trigger numerous immigration-related ripple effects on employers, both large...more

How Do Recent Government Announcements and Actions Affect the H-1B Visa Program?

Speaking at his Joint Address to Congress in February 2017, President Donald Trump expressed his intention to tackle legal immigration beyond his Executive Orders on border security and international travel. Recent...more

Trump Targets Tech Teams (And Others) Through H-1B Crackdown

by Fisher Phillips on

President Trump signed an executive order this week directing a full review of the H-1B visa program as part of a continued push to clamp down companies that hire foreign labor instead of American workers. The centerpiece of...more

Trump Administration Announces Changes to the H-1B Program

by Dickinson Wright on

In connection with the Trump Administration’s desire to crack-down on its perceived misuse of the H-1B visa category, various U.S. government agencies have announced a coordinated effort in re-interpreting regulations as well...more

USCIS Issues Guidance on H-1B Petition Adjudication, Announces ‘Targeted’ Site Visits

by Morgan Lewis on

USCIS issued a policy memorandum to increase scrutiny of H-1B petitions for computer-related positions and an announcement regarding increased H-1B employer site visits—what will these changes mean for foreign worker visa...more

Increased Scrutiny of Visa Applications and Possible Delays

by Mintz Levin on

On March 17, 2017, the Department of State (“DOS”), through the Secretary of State, issued a cable to all US consulates and embassies with guidance on enhanced screening and vetting of applications for US visas and other...more

The Employment Law Authority - March/April 2017

EXECUTIVE ORDERS MARK A RISING, ROILING TIDE OF IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS - In his first week in office, President Donald Trump launched a series of executive orders (EO) directing large-scale changes on...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

DOJ Appeals Injunction of President's New Executive Order Banning Nationals from Certain Countries

by Littler on

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has appealed one of the two federal court injunctions issued in response to President Trump's revised travel ban executive order. This executive order, Protecting the Nation from Foreign...more

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