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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

Breaking Immigration Developments: President Trump’s Second Travel Ban Halted

by Snell & Wilmer on

In an unprecedented development last week, a Federal District Judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide restraining order halting President Trump’s second travel ban. The successful challenge, brought by the State of Hawaii, once...more

Maryland Judge Blocks Part of Trump’s Revised Executive Order

by Cozen O'Connor on

A federal Judge in Maryland issued a ruling to block provisions of President Trump’s March 6th Executive Order. The Executive Order (EO) was a revision from a previously blocked EO, which bans foreign nationals from six...more

Federal Courts Temporarily Block the Trump Administration's Revised Travel Ban

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Federal judges from Hawaii and Maryland have issued nationwide Temporary Restraining Orders (TROs) effectively blocking the implementation of the Trump administration’s revised travel ban, which was...more

Latest Trump Travel Ban Halted

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Two federal judges have blocked the latest immigration executive order from the Trump Administration that would have resulted in a new travel ban for certain travelers to the United States. Signed by the President on...more

Hawaii Federal Judge Blocks President Trump's New Travel and Refugee Ban

by FordHarrison on

On March 6, 2017, President Trump issued a new Executive Order (EO) entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” which was to take effect today, March 16, 2017. The new EO explicitly...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

DHS Site Visits and Inspections — Be Prepared

by Mintz Levin on

From time to time, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conducts site visits at the offices of employers petitioning for temporary work visas on behalf of their employees. These visits are funded by the $500 “anti-fraud”...more

Compliance News Flash

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

This week’s news flash – a quick overview of timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important to your organization. 1. President Trump signed a revised executive order restricting travel—known...more

Documents in State of Hawaii et al v. Trump - A Challenge to President Trump’s March 6, 2017 Travel Ban

by Hogan Lovells on

On March 7, 2017, the State of Hawaii filed a joint motion with the U.S. Government setting out a proposed briefing schedule, whereby it will file its complaint and TRO by March 8, the U.S. Government will file their...more

President Trump Signs New Executive Order on Immigration Policy

by Littler on

On March 6, 2017, President Donald Trump released a revised executive order entitled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States (the “Order”) following legal challenges to the preceding order...more

Trump Immigration Travel Ban, Revisited

by Butler Snow LLP on

On March 6, 2017, the Trump administration issued a revised Executive Order “travel ban” temporarily suspending visa issuance from six (6) countries – Iran, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Somalia. The new Executive Order...more

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