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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

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

by Littler on

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

Three Key Immigration Developments in President Trump’s First Weeks

by Cozen O'Connor on

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

Updates and Guidance on the Executive Order Suspending the Entry of Immigrants and Non-Immigrants from Seven Countries

by Littler on

On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order (the “Order”) entitled, Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Entry into the United States by Foreign Nationals. The Order suspends entry into the United...more

You’ve Got Mail … if You’re an Employer: Seventh Circuit Rules Employees Are Not Entitled to Same Visa Revocation Notice

On August 3, 2016, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that only employers are to be provided notice and receive information on decisions on visa petitions issued by United States Citizenship and...more

President Trump Signs Executive Order Calling for Travel Ban, Increased Foreign National Vetting Procedures and Visa Processing...

by FordHarrison on

President Trump’s Executive Order (“Order”) of January 27, 2017, “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States,” could have a significant impact on the American immigration system. Employers...more

Executive Order on Immigration and Travel Restrictions – Suspended

UPDATE: In a landmark decision on February 9, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals halted the Executive Order travel ban imposed on persons from predominantly-Muslim countries. The Court upheld the temporary restraining...more

Matter of Dhanasar Breathes New Life into NIW Green Card Category

At the end of the 2016 calendar year, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) published a welcome precedent decision, Matter of Dhanasar, 26 I&N Dec. 884 (AAO 2016). In this case, the AAO has significantly revised the...more

Expansive New Rule for Certain Employment-Based Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visa Programs

by FordHarrison on

Effective yesterday, January 17, 2017, a new USCIS rule seeks to improve multiple employment-based temporary nonimmigrant and immigrant visa (“green card”) programs. The new regulations are designed to help U.S. employers...more

Choosing the Best Path to a Green Card

by Ronald Shapiro on

There are many paths to obtaining a Green Card. Deciding which path is best to follow depends on an individual’s personal circumstances. Whichever path is taken, a Green Card grants an individual permanent residency. This...more

Não deixe o samba morrer – Parte 2 (Don’t let samba die)

by Gerald Nowotny on

Panorama - Para muitas pessoas nesta semana, o impensável e inesperado se tornou uma realidade política com a eleição de Donald Trump. Se alguém estava se perguntando se a retórica rígida durante a campanha seria...more

Nao Deixe O Samba Morrer! (Don’t Let Samba Die!) Part 2 - What Now? - Immigration Planning Considerations after the Trump...

by Gerald Nowotny on

Overview - For many this week, the unthinkable and unexpected became a political reality with the election of Donald Trump. If anyone was wondering if the tough rhetoric during the campaign would be relaxed after the...more

EB-5 Program Extended by Continuing Resolution to December 9 Without Changes

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The U.S. Immigrant Investor Program (EB-5) has been extended through December 9, 2016, following the recent signing of a continuing resolution to fund the federal government and avoid a shutdown. The EB-5 Program provides a...more

EB-5 Visa Program A Win-Win For Immigrants And Americans

by Ronald Shapiro on

The 1990 EB-5 green card program has been a controversial one for Americans, even as thousands of foreign nationals and American citizens reap the benefits of the program. Through the program, impoverished areas in the United...more

Immigration Policy By Lottery? Another Year, Nothing Changes.

The diversity visa green card lottery has been an important part of U.S. immigration law for the last 20 years. It allows 55,000 foreign nationals to immigrate each year and was implemented to fulfill the worthy goal of...more

USCIS Guidance on “Same or a Similar” Occupation for AC21 Welcomed

In a welcome move, on March 18, 2016 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released policy guidance for its officers to help them decide “green card portability” cases....more

Getting a Family-Based Green Card

by Ronald Shapiro on

Family immigration laws make it easier for relatives of U.S. citizens to gain permanent residency in America. With sponsorship, they can can apply for permanent residency status or an immigration visa number based on...more

Holiday Planning Should Include H-1B Cap Planning

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

While it may seem early, the holiday season is a good time for employers to start preparing for the H-1B Cap for Fiscal Year 2017, which begins October 1, 2016. Demand for the H-1B has steadily increased so that last year,...more

2017 Diversity Visa Lottery Registration Begins Today

by Mintz Levin on

On October 1, 2015, the US Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2017), also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Lottery Program provides a...more

Cruel Joke: Department of State Backtracks on New October 2015 Visa Bulletin: Dates for Filing Retrogress for EB-2 India and EB-2...

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

In a shocking move late Friday afternoon, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued a revised October 2015 Visa Bulletin that supersedes the Visa Bulletin originally published on September 9, 2015. The most dramatic changes...more

Visa Bulletin 2.0 and its Implications for Early Filing for Adjustment of Status

by Baker Donelson on

On September 9, 2015, the U.S. Government pleasantly surprised the immigration world by publishing a new type of monthly Visa Bulletin for October 2015 with USCIS announcement about a new approach to the timing of the ability...more

USCIS Issues New Procedures for Determining Time for Filing Green Card Application

by Littler on

On September 9, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) promulgated new procedures for determining the visa availability date for individuals waiting to file employment- and family-based applications for...more

Avoiding Immigration Scams

by Ronald Shapiro on

It’s a sad fact, but immigration scams are all too common. People and businesses try to prey on individuals seeking to come to the United States on immigrant or non-immigrant visas, as well as those within the United States...more

Obama’s Visa Modernization Initiative Allows Earlier Filing of Permanent Resident Applications

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Implementing part of President Obama's November 2014 executive actions on immigration modernization, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS"), in coordination with the Department of State ("DOS"),...more

Department of State and Department of Homeland Security Announce a Major Change to the Visa Bulletin

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On September 9, 2015, the Department of State and Department of Homeland Security, acting through United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, announced that they were significantly revising Visa Bulletin procedures....more

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