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Supreme Court Birthright-Citizenship Decision Not Retroactive, State Department Clarifies

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that a federal citizenship statute setting different residency requirements for U.S. citizen fathers and mothers violates the Equal Protection Clause will apply only to individuals born on or...more

When ICE Knocks

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ICE’s mission is to protect the country from cross-border crime and illegal immigration. The agency focuses on...more

Government Not Ending H-1B Extensions, USCIS Says

Reports about the possible elimination of AC-21 extensions (for H-1B workers awaiting green cards) are now being denied by the government. The USCIS is attempting to quell fears caused by rumors that the Administration would...more

1/11/2018  /  H-1B , Immigrants , USCIS , Visas

Temporary Protected Status For Salvadorans In U.S. To End In 2019

Ending all speculation, the Secretary of Homeland Security has announced the end of temporary protected status (TPS) for approximately 200,000 Salvadorans who have been in the United States since 2001, following two...more

Do Not Respond To Emails Requesting I-9 Information

The USCIS has issued the following notice regarding scam emails requesting I-9 information:- USCIS has learned that employers have received scam emails requesting Form I-9 information that appear to come from USCIS....more

State and Justice Departments to Share Information on Employment-Based Visa Fraud

As part of the Trump Administration’s “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order, the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (BCA) is joining with the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division to combat both...more

Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals Program Is Rescinded, AG Sessions Announces

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is being rescinded, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on September 5, 2017. The DACA program was implemented in 2012 by an executive order signed by...more

New Operational Directives Reflect ‘Buy American, Hire American’ Executive Order

Following the “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order, issued in April, the Attorney General and the Secretaries of State, Labor, and Homeland Security have made operational changes that emphasize targeted...more

Insights: E-Verify

Over the years, the government has intensified its enforcement of employment verification procedures including increased fines and penalties, as well as potential criminal charges and charges of discrimination against U.S....more

Travel Ban Update: Grandparents And Other Close Relatives

In a one-paragraph ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court, disagreeing with the Administration, allowed the District Court’s injunction to stand with regard to relatives. Individuals from the six designated countries with...more

USCIS Releases New Form I-9 And New Handbook For Employers

On July 17, 2017, the USCIS announced the release of a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The revised version may be used immediately but it must be used no later than September 18, 2017. ...more

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

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

Supreme Court Allows Partial Effect to Trump Travel Ban, Will Review Case in October

It comes as no surprise that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the travel ban case and will do so in early October. Meanwhile, the Court stayed lower court injunctions allowing President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban to go...more

Travel Ban Case On Fast Track At Supreme Court

Expectations are that the U.S. Supreme Court may decide soon whether to stay the injunctions blocking President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Meanwhile, the President has issued a Memorandum meant to amend and clarify the...more

Supreme Court: Gender-Based Distinctions In Immigration Law Violate Equal Protection

A federal citizenship statute setting different residency requirements for U.S. citizen fathers and mothers seeking to transmit birthright citizenship to their non-marital children born outside the U.S. violates the Equal...more

Ninth Circuit Blocks Travel Ban

Joining the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and using President Donald Trump’s tweets to support its decision, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Hawaii v. Trump has continued to block the revised travel ban. Unlike the...more

Extreme Vetting, Consulates, And New Form

In a series of cables sent in mid-March, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had ordered Consulates abroad to begin preparing for “extreme vetting.” Then, the court in Hawaii v. Trump enjoined the President’s revised travel ban,...more

Visa Options For Athletes

In these days of “extreme vetting,” entering the United States as a business visitor (B visa or Visa Waiver status, with an ESTA approval) can have its hazards – especially for athletes who need to enter the United States...more

6/7/2017  /  Athletes , B-1 , ESTA , USCIS , Visas

State Department Proposes Supplemental Questions For Visa Applicants

To evaluate terrorism or national security-related ineligibilities of visa applicants, the Department of State has requested emergency review and public comment on a new rule on the collection of additional information from...more

What Happens IF There is a Government Shutdown?

If Congress cannot pass a funding bill by April 27, 2017, only “essential” government workers will continue to work as of May 1 and immigration processes will be affected. ...more

Federal Court Blocks Portion of Trump’s Executive Order Denying Federal Grants to Sanctuary Cities

Once again, a U.S. District Court has blocked part of one of President Donald Trump’s Executive Orders – the January 25th EO “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.”. In explaining the purpose of that...more

What Employers Need to Know About Immigration Raids on Their Premises

Restaurateurs and other employers usually are not experts in conducting forensic evaluations of work authorization documents — nor are they expected to be. According to some Pew Research Center estimates, 20 percent of cooks...more

State Department Orders ‘Extreme Vetting’

State Department Secretary Rex Tillerson has directed all consular chiefs to determine which populations of visa applicants should be subject to additional “extreme” vetting. The March 15 direction is in response to...more

Revised Travel Ban Blocked

Late on March 15, Judge Derrick Watson of the U.S. District Court in Hawaii issued a nationwide injunction blocking the revised travel ban Executive Order that was scheduled to take effect on March 16. In addition, on March...more

Revised Travel Ban Executive Order Targets Six Countries, Drops Iraq

The “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” Executive Order (E.O.), issued by President Donald Trump on March 6, 2017, suspends processing of visa issuance for individuals from six...more

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