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Immigration Agency Launches Online Reporting Portal for F-1 OPT and M-1 International Students

The Student Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) recently launched the Online International Student Visa Portal for foreign students in the United States under the F-1 Post-Completion Optional Practical Training (OPT) and M-1...more

Immigration Status: A Relevant Consideration in Determining the Best Interests of a Child

New Jersey’s Superior Court Appellate Division recently addressed a growing family law concern in New Jersey’s immigrant communities: Is a parent’s immigration status relevant in child custody proceedings? The...more

Medical Deportations? With healthcare repatriations of immigrants increasing, the industry’s medical repatriations process is...

In April 2003, Leo came to the United States from Liberia. He landed at JFK International Airport in New York and when walking through Customs & Border Protection (CBP), his passport was stamped, with a notation that he may...more

Inadequate and Incorrect Visa Applications, Increased State Department Scrutiny Lead to 17% Drop in Granted F-1 Student Visa...

Last week, the American Immigration Counsel reported a sharp, one-year decline in the number of F-1 Student Visas issued to international students seeking to study in US colleges and universities. According to the Counsel,...more

New Jersey County Withdraws from Controversial Federal Immigration Enforcement Program

Last week, Hudson County, New Jersey, officials announced the county’s withdrawal from a controversial immigration enforcement agreement with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), known as the “287(g) Program.” Under the...more

Breaking Immigration Update: Supreme Court Declines to Expedite DACA Rescission Litigation & USCIS is Still Accepting DACA...

This morning, the Supreme Court declined to hear the Trump Administration’s request to review the decision of a Federal District Court in California stating the rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for...more

EB-5 Update: Congress Extends EB-5 Investor Visa, Again.

Yet again, the House and Senate have passed and sent to the White House a continuing resolution that prevented a government shutdown and extended the EB-5 Regional Center Program until March 23, 2018. Invest in the USA...more

DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Syrians

Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen (the “Secretary”) announced on Thursday, February 1, DHS will extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Syria for an additional 18 months,...more

Customs & Border Protection to Email Visa Waiver Entrants 10-Day Departure Warnings

To better combat non-immigrant visa overstays through proactive and preventative enforcement actions, Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has announced the implementation of an “Email Departure Reminder” system. The Reminder...more

White House Proposes Immigration Reform Package: What You Need to Know

On Thursday, the White House released a one-page Immigration Reform Package, amid mounting pressure from congressional leaders for some indication about what kind of immigration bill President Trump would support....more

Is DACA Really Back? Yes, DACA is Back! Immediate Action is Necessary to Preserve DACA Privileges.

Following last week’s temporary federal court order stopping the Trump Administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) pending the outcome of the underlying litigation, United States Citizenship &...more

Breaking News: Immigration Agents Raid Over 100 7-Eleven Stores, Warning All U.S. Employers to Prepare for Random Immigration...

Hundreds of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents walked into over 100 7-Eleven stores throughout Los Angeles—without any notice or warning. No, the ICE agents were not buying the famous 7-Eleven Slurpee; rather,...more

Chain Migration is What? It’s the Longest Family Tree Ever, and Keeps Growing and Growing.

The Administration, time and again, has made clear that any comprehensive immigration reform must address the border wall and border security, the diversity visa program, and what President Trump refers to as “chain...more

Washington Post: Trump Administration to Announce the End to TPS for El Salvador

The Washington Post reported earlier today that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Elaine Duke will announce the termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador, with a...more

H-1B Visa Applicants: USCIS Accepting Petitions April 2, 2018. Do Not Wait Until the Last Minute.

Starting April 2, 2018, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept new H-1B Quota Based Visa Petitions for the 2019 Fiscal Year, for an employment start date of October 1, 2018....more

Immigration in 2018: Unknowns…

One thing is known about immigration law in 2018: it will bring many unknowns. Since the current administration assumed power in January of 2017, we have reported countless (nearly daily) changes to immigration policies, from...more

Breaking EB-5 Alert: EB-5 Regional Center Program Extended

In a late-night vote, the House and Senate passed and sent to the White House a continuing resolution that prevented a government shutdown and extended the EB-5 Regional Center Program until January 19, 2018. As we reported...more

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Expires in 5-Days. Will EB-5 be Reauthorized?

Washington’s divisive political climate has led to many uncertainties in the future of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program. Last week, the House and Senate passed a continuing resolution that prevented a government...more

Healthcare, Hospitals, and Immigration: The Need to Access the Global Medical Professional Workforce with Ease

Every healthcare organization has two essential requirements: (1) continuous access to qualified talent; and (2) continuous access to significant numbers of that talent. Hospitals clearly need a lot of employees. To meet...more

Supreme Court: Trump Travel Ban Here to Stay—for Now

On Monday, the United States Supreme Court entered an order permitting the Administration to fully enforce the most recent travel ban, which bars most nationals from seven countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia,...more

EB-5 Regional Center Alert: USCIS Annual Certification Submission Deadline Quickly Approaching

The Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Immigration Practice Group reminds all EB-5 Regional Centers that the annual regional center certification submission deadline for 2017 is December 29. United States Citizenship & Immigration...more

Higher Education, International Students, Trump, and Tuition

College and university officials throughout the nation are closely monitoring the Trump Administration’s immigration policies, often taking stands against significant changes and shifts, such as the Administration’s 2017...more

Making a Case for Sanctuary Hospitals

Last week, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a resolution in its House of Delegates, opposing the presence of federal Immigration & Customs Enforcement Agents (ICE) in hospitals, clinics, and outpatient centers....more

Employers: Beware of Form I-9 Email Scam

In a statement released yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned that employers across the United States have been receiving scam emails requesting information from and copies of the Form I-9, Employment...more

Immigration Alert: DHS Terminates Temporary Protected Status for Haitians

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Elaine Duke announced the termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti. Secretary Duke delayed the termination until July 22, 2019, to allow...more

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