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U.S. Supreme Court Allows Travel Ban to Go into Full Effect

by Littler on

On December 4, 2017 the U.S. Supreme Court stayed the restraining orders against President Trump’s travel ban. The stay means that the September 24, 2017 presidential proclamation restricting travel into the U.S. from eight...more

Supreme Court Restores Travel Ban – Implications for Employers

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On December 4, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court allowed enforcement of the Presidential Proclamation that established the so-called Trump travel ban pending future appeals hearings in the federal courts. Employers in industries...more

Ninth Circuit Approves Latest Travel Ban, in Part

by Littler on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has lifted, in part, a district court's injunction that temporarily blocked enforcement of the Trump administration's latest travel ban....more

The Latest Turn in the Travel Ban Road

A few weeks ago, we wrote about the latest district court decisions involving the President’s so-called travel ban, in which a Hawaii court fully enjoined the proclamation, while a Maryland court allowed it to stand as to...more

Raffle for a Green Card: The Diversity Visa Program

After a madman plowed a rented pick-up truck down a bike path along Manhattan’s Hudson River killing eight people and injuring several more in New York’s deadliest terror attack since September 11, 2001, President Donald...more

To Marry an Immigrant? Possible Financial Consequences: The Power of the Prenuptial Agreement and Ramifications of the Affidavit...

John just turned 33. Born in New Jersey, a college graduate, and, a pretty decent professional job. Bored, John joins ChristianMingle.com. A few days later, June from Australia sends him a direct message. He responds. She...more

What Employers Need to Know About Employment-Based Green Card Interviews

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Based on President Trump’s Executive Order 13780, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States," USCIS has implemented a new policy to interview all employment-based adjustment of status...more

Employment-Based Adjustment Applicants Will Be Interviewed Prior to Green Card Approval

by Cozen O'Connor on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that beginning October 2, 2017, all I-140-based adjustment of status applicants will be required to appear for an in-person interview at a local USCIS...more

USCIS Requires Interviews for Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applications Beginning October 1

by LeClairRyan on

October 1, 2017 marks the start of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) mandate of an in-person interview for any individual adjusting from an employment-based status to permanent residency (Form...more

USCIS Expands Interview Requirements to Employment-Based Permanent Resident Applications

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

On October 1, 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) began phasing-in interviews for all employment-based green card applicants. Interviews have always been mandatory, but historically USCIS has...more

President Trump’s Third, Indefinite Travel Ban Takes Blows from Courts

by Dickinson Wright on

Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland have temporarily blocked the implementation of President Trump’s most recent travel ban, which was issued by Presidential Proclamation on September 24, 2017 (Proclamation) and set to take...more

Travel Ban: Déjà Vu All Over Again, Again

On September 24, President Trump issued a “Presidential Proclamation Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats.” Most people...more

Annual Diversity Visa Lottery Now Available!

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

The Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery provides 50,000 immigrant visas each fiscal year to natives of countries with low immigration to the U.S. over the preceding five years. Anyone selected in this random lottery is given the...more

Trump’s Third Travel Ban Suspended In Part

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland have issued orders blocking major portions of President Trump’s September 24, 2017 Presidential Proclamation....more

Update: The Diversity Lottery Will Restart Following Resolution Of Technical Issue

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

We previously reported on the Department of State’s acceptance of applications for the diversity immigrant lottery. Since then, the DOS has announced on the Diversity Lottery website:-...more

U.S. Department Of State Announces Revised Registration Dates For Diversity Lottery Program And Voids All Prior Entries Submitted...

by Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP on

On Monday, October 16, the U.S. Department of State announced that due to a technical issue, the diversity lottery (DV-2019) entry period that commenced on October 3 has been closed. The Department of State further advised...more

Diversity Visa (Green Card Lottery) Entries Discarded by DOS Due to Glitch, New Period Opens on October 18, 2017

As previously reported, the annual Diversity Visa Lottery (DV) Program submission period for fiscal year 2019 began on October 3, 2017. The U.S. Department of State has issued an alert that, due to a technical issue, the...more

DHS Uses the Power of Policy to Alter Immigration Without Legislation

Efforts to reform our nation’s immigration system through legislation are frequently contentious and can become embroiled in larger legislative debates that make the passage of a bill into law a complicated process and,...more

Details Emerge on the New In-Person Interview Requirement for Green Card Applicants

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On August 28, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin to "phase-in" mandatory in-person interviews for certain employment-based applications, including the main application to...more

“The cold never bothered me anyway!” SEC again uses its power to freeze an alleged EB-5 scam

Like Elsa, the Princess in Disney’s classic Frozen, once again the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has utilized its power to freeze. In this case, the freezing of assets. In what has become an increasingly common...more

White House Releases Trump Administration Immigration Policy Priorities

by Littler on

On October 8, 2017, the White House released a list of immigration priorities addressing border security, interior enforcement, and a merit-based immigration system. The priority list calls for the hiring of 10,000 ICE...more

Clarification of Expanded Interview Requirement for "Green Cards"

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

At a recent “stakeholder” call, the government provided more information about the new universal interview requirement for green cards (permanent residence) issued in the United States (otherwise known as the “adjustment of...more

Insights: Options For Haitians In TPS

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

In May, the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for Haitians was extended for six months, until January 22, 2018. Generally extended in 18-month intervals, then-Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly had extended the...more

Travel Ban, Take 3

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

President Trump has issued another update to the travel ban first introduced on January 27, 2017 and reissued on March 6, 2017. Presidential Proclamation 9645 Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting...more

Prime Opportunity to Redevelop Tacoma’s Old City Hall, Get Some Green Cards

Seattle is not the only Northwest city reaping the benefits of foreign investment. Tacoma, our neighbor to the south, is notably receiving foreign capital from Asia. Perhaps Tacoma’s Old City Hall is ripe for similar foreign...more

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