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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

Travel Ban 3.0: A No-Go (for now)

by Bond Schoeneck & King PLLC on

Two federal judges have blocked President Trump’s third try at implementing a nationwide travel ban. The first ruling blocking the administration from enforcing the September 24th Presidential Proclamation, which restricts...more

Top U.S. Immigration Official Announces Quadrupled Employer Compliance Audits

by Cozen O'Connor on

Employers can expect an increase in immigration compliance audits and investigations by “four to five times” beyond their current levels, the director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) announced...more

Important Update Regarding 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program

by Cozen O'Connor on

As announced in our Immigration Alert posted September 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced the opening of the registration period for the 2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. Registration was set to begin...more

Trump's "Travel Ban 3" Is Blocked By Federal Court In Hawaii

Legal commentators suggested that the third version of the Trump travel ban, the September 24 Proclamation, would be harder to challenge because the Proclamation was issued after a government review as to which countries met...more

Third Travel Ban Blocked by Court

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On the eve of its taking effect, President Donald Trump’s third attempt at a travel ban has been blocked by the District Court in Hawaii. On October 17, 2017, Judge Derrick Watson granted a nationwide temporary restraining...more

What’s New in Immigration Law?

by Dickinson Wright on

USCIS Permits Certain EAD Applicants to apply for a Social Security Number on Form I-765 - Based on a new information-sharing partnership between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security...more

With Governor Brown’s Signature, California Employers Face a Gauntlet of New Laws

by Littler on

The October 15, 2017 deadline has come and gone for Governor Jerry Brown to weigh the bills passed by the California legislature this year. Governor Brown has now signed into law a jaw-dropping number of bills that pertain to...more

USCIS Denying Pending Advance Parole Applications

by Varnum LLP on

In a significant change to longstanding policy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently began denying Advance Parole applications for abandonment when an applicant travels abroad while the application is...more

2017 Labor & Employment Legislative Update: It’s Finally Over! (For Now…)

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: New statutory obligations for California employers in 2018 will include prohibitions on inquiries into applicants’ salary and conviction histories, expanding CFRA to employees of smaller employers,...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

US Resumes Premium Processing for H1-B Visas

by Ronald Shapiro on

After premium processing of H-1B visas was temporarily suspended because of a large number of applications for work visas, the US is now resuming it. The H-1B visa is a work visa intended to allow companies in the US to...more

5 New Laws: California Governor Approves Employee-Friendly Laws

The 2017 California Legislature adjourned on September 15, 2017, and resulted in more than 700 bills being sent to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for approval. Although the deadline for the Governor to sign new bills into law...more

Travel Ban & DACA Updates

In a one page opinion, the United States Supreme Court remanded one of the two “travel ban” cases pending SCOTUS review. The Order remanded Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project back to the 4th Circuit Court...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

I-9 Process Guide

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Purpose:- Immigration law requires employers to walk a fine line between determining the eligibility of employees to work in the United States (the purpose of the I-9 Form) and not discriminating against those of...more

I-9 Audit Guide

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This document is designed to be an employer’s guide for an internal private I-9 audit to be used in conjunction with the advice of corporate immigration counsel. This document alone is not a comprehensive list of...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

Targeted ICE Investigations - in it for the Long Haul with Record $95 Million Plea Deal for I-9 Violations

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With a record $95 million plea deal for I-9 immigration violations following a six year investigation, the outcome for a Pennsylvania company with operations nationwide serves as a reminder of the federal...more

Survival in the Immigration Culture of Delay and Social Media Mining - Adjustment Interviews

by Dickinson Wright on

With the recent change by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to mandate in-person interviews for employment based adjustment cases along with changes to require the review of social media and to what...more

New USCIS Form I-765 Allows Foreign Nationals to Obtain a Work Authorization Document and a Social Security Number Simultaneously

by Cohen & Grigsby, P.C on

Based on a new information-sharing partnership between the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA), foreign nationals in certain visa categories can now apply for work...more

Premium Processing Resumed for all H-1B Petitions

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

USCIS announced that it has resumed premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions after a six month suspension of the program for these petitions. Over the past few months, USCIS has progressively re-opened premium...more

Premium Processing Resumes for All H-1B Petitions

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On October 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that effective immediately it would resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions....more

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