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My I-751 Conditional Residence Removal Case is Pending for Too Long. How Do I Prove My Lawful Status?

The Form I-751 is used by conditional residents to remove the conditions on residence and obtain a 10-year lawful permanent resident card. The Form I-751 must be filed during the 90-day “window” before conditional residence...more

Phasing In Interviews for Employment-Based Permanent Residence Cases

by Ronald Shapiro on

As of October 1, 2017, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has officially begun to phase-in interviews for individuals seeking permanent residence in the U.S. in employment-based cases. Interviews are typically...more

Attorney General: Municipalities May Lose Hundreds of Millions in Federal Grant Over Local Immigration Policies. DOJ Sets December...

On Wednesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent letters to 29 local governments considered “sanctuary cities,” warning of a December 8, 2017, deadline to end policies that prevent information-sharing between local...more

Agency Heads Discuss Changes in Regulatory Direction During Federalist Society Panel

by Littler on

The current leaders of the Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and National Labor Relations Board addressed transitions and regulatory plans at their respective agencies at a November 16 forum. ...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

The Impact of U.S. Immigration Changes Over The Past Year Under The Trump Administration: What You Need To Know

by Tarter Krinsky & Drogin LLP on

Despite the fact that the new administration has not had any legislative success in the immigration arena over the past year, U.S. Citizenship Services has issued many updated policy memos changing procedures and changed the...more

Ninth Circuit Approves Travel Ban 3.0, In Part

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled to allow President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban proclamation to go into effect – at least in part. Ruling on the injunction issued by the District Court in Hawaii that...more

DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Honduras

Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Elaine Duke announced that she is unable to determine at this time whether to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Honduras.  Given this, TPS...more

US Visa Processing in Turkey Resumes on a Limited Basis; Again, Turkey Responds in Kind

by Mintz Levin on

In early October, we reported that US visa processing in Turkey had been suspended amid security concerns, and that the government of Turkey had responded with a suspension of visa processing for US citizens....more

Immigration Alert: DHS Terminates Temporary Protected Status for Nicaraguans

Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Elaine Duke has announced the termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nicaragua. Secretary Duke delayed the termination for 12 months...more

Paris Embassy Announces Change to the Golden Arrow Program

The U.S. Embassy in Paris has announced a minor change to its Golden Arrow program, affecting French-owned companies that are incorporated in the United States. Effective immediately, French E visa applicants under the Golden...more

Employers Should Prepare Now for Increased ICE Enforcement

by Littler on

Increased immigration enforcement and a reduction in illegal entry into the United States remain among the Trump administration's highest priorities. Notably, Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan has reportedly ordered Homeland...more

Are you ready to travel abroad for the holidays?

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, now is the best time for visa holders to review their travel documents and begin planning for renewals if necessary. Planning ahead can alleviate much of the stress of...more

The October 31st NYC Attack And The Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

As many mourn the loss of the victims of the October 31st NYC attack, a parallel conversation surrounding immigration reform has emerged. Immigration reform has been President Trump’s long-standing campaign promise, but has...more

AB 450: California’s Law of Unintended Immigration Consequences

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: California’s new law, Assembly Bill 450, signed by Governor Brown on October 5, and effective January 1, 2018, imposes several new immigration-related duties on California employers and the potential for...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 Formalizes Policy On Lack Of Deference To Previously Approved Petitions

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

All I-129 petitions, whether initial requests or requests for extension of visa status, will be subject to the same level of scrutiny, USCIS has confirmed. The agency will no longer defer to the findings of a previously...more

USCIS's Updated Policy on Adjudications of Nonimmigrant Worker Visa Petitions Rescinds Former Deferential Policy

by Littler on

On October 23, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) rescinded policy guidelines in effect since April 2004 regarding requests for the extension of certain nonimmigrant visas (i.e., visa petitions...more

USCIS to Increase Scrutiny of Employment Based Visa Extension Petitions

by Varnum LLP on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that officers are directed to apply the same level of scrutiny to both initial petitions and extension requests....more

H-1B Work Site Visits Expected To Increase: What Employers Need To Know

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

On October 20, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General issued Report OIG-18-03, “USCIS Needs a Better Approach to Verify H-1B Visa Participants”, targeting fraud in immigration processes,...more

[Event] Annual Year-End Legal Update: Mental Health, Benefits, Immigration & Cybersecurity - Complimentary Half-Day Program -...

by FordHarrison on

Join us for a complimentary half-day seminar for our Annual Year-End Legal Update: Mental Health, Benefits, Immigration & Cybersecurity. Let us help you meet your year-end CLE requirement!...more

Increased Scrutiny Coming to Nonimmigrant Visa Adjudications

Since 2004, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has adhered to a policy of deferring to prior determinations when adjudicating petitions for extensions of nonimmigrant status. Its memorandum of October 23,...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

USCIS Reverses Policy on Temporary Visa Extensions

by Foley Hoag LLP on

On Monday, October 23, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reversed a long-standing policy regarding non-immigrant extension petitions. Historically, as memorialized in an April 23, 2004 USCIS policy...more

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