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Non-Immigrant Visas

The New “90-Day Rule” Could Impact Holiday Travel by F-1 OPT Employees

by Epstein Becker & Green on

The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) recently updated its Foreign Affairs Manual (“FAM”) guidance regarding what the agency perceives as “willful misrepresentations.” The guidance revises what was previously known as the...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

U.S. Citizenship Services Rescinds Former Deferential Policy Regarding Nonimmigrant Visa Petitions

U.S. Citizenship Services (USCIS) rescinded its long-honored policy guidelines that were instituted in April 2004, and were in effect until October 23, 2017 regarding giving deference to the adjudication of prior nonimmigrant...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On October 23, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) rescinded policy guidelines in effect since April 2004 regarding requests for the extension of certain nonimmigrant visas (i.e., visa petitions...more

Immigration Law Update

by Clark Hill PLC on

On October 17, 2017, acting ICE Director, Thomas Homan, said during a presentation at the Heritage Foundation that the agency will increase worksite immigration enforcement in the coming months by "four or five times." He...more

U.S. Visa Processing in Turkey Suspended Amid Security Concerns; Turkey Responds in Kind

by Mintz Levin on

The U.S. Mission to Turkey has announced that it has suspended all nonimmigrant (temporary) visa processing at posts in Turkey. This includes all nonimmigrant visa services at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara and the U.S. Consulate...more

US and Turkey Mutually Suspend Nonimmigrant Visa Issuance

Following the arrest of a Turkish national employee of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, the U.S. has suspended all nonimmigrant visa services at its consulates in Turkey. In response, Turkey has suspended all visa services for...more

U.S Non-Immigrant Visa Service Suspended in Turkey

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. State Department has temporarily suspended the issuance of non-immigrant visas at all U.S. government diplomatic facilities in Turkey on October 8, 2017. ...more

U.S. Services in Turkey and Cuba Suspended

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On Sunday, October 8th, the U.S. State Department (DOS) announced that effective immediately, the issuance of nonimmigrant visas to Turkish citizens will be halted....more

U.S. and Turkey Suspend Nonimmigrant Visa Services

On October 8, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, announced that it has suspended all nonimmigrant visa services at all U.S. diplomatic facilities in Turkey. “Recent events have forced the United States Government to...more

State Department Suspends All Non-Immigrant Visa Processing in Turkey, Effective Immediately

The U.S. State Department announced Sunday the suspension of all non-immigrant visa processing at American Embassies and Consulates across Turkey. In an October 8th Twitter post, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, wrote...more

Important Developments in Business Immigration Law

The Revised Version of Travel Ban to Take Effect Next Month - On Sept. 24, President Trump issued a proclamation that indefinitely bans certain citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea from...more

Trump Administration Implements New Travel Ban

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On September 24, 2017, the Trump Administration announced an expansion of its previous travel ban, adding several countries to the list designated in the original travel ban (Executive Order 13780)....more

U.S. Department of State Temporarily Suspends Nonimmigrant Visa Applications in Russia

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: As of August 23, 2017, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has temporarily suspended processing of Nonimmigrant Visa (NIV) applications filed in Russia. NIV interviews will resume only at the U.S. Embassy...more

U.S. Suspends Nonimmigrant Visa Issuance in Russia

On August 21, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Russia announced that it would suspend the issuance of nonimmigrant visas for eight days starting on August 23, in response to the recent Russian decision to reduce U.S. diplomatic...more

The RAISE Act – Legal Immigration Faces Challenges

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

In early August, President Trump voiced support for a bill introduced earlier this year by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) to effectively overhaul the current immigration system. The Reforming American...more

U.S. Mission in Russia to Temporarily Suspend NIV Issuance

In a continuation of the diplomatic tit-for-tat with Russia, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow announced on Monday, August 21, 2017, that it would suspend issuance of nonimmigrant visas for eight days starting August 23rd....more

New Guidance in the Foreign Affairs Manual May Add Challenges to Visa Issuance at US Consular Posts Abroad

In August 2017, the U.S. Department of State made several revisions to the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) that are a direct result of the “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order (EO) 13788, which the president signed...more

Suspension Of Visa Operations In Russia

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Russia announced that “[a]s a result of the Russian government’s personnel cap imposed on the U.S. Mission, all nonimmigrant visa (NIV) operations across Russia will be suspended beginning...more

State Department Suspends U.S. Non-Immigrant Visa Processing in Russia

In response to the Russian decision to cap the number of employees at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Russia, the State Department has temporarily halted the processing of non-immigrant visa applications in Russia...more

The U.S. State Department Announces Suspension of Non-Immigrant Visa Operations Across Russia

Due to the Russian government’s personnel cap imposed on the U.S. Mission, all nonimmigrant visa (“NIV”) operations across Russia will be suspended beginning August 23, 2017. Beginning September 1, visa processing will resume...more

Why U.S.-based foreign nationals should be vigilant about their I-94 record

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

With graduations completed and the summer in full swing, college and university campuses often experience a quieter pace as faculty and staff, including many foreign nationals, head out on research trips, to conferences, or...more

CBP: Over 50,000,000 Nonimmigrants Entered the United States Last Year. Less than 2% Overstayed Their Welcome.

A much-anticipated (at least by immigration lawyers) report was recently released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The report, dubbed the “2016 US Entry/Exit Overstay Report,” looks at U.S. Customs & Border...more

Labor Secretary Announces Aggressive Stance on Visa Fraud and Abuse

by Littler on

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has announced that the Department of Labor (DOL) will more aggressively enforce laws governing the administration and enforcement of non-immigrant visa programs. The DOL will continue to...more

Immigration Fact and Fiction for the U.S. Employer: Extreme Vetting or Just Extreme Record Keeping – What Will the Actual...

On June 1st, the Washington Post reported that “Consular officers at U.S. embassies around the world have started more intensive vetting of some visa applicants, including asking for their social media handles, in an effort...more

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