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Visa Waiver Program

What Businesses Need to Know Before Transferring Employees to the U.S.

Over the course of the past year, it has become harder for companies to bring foreign employees to the U.S. Although for the most part current laws governing visas, business meetings, and tourism have not changed, the...more

Crackdown on Business Travelers from Visa Waiver Countries

by Foley Hoag LLP on

The Visa Waiver Program (“VWP”) allows citizens of 38 countries to travel to the U.S. for business or pleasure without having to obtain a formal visa by obtaining a pre-clearance known as Electronic System of Travel...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

New I-94 Features Provide Visa Waiver Visitors Peace of Mind

by Cozen O'Connor on

On January 5, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) kicked off two new “traveler compliance initiatives” aimed at assisting those travelers to the US on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)....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

New Secretary Of DHS Announces New Country Requirements For Visa Waiver Program

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has announced new security measures applicable to all countries in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). The VWP allows citizens or nationals of 38 participating...more

Trump Administration Announces New Restrictions for Visa Waiver Program

On December 15, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would implement enhanced security measures for the Visa Waiver Program as part of the administration’s ongoing counterterrorism...more

U.S. to Begin Collecting Social Media Information on All Immigrants

Starting October 18, as part of a new tracking system, the Department of Homeland Security will collect social media and internet data on U.S. immigrants, including lawful permanent residents, and naturalized citizens. This...more

USCIS Reopens H-1B Premium Processing for Institutions of Higher Education and Other Cap-Exempt Petitions

On March 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) unexpectedly announced that it would temporarily suspend its premium processing service for all H-1B petitions received on or after April 3, 2017. The...more

Special Immigration Alert - July 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

USCIS Releases Revised Version of Form I-9 and Accompanying Form I-9 Handbook for Employers - On July 17, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released a new version of Form I-9. Form I-9 is used...more

Immigration Agency Resumes Necessary Premium Processing for Important Medical Doctor Visa Waiver

Following the Administration’s March 2017 halt to premium processing for Physicians under the Conrad 30 J-1 Waiver Program, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on June 23 that premium processing...more

Preparing for a Consulate Interview and Border Crossing: New Standards in Place Under Trump Administration

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The Trump administration has not been reserved in its mission to not only reinforce but to heighten and enhance current immigration regulations. The President has quickly tried to implement measures to increase national...more

Are you ready for summer travel?

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Vacation season is just around the corner. Whether you are a visa holder, tourist or U.S. permanent resident, organizing your travel documents is a critical part of international travel. Discovering an expired document too...more

State Department Orders U.S. Embassies to Apply Extra Scrutiny Before Issuing Visas to Certain “Population Sets”

In a diplomatic cable dated March 17, 2017, the U.S. Department of State issued orders to American consulates and embassies abroad instructing them to increase their vigilance in reviewing visa applications and to develop a...more

Business Visas to Europe This Summer?

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

“Reciprocity” Could Hit Hard for the Unaware - Currently, U.S. visitors traveling to Europe on business or as tourists, in most cases, do not need a visa to travel to most countries in the European Union. However, this...more

Considerations for Foreign Travelers to the U.S. Under the New Administration

by Carlton Fields on

Travel to the United States, with its new immigration enforcement-minded administration, will require foreign travelers to be even more aware of the rules governing border protection, and take advantage of the travel programs...more

Déjà Vu All Over Again? Federal Court Blocks Trump’s Second Travel Ban

by Fisher Phillips on

In the most stinging legal rebuke yet to President Trump’s efforts to bar certain immigrants from reaching the country’s shores, a federal judge in Hawaii late Wednesday ordered the president’s second travel ban be...more

Immigration: Waiting in Line at a U.S. Consulate Abroad

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

A much overlooked suspension of the Visa Interview Waiver Program could create visa processing headaches for companies employing foreign nationals. On March 6, President Trump signed an executive order directing the...more

Trump's Revised Executive Order, "Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States"

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed the highly anticipated and revised Executive Order (EO), "Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States." The new order rescinds the previous EO issued at...more

Revised Travel Ban: President Trump Signs New Executive Order

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On March 6, 2017, President Trump signed a new Executive Order temporarily restricting certain foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entry into the United States for 90...more

Revised Travel Ban Executive Order Targets Six Countries, Drops Iraq

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” Executive Order (E.O.), issued by President Donald Trump on March 6, 2017, suspends processing of visa issuance for individuals from six...more

EU May Reinstate Visas Requirement for U.S. Tourists and Business Visitors

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

While the U.S. travel, tourism, and hospitality industries worry about deleterious effects from President Donald Trump’s clampdown on immigration, including the travel ban, the European Union has its own, similar concerns...more

Efforts Underway to Suspend Visa-Free Travel to Europe for U.S. Citizens

The European Commission is being urged to require U.S. citizens to obtain visas for travel to Europe in an effort to obtain full visa waiver reciprocity for all European Union (EU) nations. Currently, five EU nations are...more

Some Context For Trump's New Immigration Executive Order

President Donald Trump’s issuance of an executive order on Jan. 27, banning travel to the U.S. for 90 days by nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries, and putting a halt to the U.S. refugee assistance program for...more

AAO National Interest Waiver Decision May Open Doors for a Broader Group of Professionals and Entrepreneurs Seeking Green Cards

On December 27, 2016, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) —the appellate body for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)—announced a new standard for National Interest Waiver visa petitions in a precedent...more

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