On January 9, 2018, San Francisco based U.S. District Judge William Alsup issued an injunction order stating that safeguards against deportation will remain in [...]
On January 8, 2018, the Trump administration announced that it will end Temporary Protection Status (TPS) for the 200,000 Salvadorans who came to the [...]
As a general rule, foreign nationals on nonimmigrant status must have a valid unexpired visa if they wish to reenter the United States. However, [...]
On December 15, 2017, the Trump administration announced stricter screening and security measures at airports in Britain, Japan, and the 36 other countries participating [...]
On November 20, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new policy memorandum reclassifying the profession of Economist for TN [...]
On December 14, 2017, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security announced that it would be ending its designation of Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for [...]
The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) under the Trump Administration may implement new guidelines terminating a 2015 Rule that extended eligibility for employment authorization [...]
USCIS Changes Policy of Deference to Prior Determinations For Nonimmigrant Petitions On October 23, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced [...]
Department of Defense Announces Policy Changes to MAVNI Military Requirement Program On October 13, 2017, the Department of Defense (“DoD”) released several memoranda that [...]
Department of Homeland Security Announces Termination of Temporary Protected Status for Nicaragua & Automatic Extension for Honduras
On November 6, 2017, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced her decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nicaragua. [...]
USCIS Changes Policy of Deference to Prior Determinations For Nonimmigrant Petitions – Change in the Way USCIS will Adjudicate Petitions
On October 23, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it will revise its policy regarding prior determinations for nonimmigrant [...]
On September 1, 2017, The Department of State updated the Foreign Affairs Manual (the “FAM”) to modify the guidance on the term “misrepresentation” for [...]
On Tuesday, October 17, Judge Derrick K. Watson, a Federal judge in Hawaii, issued an injunction against the enforcement of large portions of President [...]
Due to a Technical Issue, 2019 Diversity Visa Entrants who Submitted Entries Between October 3 and October 10 Must Resubmit
The Department of State made an announcement today, October 16 that due to a technical issue the DV-2019 entry period that commenced on October [...]
As of October 3, 2017 the U.S. government began accepting Diversity Visa Lottery (Green Card Lottery) applications for 2019, which is the year successful [...]
On October 8, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara announced it would suspend nonimmigrant visa services indefinitely. The suspension comes after a Turkish staff [...]
On September 18, 2017, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security announced that it would be ending its designation of Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for [...]
New I-765 Application for Employment Authorization Permits Foreign Nationals to Apply for Social Security Numbers Simultaneously
October 2, 2017 USCIS released an updated I-765 Application for Employment Authorization (EAD) featuring a new section which allows foreign nationals already in the [...]
On September 27, 2017 USCIS stated that it plans to resume premium processing for all H-1B petitions on or before October 3, 2017. There [...]
Who do the visa sanctions recently announced by the Department of State affect? Why can’t nationals of Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone be issued tourist visas?
The Department of State recently announced that it will stop issuing B tourist visas to nationals of the following countries: Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea, and [...]
President Trump Issues an Executive Order Indefinitely Barring Most Travel to the U.S. For Citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and North Korea with increased scrutiny for Iraq and Venezuela.
On Sunday September 25, 2017, as President Trump’s Executive Order barring travel from seven countries was set to expire, he issued a Presidential Proclamation [...]
The U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services recently released information that may help individuals impacted by the recent natural disasters in the U.S., including Hurricane [...]
Trump Administration Ends Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (“DACA”) Program – What will the Cancellation of DACA Mean? DACA Cancelled, What Next?
On September 5, 2017, The Trump Administration announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (“DACA”) program (To learn more about the [...]
New In-Person Interview Requirement for Applicants Applying for a Green Card – What is the New Green Card Interview Requirement?
The Trump administration has imposed a new in-person interview requirement that will lengthen the amount of time it takes to get a green card. [...]
What is the proposed RAISE Act? What is the New Proposal to Cut Legal Immigration? Will the Trump Administration Cut Immigration? What is the New Immigration Bill?
On August 2, 2017, two Republican Senators introduced the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act with the endorsement of the President. [...]
What is the Dream Act 2017 Bill? Is it different from DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)?
The Dream Act 2017 Bill was introduced into Congress last week with bi-partisan support. In a political time where immigration policies and immigrants seem [...]
I have an employee on OPT. Are they eligible for the STEM extension? What are the employer and student obligations under the STEM OPT program?
What is OPT? If you are a foreign national in the U.S. on an F-1 visa you can participate in temporary employment that is [...]
What are the New Visa Vetting Procedures? What is Extreme Vetting? What is the Form DS-5535 and will it affect my application?
On March 6, 2017, the White House issued a Memorandum which directed the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and others to [...]
Acquisition of citizenship is the legal term given to children born to U.S. citizens abroad who automatically become U.S. citizens at birth. Simply being [...]
Will DACA become obsolete under the Trump administration? Am I in danger of being deported if I have DACA?
Will DACA become obsolete under President Trump? Amid recent immigration raids as well as arrests and detention of individuals paroled under the Deferred Action [...]
President Trump has signed the much anticipated new travel ban that stops the issuance of visas and does not allow entry of nationals to [...]
What is the National Interest Waiver? Will the New National Interest Waiver Standard Help Entrepreneurs? How can I obtain a green card without going through the labor certification process?
In order to obtain a green card through an employer, in most instances your employer must go through a labor certification process through the [...]
Is there a new visa for start-ups? What is the proposed new visa for entrepreneurs? – A look at the new rule for parole for international entrepreneurs
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has proposed a rule to allow international entrepreneurs to have temporary permission to be in the United States [...]