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The Immigration Law Blog provides updates and analysis of federal immigration law for individuals and companies. Topics include Deferred Action (Acción Diferida para Jóvenes), I-9 audits, H1-B processing, Nexus Frequent Travel Requirements , immigrant visas and more. 


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How to Prepare for a Visit from ICE - April 21, 2017

With immigration in the news now more than ever, and a national shift in enforcement strategy by the Trump Administration, it is important to prepare your staff for a visit by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. ICE is now more likely to pick up targeted persons at the worksite, and we expect that more worksite enforcement will soon follow, even for those who are doing their best to check for valid documents. Read More »

 

Trump Administration Takes Aim at H-1Bs - April 6, 2017

Besides the wall, another immigration-related theme made a frequent appearance in the presidential campaign: the H-1B visa. This program allows foreign nationals with a bachelor's degree or higher (or the equivalent in education and/or work experience) to perform "specialty occupations." Specialty occupations are those requiring at least a bachelor's degree in a particular field as the minimum qualification. This relatively small program has drawn out-sized attention over the years, but nothing like its recent fame. Read More »

 

Travel Ban Suspended by Hawaii Federal Court - March 15, 2017

The executive order commonly known as the "travel ban" is on hold again. Read More »

 

Travel Ban Reinstated - March 6, 2017

Today the White House released the promised updated "travel ban" Executive Order ("Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States"). The original Executive Order was enjoined by a federal court on February 9, 2017. Read More »

 

USCIS Announces Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1Bs filed on or after April 3, 2017 - March 5, 2017

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) announced its plan to stop premium processing on the first working day of April (Monday April 3, 2017) for all H-1B filings. Read More »

 

Executive Order on Visa Issuance, Screening, and Refugee Admissions Policies - January 30, 2017

The President issued an Executive Order late Friday, January 27, 2017, banning entry for people from certain countries for 90 days. The situation developed over the weekend and continues to develop. The order and the two that preceded it raise more questions than they answer. We are following the situation closely and are here to assist you. Read More »

 

Executive Orders Change Immigration Policy - January 26, 2017

President Trump issued Executive Orders affecting immigration policy on border and interior enforcement yesterday (January 25, 2017). Below is a summary of the major provisions and advice we can offer at this time. Read More »

 

REMINDER: New I-9 Form Now Required - January 23, 2017

The new version of the I-9 form is now required for all hires as of January 22, 2017. Read More »

 

New National Interest Waiver Standard: Removing obstacles for many talented immigrants - January 6, 2017

Despite a wide variety of opinions about immigration, most people agree that a person who will benefit the national interest should be allowed to immigrate. While immigration law includes a path for immigration in the national interest, for many years it has been so narrow and circuitous that it frequently led to disappointment. Read More »

 

New Electronic I-9 Form - Some Bugs and Tricky Provisions - November 18, 2016

A new I-9 form was released this week, which will become mandatory on January 22, 2017. We've identified a few bugs and tricky provisions employers should be aware of. Read More »

 

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