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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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Season's Greetings! H-1B Season That Is - December 11, 2018

It's the time of year when we stop to ponder some of life's many mysteries. If you are an immigration lawyer or an employer who can't find enough professional workers, one of those mysteries is why the federal government assigns high-skill work visas (known as H-1Bs) based on a random drawing. Read More »


September 2018 Immigration Analysis - Unlawful Presence for Students - September 28, 2018

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September 2018 Immigration Analysis - Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for Certain H-1B Filings - September 28, 2018

USCIS has suspended the premium processing program for certain H-1B filings received on or after September 12, 2018, and those that were pending in the H-1B "cap." The suspension is expected to continue at least until February 19, 2019. Read More »


September 2018 Immigration Analysis - Denial without RFE or NOID - September 27, 2018

For most applications received on or after September 12, 2018, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) examiners will have the discretion to issue denials without first sending a request for evidence (RFE) or notice of intent to deny (NOID) if they determine that the application was frivolous or incomplete. Read More »


September 2018 Immigration Analysis - Deference to Prior Determinations - September 24, 2018

In October 2017, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS) rescinded a policy enacted in 2004 that instructed examiners to defer to prior decisions when reviewing an application for extension of a nonimmigrant status (such as H-1B, L-1, etc.). Read More »


September 2018 Immigration Analysis - Changes to Advance Parole - September 21, 2018

Parole was mentioned in Executive Order 13767 ("Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements") as a process being considered for re-interpretation. The government has implemented a significant change to advance parole. Read More »


September 2018 Immigration Analysis - Travel Ban - September 20, 2018

After national protests and litigation sparked by two preceding Executive Orders banning nationals from certain countries entering the U.S., Presidential Proclamation 9645 took effect on September 24, 2017 ("Travel Ban 3.0"). The U.S. Supreme Court, in Trump V. Hawaii, decided that the President had the authority to impose the ban, and so it stands. Read More »


How to Prepare for a Visit from ICE - Revisited - January 24, 2018

Since we published this blog post in April 2017, ICE has increasingly focused on worksite enforcement, and stated that more is to come. Read More »


Are Changes Coming to the H-1B Program? - January 3, 2018

The H-1B temporary work visa program has been the focus of much speculation lately. Recent news reports have claimed that the Trump Administration is planning major changes to the program in 2018. This update will provide information and perspective to help you plan and make decisions. Read More »


Travel Ban 3.0 Blocked by Judges - October 18, 2017

The most recent travel ban (commonly called Travel Ban 3.0), which was to go into effect today (October 18, 2017) has been enjoined by two federal courts, one in Hawaii and one in Maryland. Read More »


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