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9th Circuit Upholds injunction on President Trumps Travel Ban

Monday, June 12th, 2017, the 9th Circuit became the second court to uphold an injunction on President Trump’s Travel Ban. This ruling affirmed a March decision from Judge Watson of the Federal District Court in Hawaii. Previously, the Fourth Circuit also upheld an injunction, a decision which prompted the administration to seek review by the U.S. Supreme Court. […]

By |June 12th, 2017|Categories: Administrative Action, Court Decision, Travel|Comments Off on 9th Circuit Upholds injunction on President Trumps Travel Ban

Travel Ban 2.0 temporarily suspended

The United States District Court for the District of Hawaii issued a Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”) on President Trump’s Executive Order  (“EO”) entitled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.”  This TRO prevents the government from enforcing sections 2 and 6 of the EO, and is national in scope. Section […]

By |March 15th, 2017|Categories: Administrative Action, Executive Order, Travel|Comments Off on Travel Ban 2.0 temporarily suspended

DOL FAQ on Unquantified Experience, as listed in H.14 of ETA Form 9089

On Monday, March 6th, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued a new FAQ on unquantified experience as listed in section H.14 of ETA Form 9089, which takes effect March 20, 2017. The FAQ changes decades of employer recruitment practice by requiring employers to quantify any skill set required to perform the job, as listed […]

By |March 9th, 2017|Categories: Administrative Action, DOL|Comments Off on DOL FAQ on Unquantified Experience, as listed in H.14 of ETA Form 9089

Travel Ban Update: Where things stand & What we know

The implementation of President Trump’s Executive Order (“EO”) entitled “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals” continues to be fluid. Here is an update on where things stand today.

This weekend the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed for an immediate administrative stay, or the immediate lifting of the Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”). A Federal District Court Judge

By |February 6th, 2017|Categories: Administrative Action|Comments Off on Travel Ban Update: Where things stand & What we know

Travel Ban for individuals from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen to enter the U.S. for 90 days

Yesterday afternoon, President Trump signed Executive Order, Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States. As a result, nationals from the seven countries of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen, are banned from entry into the U.S. for 90 days. This includes U.S. Permanent Residents, or individuals with “green cards,” and dual nationals, […]

By |January 28th, 2017|Categories: Administrative Action|Comments Off on Travel Ban for individuals from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen to enter the U.S. for 90 days

President Trump to Issue Executive Order Barring Entry Into the U.S. by Nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen

President Trump is expected to sign an Executive Order as early as tomorrow entitled “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals.” Once signed, the order will immediately implement two changes that will directly impact individuals seeking to enter the United States.

The order will create an immediate 30 day bar to enter into the […]

By |January 26th, 2017|Categories: Administrative Action, Travel|Comments Off on President Trump to Issue Executive Order Barring Entry Into the U.S. by Nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen

“Entrepreneur Visa” Program Moves Closer to Implementation

Part of President Obama’s regulatory agenda relating to immigration involved creation of an “entrepreneur visa” program that would allow foreign national inventors and entrepreneurs to be able to immigrate temporarily to the United States to establish and grow a business. While certain existing visa programs already provide some entrepreneurs and researchers with a mechanism to […]

By |August 25th, 2016|Categories: Administrative Action, Immigration Reform|Comments Off on “Entrepreneur Visa” Program Moves Closer to Implementation

USCIS releases “Same or Similar Occupational Classification” Draft Policy Memorandum

USCIS published today a draft policy memorandum to help clarify whether a new job is in the “same or similar occupational classification” for purposes of Section 204(j) Job Portability for permanent residence. Job portability permits a foreign national to change jobs to one that is the “same or similar” when s/he has an approved […]

By |November 20th, 2015|Categories: Administrative Action, I-140, Permanent Residence|Comments Off on USCIS releases “Same or Similar Occupational Classification” Draft Policy Memorandum

DHS Announces Plans to Issue Regulations to Modernize the Employment-Based Green Card Process

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted a Regulatory Agenda Notice today in the Federal Register indicating that the agency will soon be issuing a proposed regulation intended to modernize certain aspects of the employment-based green card process. While the Notice provides very little detail, it does state that DHS is intending to propose […]

By |October 8th, 2015|Categories: Administrative Action, AOS|Comments Off on DHS Announces Plans to Issue Regulations to Modernize the Employment-Based Green Card Process

Revision of Visa Bulletin to Allow Earlier Filing of Adjustment of Status Applications

The State Department today posted the Visa Bulletin for October 2015 in which the State Department has made a significant change to implement one of the initiatives announced as part of President Obama’s executive action to improve the high-skilled immigration process. The change to the Visa Bulletin should shorten the time many people going […]

By |September 9th, 2015|Categories: Administrative Action, AOS|Comments Off on Revision of Visa Bulletin to Allow Earlier Filing of Adjustment of Status Applications