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U.S. State Department Integrates “Buy American and Hire American” into FAM

The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) has made several revisions to the Foreign Affairs Manual (“FAM”) directly reflecting the “Buy American and Hire American” Executive Order (“EO”) 13788 that was signed by President Trump in April 2017. The FAM is the authoritative source containing policies and procedures to guide DOS consular officers to effectively carry out […]

By | 2017-08-24T19:15:05+00:00 August 24th, 2017|Categories: Administrative Action, Executive Order, F-1, H-1B, L-1, Travel|Comments Off on U.S. State Department Integrates “Buy American and Hire American” into FAM

Department of Homeland Security Delays Implementation of International Entrepreneur Rule

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that it is delaying the effective date of a regulation finalized under the Obama administration that would provide new avenues for foreign national entrepreneurs to come to the United States to start and grow new businesses.  The rule was to become effective on July 17, 2017, […]

By | 2017-09-20T17:51:02+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Categories: Administrative Action|Comments Off on Department of Homeland Security Delays Implementation of International Entrepreneur Rule

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 | 2017-06-12T17:48:36+00:00 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 | 2017-09-20T17:51:02+00:00 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 | 2017-03-10T16:52:54+00:00 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 | 2017-09-20T17:51:03+00:00 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 | 2017-01-28T20:23:25+00:00 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 | 2017-09-20T17:51:03+00:00 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 | 2017-09-20T17:51:03+00:00 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 | 2017-09-20T17:51:03+00:00 November 20th, 2015|Categories: Administrative Action, I-140, Permanent Residence|Comments Off on USCIS releases “Same or Similar Occupational Classification” Draft Policy Memorandum