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U.S. Supreme Court Grants Review and Allows Parts of the Entry Ban to Take Effect

This morning, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision granting review of President Trump’s revised Travel Ban against nationals from six Muslim-majority countries. The Supreme Court will hear the decision in its first session of the next term next October (Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project, case number 16-1436).

The Supreme Court also allowed certain […]

By |June 26th, 2017|Categories: Court Decision, Executive Order, Travel|Comments Off on U.S. Supreme Court Grants Review and Allows Parts of the Entry Ban to Take Effect

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

Federal Court of Appeals continues to permit U.S. entry by refugees and individuals from the seven countries

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decided to continue to Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”) on President Trump’s ban. This means that refugees and individuals from the seven designated countries can continue to enter the U.S. The government can request the U.S. Supreme Court to review this decision but it would take […]

By |February 9th, 2017|Categories: Court Decision|Comments Off on Federal Court of Appeals continues to permit U.S. entry by refugees and individuals from the seven countries

Federal Judge Temporarily Suspends Executive Order Banning Entry into the U.S. for Individuals from Certain Countries and Refugees

Friday afternoon, a Federal District Court Judge from the State of Washington issued a Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”) preventing enforcement of President Trump’s Executive Order (“EO”) which banned individuals from seven countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days and which stopped refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days.

In his decision, the Judge […]

By |February 4th, 2017|Categories: Court Decision, Executive Order|Comments Off on Federal Judge Temporarily Suspends Executive Order Banning Entry into the U.S. for Individuals from Certain Countries and Refugees

AAO holds that Specialty Care Physicians qualify for PNIWs through service in a MUA or HPSA

On February 9th, 2016, in a non-precedent decision, the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) ruled in Matter of H-V-P- that a Specialty Care Physician qualifies under the Physician National Interest Waiver (PNIW) program by working five years in a federally-designated Medically Underserved Area (MUA) or Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA).

Matter of H-V-P- involved a Hematologist-Oncologist who […]

By |February 11th, 2016|Categories: Court Decision, I-140, International Medical Graduates (IMG)|Comments Off on AAO holds that Specialty Care Physicians qualify for PNIWs through service in a MUA or HPSA

STEM OPT Program extended in current form through May 10th, 2016

On January 23rd, 2016 the United States District Court for the District of Columbia extended through May 10th, 2016 the current STEM OPT program. This means that F-1 students can continue to work pursuant to valid STEM OPT documents and can continue to apply for the 17-month STEM OPT extension until May 10th, 2016, […]

By |January 25th, 2016|Categories: Court Decision, F-1|Comments Off on STEM OPT Program extended in current form through May 10th, 2016

Court Ruling on STEM OPT Extension Will Not Immediately Affect Work Authorization for F-1 Students

In an August 12, 2015 decision, a federal District Court ruled in Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not follow the proper procedures under the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) in issuing the current STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) rule. The STEM OPT […]

By |August 13th, 2015|Categories: Court Decision, F-1|Comments Off on Court Ruling on STEM OPT Extension Will Not Immediately Affect Work Authorization for F-1 Students