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U.S. Supreme Court upholds the Travel Ban

In a 5-4 ruling on June 26th, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s travel ban. In an opinion written by Chief Justice Roberts, the court found that:

  1. Indefinitely banning people from particular countries was a lawful use of the president’s power under the Immigration and Nationality Act, which allows the executive branch […]
By | 2018-06-26T14:37:10+00:00 June 26th, 2018|Categories: Court Decision, Travel|Comments Off on U.S. Supreme Court upholds the Travel Ban

DOS proposes requesting social media information from all visa applicants

On Friday, March 30, 2018, the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”)  published notice in the Federal Register of its desire to modify the Form DS-160, which is a form required of all non-immigrant visa applicants seeking entry into the U.S., and the DS-260, which is a form required of all immigrant visa applicants seeking […]

By | 2018-03-30T17:23:59+00:00 March 30th, 2018|Categories: Immigration Reform, Travel|Comments Off on DOS proposes requesting social media information from all visa applicants

CBP Updates Guidance on Border Searches of Electronic Devices

On January 4th, 2018, the United States Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) announced that it updated its guidance on how it will conduct border searches of electronic devices. The directive defines electronic devices as “any device that may contain information in an electronic or digital form, such as computers, tablets, disks, drives, tapes, mobile phones […]

By | 2018-01-08T02:46:21+00:00 January 5th, 2018|Categories: Travel|Comments Off on CBP Updates Guidance on Border Searches of Electronic Devices

USCIS Issues New Guidance Restricting Use of the TN Economist Category

On Monday, December 18th, USCIS issued new guidance relating to the TN category for Economists which greatly reduce its applicability to qualifying Economist roles.

Foreign nationals working in financial analyst, market research analyst, or marketing specialist […]

By | 2017-12-20T20:11:23+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Categories: Administrative Action, Immigration Reform, Travel|Comments Off on USCIS Issues New Guidance Restricting Use of the TN Economist Category

Temporary Restraining Order on Travel Ban 3.0

In a decision issued Tuesday, October 17, 2017, a Federal District Court Judge granted a nation-wide Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”) on President Trump’s latest Executive Order (“EO”), set to take effect Wednesday, October 18th, that some call the Travel Ban version 3.0.

The latest EO imposed varying restrictions on eight countries, most of which are majority […]

By | 2017-10-18T11:37:00+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Categories: Court Decision, Travel|Comments Off on Temporary Restraining Order on Travel Ban 3.0

U.S. entry ban expands to 8 countries starting October 18, 2017

A Presidential Proclamation, titled “Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats,” issued late Sunday, September 24, 2017, the White House announced its intent to expand the restriction of entry into the U.S. to eight (8) countries, to take effect October 18th, 2017. The […]

By | 2017-10-09T15:31:07+00:00 September 24th, 2017|Categories: Travel|Comments Off on U.S. entry ban expands to 8 countries starting October 18, 2017

U.S. Mission Russia Will Resume Nonimmigrant Visa Operations September 1, 2017

On August 23, 2017, nonimmigrant visa (“NIV”) operations were suspended throughout Russia for eight days. Starting September 1, NIV operations will resume “on a greatly reduced scale” and applicant interviews will be conducted solely at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. NIV interviews at the U.S. consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok are “suspended […]

By | 2017-09-20T17:51:02+00:00 August 30th, 2017|Categories: Travel|Comments Off on U.S. Mission Russia Will Resume Nonimmigrant Visa Operations September 1, 2017

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

USCIS is denying Advance Parole due to international travel before approval

Recently, USCIS has been inconsistently denying Advance Parole requests in instances when the applicant leaves the U.S. before USCIS approves the Advance Parole document. If USCIS denies the request, applicants can refile to USCIS the request for Advance Parole. If you have questions about how this policy will impact your situation, please contact SPS Immigration.

By | 2017-08-23T16:38:42+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Travel|Comments Off on USCIS is denying Advance Parole due to international travel before approval

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 | 2017-09-20T17:51:02+00:00 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