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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

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

Department of State Announces desired new Visa Interview Questions

Today, May 4th, 2017, the U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) released a list of new questions it seeks to ask all applicants in visa interviews. DOS is asking the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) for emergency review and approval of its ability to incorporate these questions into all visa interviews moving forward. This list is […]

By | 2017-10-07T13:20:34+00:00 May 4th, 2017|Categories: Travel|Comments Off on Department of State Announces desired new Visa Interview Questions

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

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