Mid-June 2017 Immigration Update

Headlines: Ninth Circuit Rules Against President Trump’s Revised Travel Ban – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held on June 12, 2017, that President Donald Trump exceeded his authority in issuing the revised executive order banning travel to the United States from certain countries. New State Dept. Form Asks Certain Visa Applicants […]

June 2017 Global Immigration Update

Feature Article: EFFECTS OF INCREASED ENFORCEMENT, SECURITY, NATIONALISM ON IMMIGRATION LAW: AN OVERVIEW – This article provides an overview of recent developments in several countries with respect to increases in enforcement, security measures, and nationalism. Country Updates: AUSTRALIA – This article summarizes significant changes to the 457 visa system that will replace the current 457 […]

June 2017 Immigration Update

Headlines: Fourth Circuit Upholds Rejection of Trump Travel Ban – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has upheld a nationwide preliminary injunction rejecting a substantial portion of the Trump administration’s revised executive order barring entry into the United States of people from certain countries. DHS Extends TPS Designation for Haiti –DHS has […]

Mid-May 2017 Immigration Update

Headlines: Spending Bill Extends EB-5 Investor Visa Program to September 30; No Funding for Wall – The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 extends the EB-5 immigrant investor visa program through September 30, 2017. The legislation also provides a large border-security funding increase, but no funding for a border wall. USCIS Completes Data Entry of FY […]

May 2017 Immigration Update

Headlines: President Trump Signs ‘Buy American and Hire American’ Executive Order – Among other things, the order calls for the Secretaries of State, Labor, and Homeland Security, along with the Attorney General, to “propose new rules and issue new guidance, to supersede or revise previous rules and guidance if appropriate,” to protect U.S. workers in […]

Mid-April 2017 Immigration Update

Headlines: USCIS Reaches FY 2018 H-1B Cap – On April 7, 2017, USCIS reached the H-1B cap for FY 2018. USCIS also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption. USCIS Changes H-1B Specialty Occupation Guidance for Computer Programmers – Attorneys are expecting an increase in requests […]