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Oct 18, 2017

Trump Travel Ban Blocked Nationwide (Again)

Matthew Galati

Two District Courts have halted the third iteration of the Travel Ban, which was set to go into effect today. In a 91-page opinion issued this mor...

Oct 18, 2017

Employers Beware: ICE Director Warns of ‘Quintupling’ Worksite Enforcement Actions

Jonathan A. Grode

In statements made to the Heritage Foundation on October 17, acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tom Homan stated that he has...

Oct 10, 2017

U.S. and Turkey Suspend Visa Services

Joshua H. Rolf

On October 8, 2017, the U.S. Mission to Turkey announced the immediate suspension of all nonimmigrant visas services at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, as well as its Consulates in Istanbul and Adana...

Oct 10, 2017

ANALYSIS: “DREAMER” BILLS UNDER CONGRESSIONAL CONSIDERATION

Calyn Arnold

The Department of Homeland Security’s announcement on September 5, 2017, officially ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, has created new momentum in Congress for legislation that would protect young undocumented immigrants, or “Dreamers."...

Oct 5, 2017

JONATHAN GRODE SPEAKS AT FAST TRACK USA EVENT IN LYON AND THE Workshop USA in Paris, France

October 4, 2017-  U.S. Practice Director Jonathan Grode spoke at the CCi FAST TRACK USA event today in Lyon, France. Jonathan will a...

Oct 3, 2017

Practice Director Jonathan Speaks at Fifth Transatlantic Conference in London, UK

October 3, 2017- U.S. Practice Director Jonathan Grode spoke at the Fifth Transatlantic Conference today in London, UK. The Fifth Transatlanti...

Oct 3, 2017

Employer Alert: All H-1B Premium Processing Now Resumed

Joshua H. Rolf and Matthew Galati

October 3, 2017- Today, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that is has resumed premium processing for all H-1B extension of stay petitions, thereby enabling petitioners in all circumstances to utilize premium processing for their H-1B employees. Whether filing a new H-1B or seeking to upgrade a pending Petition, Premium Processing and its 15-day money-back-guarantee has been fully reinstated for all types of H-1B Petitions.

Oct 2, 2017

Hiring of Ineligible Workers Nets Major U.S. Employer Criminal Charges, Record-Setting Fine

Andrew Clancy Rodgers

Failure to comply with Immigration and Nationality Act rules regarding unauthorized workers has resulted in a guilty plea to a federal criminal charge for Philadelphia-area company, Asplundh Tree Experts, Co., and monetary penalties totaling $95 million....

Oct 2, 2017

DHS to Collect Social Media Information and Search History

Harold W. Pike

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will begin expanding the collection of social media information. This policy change was announced as a notice of regulatory modification of the Privacy Act of 1974 System of Records and was published in the Federal Register by the Trump administration September 18, 2017...

Sep 29, 2017

“Inconsistent Conduct Within 90 Days of Entry” New Guidance for Consular Officers

Calyn Arnold

On September 1, 2017, the Department of State issued new guidance for consular officers when adjudicating visa applications, updating what conduct ...

Sep 27, 2017

U.S. Practice Director Jonathan Grode Moderates Panel at Startup Global Philadelphia

U.S. Practice Director Jonathan Grode recently had the honor of serving as moderator in a panel discussion titled “Legal Considerations for Global Startups” hosted by the Global Innovation Forum. Jonathan’s panel took place during the Startup Global Philadelphia forum...

Sep 26, 2017

Trump Administration Announces Third Iteration of Travel Ban; Supreme Court Cancels Oral Argument

Matthew Galati

Over the weekend, the Trump Administration announced its third version of a travel ban against nationals of eight nations, adding three new countries to the list for the first time. Unlike previous bans, the travel restrictions are mostly indefinite in duration. The new restrictions prompted the Supreme Court to cancel upcoming

Sep 21, 2017

USCIS Significantly Increases H-1B RFE Issuance in 2017

Jonathan A. Grode

USCIS Requests for Evidence (RFEs) for H-1B petitions have increased by more than 45% this year compared to the same timeframe in 2016, Reuters rep...

Sep 19, 2017

USCIS Re-Opens Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap Petitions

Joshua H. Rolf

On September 18, 2017, USCIS announced the resumption of Premium Processing for Fiscal Year 2018 (“FY2018”) H-1B Cap Petitions, effective immediately. These Petitions, which must have arrived at USCIS between April 3 -7, 2017, include the 65,000 H-1Bs selected in the Regular Cap, and the additional 20,000 selected in the U.S. Master’s Cap....

Sep 15, 2017

REMINDER: EMPLOYERS MUST USE NEW I-9 EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION FORM AS OF SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

Andrew Clancy Rodgers and Matthew Galati

Starting Monday, September 18, USCIS will no longer accept previous versions of Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility Verification. As of this date, all employers must begin using the latest edition (edition date (7/17/2017) for all new-hire verifications. The new Form I-9 is available on the USCIS website. The revisions to the form were largely technical in nature. The specific modifications to Form I-9 have been documented in greater detail in a post we published on July 21. Contact Green and Spiegel today if you have any questions or concerns relating to Form I-9 or your company’s employment verification processes.

Sep 8, 2017

Pathways to Canada for “Dreamers”

In June 2012, President Obama introduced the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in order protect children who had been brought t...

Sep 6, 2017

DACA RESCINDED WITH WIND-DOWN PROVISIONS

Dana Imperia, Calyn Arnold and Jonathan A. Grode

Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally announced the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program today, with “w...

Sep 1, 2017

THE END OF DACA?

Calyn Arnold, Dana Imperia and Jonathan A. Grode

A senior administration official told Fox News yesterday that President Trump is expected to announce the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood ...

Aug 30, 2017

USCIS to Implement Regular Interview Requirement for Employment-Based Immigrants in the Era of “Extreme Vetting”

Jonathan A. Grode

In the latest wave of the Trump Administration’s “extreme vetting” immigration campaign, USCIS has announced that all employment-...

Aug 23, 2017

US Visa Services in Russia Grind to Near-halt

In the latest development of changing US-Russian relations, the American diplomatic mission to Russia recently announced that as of August 23, 2017...