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9th Circuit Court Decision: TRO Remains in Effect

23:51 09 February in News Updates

A federal appeals court in San Francisco has refused to reinstate President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim nations. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday wouldn't block a lower-court ruling that suspended the ban and allowed previously barred travelers to enter the U.S. An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is possible. The above means that the temporary restraining order blocking the implementation of the January 27, 2017 Executive Order remains in effect until further notice. Status remains as previously advised:  https://www.larrabee.com/status-of-12717-executive-order-on-immigration-update-as-of-2717/ <-- Back to News Updates...

Status of 1/27/17 Executive Order on Immigration – Update as of 2/7/17

16:54 07 February in News Updates

Update as of 8:00 a.m. (PST) Tuesday, February 7, 2017 "TRAVEL BAN" REMAINS SUSPENDED Court Grants Nationwide Temporary Restraining Order in Response to Washington State and Minnesota's Challenge to President Trump's Executive Order Courtesy of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA):     On February 3, 2017, a federal court in Seattle granted Washington State and Minnesota's emergency motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO) in its challenge to President Trump's January 27, 2017 Executive Order (EO)  imposing a travel and refugee ban.  In accordance with the court's ruling, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has suspended any and all actions implementing the affected...

Update as of 2/2/17: Travel Implications of Executive Order

00:05 03 February in News Updates

Update as of 2/2/17: Travel Implications of Executive Order DUAL NATIONALS 2/2/17:  The U.S. Department of State (DOS) Bureau of Consular Affairs has issued an emergency alert confirming that the Executive Order of 1/27/17 does NOT restrict the travel of dual citizens with a valid U.S. visa if they hold a passport of a non-restricted country.  Further, the alert states that embassies and consulates will continue to process visa applications and issue visas to otherwise eligible applicants who apply with a passport from an unrestricted country, even if they hold dual nationality from one of the seven restricted countries.   Example:   A citizen...

Update: Automatic EAD Extensions

20:16 02 February in News Updates

AUTOMATIC EAD EXTENSIONS PROVIDED BY THE "HIGH SKILLS BILL" 2/1/17 Updates:  I-9 guidance now available USCIS reverses position; EADs timely-filed before 1/17/17 now grandfathered   Background On Jan. 17,2017, a final rule, "Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers," went into effect. This regulation implemented one of the Obama Administration's directives to address some of the issues related to the lengthy delays in the employment-based permanent residency process.   For example, Indian nationals in the EB-3 category face an approximately 12-year wait for an immigrant visa to become available to complete the green card process. One of the provisions of the rule provides for the automatic 180-day extension of...

Update: Travel Implications of Executive Order

15:10 31 January in News Updates

The Draft Executive Order referenced in our advisory of Friday, January 27, 2017 "Advisory: Travel Warning for Nationals of Certain Countries in Anticipation of Executive Order" was in fact executed later that day The content of the Executive Order (EO): "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry in the United States," was substantially similar to the draft version.  There were no significant substantive changes, other than the removal of the provision which directed the Secretaries of State and Defense to establish a place to provide safe areas in Syria and in the surrounding region in which Syrians could await firm resettlement. LAC understands the...

Advisory: Travel Warning for Nationals of Certain Countries in Anticipation of Executive Order

16:53 27 January in News Updates

Immigration-related Executive Orders issued by President Donald Trump A presidential Executive Order relating to nonimmigrant visa issuance, immigration screening procedures, and refugees is likely imminent.  The draft of the Order, entitled "Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals," is NOT the final version of the Executive Order and it has not yet been signed by the President.  Changes can be made prior to formal issuance.   LAC will update you if/ when the Order is issued.  However, given the significance, we are taking the unusual step of advising our clients of its specific content before the order is actually issued. If...

News Regarding FY2018 H-1B Cap

23:17 04 January in News Updates

April 3, 2017 marks the opening date of the filing window for H-1B petitions seeking a FY2018 (10/1/17 to 9/30/18) cap or quota number.  USCIS will begin accepting H-1B petitions for the 2017 H-1B cap starting Monday, April 3, 2017.   The H-1B quota limitations are as follows: Regular cap (Bachelor's degree):    58,200 Regular cap, Citizen of Chile:           1,400 Regular cap, Citizen of Singapore:   5,400 Master's cap (Master's degree or higher from a U.S. University):   20,000 Background: For the past four years the H-1B quota was met as soon as the filing window opened in April, triggering the lottery provision.  This provision requires the USCIS to allow employers to continue to...