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Administration Places New Limits on Chinese Journalists, Airlines

Journalists and airlines are the two latest groups affected by the deterioration in the relationship between China and the United States. Since the “tariff wars” and the onset of COVID-19, the relationship between China and the United States has become ever more complicated. In early May, the Trump Administration changed the I visa rules for... Continue Reading
June 11, 2020

The Fairness for High-Skilled Workers Act May Endanger Economy

The Fairness for High-Skilled Workers Act has passed the House of Representatives, and is pending before the Senate where it may pass by unanimous consent (i.e., with no actual vote or hearing). On its face, the Fairness Act seems fair. By eliminating the 7% per country cap, Indian nationals and Chinese nationals who have been...… Continue Reading
September 27, 2019

Congress Questions DHS on Immigration Processing Delays

The House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship asked the Department of Homeland Security to account for the delays in immigration processing at a hearing on July 16, 2019. Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Cal.), who chaired the hearing, wanted an explanation for the 2.4 million application/petition backlog, as well as processing delays that have reached crisis...… Continue Reading
August 13, 2019

E-1/E-2 Treaty Visas Option for New Zealanders

The U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, Scott P. Brown, has announced that eligible New Zealand nationals may apply for E-1/E-2 Treaty Investor Visas: “We’ve listened. And as of June 10, New Zealand business owners and New Zealand citizens essential to those companies are going to be able to reside and work in the United States...… Continue Reading
June 19, 2019

‘I-Squared’ Bill Would Change H-1B and Other Immigration Programs

While the Administration and Congress work to reconcile the needs of DACA recipients with concerns over border security and illegal immigration, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) have introduced a bill to reform immigration programs for high-skilled workers. If the bill passes, it would go a long way to maintaining U.S. competitiveness in...… Continue Reading
February 4, 2018

Nonimmigrant Visa Applicants May Have Longer Waits

President Donald Trump has issued an executive order striking the 80-percent/three-week goal for interviewing nonimmigrant visa applicants following submission of applications. Since September 11, 2001, the State Department has given priority to security over quick visa adjudications. For many reasons, including heightened security, between 2001 and 2010, the U.S. share of the global tourism market...… Continue Reading
July 7, 2017

Travel Update Under Trump’s Executive Order

While daily governmental guidance for affected individuals, in the United States and abroad, has followed the signing of Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” on January 27, 2017, reports of inconsistent treatment of individuals abound. The following illustrates some of the confusion regarding individuals “from” Iraq, Iran, Libya, … Continue Reading
February 2, 2017

“University of Northern New Jersey” Visa Fraud Sting Operation Shutdown after Arrest of 21

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) announced on April 5, 2016, that the “University of Northern New Jersey” (“UNNJ”) had been a sting operation for the past two-and-a-half years. Run by Homeland Security Investigations Newark, UNNJ had a plausible website and an address in Cranford, New Jersey. Twenty-one persons, characterized as brokers, recruiters, and employers, were … Continue Reading
April 12, 2016

CIR ASAP Bill Proposes Broad Immigration Changes

The Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009 (“CIR ASAP”) has been introduced by Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D. Ill.). The bill proposes a broad array of changes to the visa system, some of which may place additional burdens on employers: Included in the bill, introduced on December 15, 2009, are … Continue reading CIR ASAP Bill Proposes Broad Immigration Changes
December 16, 2009