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  • H-1B Visa Processing Delays Underscored by Extraordinary Need for Healthcare Workers

    Processing delays for immigration cases have increased by 46 percent in the past two fiscal years and 91 percent since FY 2014. Businesses complain that they cannot obtain H-1B visas for key employees. Congress is looking into why these delays are taking place. In the meantime, foreign nationals become disenchanted and look for solutions in... Continue Reading
    February 12, 2020
  • Federal Judge Blocks Enforcement of DHS’ “Unlawful Presence” Calculation

    International students at U.S. colleges and universities can feel a bit more secure now that a federal district court judge in North Carolina has permanently enjoined the government from enforcing its 2018 Policy Memorandum that changed how “unlawful presence” would be calculated. Judge Loretta Biggs, in Guilford College et al. v. Chad Wolf, U.S. Department... Continue Reading
    February 7, 2020
  • Travel Restrictions, New Facts on Coronavirus Should be Continually Monitored by Employers

    The outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China continues to raise not only health concerns, but issues for employers and employees. Information about the virus continues to evolve. After the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency due to the 2019-nCoV, the Trump Administration announced that, as of 5:00... Continue Reading
    February 4, 2020
  • USCIS Introduces New I-9 Form

    The long-promised new Form I-9 is now available for use and downloading from the USCIS website. Although it became available for use starting January 31, 2020, there is a grace period.  Employers have up to 90 days (until May 1, 2020) to start using the new form which has the Revision date 10/21/19 on the... Continue Reading
    February 3, 2020
  • New Public Charge Rule Effective February 24, USCIS Announces

    USCIS has announced the new Public Charge Rule will become effective on February 24, 2020, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has lifted the injunction. This Rule affects legal immigrants (those who are legally in the United States and those who are seeking admission to the United States) and illegal immigrants (who have never been... Continue Reading
    January 31, 2020
  • U.S. Supreme Court Lifts Injunction on Tough DHS Public Charge Rule

    The Trump Administration’s new Public Charge Rule can go into effect (for now, at least). The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling, has lifted the injunction that prevented DHS from enforcing its new Public Charge Rule despite New York’s argument that doing so would “inject confusion and uncertainty” into the process. The Public Charge... Continue Reading
    January 28, 2020
  • USCIS Denials in Extraordinary Ability Category on the Rise

    Is it a significant achievement to make it onto a national sports team? Would winning a top-ten spot in a European championship constitute an award for excellence? Would being one of a duo who were U.S. junior ice dance champions constitute an internationally recognized prize? These are questions USCIS has answered in the negative in...… Continue Reading The post USCIS Denials in Extraordinary Ability Category on the Rise appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
    December 17, 2019
  • USCIS Denials in Extraordinary Ability Category on the Rise

    Is it a significant achievement to make it onto a national sports team? Would winning a top-ten spot in a European championship constitute an award for excellence? Would being one of a duo who were U.S. junior ice dance champions constitute an internationally recognized prize? These are questions USCIS has answered in the negative in... Continue Reading
    December 17, 2019
  • Supreme Court Hears Argument on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Policy

    To read our publication from our practice group co-leaders on oral argument before the Supreme Court on DACA and implications of the proceedings, please go here. Continue Reading
    November 13, 2019
  • Judge Halts Presidential Proclamation Suspending Visas for Immigrants without Health Insurance

    Predictably, the “Presidential Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry of Immigrants Who Will Financially Burden the United States Healthcare System” has been blocked from going into effect for the time being. The U.S. District Court in Portland, Oregon, in Doe v. Trump, issued a 28-day temporary restraining order (TRO) in an unusual weekend session just... Continue Reading
    November 4, 2019

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