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  • Will Student-Athletes on F-1 Visas be Affected by the Fair Pay to Play Act ?

    California SB 206 would allow college-level student-athletes in California to market their name, image, and likeness without affecting their amateur status. How may the new law, which is in the final phases of approval, affect international student-athletes? Foreign students enter the United States on F-1 student visas. The terms of this type of visa drastically...… Continue Reading
    August 12, 2019
  • Will Student-Athletes on F-1 Visas be Affected by the Fair Pay to Play Act ?

    The Fair Pay to Play Act, California SB 206, would allow college-level student-athletes in California to market their name, image, and likeness without affecting their amateur status. How may the new law, which is in the final phases of approval, affect international student-athletes? Foreign students enter the United States on F-1 student visas. The terms...… Continue Reading The post Will Student-Athletes on F-1 Visas be Affected by the Fair Pay to Play Act ? appeared first on Collegiate & Professional Sports Law Blog.
    August 12, 2019
  • The New Normal: Sustained Rise in Worksite Immigration Raids

    Six hundred and eighty workers from seven poultry processing plants across Mississippi were arrested by ICE in what was the largest workplace raid in a decade. Raids of this size require complex logistics and months of preparation. This raid has been in the planning stages for a year. “Sources close to the Department of Homeland...… Continue Reading
    August 8, 2019
  • DHS High-Pressure Activities Continue

    The Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has sent an unprecedented number of I-9 audits, called Notices of Inspection (NOIs), in the previous three weeks reportedly to more than 3,000 companies. At least another 3,000 are likely on the way since ICE has requested (and received) an additional $6.5 million to hire...… Continue Reading
    July 30, 2019
  • Brazil Lifts Visa Requirement for U.S. Citizens

    In a move that likely will give a boost to the Brazilian tourism industry, the Brazilian government has announced that U.S. citizens can now visit Brazil without a visa. Citizens of Australia, Canada, and Japan also have received this cost-saving and time-saving benefit. This move was first discussed in March by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro...… Continue Reading
    June 27, 2019
  • New DS-160 Form Seeks Social Media Information, Affecting Millions of Visa Applicants

    Two years ago, then-Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, proposed collecting 15 years of travel, address and employment history and 5 years of social medical platforms, identifiers, phone numbers and emails from visa applicants selected for “extreme vetting.” It was predicted that this would affect only 0.5% of all visa applicants – approximately 65,000 annually. As of...… Continue Reading
    June 11, 2019
  • Insights: Pros and Cons of Registering for E-Verify

    Immigration enforcement is a major focus of attention of the Trump Administration – including in the business immigration context. One measure of this interest is the increase in I-9 audits. ICE reported that worksite investigations surged in FY 2018 by “300 to 750 percent” over FY 2017. Given that, many employers are considering whether to...… Continue Reading
    May 31, 2019
  • What Processing Delays in Immigration Cases Mean

    Long USCIS processing delays are now the norm for all types of immigration cases. Indeed, the delays have reached crisis levels. Processing times increased by 46% over the past two fiscal years and 91% since FY 2014. In fact, even though applications declined by 17% in FY 2018, processing times continued to rise. In some...… Continue Reading
    May 16, 2019
  • Federal Court Blocks DHS Policy on Unlawful Presence for Foreign Students, Exchange Visitors

    On August 8, 2019, DHS issued a new policy that announced that foreign students would begin accumulating “unlawful presence” if any violation of status had occurred, whether known to the student or not. On May 3, 2019, in Guilford College et al. v. DHS, Judge Loretta C. Biggs in the U.S. District Court for the Middle...… Continue Reading
    May 8, 2019
  • Trump Administration Targets Visa Overstays

    President Donald Trump issued a Memorandum on April 22, 2019 aimed at reducing visa overstays – people who stay in the U.S. beyond the time authorized by their visas.  Assertions set forth in the Memorandum include: For FY 2018, the Administration believes that there were 415,000 individuals in the U.S. who had overstayed on nonimmigrant...… Continue Reading
    May 2, 2019

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