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  • Revised Travel Ban Blocked

    Late on March 15, Judge Derrick Watson of the U.S. District Court in Hawaii issued a nationwide injunction blocking the revised travel ban Executive Order that was scheduled to take effect on March 16.  In addition, on March 16, Maryland U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang, in a less sweeping order, granted a nationwide injunction … Continue Reading
    March 16, 2017
  • Revised Travel Ban Executive Order Targets Six Countries, Drops Iraq

    The “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” Executive Order (E.O.), issued by President Donald Trump on March 6, 2017, suspends processing of visa issuance for individuals from six designated countries until June 14, 2017, 90 days from the E.O.’s effective date, March 16, 2017.  The E.O. will supersede the Executive … Continue Reading
    March 6, 2017
  • Immigration Law Enforcement and Visa Programs Subject of Draft Executive Order: LCA Public Access File Audits

    Please see our advisory.… Continue Reading
    February 28, 2017
  • New I-9 Handbook for Employers

    USCIS’s new M-274 “Handbook for Employers with Guidance for Completing Form I-9” is now available.  In addition to detailed I-9 completion instructions, the Handbook contains guidance on Photocopying and Retention, Unlawful Discrimination and Penalties, E-Verify. It also contains FAQs as well as images of sample documents. The new I-9 Form went into effect on January … Continue Reading
    February 14, 2017
  • Ninth Circuit Denies Government’s Motion to Stay District Court’s Order Blocking Travel Ban

    In a unanimous opinion, a three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the stay of President Trump’s travel ban.  The Court found in favor of the State of Washington on all of its arguments and held that the Administration had not shown a likelihood of success on the merits of the case. … Continue Reading
    February 10, 2017
  • Travel Ban Update: Court Refused Emergency Government Request to Continue Implementation of EO

    The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has denied the government’s request for an emergency “pause” of Judge James Robart’s TRO prohibiting implementation of the EO barring individuals from seven countries to enter the United States. The Court ordered briefs to be submitted on an expedited basis with the final brief due by … Continue Reading
    February 6, 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
  • Congress Considers Visa Bill Ahead of Expected Immigration Executive Order

    Perhaps anticipating an Executive Order from the White House on business immigration reforms, Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Cal.), who represents Silicon Valley, has introduced a bill that calls for many reforms. The High-Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act of 2017, similar to a bill introduced by Representative Darrell Issa (R-Cal.), raises wage levels related to certain H-1B … Continue Reading
    February 1, 2017
  • Improved Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Focus of Two Executive Orders

    Border security and immigration law enforcement are the subject of two new Executive Orders from President Donald Trump released on January 25, 2017. “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements” directs the Department of Homeland Security to start the process of constructing the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico immediately. The Order directs: The end … Continue Reading
    January 26, 2017
  • Revised Employment Verification Regulations Take Effect on January 18, 2017

    Revised regulations implementing Section 274B of Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), prohibiting certain unfair immigration-related employment practices, will become effective on January 18, 2017, the Department of Justice has announced. Of particular import to employers are the revisions to 28 CFR Part 44 on the employment eligibility verification process. Employers should ensure their policies and … Continue Reading
    January 4, 2017