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  • What Restaurateurs Need to Know About Immigration Raids on Their Premises

    What Restaurateurs Need to Know About Immigration Raids on Their Premises… Continue Reading
    April 4, 2017
  • State Department Orders ‘Extreme Vetting’

    State Department Secretary Rex Tillerson has directed all consular chiefs to determine which populations of visa applicants should be subject to additional “extreme” vetting.  The March 15 direction is in response to President Donald Trump’s March 6 “Travel Ban” Executive Order and Presidential Memorandum on “extreme vetting.” The Memo directed the U.S. Attorney General and … Continue Reading
    March 24, 2017
  • 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