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  • Federal Appellate Court Upholds End of Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador, Nicaragua, Sudan

    The Trump Administration’s effort to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for approximately 250,000 people from El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Sudan has been upheld in a split ruling from U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Crista Ramos, et al. v. Wolf, et al. TPS for Honduras and Nepal likely will be affected by... Continue Reading…
    September 15, 2020
  • Federal Appellate Court Upholds End of Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador, Nicaragua, Sudan

    The Trump Administration’s effort to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for approximately 250,000 people from El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Sudan has been upheld in a split ruling from U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Crista Ramos, et al. v. Wolf, et al. TPS for Honduras and Nepal likely will be affected by... Continue Reading
    September 15, 2020
  • New Rule Likely Intended to Formalize Onerous H-1B Requirements

    The “Strengthening the H-1B Nonimmigrant Visa Classification Program” rule has been submitted to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) for review and could be published by the end of the year – or earlier. Although the text of the rule is still not public, it is generally believed that the proposal will formalize... Continue Reading
    September 9, 2020
  • Update on Gomez v. Trump

    Acting quickly, as he promised, Judge Ahmit P. Mehta in Gomez v. Trump, recognized the particular urgency of the Diversity Visa plaintiffs’ situation and granted them injunctive relief.  Judge Mehta ordered the Department of State (DOS) to make good faith efforts to “expeditiously process and adjudicate DV-2020 diversity visa and derivative beneficiary applications” and issue... Continue Reading
    September 8, 2020
  • Waiting for Green Cards

    Some 50,000 foreign nationals with approved Lawful Permanent Residency (Green Card) applications have been waiting for months to receive their cards, which provide proof of lawful permanent resident status. Without these cards, the foreign nationals will have difficulty travelling internationally and proving employment authorization. Causing further stress to these individuals is the requirement under the... Continue Reading…
    September 4, 2020
  • Waiting for Green Cards

    Some 50,000 foreign nationals with approved Lawful Permanent Residency (Green Card) applications have been waiting for months to receive their cards, which provide proof of lawful permanent resident status. Without these cards, the foreign nationals will have difficulty travelling internationally and proving employment authorization. Causing further stress to these individuals is the requirement under the... Continue Reading
    September 4, 2020
  • Judge to Decide on Administration’s Immigration-Related Restrictions Based on COVID-19 Pandemic

    In April and June, numerous Presidential Proclamations suspended entry of thousands of legal immigrants and nonimmigrants least until December 31, 2020, using the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason. This is despite the fact that legal immigration has been proven to bring economic growth. One proclamation affects family-based, diversity visa, and employment based “Green Card” applicants.... Continue Reading
    September 3, 2020
  • Judge to Decide on Administration’s Immigration-Related Restrictions Based on COVID-19 Pandemic

    In April and June, numerous Presidential Proclamations suspended entry of thousands of legal immigrants and nonimmigrants least until December 31, 2020, using the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason. This is despite the fact that legal immigration has been proven to bring economic growth. One proclamation affects family-based, diversity visa, and employment based “Green Card” applicants.... Continue Reading…
    September 3, 2020
  • USCIS Furloughs Delayed to October

    USCIS has announced that, due to an “unprecedented” increase in revenues, the source of which is unclear, it would not go forward with the furloughs previously scheduled for August 30, 2020 – at least not until the end of the fiscal year (October 1, 2020). The USCIS Deputy Director for Policy, Joseph Edlow, stated this... Continue Reading
    August 25, 2020
  • I-9 Interim Rule Allows Approved Foreign Nationals to Begin Working

    USCIS is in the process of entering a Consent Order to produce, on a specific schedule, Employment Authorization Document (EAD) cards for those 75,000 foreign nationals who have approved employment authorization applications but have been waiting for inordinate amounts of time for the cards themselves.  Without the cards, these foreign nationals have not been able... Continue Reading…
    August 21, 2020

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