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Jan 19, 2018

The Weekly Round-Up: H-1B Visa Applications Expected to Surge, DACA Fight Continues Potentially Forcing Government Shutdown, and States and Federal Government at Odds Over Immigration Enforcement

H-1B Visas

The number of applications for H-1B visas – reserved for foreign professionals seeking to work in skilled positions in the United States – is expected to rise this year, and employers need to prepare accordingly.

The law caps the number of available visas at 85,000 (with 20,000 reserved for those with a master’s degree), and the 85,000 recipients are chosen at random through a lottery system. … Read More

Jan 16, 2018

Convenience Stores Beware: Immigration Is Coming. What Do You Do?

Last week over 100 7-Eleven Stores across the United States were raided by Immigration agents in what is being called “the largest operation against an employer under Donald Trump’s presidency” —and a slowdown is nowhere in sight.  Immigration officials have promised that all employers will be subject to immigration compliance actions—regardless of size.  One mistake—however minimal—can have devastating consequences on the employer, not the employee: millions in fines, loss of federal grants and contracts, forced SEC reporting, loss of franchisee agreements, franchisor sanctions, to years in prison.  … Read More

Jan 15, 2018

Is DACA Really Back? Yes, DACA is Back! Immediate Action is Necessary to Preserve DACA Privileges. 

Following last week’s temporary federal court order stopping the Trump Administration from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) pending the outcome of the underlying litigation, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the DACA program “will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on September 5, 2017,” until further notice.  This means: DACA is back…at least for now.… Read More

Jan 10, 2018

Breaking News: Immigration Agents Raid Over 100 7-Eleven Stores, Warning All U.S. Employers to Prepare for Random Immigration Audits

Hundreds of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents walked into over 100 7-Eleven stores throughout Los Angeles—without any notice or warning.  No, the ICE agents were not buying the famous 7-Eleven Slurpee; rather, they were executing what has been described as the “largest operation against an employer under Donald Trump’s presidency.”… Read More

Jan 09, 2018

Chain Migration is What? It’s the Longest Family Tree Ever, and Keeps Growing and Growing.

The Administration, time and again, has made clear that any comprehensive immigration reform must address the border wall and border security, the diversity visa program, and what President Trump refers to as “chain migration.”  Chain Migration?  I wonder what comes to the minds of non-immigration attorneys when they first hear the phrase “chain migration.”… Read More

Jan 08, 2018

Washington Post: Trump Administration to Announce the End to TPS for El Salvador

The Washington Post reported earlier today that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Elaine Duke will announce the termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador, with a September 9, 2019, final deadline for El Salvadoran TPS holders to seek and apply for alternative lawful immigration status or, if no alternative exists, to depart to El Salvador.… Read More

Dec 29, 2017

Immigration in 2018: Unknowns…

One thing is known about immigration law in 2018: it will bring many unknowns.  Since the current administration assumed power in January of 2017, we have reported countless (nearly daily) changes to immigration policies, from quadrupling the number of immigration officers with a mission to audit every American employer, to the instituting multiple travel bans, ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Read More

Dec 22, 2017

Breaking EB-5 Alert: EB-5 Regional Center Program Extended

In a late-night vote, the House and Senate passed and sent to the White House a continuing resolution that prevented a government shutdown and extended the EB-5 Regional Center Program until January 19, 2018.  As we reported early this week, the EB-5 Regional Center Program was set to end at the stroke of midnight tonight.

This is only a temporary fix, pushing off any long-term resolution to the EB-5 Investor Visa Program for just a few weeks. … Read More

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