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Jul 18, 2017

Immigration Compliance Due Diligence is Essential to M&A Transactions

Okay, you are about to close on the $50,000,000 acquisition agreement that was signed months ago.  A New Jersey company is acquiring a New Jersey company.  No international offices.  Due diligence has commenced and concluded.  You and your lawyers have looked at everything – balance sheets, annual reports, vendor, sales, purchasing, and operating agreements, years of revenue, expenses, and cash flow reports, projections for decades ahead. … Read More

Jul 18, 2017

Trump and the GOP Planning to Cut Legal Immigration in Half

President Trump, along with White House Aide Stephen Miller and Republican members of Congress, are seeking to cut legal immigration in half by the year 2027.  According to Politico, Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia, with the support of the president, will be introducing legislation to that effect later in the summer.  Currently, the United States accepts approximately 1 million legal immigrants into the United States – this bill would attempt to slash that number over the next 10 years to about 500,000.… Read More

Jul 18, 2017

Travel Ban Update: State Department Expands Definition of “Close Family”

Responding to a federal district court order judicially expanding those excluded from the Administration’s Travel Ban, the United States Department of State issued guidance on Monday expanding the definition of “family” under the Executive Order banning certain visa applicants and refugees from six countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.… Read More

Jul 18, 2017

The Trump-Russian Lawyer: Undocumented? Issued a Visa? How Did She Get into the United States? Did CBP Really Strip Search Her at the Airport?

Many questions have arisen concerning the immigration status of the Russian lawyer who is at the center of the media’s coverage of the federal Russian 2016 Presidential Election interference investigation.  Was she undocumented?  Did she have a visa?  Was it a visitor visa?  Why was she allowed to enter the United States?  How did she enter?  Clarity has been found in an affidavit the Russian lawyer filed as counsel in United States v.Read More

Jul 18, 2017

All Employers: Yet Again, USCIS Releases an Updated Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification

United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has again changed the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  On July 17, 2017, USCIS published the revised version, which employers are mandated to use effective September 18, 2017.  Until then, employers may continue to use the current Form I-9.  Further, employers must remain compliant with existing Form I-9 storage and retention policies for any previously completed employment verification forms.… Read More

Jul 14, 2017

Medical Student Denied Entry by Customs and Border Patrol.  Deported Shortly After Landing.

CBP confirmed the removal of a first year medical student from Saudi Arabia, with a Sudanese Passport.

The medical student-resident, who was lawfully in the United States, left to visit family in Saudi Arabia for a short break.  When landing in New York, she presented her Sudanese passport, valid visa, and other required documents.  Given that Sudan is on the Trump Travel Ban list, the student was forced to leave the country. … Read More

Jul 14, 2017

Breaking: Federal Judge Expands List of Relatives Exempt from Trump Travel Ban

In deciding an emergent request by the State of Hawaii, a Federal District Court entered an order expanding the list of relatives who are not subject to the Trump Administration’s travel ban.

In the order, U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson ordered the United States government not to enforce the ban on grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins of people in the United States.  … Read More

Jul 13, 2017

House Spending Bill for Homeland Security Heavy on Border Wall, Enforcement, and Deportation

On Tuesday, July 11, the House Appropriations Committee released a spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  It features increases in spending to both the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), agencies of DHS dealing with border enforcement, detention, and deportation.… Read More

Jul 12, 2017

Panda Express Fined $400,000 for Form I-9 Compliance Violation

Panda Express—the world’s leading Chinese fast food chain—agreed to settle a US Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into its Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification procedures.  Panda Express was fined $400,000 and required to create a $200,000 fund to provide back pay to affected employees.… Read More

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