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Sep 13, 2017

NEWS UPDATE: Supreme Court Temporarily Upholds Travel Ban on Certain Refugees, Will Revisit Issue Next Month

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court, without opinion, voted to temporarily uphold the travel ban on a majority of people who had been granted refugee status in the United States and were scheduled to be placed with an American resettlement agency.  Nothing else is known about the vote or breakdown within the Court, other than that at least five justices voted in favor of continuing the ban.… Read More

Aug 22, 2017

State Department Suspends U.S. Non-Immigrant Visa Processing in Russia

In response to the Russian decision to cap the number of employees at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Russia, the State Department has temporarily halted the processing of non-immigrant visa applications in Russia.  This decision impacts many non-immigrant travelers to the United States, including those seeking to visit for a short period, multinational executives and managers, professional and skilled employees, students seeking F-1 student visas, and others who seek to enter the United States as non-immigrants.… Read More

Aug 21, 2017

Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake Rebukes GOP Plan to Cut Legal Immigration in Half

In a recent editorial for the New York Times, Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona pointedly attacked the RAISE Act – a bill proposed in the U.S. Senate to cut legal immigration in half and focus almost solely on skilled workers.

The senator recounts the story of Manuel Chaidez, a young man from his childhood who entered without documentation from Mexico and started working on his family’s farm. … Read More

Aug 17, 2017

UPenn Study Finds that GOP Plan to Cut Immigration Will Lower America’s GDP

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School shows that the Republican plan to cut immigration in half will reduce the U.S. per capita gross domestic product by .7 percent over the next ten years, and by 2 percent by 2040.

The study is a direct response to the RAISE Act, introduced by Arkansas senator Tom Cotton and Georgia senator David Perdue and endorsed by President Trump, which calls for halving total legal immigration and putting an emphasis on high-skilled workers (for further information on this bill, please see our previous coverage here). … 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 11, 2017

Report Commissioned by Rex Tillerson Recommends Homeland Security Assume Control of Issuing U.S. Visas

In a report commissioned by Department of State Secretary Rex Tillerson, Insigniam Holding, an international management consulting firm, recommended that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) take over control of evaluating and issuing U.S. visas.  The Department of State currently has jurisdiction over U.S. visas issued abroad, including consular processing, applicant screening, and visa interviews.

The report relied on surveys of thousands within the State Department, as well as in-person interviews with a few hundred other government employees. … Read More

Apr 11, 2017

H-1B Visa cap reached in first week… again

For the 5th consecutive year, the cap was reached in the first week for the H-1B visa, which is the prototypical visa for educated employees wishing to come to the U.S. to work in specialized jobs. In other words, there are 85,000 H-1B visas allowed each year, and the number of applications exceeded that amount in 5 days.  Click here to read more on this.  … Read More

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