This week, the Trump Administration stated it would postpone the implementation of the “International Entrepreneur Rule,” an Obama policy designed to facilitate immigrant entrepreneurs coming to the United States to help fund and manage start-up businesses.… Read More
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
American Embassies and Consulates from London to Lisbon to Lebanon and beyond have put into effect the Trump Administration’s determination to implement global extreme vetting for foreign nationals applying for permission to enter the United States.… Read More
Venezuela’s ongoing political turmoil and near economic collapse have caused thousands of Venezuelans to flee to the United States to seek asylum protection. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that in the first three months of 2017, 8,301 Venezuelans sought asylum protection in the United States, compared to 3,507 asylum applicants in the same three months of 2016. Based on those numbered, USCIS projects that this year’s applications will surpass last year’s 18,155 requests, when Venezuela surpassed China as the country with the most US asylum applicants.… Read More
Jae Lee was born in South Korea and lawfully moved to the United States when he was 13 years old. He was a “lawful permanent resident” or a “green card holder” and never naturalized to become a United States Citizen. In 2008, 35 years after Mr. Lee came to the United States, he was charged in federal court on one count of possessing ecstasy with intent to distribute in violation of 21 U.… Read More
Following the Administration’s March 2017 halt to premium processing for Physicians under the Conrad 30 J-1 Waiver Program, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on June 23 that premium processing would resume. Premium processing allows for USCIS application processing within 15 days at an additional cost.
Given the very short timelines USCIS set for the Conrad 30 Waiver and similar programs, premium processing is necessary to allow many whose time qualified to change status. … Read More
Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous order lifting part of the injunction that had been placed against President Trump’s March 6 Executive Order that established a travel ban on certain people entering the United States. This order allows the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State to restrict travel to the United States for nationals from six countries: Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. … Read More
A much-anticipated (at least by immigration lawyers) report was recently released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The report, dubbed the “2016 US Entry/Exit Overstay Report,” looks at U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) airport and seaport entry/exit records, crosschecking to see how many temporary visitors may have unilaterally decided to become permanent.… Read More