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
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
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
Washington’s divisive political climate has led to many uncertainties in the future of the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program. Last week, the House and Senate passed a continuing resolution that prevented a government shutdown and provided for the extension of the investor visa program until December 22, 2017. As announced on Twitter, President Trump signed the continuing resolution minutes after it hit the Oval Office desk.… Read More
On Monday, the United States Supreme Court entered an order permitting the Administration to fully enforce the most recent travel ban, which bars most nationals from seven countries: Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, and Venezuela. The Supreme Court’s summary, one-page decision stays several federal district court orders that prevented the Administration’s enforcement of the travel ban and ends the Court’s June 2017 decision to allow the then-version of the travel ban to remain in place, if travelers with certain connections to the United States could continue to travel to the United States.… Read More
College and university officials throughout the nation are closely monitoring the Trump Administration’s immigration policies, often taking stands against significant changes and shifts, such as the Administration’s 2017 Travel Bans, as well as threats to further limit and complicate the process of traveling to the United States as a non-immigrant student, researcher, academic, professor, lecturer, or person of specialized knowledge, skill, or trade, and others.… Read More
On Monday, November 20, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California blocked the efforts of President Trump and the Department of Justice to withhold federal grant funding based upon a locality’s “sanctuary city” status. The ruling nullifies a White Order Executive Order from January that was intended to discourage and crack down on local governments that refused to comply with certain requests from the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to question and detain individuals based upon their immigration status.… Read More