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
United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) requires all EB-5 Regional Centers to submit a Form I-924A Supplement to Form I-924 at the close of each fiscal year. The filing serves to demonstrate that the EB-5 Regional Center remains eligible for the regional center designation. » Read More
Every healthcare organization has two essential requirements: (1) continuous access to qualified talent; and (2) continuous access to significant numbers of that talent. Hospitals clearly need a lot of employees. To meet these demands, today, more than ever, hospitals and other healthcare providers call on international medical graduates, international students educated in medicine in the United States, global researchers in every practice of medicine, and world-renowned specialists in countless professions.» 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
In a recent article, “Making a Case for Sanctuary Hospitals,” three medical doctors made an argument in favor of “sanctuary hospitals.” They rely primarily on the emotional argument for adopting sanctuary hospital policies, citing several incidents that occurred between February and October of 2017, involving ICE agents at or near hospitals and other healthcare facilities. For more information and to see how this relates to you, access the Norris McLaughlin & Marcus alert here, written by Raymond G.» Read More
A Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, tree removal company was fined $95 million after pleading guilty before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to violating several federal immigration laws due to the company’s practice of hiring and rehiring undocumented immigrants. Federal prosecutors described the fine as the largest ever for an immigration-related case.
As part of its plea, the company admitted to employing undocumented immigrants whom company management knew were ineligible to work in the United States. » Read More
Starting October 18, as part of a new tracking system, the Department of Homeland Security will collect social media and internet data on U.S. immigrants, including lawful permanent residents, and naturalized citizens. This new plan will coincide with the start of the White House’s new travel restrictions on citizens from Chad, Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, North Korea, and Venezuela.
The data collection plan covers things like Facebook and Twitter, and potentially even Google search results. » Read More
The White House plans to formally announce that it will cap the number of refugees who will be able to resettle in the United States to 45,000, according to numerous news outlets. This is the lowest annual level set since the passage of federal legislation in 1980 that gave this power to the president. Last year, President Obama set the annual cap at 110,000, although far fewer refugees actually arrived in the United States.» Read More
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has stated that it will issue a notice shortly regarding the fate of Temporary Protected Status, better known as “TPS,” for several countries in the Caribbean, Central America, and Africa, potentially putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk of deportation. This comes in the wake of the decision by the Trump Administration to end DACA, a program that protected people who entered as children from deportation.» Read More
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