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  • Presidential Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States

    On March 6, 2017 President Trump signed a new a new Executive Order (EO), called Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States , that places limits on travel to the U.S. from certain countries, and by all refugees who do not possess either a visa or valid travel documents. The new EO will revoke and replace the original travel ban/executive order issued January 27, ...
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  • USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions Effective April 3, 2017

    This news just in from the USCIS: Starting April 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. This suspension may last up to 6 months. While H-1B premium processing is suspended, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker which requests the H-1B nonimmigrant ...
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  • How Do the Recent Employment-Based Visa Changes Affect Me?

    Rules on immigration have been experiencing upheaval recently. The current U.S. president’s executive order banning about 218 million people from entering the country concerned millions of others across the United States. Countries around the world also found it cause for concern, as many immigrants flock to the country on visas that could be rendered useless by another such order. For now, a ...
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  • National Guard to round up Immigrants?

    President Trump’s administration at some point considered mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, according to a draft copy of an order obtained by The Associated Press. The AP’s report states that an 11-page draft memo showed the Trump administration considering an unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, ...
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  • I-485 Supplement J

    As of January 17, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released supplement J, a new form to be used in conjunction with applications to adjust status (form I-485). Supplement J serves to present authentication of a bona fide job offer or to notify the USCIS in cases where the job is ported to a new employer or a new job. Effective immediately, the supplement J must be ...
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  • USCIS Fee and Form Changes

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently increased their fees for many petitions and applications filed with them. Their reasoning for the increase was the fees are their only source of funding, and they needed to pay for higher costs. The EB-5 petitions and applications were affected the most, with one petition going up 145% and an application increasing 186%. Here is a list ...
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  • Immigration Reform: High Skilled Visas Under Consideration

    The H1-B visa is a popular pathway that helps high-skilled foreigners work at companies in the U.S. The visas require that recipients hold a bachelor's degree and work in a "specialty occupation" related to their field of study. Presently, around 85,000 visas are granted annually to immigrants by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which is part of the Department of Homeland ...
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  • Appeals Court Rules Against Travel Ban

    On February 9, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled against President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) on immigration and refugees, stating that it would not block a ruling by a Seattle court a week ago that halted the EO. The San Francisco-based court's three judges unanimously agreed that the government had not been able to show that any terror threat vindicated reviving the ...
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  • Proposed Legal Immigration Barriers

    Two Republican senators proposed steps to cut the number of legal immigrants admitted into the United States by half on February 7, 2017. Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue proposed a bill that would reduce the number of immigrants granted U.S. residency each year from 1 million to 500,000. (CNN news) U.S. citizens and permanent residents can currently sponsor an assortment of family members ...
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  • The Judges Of The 9th Circuit Court Of Appeals Posed Pointed Questions

    The judges of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals posed pointed questions to lawyers from the Department of Justice and Washington State over a suspension on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim counties. The court is considering the government’s appeal of a federal judge’s order temporarily preventing enforcement of the travel ban, which blocks admissions from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, ...
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  • Federal Judges Listen to Arguments Concerning President Trump's Executive Order

    Three federal judges on Tuesday afternoon will hear oral arguments in the challenge to President Trump's Executive Order (EO) on immigration. The hearing will determine the immediate fate of the nationwide temporary restraining order (TRO) against the travel ban that bars citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the US for 90 days, all refugees for 120 days and ...
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  • Temporary Restraining Order Issued on Executive Order

    On February 3, 2017, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) prohibiting the government from enforcing the January 27, 2017 Executive Order (EO) in regard to the national travel ban. As a result of this TRO all ports of entry, whether land or sea, are prohibited from enforcing the provisions of the EO until further order ...
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  • The Department of State Comments on Trump's Executive Order

    The Department of State Comments on Trump's Executive Order The Department of State (DOS) has stated that despite rumors to the contrary that there is no plan to extend the travel ban and visa revocations to other countries, other than those named in the Executive Order issued last week by President Trump. Colombia and Venezuela amongst others were those countries rumored to be under deliberation. ...
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  • Trump's Executive Order Clarified by The Department of Homeland Security

    Trump's Executive Order Clarified by The Department of Homeland Security The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued clarification regarding the Executive Order (EO) signed last week by President Trump. Green card holders from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen can breathe easier as DHS has held that it is in the national interests that nationals from these countries be ...
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  • New Executive Order Signed

    New Executive Order Signed President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) relating to visa issuance, screening procedures, and refugees on Jan. 27, 2017. The apparent purpose of this EO is to protect the United States from terrorist acts that could potentially be committed by foreign nationals of certain countries. By limiting entry and visas to certain individuals the EO, titled ...
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