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Haiti’s TPS Designation Extended For Only 6 Months

Since a 7.0 magnitude earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010, the United States has allowed Haitian nationals to live and work in the country legally under a temporary immigration status called Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”).   TPS is a form of humanitarian relief that the U.S. government can grant to foreign nationals present in the United States

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Increased H-1B Fraud Probes Announced

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that it will aggressively confront fraud and abuse in the foreign visa worker programs under its jurisdiction, which include the H-1B and H-2A visa programs.  The announcement follows President Trump’s April 18, 2017, Executive Order entitled “Buy American, Hire American,” in which he directed the Department of Labor

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Camiel Becker Speaks to Business Owners at SF Small Business Week Conference

Camiel Becker and Emily Wages will speak at the San Francisco Small Business Conference on May 17, 2017. The conference is hosted at the SBA Entrepreneur Center in San Francisco.  In a presentation titled “Immigration Law in the Employment Context,” Mr. Becker and Ms. Wages will speak about the overall employment-based immigration process, I-9 compliance

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Heightened Screening and Vetting Could Mean More Visa Delays and Denials

On March 17, 2017, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a diplomatic cable instructing consular officials around the world to immediately increase the screening of applicants for all types of visas to the United States. The cable is the first step in implementing President Trump’s “Presidential Memorandum on Implementing Heightened Screening and Vetting of Applications

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USCIS to Halt Premium Processing of H1-B Visas for Up to Six Months

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it will suspend expedited processing of visas for skilled workers in specialty occupations.  The suspension will start on April 3, 2017, and last up to six months.  Premium processing allows for an H1-B visa petition to be adjudicated within 15 days of filing, for a fee

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Camiel Becker on New Immigration Entrepreneur Rule

The San Francisco Chronicle published an article called “Trump order dashes hopes of would-be entrepreneurs” on February 2, 2017. The article details how students and aspiring entrepreneurs have been impacted by Trump’s recent immigration travel bans and other expected anti-immigrant policies. The article quotes Becker & Lee LLP Partner Camiel Becker, who explains that in

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TRAVEL ADVISORY: 9th Circuit Upholds Temporary Restraining Order of Trump’s Travel Ban Aimed at Muslims

On January 27, 2017, Donald Trump signed an Executive Order (hereinafter “EO”) called “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals.” The EO immediately (1) Implements a travel ban from seven designated Muslim countries for 90 days; (2) Suspends refugee admissions for 120 days; and (3) Suspends interview waivers at US consulates abroad. On February 3, 2017, a Federal District Court Judge

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