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As Expected, DHS Terminates Haiti’s TPS

On November 20, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced that it will terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Haiti, effective July 22, 2019. Haitians living in the United States under TPS have 18 months to seek lawful immigration status in the United States, if eligible, or leave the country.  The announcement


New Trump Administration Policy Makes It Easier For Immigration Officers to Deny H-1B Extensions

On October 23, 2017, USCIS released a policy memorandum called “Rescission of Guidance Regarding Deference to Prior Determinations of Eligibility in the Adjudication of Petitions for Extension of Nonimmigrant Status.”  This memorandum marks another policy shift in the H-1B program, which the Trump administration has targeted under its “Buy American Hire American” initiative.  The memorandum


Trump’s Crack-Down on H-1B Visas

It is no secret that the Trump Administration wants to reform the H-1B visa program to limit H-1B visas to only the most highly skilled and highly paid foreign workers.  President Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order, issued this past April, stated as much.  Similarly, Trump has fully supported the RAISE Act, which would


Premium Processing Available for All H-1B Petitions

USCIS announced that it will now accept premium processing for all H-1B petitions starting on October 3, 2017. The Trump Administration had temporarily suspended premium processing for H-1B petitions during the H-1B cap processing in April of 2017. During the summer of 2017, USCIS had slowly started to accept premium processing for some – but


Trump Makes It Harder to Get F-1 Student Visas

In August, the Department of State (DOS) changed the existing guidance in its Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) to make it harder for applicants to obtain F-1 student visas. The manual now contains stricter language directing consular officers abroad to assess the F-1 visa applicant’s plans regarding departure from the United States upon completion of his


Camiel Becker to Consult with DACA Entrepreneurs at the Festival of Undoculnnovation

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, Becker & Lee Partner Camiel Becker will provide consultations to DACA entrepreneurs at the upcoming Festival of Undoculnnvoation, where entrepreneurial DREAMers from around the country will meet in Sausalito, California to share their projects and look for funding and support. Read more about DACA entrepreneurs here. Trump’s recent DACA announcement