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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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Employers Must Now Use New I-9 Form

Employers must now use the new version of Form I-9 when verifying the identity and work eligibility of new employees. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services accepted the old version through January 21, 2017. Starting January 22, 2017 employers must use the new form only. USCIS will hold a stakeholder teleconference on January 31, 2017, to

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New Final Rule Expands Options for International Entrepreneurs

DHS published a final rule which will allow some international entrepreneurs more flexibility when applying to enter the US to start and/or expand their businesses. The new final rule, which was published on January 17, 2017 – just days before Trump’s inauguration – will take effect on July 17, 2017, unless the new GOP-led Congress

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New Legal Standard Issued for National Interest Waiver Cases

Foreign workers who can prove their work is in the “national interest” to the country can obtain permanent residency in the US without having to go through the Department of Labor PERM labor certification process. This puts such “national interest” workers on a quicker and often times cheaper pathway to obtaining their green cards through

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Obama Ends “Wet-foot, Dry-Foot” Policy for Cuban Migrants

President Obama announced the immediate end of a 21-year policy known as “wet-foot, dry-foot,” which for many years has allowed Cuban immigrants without documentation to be paroled (allowed to stay) in the U.S. once they set foot on U.S. soil without permission. Often, those fleeing Cuba made the treacherous 90-mile journey from Cuba to Florida

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Camiel Becker Speaks on DHS Rule Impacting High-Skilled Workers

Camiel Becker presented on a panel with Atessa Chehrazi of Jackson & Hertogs, on a continuing legal education panel discussing a new rule taking effect on January 17, 2017 that impacts high-skilled immigrant workers.  The educational course – which was offered on January 9, 2017 – was attended in person and remotely by approximately 20

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