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USCIS Makes It Harder to Get a TN as An Economist

USCIS issued guidance making it easier for officers to deny TN visas for Canadian and Mexicans who come to the US to work as economists. On December 18, 2017 USCIS issued guidance restricts the professions that can enter the US in TN status as economists. Since the term “economist” is not defined, USCIS and CBP


Court Mandates Implementation of the International Entrepreneur Rule

In a win for promising foreign entrepreneurs, USCIS began accepting applications for entrepreneurial parole after a federal judge in Washington, D.C. ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to halt its delay of the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER).  The IER was an Obama administration policy that would allow promising foreign start-up founders who meet certain


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