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Trump Suspends Issuance of Certain H-1B, H-2B, J and L Visas and Extends Suspension of Issuance of Certain Immigrant Visas through the End of the Year

On June 20, 2020, President Trump issued a proclamation suspending the entry of foreign nationals on certain employment-based nonimmigrant visas into the United States. The proclamation is effective June 24, 2020, and remains in effect through at least December 31, 2020, with the possibility of continued extension and modifications. The proclamation also extended President Trump’s


Camiel Becker to speak about Student Visa Trends

Becker & Lee Partner Camiel Becker will speak with Erin Skelly, UC-Berkeley Assistant Director of Student Services, an immigration law panel on student visa trends in 2020 Thursday March 26, 2020 at 5:30 pm. The panel is hosted by the Alameda County Bar Association and AILA NorCal. F-1 student applicants and visa holders face increased


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


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


What DACA Holders Need to Know About President Trump’s DACA Phase Out

On September 5, 2017, President Trump directed DHS and USCIS to phase out President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.  Since 2012, certain immigrants who entered the United States illegally as minors and meet other requirements have been given a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and have been given employment


Premium Processing Resumes for Cap-Exempt H-1B Petitions

USCIS announced it would immediately resume premium processing for some cap-exempt H-1B petitions starting July 24, 2017. Premium processing for most H-1B petitions is still suspended, however. The H-1B petitions which can be filed with premium processing include only those filed by: An institution of higher education; A nonprofit affiliated with or related to an