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U.S. Top Court Allows Trump’s Latest Travel Ban Into Full Effect

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court let President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban take full effect even as legal challenges continue in lower courts. Trump will now be able to bar or restrict entry by people from Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, Somalia, North Korea and Venezuela, even if they have a relationship with a

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AILA Reports Increased Administrative Processing for Petition-Based Cases

Recent information published by AILA indicates that there has been an increase in reports of petition-based cases put into Administrative Processing [221 (g)] because the petition/approval notice is not entered into the Petition Information Management System (PIMS) – a computer database that U.S consulates around the world can access to see details of visa applications

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PERM and H-1B Compliance: Best Practices Webinar

Green card, PERM and H-1B compliance are essential, but companies are facing challenges amidst seemingly constant changes in policy. This year, there have been plenty of memos and changes to processes that might be cause for anxiety among HR departments. With increased site visits, audits on the rise and H-1B visa season right around the

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Trump Administration Considering Removal of H-4 Work Permits

Sources in a recent San Francisco Chronicle article say the Trump administration is still considering plans to stop issuing work permits to spouses of H-1B visa holders, overturning a 2015 rule issued by the Obama administration. While no new regulation has been passed or even introduced, supporters of the H-4 program believe the removal of

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New DACA Research Sheds Light on Dreamers

Recent research from the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) sheds some light on the behaviors of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) participants and their contributions to American communities. This new DACA research was based on new data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau and released in September 2017. The data provides new insight into

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H-1B Legislation Approved by House Judiciary Committee

On November 15, 2017, the Protect and Grow American Jobs Act passed the House Judiciary Committee. Proposed by Republicans in Congress, the legislation was approved with bipartisan support. The H-1B legislation would directly impact H-1B visa-dependent companies and companies that provide worksites for their H-1B-holding employees. Right now, visa-dependent companies are defined as those with

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NAFTA Negotiations Leading to Immigration Uncertainty

As NAFTA negotiations continue, the future of the TN visa and potential economic implications of the U.S. backing out remain uncertain. NAFTA Negotiations and the U.S. In the U.S., immigrants improve the bottom line, as demonstrated in our Immigration Trends Report, by increasing innovation, helping close the skills gap and expanding the diversity of knowledge

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2017 Immigration Policies: Here’s What You Need to Know

This year has been a whirlwind of immigration changes. Are you up to date with the all the 2017 immigration policies and initiatives? If not, you could be in danger of noncompliance. And in the era of the increased scrutiny that we’re in, the consequences could be more dire than in the past. We sat

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Updates to USCIS Approval Policy, Keeping a Closer Eye on Visa Renewals

On Monday, updates to USCIS approval policy were announced. USCIS released a memo requiring a closer review on visa extensions for nonimmigrant workers. This memo rescinds two previous memos, one from 2004 and one from 2015, that called for a “policy of deference” when it came to previously-approved petitions. Per these historical memos, if a

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New USCIS Numbers: Requests for Evidence Increase

It’s no secret that since the beginning of 2017 there has been a shift toward enhancing scrutiny of immigration policies and practices in the U.S. A series of memos and an executive order have directed immigration agencies to tighten the reigns on immigration adjudication and enforcement. The immigration visa that has been under a lot

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