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Effective April 3, 2017, USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

Late Friday evening on March 3, 2017, The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced that it will temporarily suspend its premium processing service for all H-1B petitions, including CAP-subject H-1B petitions.  The temporary suspension will begin on Monday, April 3, 2017, and may continue for up to 6 months.  This procedural change is intended … Continue Reading

DHS Releases Memoranda Outlining Immigration Enforcement Priorities

John Kelly, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), issued two memoranda on Feb. 20, 2017 outlining the Department’s plans for immigration enforcement under President Trump’s administration: “Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest” and “Implementing the President’s Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements Policies.” Both memoranda implement and provide further … Continue Reading

U.S. Court of Appeals Declines to Stay Temporary Restraining Order in connection with Executive Order

On Feb. 9, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling keeping in force the temporary restraining order (TRO) that was issued last Friday by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The TRO was issued in connection with the lawsuit filed by State of Washington and State … Continue Reading

Court Issues Temporary Restraining Order Against Enforcement of January 27, 2017 Executive Order; Agencies Cooperating

On February 3, 2017,  U.S. District Judge James L. Robart of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle issued a Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”) halting the enforcement of the Executive Order (“EO”) “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” signed by President Trump on January 27th, … Continue Reading

GT Alert – President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”: Q&A

We have prepared a serious of Questions and Answers below addressing some of the most commonly asked questions with regard to this Executive Order (EO). GT will continue to monitor developments and provide up to date information. Q1:         What do the provisions of the EO address? A1:         The provisions of the EO address several issues: … Continue Reading

Summary of Executive Order: Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals

As we previously reported, President Donald Trump signed a third Executive Order (EO) related to immigration on Jan. 27, 2017.  The stated purpose of this EO is to protect the United States from terrorism stemming from foreign nationals of other countries by limiting entry and visas to certain individuals, titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign … Continue Reading

GT Alert: New Executive Order Impacts Entry to the United States, Visa Issuance, Refugee, and Screening Procedures

On Jan. 27, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) on Immigration entitled “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals.” The EO impacts, among many other processes, the entry to the United States for immigrants and non-immigrants from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The EO also impacts the … Continue Reading

TPS Extension for Somalia

By notice published in the Federal Register on Jan. 17, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Somalia (and for individuals without nationality who last habitually resided in Somalia) for an 18-month period from March 18, 2017, through Sept. 17, 2018. Those individuals … Continue Reading

U.S. Department of Justice Issues Final Rule for Enforcing Anti-Discrimination Provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act

This week the U.S Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division (DOJ) released a final rule implementing the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) found at 8 U.S.C. 1324(b).  These INA provisions were originally enacted to ensure the rights of foreign nationals working for covered employers and have resulted in regulations still in … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig’s Laura Reiff Recognized as Law360 2016 MVP in Immigration

Laura Reiff, co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Business Immigration & Compliance practice, was recently recognized as a Law360 2016 Immigration MVP. Three other GT attorneys were also recognized as MVPs: Lori G. Cohen in the Trials category, Paul M. Seby in the Environmental category, and Rick L. Shackelford  in the Food & Beverage category.  Greenberg Traurig was recognized as one of … Continue Reading

State Department Issues Cable on Extension of Three Visa Programs

On Oct. 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) issued an unclassified cable on the Continuing Resolution signed into law on Sept. 29, 2016 that extends several important immigration programs, including the Conrad State 30 Program, the non-minister special immigrant religious worker program (SR visa), and the EB-5 Regional Center program. The House and … Continue Reading

September 2016 – Monthly AILA Check-In with Charlie Oppenheim

After the release of the October Visa Bulletin, Charlie Oppenheim, chief of Visa Control and Reporting Division for the U.S. Department of State (DOS), provided his predictions on the future movement in the employment-based green card categories.  They are summarized below: EB-1 China and India In the October bulletin, final action dates for India and … Continue Reading

USCIS Announces Fall 2016 Issuance of New Form I-9 Version; New Version Will Be Mandatory January 2017

On Sept. 12, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on Aug. 25, 2016. After receiving over 130,000 stakeholder comments in response to the proposed issuance of a new Form I-9, USCIS will publish the revised form version … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig’s Jennifer Hermansky Selected as one of The Legal Intelligencer’s 2016 ‘Top Women in Law’

The Legal Intelligencer’s editorial staff selected the top 25 attorneys across Pennsylvania for the 2016 Top Women in Law recognition. This year, Greenberg Traurig attorney Jennifer Hermansky was recognized and included on the list.  The attorneys listed were selected for their notable achievements in the practice of law.  To read the full article, click here. … Continue Reading

October 2016 Visa Bulletin – Dates for Filing

In October 2015 the Department of State (DOS) visa bulletin saw significant revisions with the addition of a second chart entitled “Dates for Filing.”   The new chart was met with much excitement from foreign nationals who continue to experience significant retrogression as it provided earlier filing dates for adjustment of status applications.  These applications carry … Continue Reading

European Commission Delays Decision about U.S. Visa Waiver Reciprocity

In June we wrote about the April 12, 2016, European Commission Communication to the EU Council and Parliament concerning visa-free travel reciprocity with the United States and Canada.  In its communication, the Commission requested a response and advice from the EU Parliament and Council by July 12 on how to move forward in light of … Continue Reading

H-1B Legislation Introduced in House of Representatives

On July 14, 2016, Representative Darryl Issa (R-Calif.) introduced H.R.5801, the “Protect and Grow American Jobs Act.”  The bill is cosponsored by Representatives Peters, Polis, Vargas, Farenthold, Smith, Hunter, and Davis.  The bill proposes to amend the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act (ACWIA) of 1998. The ACWIA established certain enhanced Labor Condition Application requirements … Continue Reading

August 2016 Visa Bulletin Released

This week the Department of State released the August Visa Bulletin, which contains some significant movement in certain employment-based categories. In its July Visa Bulletin, which we wrote about here, the Department advised that it would impose cutoff dates for India and China in the EB-1 category.  In the August Bulletin, the Department has imposed … Continue Reading

USCIS Announces It Has Returned All FY 2017 Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions Not Chosen Through Random Selection

On July 8, 2016, USCIS announced that it had completed the process of returning all FY 2017 cap-subject H-1B petitions not chosen for adjudication in the random selection process.  Employers that have yet to receive a Notice of Receipt for cap-subject petitions submitted between April 1 and April 7, 2016, should receive them by July … Continue Reading

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Renews TPS for El Salvador

Through a recent publication of the Federal Register, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of El Salvador effective Sept. 10, 2016, through March 9, 2018.   The extension allows eligible TPS beneficiaries to retain TPS through March 9, 2018, so long as they otherwise continue to meet … Continue Reading

Greenberg Traurig Hosts Washington Women’s Leadership Event

Greenberg Traurig’s Northern Virginia Women’s Initiative and the Washington Women’s Leadership Initiative recently hosted a lively discussion with Kim K. Azzarelli on how women can find greater power and purpose in their lives. Greenberg Traurig Business Immigration and Compliance Co-Chair, Laura Reiff, moderated the discussion with Ms. Azzarelli as she discussed her new book, Fast Forward: How Women … Continue Reading

Export Controls Action by the U.S. Department of State Relating to H-1B Visa Holder

Between December 2009 and June 2010, a Chinese national and H-1B visa holder working at Microwave Engineering Corporation, a U.S. company located in Massachusetts, (Microwave) was provided with technical data which otherwise would have required a license from the U.S. State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC).  Specifically, the technical data to which the … Continue Reading
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