OMB OIRA Releases Unified Agenda and USCIS Regulatory Priorities, Including H-1B, EB-5, and More

Posted in USCIS, Visas

On Dec. 14, the Office of Management and Budget Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OMB) published the biennial Unified Agenda.  A long-standing outgrowth of previous regulatory reform efforts, the Unified Agenda offers the public the “current thinking” of federal agencies on upcoming Agency regulatory priorities.

Of importance to the immigration community, DHS USCIS posed the following regulatory priorities-

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. USCIS’s role is to efficiently adjudicate and manage petitions, applications, and requests for immigration benefits for foreign nationals seeking lawful immigration status in the United States and for individuals seeking to become citizens of the United States, and other matters within the jurisdiction of the agency, in a manner that detects, deters, and prevents fraud, protects the jobs and working conditions of American workers as appropriate, and ensures the national security, public safety, and welfare of the American people. In the coming year, USCIS will promulgate several regulatory and deregulatory actions to directly support these commitments and goals.

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GT’s Ian R. Macdonald and Kristen W. Ng Explain the Latest Travel Ban on The LexBlog Network

Posted in President Trump's Administration, Travel

Ian R. Macdonald and Kristen W. Ng were recently featured in an article on The LexBlog Network titled, “Third Time’s a Charm? Greenberg Traurig’s Team Breaks down Trump’s Latest Travel Ban.” In this Q&A, Macdonald and Ng explore the third version of the Trump Administration’s travel ban and what it means for employers and employees going forward, including next steps for those affected and a forecast on what’s to come. To read the entire interview, please click here.


Greenberg Traurig Attorney Ian Macdonald is Quoted in Law360

Posted in Awards & Recognitions, Supreme Court, Travel

Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Ian Macdonald was recently quoted in the Law360 article, “Revived Travel Ban Puts Employers, Immigrants In A Bind.” The article discusses how the U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow the third travel ban to take full effect may impact individuals and businesses. Macdonald provides insight on how employers can help employees potentially affected by the ban. To read the full article, please click here.

Congress Passes Continuing Resolution Extending EB-5 Program to Dec. 22

Posted in Conrad 30 Waiver Program, E-Verify

By a vote of 235-193, the House passed H.J. Res 123, the Continuing Appropriations Act.

Upon passage, H.J.Res 123 was sent immediately to the Senate, where it passed by a vote of 81-14. The Bill now goes to the president wherein he is expected to sign it into law.

Today’s action extends government operations and programs until Dec. 22, including vital immigration programs such as EB-5, Conrad 30, E-Verify, and Religious Workers.

Supreme Court Issues Order Allowing Full Implementation of Proclamation

Posted in President Trump's Administration, Supreme Court, Travel

On Dec. 4, 2017, the Supreme Court issued an order allowing President Trump’s Proclamation on Travel Ban to go fully into effect. With certain exceptions, this ban places entry restriction on nationals of eight countries – Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. As previously reported, in September a U.S. District Judge in Hawaii blocked the Proclamation from taking effect, except for nationals of North Korea and Venezuela. On Nov. 13, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily put part of the lower court’s ruling on hold, allowing the Proclamation to take effect, but only for those individuals from the impacted countries who do not have bona fide ties to the United States.

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GT Immigration Attorneys Recognized in Georgia Trend Magazine as ‘Legal Elite’

Posted in Awards & Recognitions

Greenberg Traurig’s Immigration & Compliance Practice has been recognized by Georgia Trend magazine for its 2017 “Legal Elite” list.  GT immigration attorney Ian Macdonald has been listed under the Business Immigration & Compliance for the third year in a row and it is a first time appearance on the publication’s list for Kristin Aquino-Pham under Business Immigration & Compliance.  The publication’s annual issue lists attorneys based on votes by their peers across the state of Georgia.

In addition to Immigration, six additional attorneys in Greenberg Traurig’s Atlanta office were recognized by Georgia Trend magazine.  Among those included on that list are Theodore I. Blum (Atlanta managing shareholder; chair, Atlanta Corporate & Securities Practice), Joel R. Feldman (shareholder, Atlanta Entertainment Practice), Joel A. Katz (founding chairman, Global Entertainment Practice; founding shareholder, Atlanta Office), Kenneth M. Neighbors (shareholder, Public Finance), Bobby Rosenbloum (shareholder and co-chair, Atlanta Entertainment Practice; vice chair, Global Entertainment and Media Practice), and David I. Schulman (shareholder, Corporate & Securities Practice).

Greenberg Traurig’s Nataliya Rymer Presents Immigration Workshop at Northwestern University’s The Garage

Posted in Events, Immigrant Visa

On Nov. 9, Nataliya Rymer (Of Counsel, Philadelphia) presented an immigration workshop at The Garage at Northwestern University. The workshop focused on immigration law issues including non-immigrant and immigrant visa options and DACA, and discussed challenges and opportunities for international students, faculty, and staff looking to start or run a business in the United States.

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Ninth Circuit Allows Partial Implementation of President Trump’s Proclamation on Travel Ban

Posted in Executive Order, Immigrant Visa, President Trump's Administration, Travel

On Sept. 24, 2017, President Trump issued a Proclamation with visa and travel restrictions. It imposed new limitations on nonimmigrant and immigrant visa issuance and travel to the United States for citizens/nationals of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen, and Somalia. The Proclamation came after two Executive Orders imposing travel bans were issued earlier this year but were delayed in implementation by the federal courts.

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December 2017 Visa Bulletin Update

Posted in EB-3, U.S. Department of State (DOS), USCIS, Visa Bulletin, Visas

The Department of State’s (DOS) December 2017 Visa Bulletin showed some minor movement in some employment-based categories.  Referring to the Final Action Dates, the following are the updates for the December Visa Bulletin:

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U.S. Implements President Trump’s Cuba Policy

Posted in Export Controls, President Trump's Administration, Travel, U.S. Department of State (DOS)

On Nov. 8, 2017, the U.S. Government announced new regulations in furtherance of the Trump Administration’s policy regarding Cuba.

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