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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U.S. Resumes Limited Nonimmigrant Visa Services in Turkey

Posted in E-Visas, Non-Immigrant Visas, Travel, Visas

The U.S. Mission in Turkey has resumed limited processing of nonimmigrant visas following the earlier suspension of nonimmigrant visa services in all U.S. diplomatic posts in Turkey back on Oct. 8, 2017. The U.S. Mission in Turkey will process nonimmigrant visas on a limited basis with a reduced number of appointments in both Ankara and Istanbul. Applicants with previously canceled visa appointments may access the internet-based appointment system to select any open date to schedule a new visa appointment. Please contact your GT attorney for more information on options for visa appointments in Turkey. Meanwhile, we will continue to monitor this matter.

For more information on visa services in Turkey, please click here.

Greenberg Traurig Attends 2017 Samsung Hope for Children Gala

Posted in Events

Greenberg Traurig recently attended the 2017 Samsung Hope For Children Gala at the Skylight Clarkson Square in New York City.  With hundreds of guests in attendance, including musicians, athletes, and celebrities, this program has raised millions for schools, health initiatives, and community-based foundations.  One hundred percent of the proceeds raised by Samsung go directly to charity.

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Office of Inspector General Issues Report on H-1B Site Visits

Posted in Executive Order, H-1B, USCIS, Visas

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report titled “USCIS Needs a Better Approach to Verify H-1B Visa Participants.” The report was published on Oct. 20, 2017, where OIG made the following findings, after which it gave four recommendations to USCIS:

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