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

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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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GT’s EB-5 Insights Blog is Nominated for The Expert Institute’s Best Legal Blog Contest

Posted in Awards & Recognitions

Out of thousands of blogs, GT’s very own EB-5 Insights immigration blog has been nominated for inclusion in the Expert Institute’s Third Annual Best Legal Blog Contest in the AmLaw category. Now, it’s up to the readers to vote. To cast your vote please click the link below!

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Travel Update: Refugee Admissions to Resume with Trump Executive Order

Posted in Department of Homeland Security, President Trump's Administration, Refugee, Travel, U.S. Department of State (DOS)

President Trump signed a new Executive Order (EO) on Tuesday, the same day as the last travel ban’s provision against refugee admissions was due to expire.  The EO allows refugees to travel into the U.S. and the Department of Homeland Security to process refugee applications. The Trump Administration had previously blocked refugee travel through an EO issued on March 6, 2017, (“Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”) which directed a review to strengthen the vetting process for the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP). A working group was established for this purpose which resulted in the implementation of improvements and enhancements to the process for screening and vetting refugees. Although the USRAP is allowed to resume, the Departments of State, Homeland Security, and the Office of Director of National Intelligence determined that refugee admissions of 11 unnamed nationalities previously identified as potentially posing a higher risk to the United States will be processed with additional review on a case by case basis within a new 90 day review period and additional security measures will be implemented for following-to-join refugees of all nationalities that have already been resettled in the United States.  Admissions of following-to-join refugees will resume once those enhancements have been implemented.

For more information on the Trump Administration’s travel bans please click here.

New Trump Administration Policy in Support of Buy American, Hire American Toughens Visa Extension Process

Posted in H-1B, Non-Immigrant Visas, President Trump's Administration, USCIS, Visas

For over a decade, filing an extension of nonimmigrant status in visa categories such as the H-1B was a fairly routine process for cases involving the same employer and same underlying facts.  This changed yesterday. As part of the Trump Administration’s Buy American, Hire American: Putting American Workers First initiative, USCIS rescinded a long-standing policy from 2004, The Significance of a Prior CIS Approval of a Nonimmigrant Petition in the Context of a Subsequent Determination Regarding Eligibility for Extension of Petition Validity; and Part VII (Readjudication of L-1B Status) of L-1B Adjudications Policy from 2015, and issued new policy guidance entitled Recission of Guidance Regarding Deference to Prior Determinations of Eligibility in the Adjudication of Petitions for Extension of Nonimmigrant Status.  This new guidance instructs USCIS officers to no longer give deference to prior determinations of eligibility for extensions of nonimmigrant status that include the same parties and underlying facts and shifts the burden of proof back to the Petitioner/Employer.  This new guidance will impact extensions of nonimmigrant status that use the I-129 Form and will likely result in the issuance of more Request for Evidence (RFE) notifications.  Employers who were already experiencing heightened scrutiny and hurdles in the H-1B program over recent months, including the systematic issuance of Wage Level 1 RFEs, will now see an even higher percentage of RFE notifications.  We will continue to monitor and report on review trends that result from this guidance.

For more information on H-1B visas, please click here.

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