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This Year’s Diversity Visa Lottery Opens Oct. 3—For Possibly the Last Time?

The U.S. State Department recently announced that it will begin accepting applications for this year’s Diversity Immigrant Visa Program—commonly referred to as the diversity visa (DV) lottery system—starting on Tuesday, October 3. Applicants whose DV cases are among those selected

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Rescission of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

On September 5, 2017 DHS rescinded the June 15, 2012 memorandum issued by President Obama which established the “DACA” program. The “DACA” rescission requires individuals that are seeking an extension of their status to file on or before October 5,

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New Form I-9 Takes Effect on September 18, 2017

As of today, September 18, employers must use the new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, for all new hires. The new form is available on the USCIS website and on most electronic Form I-9 software programs. USCIS originally released the

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President Trump, Senators Cotton and Perdue Introduce the RAISE Act

On Wednesday, August 2, 2017, President Trump, along with Senators Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) introduced The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act (RAISE Act). The RAISE Act is proposed to create a skills-based immigration system,

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USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Certain Cap-Exempt H-1B Petitions

On Monday, July 24, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released an update detailing how it will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions. The H-1B visa has an annual cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. Additionally,

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Department of State Updates “Close Familial Relationship” definition for Executive Order 13780 based on Hawaii District Court Ruling

On July 17, 2017 the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced updates regarding the implementation of President Trump’s Executive Order 13780, in response to a ruling by the U.S. District Court in Hawaii. Last Thursday,

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Homeland Security Temporarily Delaying Effective Date of International Entrepreneur Final Rule

On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security published notice in the Federal Register delaying the implementation of the International Entrepreneur Rule. After last month’s prediction that the Trump administration would delay the rule from going into effect

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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Travel Ban Case next Fall, Reinstates parts of Travel Ban

On Monday, June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court granted certiorari to hear the government’s appeal of lower court’s injunctions on President Trump’s travel ban in their next session beginning October 2017, and granted the government’s request to reinstate parts of

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Foreign Startup Founder Rule Delayed

It is being reported that the Trump Administration intends to stop a new rule meant to help grant foreign-born entrepreneurs temporary permission, “parole,” to be in the U.S. The International Entrepreneur Rule was created to allow foreign entrepreneurs to apply

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Supreme Court Narrows Grounds for Revoking Citizenship

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, the Supreme Court unanimously tightened the standards for stripping immigrants of citizenship.  Divna Maslenjak, a Bosnian-Serb refugee who immigrated to the U.S. in 2000 and later obtained American citizenship, was stripped of her citizenship when

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The global economy has become increasingly transactional and transcontinental. Since 9/11, there have been many amendments to immigration laws in the United States that have largely affected both individuals and businesses. Cozen O'Connor's immigration law blog, ABC's of Immigration Law, focuses on the interests and the challenges faced by those individuals and business impacted by immigration laws.
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