Yearly Archives: 2017

Continuing Resolution extends EB-5 Program until January 2018

As expected, the House and the Senate passed a Continuing Resolution (the “CR”) last night which extended the Federal budget until January 19, 2018.  It is expected that the President will sign the CR today. This new short-term extension made

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TNs in Trouble? Responding to Recent Changes in the TN Economist Classification

USCIS has issued new guidance on the TN nonimmigrant classification for economists. Following a Policy Memorandum dated November 20, 2017, USCIS will no longer classify financial analysts, market research analysts, and marketing specialists in the TN economist category. Effectively immediately,

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How House Joint Resolution 123 Impacts EB-5

On Friday, December 8, 2017, President Trump signed House Joint Resolution 123, the “Continuing Appropriations Act”, which prevented a U.S. federal government shutdown.  The Act provided a short-term extension which will keep the U.S. federal government open through December 22,

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Top U.S. Immigration Official Announces Quadrupled Employer Compliance Audits

Employers can expect an increase in immigration compliance audits and investigations by “four to five times” beyond their current levels, the director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) announced yesterday. About The Author

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U.S Non-Immigrant Visa Service Suspended in Turkey

The U.S. State Department has temporarily suspended the issuance of non-immigrant visas at all U.S. government diplomatic facilities in Turkey on October 8, 2017. “Recent events have forced the United States government to reassess the commitment of government of Turkey

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EB-5 Program Is Extended Without Changes Until December 8, 2017

On September 8, President Trump signed into law H.R. 601 which will keep the U.S. federal government open through December 8, 2017.  As a result, the EB-5 Regional Center Program is now extended until such date without any changes.  About

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President Trump Issues New Travel Ban Expanding Countries Affected By Travel Restrictions

On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued a Proclamation enhancing the vetting capabilities and processes for detecting attempted entry into the United States by terrorists or other public safety threats.  The Proclamation suspended and limited, subject to categorical exceptions and

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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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USCIS Reinstates Premium Processing for H-1B Cap Subject Petitions

USCIS announced on Monday, September 18, 2017, that it will immediately accept premium processing requests of all H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap.  H-1B cap petitions filed in April 2017, requesting a start date of

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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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