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DOJ Renews Commitment to Immigration Enforcement

On April 11, 2017, Attorney General (AG) Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum to federal prosecutors announcing a renewed commitment to criminal immigration enforcement. The memo outlines immigration offenses that should be given priority, including the transportation or harboring of undocumented

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USCIS Reaches H-1B Cap

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported on April 7, 2017, that the agency reached the congressionally mandated 65,000 visa H-1B Cap petitions for FY 2018. USCIS also received enough petitions to reach the 20,000 visa advanced degree exemption,

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USCIS Announces Measures to Detect H-1B Visa Fraud and Abuse

On April 3, 2017, The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced multiple measures in an effort to deter and detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse. Starting this month, USCIS will focus on the following when making site visits to

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Maryland Judge Blocks Part of Trump’s Revised Executive Order

A federal Judge in Maryland issued a ruling to block provisions of President Trump’s March 6th Executive Order. The Executive Order (EO) was a revision from a previously blocked EO, which bans foreign nationals from six countries identified as being state

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USCIS Suspends Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

On March 3, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B Petitions. The suspension begins on April 3, 2017, which means USCIS will continue to premium process all petitions filed

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New Immigration Ban Executive Order Issued

President Trump issued a revised Executive Order (EO) that bans migrants from predominantly Muslim countries. This replaces a previous EO, which was blocked by a federal judge in Washington state in early February and a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit

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DHS Releases Memos on Immigration

On February 20, 2017, Secretary John Kelly of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), issued two immigration memos entitled, “Implementing the President’s Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements Policies” and “Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National

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Three Key Immigration Developments in President Trump’s First Weeks

Immigration has been in the forefront of the news since President Trump took office and will likely remain so in the near future. In our Immigration Alert, we discuss three key business immigration issues that have seen significant developments in

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Secretary Kelly Issues Statement on Recent Ice Enforcement Actions

On February 13, 2017, Secretary John Kelly of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, released a statement regarding the recent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operations. According to the statement, Secretary Kelly acknowledged that ICE has conducted a series

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President Trump Orders Far-Reaching Suspension of Entry: The Response and What to Expect Next

On January 27, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order (EO), titled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Among other provisions, the EO suspends immigrant and nonimmigrant entry for nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries,

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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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