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Supreme Court Allows Limited Version of Trump Travel Ban to Take Effect

Deutsch, Killea and Eapen, Immigration Law Firm, will regularly update its blog to cover immigration under the Trump administration.  Contact any of our attorneys if you have a concern. Monday, June 26, 2017: The U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear the government’s appeal of two lower court decisions that had blocked President Trump’s executive order banning travel from […]

DHS Rescinds DAPA But Retains DACA For Now

On June 15, 2017, Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  Secretary John F. Kelly signed a memorandum rescinding President Obama’s 2014 memorandum, which created a program known as Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”).  DAPA would have permitted some parents of U.S. citizen or permanent resident children to remain in the U.S. […]

More on “Extreme Vetting”

President Trump directed the Secretary of State to implement additional screening and vetting standards for all visa applicants.  As a result of this directive, the Department of State has proposed a requirement that visa applicants provide much more detailed information about their families, social media history, family members, and address and employment history.  This will […]

Trump Administration Budget Aims to Implement Mass Deportation

As explained by the American Immigration Association (AILA),* the Trump Administration’s newly released Fiscal Year 2018 budget request would fund massive increases in immigration enforcement and border security.  The Administration requests billions of dollars to grow an enormous deportation force, while demanding deep cuts in domestic programs vital to working class Americans. The Administration’s budget […]

USCIS Completes Data Entry of Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B Cap Subject Petitions

USCIS announced on May 3, 2017, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2018 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in a computer-generated random process. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected. Due to the high volume of filings, USCIS is unable to provide a definite time frame […]

“Extreme Vetting” – Supplemental Questions to be asked of Visa Applicants

DHS notice of request for emergency OMB approval and public comment on a new Form DS-5535, Supplemental Questions for Visa Applicants, to collect information from visa applicants who have been determined to warrant additional scrutiny in connection with terrorism or other national security-related visa ineligibilities. Comments are due 5/18/17. If granted, the emergency approval is […]

Government Plans Restrictions and Tightening on H-1B Visas

The Trump administration is stating that it will toughen regulatory enforcement of the H-1B visa program, which allows U.S. businesses to employ foreign professional workers temporarily. Monday, April 4th,  was the beginning of H-1B “cap season,” when employers filed applications for a limited number of H-1B visas. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) marked the […]

Reminder: USCIS Will Accept H-1B Petitions for FY 2018 Beginning April 1, 2017

On April 1, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year (FY) 2018 cap. U.S. businesses use the H-1B program to employ foreign workers in occupations that require highly specialized knowledge in fields such as science, engineering, and computer programming. The congressionally mandated cap on H-1B […]

Alert – Warning About Travel to Certain Countries

Below is an alert received from American Immigration Lawyers Association.  This points out the risk of travel abroad for persons who are from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, or Yemen, and possibly other countries. More to follow when a final Executive Order is signed. Fee free to contact one of the immigration attorneys at […]

President Obama’s Immigration Legacy

As noted in a recent article by the American Immigration Council, one of the defining characteristics of President Barack Obama’s eight years in office will be how he enforced immigration laws.  The strongest indicator is how many individuals he has actually removed and returned out of the country. Last week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) […]

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