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DHS Terminates Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans

On Jan. 8, 2018, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced her decision to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador with a delayed effective date of 18 months to allow for an orderly transition before the designation terminates on Sept. 9, 2019.  Text of the government’s announcement is below.  Contact […]

Illusory Entrepreneur Parole Program

On December 14, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced  it would start accepting applications for parole under the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER). This grant of parole is commonly referred to as Entrepreneur Parole. In August 2016, the Obama administration had proposed this rule to help international entrepreneurs stay in the U.S. temporarily while […]

Giving Away With One Hand, Taking Away With the Other, International Entrepreneur Rule

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on December 14, 2017, that it is taking steps to implement the International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) in accordance with a recent court decision. USCIS noted that while the agency implements the IER, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will also “proceed with issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking […]

U.S. Supreme Court Permits Implementation of Trump Travel Ban

In late September 2017, President Trump issued his third attempt at imposing travel restrictions on people from certain countries.  Federal district courts in Hawaii and Maryland temporarily struck down the new travel ban.  Those cases are now pending before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Ninth Circuits. The travel ban only applies […]

Previous H-1B Approval No Longer Assures Extension will be Approved

Under updated policy guidance, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is instructing its officers to apply the same level of scrutiny to both initial petitions and extension requests for certain nonimmigrant visa categories. The guidance applies to nearly all nonimmigrant classifications filed using Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker. In other words, previous approval […]

USCIS Resuming “Premium Processing” for all H-1B Petitions

October 3, 2017 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing today for all H-1B visa extension of stay petitions. Premium processing is now available for all types of H-1B petitions. H-1B visas provide skilled workers for a wide range of specialty occupations, including information technology, engineering, and mathematics. When a petitioner requests the […]

President Orders End of Daca . . . For Now

On September 5, 2017, President Donald Trump ordered the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama administration program that allowed certain people who came to the United States as children, known as “Dreamers,” to continue to live, go to school, and work in the country. He said that his administration’s position is […]

Ending DACA Would Be Inhumane and Bad for America

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) condemned reported plans that the Trump Administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program with a six-month enforcement delay. This decision would leave the lives and dreams of nearly 800,000 hardworking DACA recipients hanging from the thread of an unspecified, hoped-for legislative solution. […]

U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Russia Suspend Nonimmigrant Visa Issuance

The U.S. Department of State has announced it will suspend nonimmigrant visa (NIV) operations in Russia.  The action, beginning August 23, 2017, is being taken in reaction to the Russian government’s imposition of a personnel cap on the U.S. Mission. Affected visa types will include tourist (B-2), professional worker (H-1B and L-1), exchange visitor (J-1) […]

Pres. Trump Has Kept His Word and Ramped Up Deportations Significantly

One of the few areas where the Trump administration is actually accomplishing its goals is in deporting a lot more of the people who lack permission to be in the United States.  An article by the American Immigration Council, reprinted in full below, sets it out nicely: Six Months of Immigration Enforcement Under the New […]

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