US Supreme Court Denies Motion for Rehearing in US v. Texas

The Supreme Court has denied the Department of Justice’s Motion for Rehearing in U.S. v. Texas without comment. The DOJ sought a rehearing of the decision because the Supreme Court had issued a split, 4-4, decision, and the the Department wanted a panel of nine justices to rehear the decision (when the ninth justice would be appoin...

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE ANNOUNCES NEW REQUIREMENT FOR VISA PHOTOS

The U.S. Department of State announced that effective November 1, 2016, individuals will no longer be allowed to wear glasses for the visa photos. However, other detailed instructions regarding the visa photos are still in effect. The ...

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NEW USCIS FILING FEES TAKE EFFECT ON DECEMBER 23, 2016

On December 23, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will increase the fees of certain U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) applications. Fee increases generally range from 8 to 60%. However, as we previously mentioned, filing fees related to the EB-5 green card proces...

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President-Elect Trump and Immigration

The immigration laws in the United States are clearly going to undergo some important changes and be a key issue in  President-Elect Donald Trump’s administration. There have been some iterations of support for skilled immigration, but most of Mr. Trump’s rhetoric to date has been about increased vetting of foreign nationals ent...

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SOME GOOD NEWS IN A SEA OF BAD NEWS

USCIS has announced the publication of new rules, to take effect January 17, 2017. In general, the new rules will establish grace periods for non-immigrant workers before and after their employment, and provides automatic work authorization extensions to adjustment applicants and certain other classes of foreign nationals who have ...

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UPDATE: Important Events Following the Executive Order

On January 30, 2017, following President Donald Trump’s signing of the Executive Order entitled, the Attorney General of Washington State in federal court against the President, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and high-ranking Trump Administration officials on the grounds that key provisions of the Executive Order are u...

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Immigration News: Trump’s Immigration Ban Halted

Many foreign nationals breathed a temporary sigh of relief when the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit declined to lift the temporary restraining order placed on President Trump’s entry ban on February 9, 2017. However, the relief is temporary. A federal district court continues to challenge the ruling, which means future rulin...

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H-1B Fiscal Year 2018 Cap: What You Need to Know

The number of petitions that may be filed for this year’s H-1B 2018 Cap season is anticipated to surpass last year’s 236,000 applications. With the large pool of applicants, it is important to know how to keep yourself ahead of the game—or at least give yourself a fighting chance at the 85,000 H-1B quota. Today, we will discuss...

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IMPORTANT ALERT: USCIS SUSPENDS PREMIUM PROCESSING FOR H-1B

Yesterday, USCIS announced that it will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B visa petitions beginning on April 3, 2017 for as long as six months. Importantly, this suspension will even apply to all FY2018 cap-subject H-1B petitions. This includes NEW CAP H-1b CASES, Change of Employer H-1b p...

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COUNSELING CAUTION WITH INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL UNDER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

In light of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) recent immigration enforcement memoranda, additional scrutiny in all areas of immigration should be expected, particularly at the border.  When traveling internationally, it is important for everyone to be prepared for delays when going through immigration at US airports and ...

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