Vietnam: New 30-Day E-Visa Pilot Program for Business and Tourist Travel

Guidelines were introduced by Decree 07/2017/ND-CP to begin implementation on February 1, 2017, of a new 30-day e-visa pilot program for business and tourist travel to Vietnam.  Although not fully implemented and explained by regulation at this time, the Vietnam government’s...

NIGERIA: Increased Availability of Business Visas on Arrival and Expansion of Business Visitors Activities

As part of a national effort to boost the economy and facilitate business visitor travel to Nigeria, the Nigerian Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC) approved a 60-day national action plan on March 2, 2017. Effective immediately, Nigeria has significantly...

Mexican candidate: Trump’s approach to immigrants is ‘neofascism’

By Rafael Bernal The leading Mexican presidential candidate slammed President Trump Wednesday as “blaming migrants” for America’s problems. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a populist firebrand with a lead in the polls for the 2018 election, told reporters at the...

Trump’s budget directs $2.6 billion to border wall — and that’s not all

By Bill Theobald WASHINGTON — President Trump’s first budget provides more than $4.5 billion in new spending to fight illegal immigration — not just by building a wall along the southern border but by adding more than 1,700 border officers, prosecutors and judges. Beginning work...

Court Issues Nationwide TRO against New Trump Travel Ban

On March 15, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Hawaii issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO), effective nationwide, enjoining the implementation of President Donald J. Trump’s March 6, 2017, Executive Order temporarily banning travel to the United States by...

April 2017 Visa Bulletin Reflects Continued Forward Progress for EB-3 China and the Philippines

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for April 2017, which reflects similar levels and areas of advancement as reported in our March 2017 Visa Bulletin Update. The most notable advancement continues to be moderate forward progress in the “final...

Why the FY-2018 H-1B Cap Season Is Unlike Any Other

It’s a typical Saturday morning in March, and immigration attorneys and their staff at Foster LLP in Austin and Houston, just like their nationwide colleagues, are feverishly working to prepare Labor Condition Applications (LCA) for filing with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL),...

A Look at Legal Issues With Trump’s Revised Travel Ban

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SEATTLE — Some of the states that helped derail President Trump’s first travel ban are mounting efforts to block his second one, saying that while the new order applies to fewer people, it’s infected with the same legal problems. Hawaii on...

3 Mexican nationals who harbored teen and forced her to work to pay off smuggling debts sentenced to prison

SEATTLE – Three Mexican nationals from northwestern Washington were sentenced to multiyear prison terms in federal court Wednesday for violating immigration laws by harboring a teenager and forcing her to work to pay off her smuggling fees. Miguel Arcef-Flores, 42, received a...

Refugee ban could result in increased illegal immigration

By Rafael Bernal President Trump’s temporary ban on refugees could create a new wave of illegal border crossings, experts warn. The latest iteration of Trump’s travel ban includes a provision that halts entry of all refugees into the United States for 120 days. That could...
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