Ninth Circuit Stays Injunction on Latest Travel Ban

On Monday, November 13th, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order staying in part and upholding in part a preliminary injunction imposed on the Trump Administration’s latest travel ban by the Federal District Court in Hawaii.  The nationwide injunction against...

December 2017 Visa Bulletin – Minor Forward Movement

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for December 2017, reflecting minor forward movement across all employment-based categories except for EB-1, which remains current for all countries. The EB-2 category remains current for applicants born in...

Traveling Internationally? CBP Now Questioning Travelers When Departing On International Flights.

Foster Immigration Attorneys have received reports of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Immigration Inspection Officers engaging in exit screening and questioning of travelers when departing on international flights. CBP Officers generally inspect arriving travelers but...

TPS Terminated for Nicaragua; TPS Holders Should Review Alternate Immigration Options

On November 6, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation would be terminated for Nicaragua, effective January 5, 2019.  Since January 5, 1999, the TPS designation allowed certain Nicaraguans with continuous...

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) Increases Scrutiny of Extension Petitions

On Monday, October 23, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) announced the rescission of previous agency guidance that accorded deference to prior CIS approval decisions during the adjudication of petitions seeking an extension of stay in the same nonimmigrant...

Recent Canadian Immigration Updates

Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) Beginning this October, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) has now been implemented in Canada. The intent of CETA is to create jobs, enhance trade between Canada and...

November 2017 Visa Bulletin – Modest Forward Advancement

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for November 2017, showing modest forward advancement in all employment-based categories except for EB-1, which remains current for all countries. The EB-2 category continues to be current for applicants born...

President Trump Reveals Immigration Principles and Priorities

On Sunday, October 8, 2017, President Trump revealed and sent to Congress a list of immigration principles and priorities.  According to a statement issued by Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elain Duke, many of these principles originated with recommendations...

Approval Notices with I-94 Cards Now Have Two Different Validity Periods for Certain Nonimmigrant Classifications

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (CIS) recently began issuing Form I-797A Approval Notices with two different validity periods for certain nonimmigrant classifications, including H-1B.   The expiration date at the top of the Approval Notice reflects the validity date...

U.S. Department of State Revises Guidance on “Misrepresentation” in Visa Context

When applying for a visa or otherwise seeking admission to the United States, an applicant must demonstrate that he or she is eligible for the requested visa classification and that no ground of inadmissibility applies.  One potential ground of inadmissibility is “fraud or...
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