How Trump Is Stealthily Carrying Out His Muslim Ban

By FARHANA KHERA and JOHNATHAN J. SMITH  JULY 18, 2017 Lost amid the uproar over the Trump administration’s travel restrictions on citizens from Muslim-majority countries and the impending showdown at the Supreme Court are the insidious ways that the government has already begun...

One-Time Increase in H-2B Visa Availability

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) announced that the Departments of Labor (DOL) and Homeland Security (DHS) will publish a final rule on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, increasing the number of available H-2B nonimmigrant visas by up to 15,000 through the end of Fiscal...

Federal officials order 15,000 new visas for low-wage workers in seasonal jobs

By Tracy Jan Washington Post The Department of Homeland Security on Monday announced a one-time increase of 15,000 additional visas for low-wage seasonal workers for the remainder of this fiscal year, a seeming about-face from President Trump’s “Hire American” rhetoric, following...

New Form I-9 and I-9 Employer Handbook Announced on July 17, 2017

On Monday, July 17, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  After September 17, 2017, the prior version of Form I-9 with revision date of 11/14/16 N will no longer be acceptable for use.  The new...

U.S. provides visas to up to 15,000 temporary workers

Doina Chiacu and David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government is allowing 15,000 additional visas for temporary seasonal workers to help American businesses in danger of suffering irreparable harm because of a shortage of such labor, the Department of...

Federal Court Expands List of Family Not Subject to Travel Ban

On Thursday, July 13, 2017, the U.S. Federal District Court for the District of Hawaii issued an order prohibiting the Trump Administration from enforcing its travel ban against additional family members not previously exempted in the Administration’s June 2017 implementation of...

August 2017 Visa Bulletin – EB-2 “All Other” Category Retrogresses

The U.S. Department of State has published the Monthly Visa Bulletin for August 2017, establishing a “cut-off date” of April 1, 2015, for the EB-2 “All Other” Category under the “Final Action cut off dates”.  The EB-2 category is listed as “current,” meaning no backlog in...

Trump crafting plan to slash legal immigration

By Eliana Johnson and Josh Dawsey  07/12/2017 Donald Trump and his aides are quietly working with two conservative senators to dramatically scale back legal immigration — a move that would mark a fulfillment of one of the president’s biggest campaign promises. Trump plans...

Phone booths are back in Times Square – and they’re telling the story of immigrants

By Shachar Peled July 12, 2017 (CNN)In an era of ubiquitous smartphones, three new telephone booths in New York City’s Times Square are a curious draw for the throngs of people who pass by. They stop for a double take. They step inside the analog boxes to snap digital...

U.S. Judge Halts Deportation of Iraqi Immigrants

By Dan Levine  July 11, 2017 (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Tuesday ruled that the government cannot immediately deport nearly 200 Iraqi immigrants arrested last month who argued they would face persecution if they were removed from the country. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith in...
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