Immigration Law

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Paget, Joel H.
Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC

Immigration Law

On the day that Theresa May triggered Article 50 to begin the formal process of the UK's divorce from the European Union, Mike Johnson of the BBC World Service and presenter of the BBC World Business Report interviews Clarkslegal's Chairman Michael Sippitt.

You can listen to the full programme here. To hear Michael Sippitt's interview, please start the playback at 06:00 minutes

BBC World Business Report

Written by: Stephen Blaker and Howard Shapiro

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that as of Monday, April 3, 2017, it will not accept Premium Processing requests for H-1B visa petitions for a temporary period expected to last up to six (6) months. This applies to all H-1B visa petitions, including extensions, amendments, cap-exempt and new employment petitions, such as those to be submitted in the FY18 Bachelor’s and Master’s Caps. USCIS has indicated that the suspension is required to eliminate the backlog on long-pending H-1B visa petitions. Starting on April 3, 2017, USCIS will reject any H-1B visa petition that is filed with a Form I-907 and one (1) combined check for the I-129 filing fees and the I-907 filing fee.

Read more: U.S. Immigration to Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

Implementation of Executive Order Imposing Temporary Travel and Refugee Ban

Written by Benjamin Lau and David Rugendorf

On March 6, 2017, President Trump reissued the Executive Order, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” with an effective date of March 16, 2017. The previous Executive Order 13769 of January 27, 2017, will be revoked on March 16, 2017, and replaced with this reissued Order. 

The new Executive Order bans immigrant and nonimmigrant entries for nationals of six designated countries - Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen - for at least 90 days beginning on March 16, 2017. The new Executive Order specifically removes Iraq from the list of designated countries.  

Read more: President Trump’s Executive Order: Travel Ban

By: Carla Whalen 

It’s being reported that Starbucks in the US is offering employees and their families free immigration advice from Ernst & Young following President Trump’s controversial ‘travel ban’. A spokesperson for the coffee chain told the website Buzzfeed that the service is helping staff “navigate through this confusing period”.

Read more: Starbucks offers free immigration advice for employees

On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order for the purpose of “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” (the “Executive Order”).  Among other things, it temporarily suspends the entry of aliens (both nonimmigrant and immigrant) who are from one of the countries referred to in INA §217(a)(12), for a period of 90 days.  INA §217(a)(12) lists countries whose citizens are prohibited from using the Visa Waiver Program (“VWP”). 

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