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Executive Order Entry Ban Litigation Updates This resource focuses on the litigation surrounding the litigation arising out of Proclamation 9645 of September 24, 2017 (Travel Ban 3.0). Mar 07, 2018
USCIS Policy Memo Provides Guidance on Itinerary Requirements for H-1B Petitions On February 22, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published Policy Memorandum PM-602-0157, "relating to H-1B petitions filed for workers who will be employed at one or more third-party worksites." Feb 23, 2018
Practical Immigration Concepts in a Time of Change A structural approach can help in the process of considering change. Here is a suggested structure to think about. Feb 22, 2018
National Vetting Center On February 6, 2018, President Trump signed a National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM 9) to establish a National Vetting Center whose principal role will be to improve the way agencies coordinate and use biographic, biometric, and contextual information from various pre-existing sources. Feb 07, 2018
H-1B Cap Resource Page

Stay up to date on the FY 2018 H-1B cap filing season.

Feb 06, 2018
Key Takeaways from the December 5, 2017 DOL OFLC Stakeholder Meeting Key Takeaways from the December 5, 2017 DOL OFLC Stakeholder Meeting. Jan 19, 2018
H Nonimmigrant Category Reform DHS is engaged in a number of initiatives that would narrow the use of the H-1B specialty occupation nonimmigrant category. NAFSA will update this page as information develops. Jan 09, 2018
U.S. and Turkey Suspend Nonimmigrant Visa Services On December 28, 2017, the U.S. diplomatic mission in Turkey announced that political conditions in that country had improved so as to "allow for the full resumption of visa services in Turkey." Because of the prior full and partial suspension of visa services earlier in Fall 2017 (see Background, below), demand for visa appointments may result in delays in obtaining a visa appointment, however. Jan 02, 2018
USCIS Policy Memo Narrows Definition of Economist Under NAFTA USCIS memo: "Activities that constitute a broad range of other professions related to economics, such as activity performed by financial analysts, market research analysts, and marketing specialists do not qualify for TN status." Dec 19, 2017
The 60-Day F-1 Grace Period and Adjudication or Revocation of Cap-Gap Petitions After October 1 NAFSA asks SEVP and USCIS to consider 60-day OPT grace period in H-1B cap-gap denial and revocation decisions made after October 1, 2017. Dec 11, 2017
New Addresses for Some Common DOS Web Resources URL changes to several common resources on the Department of State (DOS) website. Dec 11, 2017
Indefinite Entry Bar Under Executive Order On September 24, 2017, President Trump issued a Proclamation pursuant to Section 2(e) of Executive Order 13780, designating eight countries for partial or full restrictions on entry to the United States. The restrictions are country-specific, and tailored to the situation of each individual country. Dec 11, 2017
Implementation of Enhanced Security Standards for Flights Destined to the United States

On October 26, 2017, airlines worldwide were required to satisfy new levels of security for flights destined to the United States, which will likely add time to the flight check-in and pre-flight security processes. U.S. and foreign travelers bound to the United States should contact their airline to determine if the airline has changed its recommendation on how soon before a flight passengers should arrive at the airport.

Oct 26, 2017
6 March 2017 Presidential Memorandum on Heightened Screening, Vetting, and Enforcement March 6, 2017, President Trump issued a Presidential Memorandum to the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Attorney General with the subject line: Implementing Immediate Heightened Screening and Vetting of Applications for Visas and Other Immigration Benefits, Ensuring Enforcement of All Laws for Entry into the United States, and Increasing Transparency among Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government and for the American People. 81 FR 16279. Oct 26, 2017
USCIS Memo Rescinds Deference Policy in Employment-Based Nonimmigrant Petition Extension Cases An October 23, 2017 USCIS memo rescinds a 14 year old policy that had given deference to prior eligibility determinations when adjudicating an extension of stay petition "involving the same parties (petitioner and beneficiary) and the same underlying facts." Oct 25, 2017
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