Trump Administration’s FY18 Budget Focused on Immigration Enforcement

The Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget has requested a massive increase in funding for immigration enforcement and border security. If approved, the overall Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budget would increase by $1.7 billion over FY17. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) budget would increase by $7.57 billion, an 18 percent increase, and the […]
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New I-94 Website Feature Reminds Travelers of Departure Date

A new feature on the I-94 website will now allow U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to remind travelers of their last possible departure date from the U.S. Currently, the new feature is available to eligible Visa Waiver Program travelers, but further updates to the I-94 website will incorporate additional nonimmigrant travelers. To check their […]
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9th Circuit Decision Blocks ‘Travel Ban’

President Trump’s controversial “travel ban” is back in the news. This time, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in part against the President’s travel ban on Monday. This decision comes only days after the 4th Circuit announced that the travel ban violated constitutional protections against religious discrimination. What does this mean? The battle over […]
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Bipartisan Immigration Bill Reintroduced

Congressmen Erik Paulsen (MN) and Mike Quigley (IL) have reintroduced a bill that would exempt certain foreign-born STEM graduates from the numerical caps on employment-based green cards and H-1B visas. The Stopping Trained in America Ph.D.’s from Leaving the Economy (STAPLE) Act would exclude STEM graduates who have earned an American Ph.D. from these statutory […]
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More Intensive Vetting of Visa Applicants

U.S. embassies around the world are implementing a more intensive vetting procedure for certain visa applicants. In the form of a three-page supplemental questionnaire, this temporary emergency measure is being rolled out in response to President Trump’s March 6th executive order which called for more rigorous vetting of all visa applicants. The new procedure was […]
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Supreme Court Asked to Review President Trump’s Travel Ban

On Thursday, June 1, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a petition with the Supreme Court seeking review of President Trump’s travel ban. The DOJ made three urgent requests. It asked the Court to review the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decisions blocking the travel ban, and it made two interim requests for stays. If […]
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USCIS Policy Guidance Concerning H-1B Master’s Cap Exemption

On May 23, 2017, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum concerning the H-1B Master’s Cap exemption. The memorandum designated the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) decision in Matter of A-T-Inc. as an Adopted Decision. It establishes policy guidance that applies to and binds all USCIS employees. It states that “in order […]
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