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USCIS announced on October 23, 2017 that prior policy guidance previously issued by the agency directing officers to give deference to the findings of a previously approved petition is rescinded. Under updated policy guidance, USCIS is instructing its officers to apply the same level of scrutiny to both initial petitions and extension requests for certain nonimmigrant visa categories. The guidance applies to nearly all nonimmigrant classifications filed using Form I-129, [...]

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Brendan Venter, an Associate with Whiteman Osterman & Hanna's Immigration Practice Group, recently authored an article titled Dream On: The Elimination of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Looking Ahead for Former “Dreamers” that was published in The Student Affairs Compliance Report & Analysis, a newsletter geared towards college/university student affairs staff. Please click here to view the article, which begins on page 5 of the newsletter.  [...]

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On October 17, Judge Derrick Watson, a Hawaii federal judge, granted a Temporary Restraining Order or TRO ) in the case Hawaii v. Trump, blocking the majority of the travel restrictions set forth in President Trump’s September 24, 2017 proclamation The TRO invalidated Trump's instruction only hours before it was set to be enforced on October 18, 2017. This decision is not the first time that the judiciary has invalidated Trump's immigration plans as Watson had also blocked the previous [...]

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On September 24th, 2017, the Trump administration issued its latest Proclamation, revising the travel and immigration ban first set forth in March of this year. Here’s what you need to know: Which Countries Are Included? Unlike the previous Order, Sudan is not included in this ban. The countries that do have imposed restrictions are as follows: Suspension of persons seeking immigrant and nonimmigrant visas: Iran, North Korea, and Syria  Suspension of persons seeking immigrant [...]

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On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced the elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This briefing explains what the announcement means, what we know about implementation of the rescission, and how to advise employees and students who currently hold DACA. Click here to read more

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