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The Latest Turn in the Travel Ban Road

A few weeks ago, we wrote about the latest district court decisions involving the President’s so-called travel ban, in which a Hawaii court fully enjoined the proclamation, while a Maryland court allowed it to stand as to travelers without bona fide ties to the U.S. The Hawaii court’s order meant that Travel Ban 3.0 was … Continue Reading

Travel Ban: Déjà Vu All Over Again, Again

On September 24, President Trump issued a “Presidential Proclamation Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting Attempted Entry Into the United States by Terrorists or Other Public-Safety Threats.” Most people know it better as Travel Ban 3.0 or EO3 (for “Executive Order #3”), the President’s third attempt to impose travel restrictions on nationals of certain … Continue Reading

Buy American and Hire American – New Executive Order Promises to Put American Workers First, But Practical Impacts Remain Unclear

On April 18, President Trump signed a new executive order (EO) at a ceremony in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The EO is entitled “Buy American and Hire American” and focuses on these two themes, with the President’s stated goal of ending the “theft of American prosperity” by focusing on American workers and products. While the details of … Continue Reading

New I-9 Issues Facing Employers with Recently Legalized Employees

As more and more workers acquire temporary legal status in the U.S. and receive new work authorization, employers will be faced with the following common scenario. An employee has recently legalized their status and acquired an employment authorization document (work permit) from U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS).  She then goes to the Social Security … Continue Reading

I-94 Automation and the I-9 Process: Making the Form I-9 More Complicated

This spring U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began implementation of a phased in Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, automation process. The Form I-94 is issued to all visitors entering the U.S. and assists CBP in tracking temporary non-immigrants, visa overstays, and other relevant information concerning foreign nationals entering the U.S. The new program created a paperless admission process … Continue Reading

Filling out the Form I-9 for TPS beneficiaries: Work Permits extended for El Salvadorians

On May 30, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvadorians for an additional 18 months beginning September 10, 2013, and ending March 9, 2015. What does this mean for employers? For companies whose workforce may include individuals with TPS from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Syria, … Continue Reading

Sheppard Mullin Offers Full Range of Immigration Expertise

Whether your company requires assistance in selecting the appropriate visa for an executive rotating into the U.S. or help in assessing the immigration impact of a U.S. merger or acquisition, Sheppard Mullin’s seasoned immigration attorneys can help. We provide comprehensive global business immigration services, including strategic planning, advice, case preparation, filing and monitoring, as well … Continue Reading

EB-5 (Job Creation) Investor Green Card Pursuit, Regional Center Approach & TEA Designation Information

By Albert Lu EB-5 Investor Visa Basics Under Section 203(b)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 10,000 immigrant visas per year are available to qualified individual investors (and accompanying spouse & minor children) seeking to obtain permanent resident "green card" status in the United States on the basis of their qualifying financial investment of at … Continue Reading

U.S. Immigration Options & Strategies for Latin American Investors and Business Professionals – An Introduction to Employment-Eligible Nonimmigrant Visas (E, H & L) & Green Card Options

By Albert Lu With the right knowledge, business investment vehicle, and strategic planning, most Latin American investors, business owners, executives/managers, and in some cases essential-skill employees with specialized knowledge/training, can come to work and live in the United States based on valid nonimmigrant visas while accompanied by their dependent family members. In some instances, if the … Continue Reading

The EEOC and “Language Discrimination”: Strict Language Policies May Create Problems for Employers

By David Chidlaw and  Ruben Escalante In November 2007, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") filed a lawsuit against the Salvation Army because the Salvation Army instituted a policy which required its employees to learn English within a year or else face termination. The EEOC’s stance against "language-based" discrimination, is founded upon Title VII’s prohibition against … Continue Reading
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