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Bimonthly Immigration Newsletter: April 2017

Donald Trump Signs first Immigration Executive OrderNewest Executive Order Targets H-1B Program; Other H-1B News

On April 18, President Trump signed yet another Executive Order, “Buy American and Hire American,” in which he directs various agencies to review the current laws governing the H-1B program... also indicated... directing federal agencies to review all visa programs and take prompt action to crack down on fraud and abuse in order to protect U.S. workers. [read more]

Couple comforting each otherH-4 Work Authorization Under Scrutiny;
Delayed Processing Anticipated for H-4 Extensions

In 2015, the DHS promulgated rules that permitted spouses of certain H-1B visa holders to receive work authorization. Under the current rules, an H-4 spouse may apply for work authorization if his or her H-1B spouse had an approved I-140 but was still awaiting visa availability. [read more]

Rollout of Administration’s Interior Enforcement on Immigration

As previously reported, two significant Executive Orders were signed by President Trump in January, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States” and “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements,” which are now being implemented.

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CBP Handout on Inspection of Electronic Devices

In light of increased inspection of electronic devises at the border, CBP recently released a handout explaining why a person’s electronic device may be subject to inspection, the authority to search electronic devices, and what happens with the return or seizure of such detained electronic devices.  [read more]



Jeff Sessions

So It’s Back to Private Prisons

In the waning months of 2016, the growing trend in the executive branch was disdain for the private prison system. The Department of Justice issued a memorandum stopping the practice altogether, which prompted action by other federal agencies. (ICE) gave serious consideration to ending...relying on private detention centers... [read more]

Don’t Procrastinate:
Apply for U.S. Citizenship If You Are Eligible

If you are a legal permanent resident (LPR) and eligible for citizenship, now is a good time to give serious thought to becoming a U.S. citizen. Procrastination, cost, and an emotional bond to your home country may encourage you to remain in LPR status. That is understandable, but only for so long. [read more]

News in Brief

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