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Immigration Bond Hearings: What You Need to Know

Earlier this year in January, President Trump signed executive orders designed to place greater focus on removal of certain immigrants that are in the country without permission. In February, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, John Kelly, issued memos detailing on how the President's executive orders would be enforced. The memos expand the categories of people classified as "priorities for removal."

Recent Developments Following President Trump's Executive Order - USCIS to Narrow Targets for Site Visits and DOL To Increase Enforcement of Visa Programs

Following the signing of President Trump's Executive order on April 18th, four federal agencies were tasked with reviewing and recommending changes pertaining to employment-based foreign worker programs in order to prevent fraud and abuse and to ensure that visas were being awarded to the most skilled and highest-paid individuals. Naturally, companies known for using these employment-based visa worker programs were concerned.

President Trump's "Buy American, Hire American" Executive Order

On April 18th, President Trump signed an executive order which focused on two areas of the administration's policy: protection of American jobs ("Hire American") and preference for U.S.-manufactured goods ("Buy American"). With regards to the protection of U.S. jobs, the order includes a section directed to the H-1B visa program.

NEW IMMIGRATION AVENUE FOR ENTREPRENEURS

On January 17, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") published its final adaptation of the International Entrepreneur Rule ("Rule"). The Rule authorizes DHS to exercise its discretion to grant parole to foreign entrepreneurs who would provide a significant public benefit to the United States. Significant public benefit includes enhancing innovation, generating capital investments, and creating jobs. The parole period is valid for up to 30 months and may be extended for an additional 30 months.

For B-1/B-2 Visitors Who Wish to Attend School in the U.S.

On April 5th, CIS updated its Special Instructions for B-1/B-2 Visitors who want to Enroll in School. Studying in the United States while in B-1 or B-2 status is prohibited. The regulations specifically prohibit B-1/B-2 visitors from enrolling in a course of study in the United States. (8 CFR 214.2(b)(&)). A "course of study" refers to a formal educational program that leads to an academic degree or vocational certification. Short recreational classes or courses, nowhere are permitted. For instance, one may enroll in a cooking class while on vacation with a visitor visa.

Exciting Developments for TPS beneficiaries

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration status in the United States, which the Secretary of Homeland Security has the authority to grant to nationals of certain countries. Countries qualify for a TPS designation when they face ongoing armed conflicts, environmental disasters, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions, which prevent their citizens from returning home safely. At the present, thirteen countries have TPS designation. They include El Salvador, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Liberia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

The Trump Administration on Sanctuary Cities

Generally, a sanctuary city is viewed as a place where individuals without lawful immigration status may reside without undue fear of targeted raids, harassment, and mass deportation. So-called sanctuary cities do not provide immunity to those residing in the U.S. without status. Anyone who resides in the United States without authorization is at some risk of deportation.

Undocumented parents - what you need to know.

Recent developments in immigration law have certainly caused a great deal of fear and worry among immigrant families. Fear can either propel to action or can immobilize and paralyze. In recent articles, it has been our goal to offer words of hope. Having correct information and knowledge should empower, and prepare those who are uncertain about their future in the United States.

Executive Order 2.0

On March 6, 2017, President Trump made a second attempt at protecting the nation from the submission of foreign terrorists. However, this "watered down version" of the same titled first order was blocked by federal judges in Maryland and Hawaii.

Family Preparedness: Having the Tough Conversation with Spouses, Children and Loved Ones

Are you or an immediate family member (meaning spouse, child or parent) undocumented? If so, you belong to a group of an estimated 16 million people in the United States who have "mixed-status" families. If so, know that you are not alone and you have options.

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