U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has published a Feb. 21, 2017, notice of its intent to collect Chinese travelers’ social media account information. There is a 60-day window for public comment. Tell CBP this is a bad idea. Continue reading “Tell CBP: Don’t Spy on Chinese Travelers’ Social Media”
Enforcement and interpretation of President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) on “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals” are evolving rapidly, so check back here for updates.
2017-02-16: The Trump administration plans to unveil a revised EO on immigration next week and rescind the president’s initial travel ban, which has been entrenched in legal battles throughout the country, as reported in The Hill. President Trump said during a news conference on Thursday that he would unveil a more tailored travel ban “next week sometime.” The U.S. Department of Justice similarly informed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in the Washington v. Trump litigation: “Rather than continuing this litigation, the President intends in the near future to rescind the Order and replace it with a new, substantially revised Executive Order to eliminate what the panel erroneously thought were constitutional concerns.”
2017-02-09: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has denied the government’s motion for stay of the district court’s temporary restraining order (TRO). Translation: The TRO suspending implementation of the EO remains in place. The government may appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Continue reading “Trump’s Executive Order on “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals”: Latest News and Summary”
China’s Ministry of Public Security (MPS) announced today that border inspection offices will begin collecting fingerprints from foreign nationals: Continue reading “China Will Collect Foreigners’ Fingerprints at the Border”
The U.S. Embassy in Beijing announces:
Nonimmigrant visa services at the Embassy facility will be closed to the public from February 13 until February 24, 2017. Visa services will be available at the Ritan location during this period except February 17 when both facilities will be closed. Continue reading “Visas Services at Embassy Closed Feb. 13 to 24”
This year’s H-1B season has many of us nervously watching President Trump’s moves. Just last week the President signed executive orders to build his promised wall at the border with Mexico and to find and deport unauthorized immigrants. A third executive order last Friday barring refugees and travelers from seven countries deemed predominantly Muslim has heightened the anxiety among foreign nationals and prompted protests. His pen has not yet reached the H-1B program, but that could happen in his first 100 days. Continue reading “Be Prepared for Likely H-1B Visa Changes”
What do you need to do to preserve your status as a lawful permanent resident (LPR)? If you are abroad for 6 months or more per year, you risk “abandoning” your green card. This is especially true after multiple prolonged absences or after a prior warning by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at the airport.
Feb. 1, 2017 update: It’s not clear whether the drafters of Trump’s Executive Order on “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals” overlooked the fact that the entry bar for nationals seven countries (Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen) could impact hundreds of thousands of LPRs. The EO was issued without normal interagency review. During the first hours of enforcement of the EO, some LPRs were reportedly denied entry to the U.S. This led to federal court litigation and public outcry. See, for example, these stories in The Atlantic and National Review linking to our firm’s U.S. & China Visa Law Blog. On Jan. 29, DHS Secretary John Kelly and a DHS Fact Sheet awkwardly applied to LPRs the supposedly case-by-case “national interest” exception of the ban, saying that LPRs “traveling on a valid I-551 will be allowed to board U.S. bound aircraft and will be assessed for exceptions at arrival ports of entry, as appropriate. The entry of these individuals, subject to national security checks, is in the national interest.” On February 1, 2017, Donald F. McGahn II, Counsel to the President, wrote a memo to “clarify” that the entry ban does not apply to lawful permanent residents. This appears to be a face-saving measure that amends the EO without the embarrassment of actually having Trump sign the amendment. That’s a victory, but LPRs with ties to restricted countries should still be prepared for possibly prolonged and rigorous inspection of your person, luggage, electronic devices, and social media accounts focusing on, among other issues, whether LPR status has been abandoned, religious beliefs, and political views. Continue reading “Green Card Holders Staying Abroad Over 6 Months Risk Abandonment”
A leaked, unsigned copy of President Trump’s Executive Order on Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals. The order takes the following steps, among others: Continue reading “President Trump to Issue Executive Order on “Protecting the Nation from Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals””
President Trump made immigration central to his campaign, and has occasionally singled out the H-1B program for high-skilled workers. Now, legislation has been introduced in Congress to change the rules for H-1Bs. Continue reading “Legislation Introduced on H-1B Temporary Work Visas”