On June 12, 2019, Steptoe’s immigration practice offered a webinar on the recent E-2 treaty investor visas for Israeli nationals. The E-2 investor visa is the culmination of lengthy efforts by both the United States and Israel, allowing Israelis to obtain a non-immigrant visa when they make business investments in the US.

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On June 12, 2019, Steptoe will offer a complimentary webinar on the recent E-2 investor visas for Israeli nationals. The E-2 visa is an extremely valuable and long-awaited US immigration option for Israelis and is the culmination of years of effort by both the United States and Israel.

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Beginning May 1, 2019, Israeli citizens may apply for E-2, investor, visas. This long-awaited US immigration option for Israelis is the culmination of lengthy efforts by both the United States and Israel toward the goal of reciprocal US/Israeli investor visa options. This treaty-based, temporary, category creates options for Israelis to make business investments in the

Two recent settlements between employers and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) emphasize the complex interplay between US immigration and export control laws in the hiring process.  The settlements serve as a reminder to employers of the potential employment discrimination pitfalls for companies attempting to comply with export control laws. 

In late August 2018, the

On June 26, 2018, the US Supreme Court upheld the Trump Administration’s third travel ban and, more significantly, affirmed the president’s broad authority to restrict immigration by Executive Order (EO). In Trump v. Hawaii, the Court found that the EO was within the president’s authority under an Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provision that

With widespread media attention on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy expiration and immigration policy negotiations, it is important not to overlook the start of the H-1B “cap” case season. With no time to waste, employers must determine their need for H-1B cap filings and immediately begin preparation, well ahead of the five-day

The US Supreme Court has cleared the way for enforcement of President Trump’s September 24, 2017 travel ban. On December 4, 2017, the US Supreme Court issued two, virtually identical, orders staying preliminary injunctions issued against the travel ban by lower courts in Maryland and Hawaii. The Court’s actions allow the September 24, 2017 edition of the travel ban to proceed while the Fourth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals consider legal challenges to the ban on an expedited basis.

The travel ban at issue is the third in a series of hotly contested immigration restrictions implemented by President Trump via Executive Order (EO). The September 24, 2017 presidential travel ban proclamation is grounded in a global review of information sharing and security practices and identification of countries deemed to be “inadequate” in this regard. The broad scope global information sharing and security review was mandated by the March 6, 2017 EO travel ban.

As explained in more detail, below, the September 24 proclamation contains travel restrictions applicable to nationals of eight countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Chad, North Korea and Venezuela. Challenges to the ban filed in Maryland and Hawaii resulted in partial injunctions, applicable to the listed countries, other than North Korea and Venezuela. The injunctions limited the ban’s restrictions to foreign nationals without a bona fide relationship with certain persons (family) or entities in the US Thus, the injunction provided a reprieve to eligible nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and Chad, if they could demonstrate a qualifying US family or entity relationship. The Supreme Court’s December 4th order removes this injunction and, thereby, allows the proclamation to move forward in full force without a bona fide relationship exception.   
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On September 5, 2017, President Trump released a statement confirming his decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program. DACA was created via executive action in June 2012 under President Obama to benefit a group of undocumented foreign nationals commonly referred to as “Dreamers.” The effective date of the program rescission is March 5, 2018.

The DACA program provides temporary immigration benefits to undocumented individuals who arrived in the US as minors. The program is based upon prosecutorial discretion, with eligibility determined through an application process and background screening. Under this program, approximately 800,000 individuals between the ages of 15 and 36 have been granted deferral from deportation as well as an Employment Authorization Document (EAD).
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On August 21, 2017, the US Department of State (DOS) announced the suspension of all US nonimmigrant (temporary) visa (“NIV”) operations across Russia, effective August 23, 2017. Visa interviews will resume on a limited basis on September 1, 2017. This action arises from the Russian government’s cap on personnel at the US Mission to Russia.

Starting September 1, 2017, nonimmigrant visa interviews will be conducted only at the US Embassy in Moscow.  Scheduled visa interviews at the US consulates in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Vladivostok have been cancelled with instructions to reschedule at the US Embassy in Moscow. This situation will continue for the duration of the staffing level reduction.

Extended Appointment Waiting Periods

The visa appointment wait times in Russia as of this writing are as much as 85 days. This backlog is a recent development. These time frames far exceed standard appointment availability wait times, which are often just a few days, elsewhere in the world. With the suspension and limited interview capacity, the backlog is likely to continue to increase.
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