On April 22, President Trump signed a proclamation titled “Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants Who Present a Risk to the US Labor Market During the Economic Recovery Following the COVID-19 Outbreak.” This proclamation followed the president’s tweets about plans to suspend US immigration due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While these developments raised many questions and concerns, the scope of the proclamation is limited. Under the current state of affairs with COVID-19 related closures of consulates and embassies, the proclamation will have no immediate impact. Its overall, long-term, impact will depend largely upon whether it is extended beyond its current 60-day duration.

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Many foreign nationals have found themselves unexpectedly unable to depart the United States due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This presents a particular challenge for individuals present in the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), often referred to as ESTA, a category which precludes standard status extension options. In response to COVID-19, the US

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Due to COVID-19, we have seen a nationwide shift to remote work arrangements. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recognized the incompatibility of in-person employment-eligibility requirements with public health restrictions, and has therefore issued temporary accommodations to the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9)

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The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted immigration with changes to travel bans, visa processing, and immigration interview suspensions. These changes, combined with the need for social distancing to inhibit the spread of COVID-19, have driven employers – voluntarily and involuntarily – to accommodate remote work wherever

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On December 6, 2019, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) confirmed that it would implement a system-wide process overhaul aimed at addressing issues and inefficiencies with the “H-1B cap season.” At the foundation of these changes, effective as of this writing, is a newly-created, yet-to-be-fully-revealed electronic registration process. While many questions remain, the H-1B cap process has clearly changed—including the deadline.

As explained in the Client Advisory, lottery registration is a deceptively simple process—on the surface, it involves a few pieces of fairly standard data. Below the surface, however, there are attestations under penalty of perjury and penalties for abusing the new system. Employers must understand their commitments and the related implications before hitting “submit” on H-1B registrations.

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On November 2, the Trump Administration issued a 28-day Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) in an effort to revamp “public charge” financial immigration provisions. The TRO halts a Presidential Proclamation conditioning immigration eligibility upon health insurance coverage. The Proclamation is part of an effort to restrict legal US immigration through reinterpretation of long-established provisions which tie

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