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State Department Advises on “Extreme Vetting” of Immigrants

May 30, 2017

by: Justin Burton

On March 6, 2017, President Trump issued a new executive order regarding the travel restrictions of certain immigrants to the United States from Iran, Sudan, Syria, Yemen, Libya, and Somalia and ordered “extreme vetting” for other visa applicants. On March 15, the State Department issued a memorandum from Secretary Rex Tillerson titled “Implementing Immediate Heightened Screening and Vetting of Visa Applications” that elaborated on what should be considered and enforced when it comes to extreme vetting. First, the memo stated that consular chiefs should decide which immigrants should be subjected to the extreme vetting process. Next, the memo ordered the...

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New Bans on Electronics on Certain International Flights

May 16, 2017

by: Justin Burton

The Trump administration has targeted the issue of immigration in many different ways, especially immigrants from certain regions of the world. One executive order seeks to ban immigrants from six specific countries from traveling to or entering the United States. In another recent government announcement, additional restrictions will be placed on both U.S. citizens and non-citizens traveling to the U.S. from certain airports. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that no passenger coming from certain airports may have any electronic device that is bigger than a smartphone in the cabin of an airplane....

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Suspension of Premium Processing For H-1B Visas

May 2, 2017

by: Justin Burton

It is no secret that individuals seeking a change in immigration status from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) often experience delays in the processing time of their applications. Now, the processing time for many people seeking H-1B visas may be substantially increased. USCIS recently announced that as of April 3, all premium processing services for H-1B visa applications will be suspended. Generally speaking, processing of an H-1B visa application can take three to six months. However, if the applicant pays an additional $1,225 for premium processing, their application review will be expedited to render a response within...

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Supreme Court Examining Deportation Case

April 18, 2017

by: Justin Burton

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) heard arguments at the end of March in a case involving a man facing deportation after pleading guilty to a felony. Because of orders issued by President Trump in recent weeks, this case has taken on particular importance because of the potential increase in deportations pursued against immigrants who are accused of crimes. Long-standing Resident Faces Deportation Jae Lee came to the United States from South Korea with his family in 1982. He has never returned to his home country and has lived legally in the U.S. for 35 years. When he...

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Deportation Defense for Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude

February 21, 2017

by: Justin Burton

A Joliet Immigration Lawyer Is Here To Help If you are currently living in the United States under an immigrant visa, it is important to learn more about reasons for deportation and removal. Under Section 212 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and Section 237 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, immigrants can be deported in certain circumstances. One of the more common reasons for deportation is being convicted of a certain type of crime. As the website for the U.S. Department of Justice and the Offices of the United States Attorneys explains, one of the categories of crimes for...

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