U.S. State Department Makes Changes to National Interest Exception Eligibility (March 4, 2021)
On March 2, 2021 the United States Department of State (DOS) retracted the previous national interest determination applicable to certain categories of travelers eligible for exceptions under Presidential Proclamation (PP) 10143 as it relates to the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, and Ireland. The previous national interest determination included certain technical experts and specialists, senior level managers and executives, treaty traders and investors, professional athletes, and their dependents.

Midnight Regulations Spell Trouble for Nonimmigrant Workers & Their Employers (January 19, 2021)
On January 8, 2021, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published the Modification of H-1B Cap Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking to File Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions Rule. Should it be implemented, this rule will change how cap-subject H-1B visa registrations are selected for processing and dramatically impact employers’ ability to hire entry-level foreign national workers.

Negative COVID-19 Test or Proof of Recovery from COVID-19 Required for All Air Passengers Arriving in the United States (January 13, 2021)
Effective January 26, 2021, by order of the CDC, all air passengers age two (2) and older arriving in the United States from a foreign country must be tested for COVID-19 and present proof of a negative result or documentation of having recovered from COVID-19 to the airline before boarding the flight.

Judge Rules Against Another Attempt by Trump to Restrict Legal Immigration (December 2, 2020)
The courts dealt another blow to the Trump administration’s continued efforts to restrict immigration, providing relief for companies looking to fill and retain critical positions with foreign talent.

USCIS Interim Final Rule Revising Definition of “Specialty Occupation” (October 7, 2020)
On October 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued an Interim Final Rule (IFR) to be published on October 8, 2020 and to take effect on December 7, 2020. The rule revises regulations regarding the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program.

Womble Bond Dickinson’s Susan Ramos Speaks on Naturalization Issues at Immigration Law Conference (July 21, 2020)
Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Susan Ramos was among the speakers at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Annual Conference on Immigration Law.

Presidential Proclamation Limits Nonimmigrant Entry, Extends Immigrant Restrictions (June 23, 2020)
At 11:01 am Eastern on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, the United States will suspend entry of certain nonimmigrants pursuant to Presidential Proclamation. The suspension will last until December 31, 2020, but may be continued or modified.

President Trump Suspends Immigrant Entry to the U.S. (April 23, 2020)
At 11:59 pm Eastern on Thursday, April 23, 2020, the United States will suspend entry of immigrants pursuant to Presidential Proclamation. The suspension will last 60 days but may be continued or modified.

COVID-19 Immigration-Related Q&A (March 23, 2020)
Because U.S. immigration law is highly dependent upon individual facts and circumstances, the following Q & A is intended as general information only and not as legal advice. Please contact the Womble Immigration Solutions Team for case-specific information.

COVID-19 European Travel Ban (March 12, 2020)
Effective Friday, March 13, 2020 at midnight, the United States will for 30 days suspend the entry of most foreign nationals who have been in certain European countries at any point during the 14 days prior to their scheduled arrival to the United States.

Important Announcement – H-1B Cap Electronic Registration Details (Jan 21 2020)
On January 9th, the DHS published a notice in the Federal Register formally announcing the implementation of the electronic registration process for H-1B cap subject petitions.

Employer Compliance & Enforcement 2019 in Retrospect – Where do We Go from Here? (Jan 6 2020)
This article is based on a recent presentation to the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Baltimore Chapter given by Jennifer Cory and Kate Christensen Mills.

USCIS Reaches FY2020 H-1B Cap (April 8, 2019)
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the congressionally-mandated 65,000 regular cap for fiscal year 2020.

USCIS Announces FY 2020 H-1B Cap Season Start, Updates, and Changes (March 25, 2019)
U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that it will begin to accept Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 H-1B cap cases on April 1, 2019, but not all FY 2020 cap cases will be permitted to request premium processing at that time. USCIS will only accept concurrently-filed premium processing requests for regular cap cases that request a change of status.

Is Immigration Reform Needed and Why Should Financial Institutions Care? (September 4, 2018)
On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed the Buy American and Hire American (BAHA) Presidential Executive Order. The mandate is designed to create higher wages and employment rates for U.S. workers by administering and enforcing federal immigration laws. BAHA directs those federal agencies responsible to propose new rules and new guidance.

Still An Unsolved Mystery – The H-1B Visa Lottery Process (July 16, 2018)
Not unlike the stone heads of Easter Island, the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, and the number of licks required to reach the center of Tootsie Pop, the H-1B visa lottery remains an enigma to many.

The Four Pillars (February 1, 2018)
In his first State of the Union address, President Trump described four “pillars” to his immigration plan, with mixed reception. The pillars reinforce his campaign slogan to “Buy American, Hire American” and track with the immigration policy priorities he has previously outlined. These priorities include border security, interior enforcement and a merit-based immigration system.

Raise Your Hand If You’re Confused about I-9 Reverifications for Employees with TPS (Jauary 22, 2018)
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a humanitarian benefit available to foreign nationals who are unable to return to their home countries because of certain temporary conditions including ongoing armed conflict such as civil war, an environmental disaster like an earthquake, hurricane, epidemic, or other extraordinary conditions. During TPS designation, qualifying foreign nationals are not removable from the US and can obtain work authorization and travel permission.

Can They Really Do That? (November 7, 2017)
Effective October 18, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs & Border Protection (CBP), Index, and National File Tracking System of Records, implemented new or modified uses of information maintained on individuals as they pass through the immigration process.