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TPS Extended through January 2, 2020 for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua & Sudan On February 28, 2019 the Department of Homeland Security announced that it was extending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for individuals from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan until January 2, 2020. TPS beneficiaries from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan who properly re-registered during the most recent Registration period DO NOT need to file a new application for re-registration. The extension automatically extends TPS for individuals from those four countries to
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Strike! Rights and responsibilities of H-1B employers and employees during a labor strike In the event of a labor strike, it is important that both H-1B employees and employers understand their respective rights and responsibilities. Rights of H-1B Employees Generally speaking, in order to maintain valid H-1B status in the United States, an H-1B employee is required to remain employed with her H-1B employer, under the terms set forth in the H-1B petition. In the absence of a strike, a failure to remain employed
Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador set to end September 09, 2019 On January 08, 2018, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security announced her decision to end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador. TPS provides temporary lawful status and work authorization to people already in the United States from countries affected by armed conflict, natural disaster or other strife. El Salvador was first designated by George W. Bush in March 2001 following a series of earthquakes, and has
Federal Judge orders DHS to resume processing DACA renewal applications for all current and prior DACA recipients On January 9, 2018, Federal Court Judge William Alsup from the Federal District Court in San Francisco, California ordered the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to resume processing applications for renewal of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) while an on-going legal challenge to the Trump Administration’s rescission of the DACA program is resolved. Judge Alsup’s order applies nationwide to all current/prior DACA holders. In June 2012, the Obama Administration announced
Trump Administration ends TPS for Haitians, ominous signs for other foreign nationals on TPS On November 20, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary, Elaine Duke announced it would end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti. Haiti is the third country to have TPS terminated under the Trump Administration, following announcements to terminate TPS for Sudan and Nicaragua in September and November 2017. TPS was established by Congress in 1990 as a way to provide humanitarian relief to foreign nationals already residing in
Termination of TPS for Beneficiaries from Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea effective May 21, 2017 In November 2014, in recognition of the serious health threats posed by the Ebola virus outbreak in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson designated these three countries for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a period of 18 months. The DHS subsequently extended the TPS designation through May 21, 2017. In September 2016, former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson determined that the widespread transmission of
David Kolko on Denver’s Channel 7 Politics Unplugged   On Sunday, February 26, 2017, Managing Partner David Kolko appeared on Denver’s Channel 7 Politics Unplugged to discuss current immigration policy under the Trump Administration. Mr. Kolko provided insights into the recent Executive Orders and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Memoranda regarding interior immigration enforcement and border security. Mr. Kolko discussed the expansive nature of the Executive Orders and DHS Memoranda, and highlighted the lack of clarity within those documents
DHS issues directives for implementation of Trump’s Executive Orders on Interior Enforcement and Border Security   On February 20, 2017, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly issued two memoranda, “Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest,” and “Implementing the President’s Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvement Policies.” These two “Kelly Memos” direct DHS employees, including employees of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on the implementation of President Trump’s
Executive Order to Protect U.S. from Terrorist Entries Causes Chaos and Confusion   On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed his third immigration-related Executive Order, entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States.” Although the title of the Executive Order suggests that it will protect our nation, the contents of the Executive Order are likely to jeopardize the safety of Americans and bona fide refugees all over the world, rather than actually protect the homeland. Since the issuance
New DHS Employment Regulations Could Be a Boon for Non-Profit School Districts Seeking Exemption from Annual H-1B Cap The new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) final regulations, “Retention of EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Improvements Affecting High Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers,” (effective date January 17, 2017), may enable non-profit schools and school districts to secure an exemption from the annual H-1B Cap, thus providing a clear pathway for these institutions to hire qualified foreign national teachers as H-1B highly skilled workers without regard to the annual limits on the
USCIS' Application Fee Increases Will Take Effect December 23, 2016 On October 24, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced fee increases for most immigration applications and petitions. USCIS operations are funded almost entirely through application fees and the agency is required to evaluate fees every two years. This is the first fee increase for USCIS in six (6) years, and we will see an average increase of 21% for fees for all applications and petitions. The Biometric Services
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson has extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Sudan for an additional period of 18 months. The Secretary has determined that due to on-going armed conflict in Sudan, the country is experiencing extraordinary and temporary conditions that prevent its nationals from returning in safety and that permitting such aliens to temporarily remain in the United States is not contrary to U.S. national

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