President-elect Trump made immigration a significant issue in his campaign, promising to enact a host of immigration policies focusing on curbing illegal immigration and increased screening procedures. Although the details of any new immigration policies have not been set, it is likely that there will be an increase in enforcement and more restrictive adjudications across the board.
Staying Out of Trouble: Immigration Options & Planning
Richard Yemm will moderate this Trump Series webinar broadcast in both English and Chinese on January 18, 2017 at 11am PST (January 19, 2017 3am Beijing Time).
I-9 Enforcement & Immigration Eligibility Compliance
Bernard Wolfsdorf will moderate this Trump Series webinar broadcast in both English and Chinese on January 19, 2017 at 11am PST (January 20, 2017 3am Beijing Time).
Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions
Avi Friedman will moderate this Trump Series webinar broadcast in both English and Chinese on January 25, 2017 at 11am PST (January 26, 2017 3am Beijing Time).
2017 Las Vegas EB-5 Convention
On January 13 – 14, Bernard Wolfsdorf spoke at the 2017 Las Vegas EB-5 & Investment Immigration Convention on the advanced panel “China Issues: Navigating the Evolving Chinese Landscape”. Mr. Wolfsdorf was joined at the conference by attorneys Vivian Zhu, Robert Blanco, and Joey Barnett. For more information about the conference, please visit: http://www.eb5investors.com/conferences/2017-las-vegas-eb-5-investment-immigration-convention
Immigration Options for Students
Attorney Robert Blanco presented to international students from many universities in Los Angeles about the EB-5 program and the upcoming regulatory changes. He also presented nonimmigrant and immigrant visa options for students post-graduation.
Reading the Tea Leaves: Requests From DHS Office By Trump Transition Team, Policy Statement, Cabinet Nominees Offer Hints
President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has requested various documents and information from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that, along with a statement of policies on his website and statements made by his Cabinet nominees, may provide hints of which immigration issues Mr. Trump may prioritize once he becomes President.
Read Mr. Trump’s statement of policies related to immigration.
USCIS Releases New Policy Guidance on Physicians of National or International Renown
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new policy memorandum on January 4, 2017, that designates as precedent Matter of T-O-S-U-, a 2015 decision of the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO). The decision explains that physicians of national or international renown who are graduates of medical schools in foreign states are exempt from the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) requirement in the H-1B context.
Read the USCIS policy memo.
DHS Proposes Changes to EB-5 Program, Regional Center Program
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a notice of proposed rulemaking on the EB-5 program in the Federal Register on January 13, 2017, and an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on the regional center program on January 11, 2017.
Read the proposed rule.